BANGKOK, Thailand -- Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts said it will
assume management of the Westin Banyan Tree Bangkok, effective Jan.
The hotel, which is managed by Westin Hotels and Resorts under a
five-year contract that expires at the end of this year, will be
renamed Banyan Tree Bangkok.
The 216-room all-suite property is Bangkok's tallest hotel. It
occupies a 60-story tower in the city's central business
"Over the past five years, the Banyan Tree brand has achieved
dynamic growth and international recognition. At the same time, our
global sales and marketing network has matured and grown in
stature," said Edwin Yeow, Banyan Tree's joint managing director
and senior vice president of marketing.
"Banyan Tree's brand leadership coupled with our international
marketing network has enhanced the group's commercial potential. We
believe now is the opportune time for us to launch our first city
hotel," Yeow said.
A $3 million renovation will begin in the second quarter of this
year and is scheduled for completion by December, just before the
official management takeover. As part of the renovation, the hotel
will build a new Executive Club lounge with separate check-in and
checkout areas, breakfast room and pool bar, and a rooftop grill
and "champagne lounge."
To cope with rising demand for spa services, the hotel will add
two more floors of spa facilities (on the 20th and 21st floors) to
the Banyan Tree Spa, which is currently on the hotel's 51st and
Geared to business travelers, the all-suite hotel features units
with separate living and sleeping quarters. The rooms feature large
work desks, two-line speaker phones with voice mail, dataports and
in-room fax/copier machines.
A business center features secretarial assistance, a library,
mobile phone and pager rental and personal computers. For larger
meetings, three rooms each feature audiovisual equipment and
seating for up to 50 guests.
For details or to book, call (800) 937-8461 or visit www.westin.com. The
hotel also can be booked via the major CRSs.