International tourist arrivals in Thailand reached a record high in 2016 and is projected to continue doing well in 2017 with more than 30 million foreigners arrivals annually. Tourism accounts for about 10 percent of Thailand’s GDP and is one of the few bright spots for an economy that under performed peers in Southeast Asia. So it not surprising to see many new hotels being built. But amid the wide offering, the recently opened (February 2017) 137 Pillars Suites and Residences is one hotel to watch.
Reason #01 – Great location
Located at the heart of Bangkok’s upscale Emquartier & Emporium Shopping area and in the heart of fashionable Thonglor district of Bangkok, this hotel is well placed for business or pleasure.
The hotel facade. Located along Soi 39, Sukhumvit, the hotel is in a serene area, unaffected by traffic noise.
The splendid hotel lobby, classy and soothes the minute you stepped into the building. The centerpiece of the decor is a Bht 15 million (S$608,000) huge custom-made wall poster.
The hotel complimentary London Cab shuttle to Emquartier, a high-end mall about a 10min walk away. The Phrom Phong BTS is also located at this area.
Luxurious transport that anyone will appreciate. Other than this, the hotel also operates a luxurious MPV shuttle if needed.
Reason #02- Hip cafe to dine and be seen in
The hotel cafe – Bangkok Trading Post Bistro and Deli , is touted by food reviewers to be one of the hippest cafes to dine and be seen in at Phrom Phong. Playing around with retro tiles and old-school explorers’ gears like compasses, telescopes and field chairs, amid high ceilings, wood and marble, the decor is inspired from the colonial old straits trading days. Other than baked items and sandwiches from the deli counter, guests can also find local and international comfort dishes. Do check out their superb purple sweet potato cake.
Farmers’ style omelette lovingly prepared at the cafe.
Thai congee, one of the most popular comfort food. Easy on the stomach, especially after a long flight.
Good connoisseur coffee and specialty beverages await diners at the cafe. You can enjoy a wide range of artisan breads, jams, patisserie with cakes, pastries,l pizzas and local delicacies from the regions. Casual dining from breakfast at sunrise to late supper with friends. Dine in, take-away or even delivery to guests suites.
Museli for you ? eating healthily is entirely possible at the cafe with health conscious menu.
Boutique artisanal jams to buy home or as gifts. Just remember to packed into luggage and not hand carry on flight.
Reason #03 – Lovely room and sleep quality
Lovely cosy ambience and layout assures a wonderful sleep quality. 5 stars quality assured.
Guests looking for spaciousness and great room amenities will be pleased.
Gorgeous washroom facilities. And the WC have seat warmer, on top of built-in auto sanitation mode.
Feel right at home in the suites. More details can be refer here for the rest of the hotel accommodation.
Reason #04 – Gorgeous infinity swimming pool
Inviting infinity-edged swimming pool for a cosy dip and view of the city. Best experienced at dusk.
Imagine this, a huge jacuzzi pool to pamper guests. Feels like a king indeed.
Reason #05 – Great amenities
The hotel gym – modern gears in a cosy setting. Muay Thai sessions available too, at the other part of the gym.
Beautiful manicured garden with city view for chilling out with a difference.
For the golfers , a putting green to warm up the senses and keep the mind in focus.
Quirky design at the hotel pool level to titillate the guests. Fluttering heartbeats installation, indeed.
The immense competition in the Bangkok hospitality scene necessitate newer hotels to innovate and carve out it’s niche market. Although recently opened, the 137 Pillars Hotels group is by no means a new player, having opened their first hotel in 2011, the 137 Pillars House in Chiang Mai with another coming up in Phuket (Kata Beach, in 2019).
With the great stay experience and service that I enjoyed at this hotel and all the positives in the right place, I have reason to believe that this hotel will do exceptionally well ,as evidenced by the healthy occupancy rate. Will I stay here again in my future Bangkok trip ? -100% Yes ! Will I recommend it to anyone visiting Bangkok -100% Yes, too ! Please do check Jetabout Holidays for the best deals available for this hotel.
Footnote : All pictures used in this travelogue are copyrighted to Jensen Chua Photography and Holiday Tours and Travel (Singapore) and all rights reserved.