AT GOLDEN hour, the corner deluxe room’s picture window frames the breathtaking view of the Bangkok city skyline. It spotlights on the dynamic scene of opposites coexisting as one: lofty, modern buildings casting shadows over traditional gilded temples, which catches the Western light in between towers and flashes golden streaks across the neighborhood.

As the corporate world clocks out at twilight, the streets below come alive with technicolor hues of the neon lights setting the district ablaze with excitement.

Exciting? Take it notches higher and stay in an award-winning, art-inspired, five-star hotel that captures the essence of one of the most happening area, if not the most colorful, sphere in the heart of capital city - the Le Meridien Bangkok along Surawong Road, a key central business district artery alongside Silom and Sathorn.

After undergoing a facelift recently, the refreshed Le Meridien Bangkok fuses playful sophistication and modern design with warm Thai hospitality. These are evident upon arrival. I-

jud, the giant white dog, extends a playful welcome to every arriving guest at the concourse.

The smokey, art-tinted glass walls behind, although allowing a hazy impression of the interior,

tickles the guests’ interest and entices them to explore what’s beyond.

The fun reception extends indoors at the lobby and the Latitude Bar with more parading brightly colored I-Juds among other curated original artworks. From the inside, the same expansive glass panes that created intrigue to arriving guests present the lively Bangkok street life. While

enjoying the view on this side of the window, relax and sip on an invigorating Illy espresso or

latte while nibbling on a European pastry at Latitude 13° coffee shop.

Sawasdee kah. A warm welcome, a speedy check in and I was in my “refreshed + recreated”

room facing West on the high floors in no time. A plush sanctuary indeed, with an impressive

view to match. A dynamic city as the artwork that’s captivating at day, at sunset and at night.

There is much to discover and indulge in within the hotel, like the Lifestyle Floor. The outdoor

pool overlooking the iconic Mahanakhon building is the perfect spot to cool down and work on a

tan, or enjoy cocktails and bar chow on the deck at Plunge Bar while listening to modern tunes

that can put you in the right mood. If indoor exercising is your thing then the Technogym-

equipped fitness center is your spot. The floor-to-ceiling widescreen window panels connect you

to the outdoors. Then there’s the world-class SPA, where seasoned therapists execute holistic

treatments aimed at personalized wellness experience.

What’s your food craving? Latest Recipe embraces global cuisines from French Provençal and

Mediterranean to Asian, and one might just pick your palate. The restaurant is known for its

lavish entrées, à la carte delicacies and its Sunday brunch menu. Rolling Ribs is all about

authentic BBQ in a semi-outdoor setting. The casual restaurant serves fall-off-the-bone tender

and juicy meats smoked to perfection. It pairs perfectly with the resto’s craft beers. Cheers!

While your key grants you access to a uniquely Le Meridien Bangkok Chic, Culture + Discovery

lifestyle, it also unlocks a world of experience beyond the hotel.

“Attractive, fashionable, stylish. Our neighborhood is certainly colorful. The vibrant nightlife

appeals across genders. Le Meridien Bangkok is steps from the vibrant Patpong Night Market, celebrated nightlife and Samyan Mitrtown,” shared Nuttinee Payungwong, Le Meridien

Bangkok’s Marketing Communications Executive, adding that within the neighborhood are the Jim Thompson House, art galleries and Little Tokyo, the Wat Hua Lamphong, a Buddhist Royal

Temple, and the Lumpini Park, referred to as Bangkok’s Central Park — all within a walking distance.

“Exploring farther, our guests can access a myriad of must-see spots in the city via the nearby

Sala Daeng BTS and Sam Yan MRT stations,” shared Nuttinee, pointing out one of the

conveniences of staying at Le Meridien Bangkok.

After a long day in Silom or around the city, I rushed back to my plush sanctuary to catch the

sun set over Bangkok’s skyscrapers and gilded temples. After two long years of home confinement, you and I truly deserve to savor the good life. Why not do it at Le Méridien

Bangkok?

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