CHECK IT OUT 137 PILLARS SUITES & RESIDENCES BANGKOK
A newly opened high-rise hotel in Bangkok’s fashionable Thonglor, moments from the upscale EmQuartier mall and Emporium shopping precinct, offers stylish residential digs and the highest infinity-edge rooftop pool in the Thai capital.
Sister property to a historic hotel in Chiang Mai, the 137 Pillars Suites and Residences Bangkok is a modern, urban counterpoint. It sits atop 22 floors of private residences on Sukhumvit Soi 39 with just 34 one and two-bedroom hotel suites occupying floors 24 to 32 and offering great city views from balconies kitted out with the group’s signature rocking chair and a day bed. Each suite offers butler service and is equipped with a separate dining area, “maxi bar”, wine cellar, walk-in wardrobe and luxury marble bathroom featuring a circular tub with wallmounted television. Interiors by high-profile local company P49 Deesign and Associates feature high ceilings, layered colours and lush textures.
Hotel facilities include an elegant day spa on level 28 (you’ll find a hair salon on level 6), fitness centre and indoor golf simulator. For guests arriving early in the morning before their suite is available or with a late-evening flight, the hotel offers handy sleeping pods and separate shower facilities.
DON’T MISS: A spin in Louie the London Cab, fitted out with champagne bar and Wi-Fi. The cab was a gift to the hotel from classic car collector Khun Art, who’s joined the hotel as “cab custodian”, ferrying guests to EmQuartier or the Bangkok Sky Train.
DINING IN: 137 Pillar’s food offerings are pulled together by group executive chef and “culinary artist” Peter Marx from Sweden. Expect a molecular twist to traditional Thai in Nimitr on level 27. Try the “veil of lemongrass aspic and Nam Prik fluid gel” or cinnamon-smoked Berkshire pork. The Bangkok Trading Post in the lobby is a good spot for breakfast or a late-night pizza.
Check out the The Commons, Bang- kok’s hipster central, home to a great collection of cafes and casual restaurants.
ASK THE CONCIERGE: The hotel offers a personal shopper service but if you’re after a top-drawer suit, look no further than the nearby Tailor on Ten (98 Sukhumvit Soi 8). Local insiders claim it’s the best tailor in the city, founded by a Canadian entrepreneur and German management consultant, using best-quality fabrics with a team of fitters and seamstresses. Appointments advisable; tailoronten.com.
CHECKING IN: From THB18,500 ($722) plus taxes, including 24-hour butler service, all-day breakfast, use of Louie the London Cab and Wi-Fi access. More: 137pillarsbangkok.com.
ALSO TRY: The Ritz-Carlton, Hong Kong; The Westin Singapore; 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai, Thailand.