First in the series of our firsthand experiencing some of the hotels that stands out among the others in the capital, follow on our travel update to plan your next stay at one of our recommended bed down:
DUSIT THANI – ‘THE TIMELESS LEGEND’
(Follow the next post on Dusit’s Talk of the Town Dining Venues)
Located in the busy but environmental-friendly area across the Lumpini (Lake) Park and next to Silom MRT, Dusit Thani Bangkok, founded in 1970, stood the test of time and a Thai hospitality gem since 48 years.
The name of the hotel in itself bears promising meaning that implies a stay in the bliss of paradise.
Now in its final year of operation, the hotel marches towards a closure on 06 January 2019, which will be taking a rebirth in the form of a landmark of the cosmopolitan and elevate the brand image at a staggering estimated cost of Thai Baht 36.7 billion (about US$ 1.1 billion) redefining hospitality in a mien of grandeur and luxury – a mixed-use project, adopting Thai style design embracing green concept and innovate living areas with latest technology to add value to consumer travel demands.
Taking a look back down the memory lane of Dusit Thani, the hotel was founded by Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, with a passion of introducing to international travelers the concept of Thai hospitality and reflection of Thai design in each room of the property. The opening ceremony of the hotel, then the tallest building of Bangkok, was regally ordained
by Queen Rambai Barni. The 517 room landmark hotel of Bangkok has served a lavish lifestyle place for the royal families, celebrities including renowned artists, singers, showbiz personalities, business tycoons and serving the venue banquet services to hold top business and leisure events including sumptuous wedding receptions.
I have many fond memories, building new friendships at the many travel and showbiz events that I had attended at the hotel’s banqueting areas and winding up the evening on a comfy bed in the elegant Thai Heritage Suite.
In an interview with khun Titiya Xuto, General Manager Dusit Thani and VP Operations Thailand; khun Xuto expressed mixed emotions with the hotel closure for restructure of the hotel. The staff and guests who have been associated with the hotel over a long span of time, it’s a natural feeling to feel unhappy over the hotels closure but looking up at the prospect of the hotel to reopen with a new, better landmark of Bangkok.
Some of the work of art shall be retained and put back into the new building, said khun Xuto. One example is seen in an effort in somehow securing of rare work of art on the pillars of the Benjarong Thai restaurant. The water fountain may be taller and better than the existing one.
Khun Xuto discussed the relevance of the campaign “The Timeless Legend” before the closure to invite and bring back the loyal guests to the hotel’s festivities and for their awareness of the reopening of the hotel on completion.
The flagship hotel of the Dusit International Company, the 5 star deluxe Dusit Thani Hotel, in celebration of the closing campaign “ The Timeless Legend” featuring festivities, special menu at the restaurants, generously offers to the guests normal service tuned on full operating capability during the last quarter of the year until 05 January 2019.
A host of festivities includes:
*July: ‘Music Speaks Louder Than Words’ – A charity Musical Concert with proceeds donated to the Queen Sirikit Centre for Breast Cancer
*August: ‘It Started With A Woman’s Dream’ – A charity luncheon event which the hotel hosted for 20 underprivileged cancer patients at Chulalongkorn Hospital.
*September: ‘Timeless Elegance’ – A fashion show of Thai heritage costumes and jewelries with Afternoon Tea.
*October (Contact Hotel for details).
*November 26: ‘The Christmas to Remember’ – A Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.
*December 31: ‘The Journey Across Time’ – A gala dinner wherein Dusit Thani Bangkok will journey from the past until the present and the future with the new hotel development. Tickets will be sold with an overnight stay.
The hotel features spacious rooms and suites with world class amenities offering maximum comfort, restaurants, landscape garden by the waterfall, Devarana Spa, Fitness center, open air Pool with sundeck, Squash Court, and a shopping arcade.
Of the 517 well-appointed rooms, the “Dusit Room” is a comfort zone with a separate bed room – a generously spacious 60 sq.meters with a living lounge and large bathroom. An oasis of tranquility and local charm; and a stay in the Heritage Suites is like stepping into a fantasy bedroom in some regal palace inspired with rural scenery. Other room category includes Superior Room, Deluxe room, Dusit Club Room and the each suite bears own characteristic at Ratanakosin, Ambassador, Princess and Majesty Suite. https://www.dusit.com/dusitthani/bangkok/
Recent Development and the future of Dusit International:
Dusit International was founded in 1948 by Honorary Chairperson Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, whose first hotel was the Princess on Bangkok’s Charoenkrung Road. Today the company is a leader in hotel management, franchising and education and comprises a unique international portfolio of distinctive hotels and resorts operating under four brands: Dusit Thani, dusitD2, Dusit Princess and Dusit Devarana. The company currently operates 27 properties worldwide and has over 50 confirmed projects in the pipeline in key destinations such as Australia, Bhutan, China, Indonesia, Kenya, Myanmar, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, Turkey, and UAE.
Dusit International also operates the signature Devarana Spa and has a fast-growing Education Division. The latter, established in 1993, comprises Dusit Thani College, which offers vocational and postgraduate hospitality degrees at campuses
in Bangkok and Pattaya; Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School; and the recently opened Dusit Thani Hotel School, which is Thailand’s first hospitality school based
on the ASEAN Common Competency Standards for Tourism Professionals.
In 2018 Dusit will open the pioneering Dusit Hospitality Management College, a unique fully integrated hospitality school and hotel in Manila, Philippines.
All Photos (Except self in the pix) By: Saifuddin Ismailji /
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