A Location for Luxury
The ‘heart of a city’ is a loosely defined thing. Nowadays, the phrase tends to be bandied about just a little too liberally. A metropolis like Bangkok might have three or four hearts, as it were, districts demarcated by interest, venues, and public transport lines — shoppers drawn to malls, night owls to clubs and bars, foodies to street stalls, swarms of people packed in tight between skyscrapers, switching from subway to sky train. ‘Heart of the city’ is a matter of opinion.
All that said, Radisson Blu Plaza, rising above Sukhumvit Road on the corner of Soi 27, is about as close as it comes to being in the ‘heart’ of Bangkok; a short taxi ride from Thong Lo’s bars and restaurants, the
Queen Sirikit National Convention Center, and the Airport Rail Link, and a brief walk from BTS Asoke and MRT Sukhumvit, as well as the posh Emporium and boutique Terminal 21 shopping malls, the hotel rightly lays claim to one of the most convenient locations in the city.
And yet, it is far enough removed from the teeming crowds and white noise to retain a sense of tranquillity – the hotel straddles a residential side street and a relatively subdued stretch of Sukhumvit, a setting which decreases the tempo of Bangkok, offering peace, quiet and a lens to examine the affairs of the big city from outside the fishbowl.
Radisson Blu Plaza encompasses 290 rooms and suites spread across 29 floors. From cosy Deluxe Rooms to the extravagant Royal Deluxe Suite, with its 144 square metres and private balcony, at least one space caters to every traveller. While the high-end options are as lavish as you’d expect, the bulk of the rooms — Deluxe and Grand Deluxe — don’t lack in luxury, either. Each comes with a number of amenities that make the hotel stay feel a bit like home, including flat-screen TVs hung tastefully on the wall, spacious work desks with ergonomic chairs, and fourfixture marble bathrooms with rain showers and separate bathtubs.
But what really sets the accommodations apart are the discreet comforts, the services and facilities you didn’t know you wanted before they were laid before you: onetouch room and concierge services, express laundry, a complimentary shoe shine, a wide and well-designed living space finished with a soothing colour palette. Each room enjoys its own panoramic view of the city, too, which at night can be breath-taking, especially from the top floors.
For those in need of rest and relaxation, the hotel provides the requisite floor dedicated to wellness. Spa Esc advertises holistic treatments as well as traditional therapies, including Thai massage; while the spa delivers where it should, the best part about this floor isn’t treatments, it’s the large and airy gym — a stylish facility with sufficient space to guarantee you won’t sweat all over the person running on the treadmill next to you. There’s also a small but well-maintained pool, with plenty of chairs on the deck and the quaint Bar Esc serving good fruit shakes and snacks.
The rooms are plush and the wellness centre impeccable, but the true selling point of Radisson Blu Plaza is the superb range of dining options. Each restaurant, with its unique style and flavours, adds to the overall experience of staying at the hotel. At night, B/Sharp on the ground floor turns into an expanded lounge bar with an open, rotundalike setting. Here, the drinks are stiff and live music turns long days into relaxed evenings. The shining stars, though, are the romantic Attico on the 28th floor — its rustic Italian fare is exquisite and perfectly executed — and Twenty- Seven Bites, the brasserie on the second floor with a can’t miss international breakfast buffet.
Whether for a night or a week, a stay at Radisson Blu Plaza is as invigorating as it is relaxing, and it might just lead you to linger in the heart of the city.
Radisson Blu Plaza
489 Sukhumvit Rd | 0 2302 3333 | radissonblu.com