This Bangkok Hotel's Stunning Restaurant-Bar Is A Must-See

Art & Design

December 3, 2017 | BY Hong Xinying

Admire the stunning architecture and seek decor inspiration from Park Hyatt Bangkok—must-sees include The Penthouse Bar + Grill, the property’s newest dining and entertainment complex.

As I stepped into the spacious foyer of Park Hyatt Bangkok, I feel instantly eased into a calmer mood—one that feels worlds away from the city’s busy streets. Its curving corridors wrap around the space, creating a tranquil passageway that leads to a grand staircase where Japanese artist Hirotoshi Sawada’s awe-inspiring Pagoda Mirage installation floats above the steps.

Opened in June this year, the luxury hotel has unveiled its newest entertainment venue, The Penthouse Bar + Grill, which houses as many as six venues—The Grill, Cocktail Bar, The Mezzanine, Rooftop Terrace, The Chef's Table, as well as a hidden speakeasy (dubbed ‘The Whisky Room’) that serves an exquisite collection of single-malt whiskies and aperitifs. Here, we take a closer look at the hotel’s plush spaces:

The stunning architecture

The hotel is situated within a striking complex, designed by architect Amanda Levete of AL_A from London and Bangkok-based practice Pi Design. A three-dimensional figure eight connects the hotel and the adjacent luxury mall Central Embassy, forming a figure-eight shape, which is seen as a lucky number number in Chinese culture. It’s clad in extruded aluminium tiles, which shimmer in the sunlight.

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The hotel’s stylish cues to its local influence

Crafted by New York-based design practice Yabu Pushelberg, the hotel interior is at once understated and graceful, while carrying subtle cues to its Thai sensibility. Site-specific artworks from notable local artists decorate myriad spaces within the hotel, alongside a tasteful selection of commissioned pieces by regional talents. Take for instance, the Naga sculptural installation by Japanese artist Hirotoshi Sawada at the dining area—the undulating structure is inspired by the water dragon from Thai folklore, imagining the mythical serpent’s sojourn between the swimming pool and a water feature within the hotel.

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Its soothing spaces

Take decor cues from the property's clean lines and calming vibe to create a hotel-worthy bedroom within your home. Each room is elegantly furnished in soft tones that pair light wood with travertine stone. Its soothing bathrooms are as enchanting—its main ornamental detail is an intricately carved lotus motif, which floats above a freestanding bathtub.

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A restaurant bar inspired by a quintessential gentleman’s club

In contrast to the minimalist sensibility of the hotel, The Penthouse Bar + Grill is unabashedly opulent. The three-storey restaurant bar resembles a gentleman’s club—its grand design was conceptualised and realised by AvroKO, a New York-based firm helmed by its principals Greg Bradshaw, Adam Farmerie, Kristina O'Neal, and William Harris.

“As the space is housed on the grounds of the former British Embassy in Bangkok, we crafted a narrative of a fictitious Thai-born and British-educated globetrotter with gentlemanly sensibilities—one who loves art, food, wine, culture, and of course entertaining,” explains O'Neal. “The space we created is essentially his penthouse, as it highlights some of his specific interests and hobbies, such as vintage motoring, global antiques and Thai art.”  

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The dramatic details to cop for your home

Look to stunning design scheme within The Penthouse Bar + Grill, for opulent details you can cop for your home. A distinctive ebony “shattered wall” serves as the focal point at The Whisky Room, a speakeasy that features seating areas covered with rug in British racing green colours, along with copper and deep chestnut-coloured leathers. The motoring theme is conveyed throughout the entertainment and dining complex as well—a vintage motorbike takes pride of place by the staircase, while the chandeliers that float above carry a masculine and sporty vibe.

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