mylifestylenews

2016-04-13

Dusit Thani Bangkok @ Town In Heaven

The promise of ‘Heaven on Earth’ right in the heart of Bangkok has made Dusit Thani Bangkok a social and business icon for over 40 years. Opened in 1970 to great fanfare and set new standards of hospitality, it has becoming the city’s pre-eminent social hub, even holding the distinction of being Thailand’s tallest building for nearly a decade. mylifestylenews writes……


The essence of the Dusit Thani brand is best symbolized by the statue of King Rama IV, which stands across the street from the hotel. King Rama IV’s philosophy on the ideal modern state blended western and Thai influences and also conceived the Utopian ideal of Dusit Thani, which means “Town in Heaven” – an important belief for all Thai people.



Perfectly situated opposite Lumpini Park and adjacent to both the BTS sky train and subway station and is in easy proximity to major shopping, business and entertainment centres. The hotel is regarded as something of a grand old dame in the city, what it lacks in the most up to-date designer looks like some other luxury hotels of more recent vintage. Dusit Thani Bangkok has a certain charm that is a throwback to how hotels used to look and feel and the staff interaction can run rings around some other hotels of note.


The extent of facilities is more than you would expect. There are 517 rooms appointed with distinctive Thai inspirations, seven signature dining experiences particularly the recently face-lifted Thai restaurant Benjarong and the authentic Vietnamese Thien Doung, an outdoor pool (rather small, but that’s how they were when this hotel was built) and well equipped gym as well as a very extensive Club Lounge and a signature Spa.


The original lift design remain since the opening in 1970's.



The hall of fame includes the Royalties and Celebrities from around the globe.


The La Grande Dame lobby lounge


Our Dusit Club Room Junior Suite including of some 60sqm in size, providing separate bedroom, living and bathroom which certainly made for a very comfortable stay. As the main accommodation tower is triangular in construction, the rooms are not a traditional box shape, so our Junior Suite was broken up into three areas - entry/living, bedroom and bathroom, each easily cordoned off with a sliding door, with the living and bed rooms have floor to ceiling windows overlooking the city and Lumpini Park.



This Junior Suite is ideal for a longer stay as the décor has a certain classic charm to it with some of the elements remains after when it was built. It ticks all the boxes for what you would want in terms of amenities despite the corridors leading from the guest lift to the rooms show that some renovation is required to rectify some flaws that cannot be ignored.


The Dusit Club Lounge is another delight with high service standards and plenty of food and beverage to satisfy your cravings at all times of the day. The staff never failed to smile and show enjoyment for what they do and quite engaging. Décor is simply elegant and spacious as it has the feel of a private lounge/salon in an elegant mansion, with each table and chair arrangement well spaced from the next and within an L-shaped arrangement that provides some corners to get some peace and quiet when needed.



The breakfast in the lounge was most satisfying accommodating many international and local tastes for the food on offer. You may also want to spend a little bit more time during cocktail hours behind heading out for a meal with their premium selections of beverages and snacks, not to mention that comes with quite a generous service.



The public spaces are old-world grandeur that is still pleasing to see amongst all the other existing hotels in the area and this may be one of the reasons for you to choose this hotel, a fond nostalgic memory assured. The hotel lobby with the large columns and double height ceilings is quite charming still, with the internal courtyard waterfall has some very mature lush garden foliage that is incredibly photogenic and is also quite rare to see in city hotels especially in Bangkok, all this adds to an ambience that cannot easily be re-created in today’s hotels.


Some updating here and there would go a long way to adding some extra glamour, but you would never want it to lose its existing charms of old-world glamour and elegance, you may eschew those soul-less hotels when you are next looking for accommodation in Bangkok and immerse yourself in an old favorite that still has relevance today.


Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 4/5
Room Amenities: 3.5/5
Food & Beverages: 4.5/5
Housekeeping: 4/5
Service: 4/5
Value For Money: 4/5
Experience: 4.5/5

Highlights:
 Classic Architecture

946, Rama IV Road,
Bangkok, Thailand
Tel: +66 2200 9000

Dusit Thani Bangkok is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts

Reviews are based on actual day of visit and experience. mylifestylenews reserves the right of final decision in case of any disputes. All images are photographed by mylifestylenews team without any photoshop enhancement and are the property owned by mylifestylenews unless otherwise stated.