Pull­man Bangkok King Power

Business Traveller (Asia-Pacific) - - TRIED & TESTED -

BACK­GROUND Pull­man Bangkok King Power was the first Pull­man-branded ho­tel when it opened in 2007. In April 2016 the prop­erty be­gan a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion project that was com­pleted in June this year. The facelift in­cluded the to­tal re­fur­bish­ment of gue­strooms and res­tau­rants, and also saw the in­tro­duc­tion of a new spa fa­cil­ity and ball­room. WHERE IS IT? Lo­cated on Rang­nam Road, next to the King Power duty-free com­plex. The ho­tel of­fers easy ac­cess to the Vic­tory Mon­u­ment BTS Sta­tion (a seven-minute walk or com­pli­men­tary tuk tuk ser­vice). It’s a 30-minute drive from Don Mueang Air­port or 40 min­utes from Su­varn­ab­humi In­ter­na­tional Air­port. Al­ter­na­tively, the Air­port Rail Link takes 30 min­utes from Su­varn­ab­humi to nearby Phay­athai Sta­tion. WHAT’S IT LIKE? The large, bustling lobby is called “the Junc­tion”, and is di­vided into a wel­come zone, sit­ting area and F&B sec­tion. Fea­tur­ing a cool mix of colour­ful chairs, so­fas and ta­bles, it’s far more en­tic­ing than most lobby lounges – as proven by the many peo­ple us­ing it to re­lax, eat and have ca­sual meet­ings. ROOM FA­CIL­I­TIES Gue­strooms are split be­tween the Glass Tower and Gar­den Wing. I stayed in a brand-new Deluxe with Bal­cony room cat­e­gory. The view from the bal­cony over­looks the ho­tel’s lush gar­dens, how­ever there is no par­ti­tion be­tween bal­conies mean­ing lit­tle pri­vacy if you choose to sit in the out­door area to en­joy the scenery.

A workspace is avail­able un­der the TV, and equipped with in­ter­na­tional sock­ets, but it was lack­ing a chair. I man­han­dled the large arm­chair by the win­dow into the space, which worked, though was not the best setup and caused a block­age in the room.

The King Bed was soft and, com­bined with black­out cur­tains and sound­proof­ing, I en­joyed a very com­fort­able sleep. Thought­ful de­sign de­tails im­pressed me too, such as the bed­side table with a raised lip edge to pre­vent ac­ci­dents.

While the room is a fairly stan­dard size (36 sqm) the bath­room felt spa­cious, with an op­tion to slide open the par­ti­tion for views into the gar­den. Ameni­ties from CO Bigelow are pro­vided. CLUB LOUNGE Guests stay­ing in an ex­ec­u­tive room or suite cat­e­gory are af­forded ac­cess to the club lounge on the 20th floor. It’s a bright, at­trac­tive space, thanks in part to floor-to-ceil­ing win­dows. Fa­cil­i­ties in­clude a li­brary, board­room and sec­re­tar­ial ser­vices. Break­fast (6am-11.30am) of­fers a wide buf­fet se­lec­tion as well as live cook­ing sta­tions and an à la carte menu. Evening cock­tails and canapés last from 5-7pm. RES­TAU­RANTS AND BARS There are five res­tau­rants and bars. Cui­sine Un­plugged is an all-day din­ing restau­rant, with a fo­cus on us­ing pro­duce grown at lo­cal farms. The Junc­tion in the lobby serves tea and snacks in the day, trans­form­ing into a cool pop-up bar in the evening. The Glen Bar, on the same floor, of­fers a din­ner ser­vice with live per­for­mances ev­ery evening along­side sig­na­ture Thai cock­tails. The Wine Pub of­fers an ex­ten­sive drinks menu and a French menu, while the Pool Bar serves re­fresh­ments, cock­tails and snacks. MEET­ING FA­CIL­I­TIES The new Eter­nity Ball­room is next to the lobby, of­fer­ing 470 sqm of space for 500 guests, plus a 110 sqm pre-func­tion area that in­cludes an in­ter­ac­tive kitchen area. There’s also the larger 790 sqm In­fin­ity Ball­room, 20 meet­ing rooms on lev­els 2 and 6 of the Glass Tower, and the 600-seat Ak­sra The­atre. LEISURE FA­CIL­I­TIES The 27-me­tre out­door pool and gym are both lo­cated on level 4. A high­light is the newly de­signed spa. Eight pri­vate rooms of­fer ser­vices rang­ing from tra­di­tional Thai mas­sage to LPG cel­lulite­bust­ing treat­ments. I thor­oughly en­joyed the Moroc­can Ham­mam rit­ual (THB3,500/US$106), where I re­ceived a full body scrub in a cool, mar­ble room.

VER­DICT Given a new lease of life and a cool new at­ti­tude thanks to its ex­ten­sive ren­o­va­tion, this looks set to be among the city’s most pop­u­lar ho­tels for the fore­see­able fu­ture. The wide range of fa­cil­i­ties are im­pres­sive, with drink­ing, din­ing, leisure and event of­fer­ings ga­lore. Va­le­rian Ho

“The Junc­tion” is far more en­tic­ing than most lobby lounges – as proven by the many peo­ple us­ing it to re­lax, eat and have ca­sual meet­ings

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