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February 9, 2011updated Jul 06, 2015

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s Iconic Lobby Refurbished

By Pardhasaradhi Gonuguntla

Hong Kong – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok announces the completion of the refurbishment of the hotel’s main lobby and reception area. All new upholstery, carpeting and furniture has been tastefully chosen by renowned interior designer Jeffrey Wilkes, the same creative mind who was behind the 2009 renovation of all the 338 guestrooms in the River Wing Building. The design brief clearly stipulated that the legendary “DNA” of the 135-year-old hotel be preserved, and combined with a modern interpretation on traditional themes. The majestic floor-to-ceiling windows that face towards the Chao Phraya River, the two royal elephants guarding the lift landing and the historical “temple bell” chandeliers all remain as before, faithful to the hotel’s oriental heritage.

The decorative enhancements are set against a proud Thai history, showcasing an unmistakable Thai-inspired flair and atmosphere. The new interior design is further enhanced during evening hours through the installation of a lighting system which highlights the vibrant new color scheme of burnt sepia, crimson reds and cool grays. In addition Silver Naga and cream marble coffee tables have been artfully placed throughout the comfortable seating arrangements. The Reception counters have undergone a dramatic transformation, using contemporary Thai materials and fabrics. Backlit blue glass tiled counters contrast beautifully with the scarlet Thai silk on the walls and the delicate crystal chandeliers with Thai motifs suspended from the ceiling above the teakwood reception desks.

Other areas that were part of the scope of the refurbishment include the Book Kiosk, the Spa and Wellness Reservation Desk, the Oriental Corner Cake Counter and the addition of luxury retail showcases. “The results of the refurbishment will ensure that the Lobby at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok will continue to be a landmark in the city,” said General Manager Jan Goessing. “The Lobby is widely seen as the Living Room for sophisticated travelers, many of whom have walked through the hotel’s iconic doors over many generations,” he added. To experience this iconic hotel in all its glory, guests new and old can enjoy the hotel’s current Getaway Package that includes daily breakfast, round trip airport transfers and lunch at Sala Rim Naam.

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