New Opening: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River

The low-rise property, whose interiors were largely designed by the eminent Jean-Michel Gathy, makes the most of its downtown riverside location.

The riverside main pool at Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok. (Photo: Ken Seet/Four Seasons)

Five years after the closure of the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok, the Canadian ultra-luxe hotel brand has marked its return to the Thai capital with the opening of a riverfront property in the historic Charoen Krung neighborhood. Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is perched along a 200-meter-stretch of Thailand’s River of Kings, and occupies a series of tiered buildings linked at ground level through various indoor and outdoor spaces, including quiet greenery-filled courtyards and buzzing restaurants.

The hotel interiors were the brainchild of none other than Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston, who has given the Four Seasons Bangkok plenty of high ceilings and glass walls, with pools and elements of flowing water in a nod to the constant movement of the Chao Phraya River. Public areas are adorned with pieces from an art collection amassed by Gathy himself, and a dedicated gallery stretching from the lobby to the river has been created in partnership with MOCA Bangkok, to showcase contemporary Thai artists through a roster of changing exhibitions.

With the exception of the signature Cantonese restaurant Yu Ting Yuan, which was the work of Gathy, the hotel’s dining and drinking venues were all designed by the acclaimed global studio AvroKO. Riva del Fiume serves up locally and seasonally inspired Italian dishes on several riverside terraces, and French tropics–inspired Brasserie Palmier, also fronting the Chao Phraya, puts the emphasis on fish and seafood in its classic bistro fare. For lighter bites, afternoon tea awaits at The Lounge and delicate baked goods tempt patrons at Café Madeleine, a pastry shop and café with indoor-outdoor seating. Meanwhile, BKK Social Club channels the energy and glamor of Buenos Aires through its cocktails, craft spirits, music and decor; it’s overseen by head bartender Philip Bischoff, who previously helmed the famed Manhattan Bar in Singapore.

 

The hotel’s lobby looks out onto an ornamental pool. (Photo: Ken Seet/Four Seasons)

Inside the lobby lounge. (Photo: Ken Seet/Four Seasons)

The bar at BKK Social Club. (Photo: Ken Seet/Four Seasons)

A River View Premier room at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok. (Photo: Ken Seet/Four Seasons)

Upstairs, guests bed down in 299 contemporary rooms and suites, all of which have a residential character with Thai touches and spa-like bathrooms, as well as floor-to-ceiling windows showing off views of the hotel gardens or the Chao Phraya. Terrace Suites feature landscaped and furnished outdoor terraces large enough to hold a private dinner party, while the 450-square-meter three-bedroom Presidential Suite has a double-height living room, its own bar and kitchen, and an expansive terrace with a private plunge pool.

Soon to open on the hotel grounds is the 2,500-square-meter Urban Wellness Centre. Here, nine treatment rooms include a lavish spa suite equipped with its own private bath and indoor garden. Also part of the facility? A spacious consultation area and relaxation lounges, not to mention a hair salon, barber shop, and nail salon. Fitness-oriented spaces at the Urban Wellness Centre range from a naturally lit gym and a 30-meter lap pool to a “mind and body” studio that will host regular open and private classes.

To celebrate the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok’s grand opening, the Staycation at Four Seasons offer has been extended through February 15, 2021, with benefits such as daily breakfast for two, food and beverage credit, as well as guaranteed early check-in and late checkout.

More information here.

 

Brasserie Palmier is one of six dining and drinking venues at the hotel. (Photo: Ken Seet/Four Seasons)

Relaxing at the main pool. (Photo: Ken Seet/Four Seasons)

The terrace of the 800-square-meter Four Seasons Grand Ballroom. (Photo: Ken Seet/Four Seasons)

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