The Weekend Australian - Travel - - TRAVEL & IN­DUL­GENCE -

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; tai­loron­

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: 137pil­lars­

ALSO TRY: The Ritz-Carl­ton, Hong Kong; The Westin Sin­ga­pore; 137 Pil­lars House Chi­ang Mai, Thai­land.


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