Expect to see more artwork in the public areas, sleeker rooms, and a sophisticated new cocktail bar.
Aside from the central location, Marriott Bonvoy members traveling to the Thai capital have even more reason to book a stay at Le Méridien Bangkok – the five-star property has just emerged from a major refurbishment. Guests arriving at the new-look hotel are greeted by a giant white dog statue named I-Jud. The creation of Wasinburee Supanichvoraparch, an artist from Thailand’s Ratchaburi province, this playful installation represents the artistic spirit of the Le Méridien brand. Inside, the revamped lobby is dotted with miniature versions of I-Jud that have been coated with a special type of chromium for a golden sheen.
Upstairs, the 282 restyled guest rooms and suites now sport a brighter, more streamlined look characterized by paler hues and sleek furniture. Chaise longues were introduced in the suites, work desks extended, and beige carpets swapped out for herringbone-patterned light wood floors and rugs with brushwork motifs. Aside from illy espresso capsule machines, accommodations feature tech upgrades such as touchscreen IP phones, LED Smart TVs, and Bluetooth speakers. Deep-soaking tubs and rain showers have been retained in the marble bathrooms, which also come with double vanities.
As for on-site dining options, hungry guests can look forward to a quartet of venues. Latitude 13 serves snacks and sharing plates throughout the day, as well as a signature “tom kha coffee” infused with lemongrass and Thai sweet fish sauce. At the just-opened Tempo bar, mixologists use local plants and herbs to make craft cocktails; all-day restaurant Latest Recipe plates up a hearty international breakfast spread from its live cooking stations. Down at street level, Memphis-style smokehouse Rolling Ribs Brew Bar & BBQ has an industrial vibe — its red-brick walls and black steel panels set the scene for meals of hickory wood–smoked ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, chicken and more, washed down with beers on tap and signature cocktails inspired by the Wild West.
On the hotel’s “lifestyle floor,” Spa by Le Méridien features seven treatment rooms, while The Onsen is a new 30-square-meter private bath where the mineral content of the water follows precise Japanese formulas that change with the seasons. An outdoor swimming pool and gym stocked with the latest high-tech equipment round out the lineup of recreational facilities.
Situated in the downtown commercial area of Silom, Le Méridien Bangkok is right on the doorstep of Patpong, Bangkok’s most famous night market, and within easy walking distance of Sala Daeng BTS Skytrain and Sam Yan MRT stations. Room rates at the renovated hotel start from US$152++ net per night.