There are few skylines more compelling than Bangkok's. As seen from above, the Chao Phraya river snakes through a sea of ancient temples and towering steel. At sundown, the sky fades to a bluish gray as the cityscape begins its steady nighttime transformation from flickering twinkles to a full-on grid of neon. To see Bangkok from its rooftops is an unforgettable experience, and a recently opened hotel is bringing it alive with a fresh perspective.
In December 2018, the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit opened its doors, marking the Hyatt Regency brand's entry into the capital of Thailand. The luxe hotel embodies many of the buzzwords that make Bangkok so iconic: high-tech, traditional, a touch of audacity.
The hotel sits on one of the city's most well-known thoroughfares, near the Nana neighborhood, the veritable red-light district of Bangkok.
The nod to the traditional is matched only by the 21st-century touches that bring this hotel to the forefront of modern design.
The 31-story, mixed-use development (it also includes condos and retail shopping) was conceived as a modern Thai house, and each detail is a nod to Thai history as told through decorative pieces of art, furniture and rugs. Walls and tucked-away corners pop with elegant sculptures designed by local artist Ajarn Nontiwat Jantanapalin.
The hotel features 273 guestrooms, including 21 suites. Each room has floor-to-ceiling windows that give a sweeping, clean line over the city. Rooms start at 377 square feet, and each one is equipped with the Hyatt Mobile Entry technology, which means that a guest can use a smartphone to open their room.
In addition, each room has a Handy smartphone that allows guests to stay connected while exploring the city. Guests on the 27th floor have access to the Regency Club Lounge, which includes privileges like private check-in and checkout as well as complimentary food and beverages with city views.
A standard king room at the hotel, which opened in 2018.
One of the highlights of the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit can be found perched on the top three floors of the hotel. Spectrum Lounge & Bar has positioned itself as a prime gathering spot for guests, business travelers and upscale residents looking to see and be seen with a cocktail in hand and the intensity of an illuminated Bangkok by night.
The lounge experience serves choice cuts of grilled meats, seafood, craft cocktails and whiskey, with live music permeating the three-story space, which opens to an open-air rooftop.
There are two other dining outlets, including a lobby lounge bar and Market Cafe, which serves authentic Thai cuisine.
For a different city view, this time during the day, step out onto the sixth-floor terrace for an outdoor, free-form swimming pool tucked amid a lush garden. Other amenities of this outdoor playground include a whirlpool, pool bar, steam room and a 24-hour gym.
To ease city exploration, the hotel is located with direct access to the BTS Skytrain Nana Station. It is within a short trip to the National Museum, Asiatique Riverfront, EmQuartier shopping and the Grand Palace and Emerald Buddha.
Rates begin at $155.