Located at the heart of Bangkok's original temple precinct of Thonburi, the Millennium Hilton Bangkok is a stunning 32-storey modern hotel set against the sweeping majesty of the River of Kings.
The property successfully marries touches of traditional Siam with contemporary Western design sensibilities throughout its public spaces and guestrooms. Water is another prominent theme and it flows beautifully through every aspect of the hotel's design, from the wall murals to the contemporary artworks, bringing a wonderful sense of serenity and peace to the vast interiors.
Each of the Millennium Hilton Bangkok's 543 rooms, coloured in a palette of earth tones with accents of gold lacquer and wood panels, provide picture perfect views of the Chao Phraya River. Executive Rooms are 34 square metres, Deluxe Plus Rooms for family are 40 square metres and Suites come in at 67 square metres.
Meanwhile, the Executive Plus Suite affords panoramic views of the river from both the living room and the bedroom. At 67 square metres, the suite includes a separate bedroom, living room-cum-work area, and a second bathroom. An outsized sofa with cushions and a leather-covered table (the size of a pool table) take up the centre of the living room, opposite a 32-inch LCD TV between the panoramic bay windows.
In the bedroom, which also boasts a similar LCD TV, a large king-size bed provides for a comfortable night's sleep, while the bathroom sports a huge bathtub-cum-Jacuzzi, as well as a rain shower. There is also a stylish wooden desk. In addition, the suite is equipped with all the amenities one would expect from a top-class hotel.
Furthermore, guests staying on the Executive floor get access to the Executive lounge on the 31st floor. Here, in addition to a free buffet breakfast, they can indulge in complimentary mid-morning snacks, afternoon tea and evening cocktails.
The hotel's contemporary and cutting-edge style also extends to its eight restaurants and bars, which offer a wide and varied range of food and beverage options in spectacular settings.
ThreeSixty Jazz Lounge offers magnificent panoramic views from high up on the 32nd floor. Close by is its outdoor sister venue on the 31st floor, appropriately named ThreeSixty Outdoor Lounge.
Other fine dining options include tapas-style Thai Dining Theatre at Maya, authentic Chinese cuisine at Yuan, an international buffet at Flow, and best grills at Prime Steakhouse. Other food and beverage outlets include The Lantern and The Beach.
The main pool, which curves along the facade of the hotel overlooking the river, has a 'beach' section, complete with real sand and beach chairs. Meanwhile, another corner has a row of private Jacuzzi pools with sun loungers. It's the perfect place to spend the day lazing around, sunning, and reading.
In addition to its range of resistance machines and free weights, the well-equipped fitness centre also hosts weekly yoga, Pilates and aero-boxing classes
If you are in need of a 'time out', you can explore one of eforea: spa at Hilton's three signature spa journeys - The Escape Journey, The Essentials Journey and The Men's Journey. Here one will discover equally soothing environs in 12 treatment rooms, set in a stunning pavilion built around a pair of sacred banyan trees. It's the perfect place to rebalance, rejuvenate and relax.
Guests can also enjoy a separate salon that offers nail services.
If you are travelling with your family, don't forget to explore "Family Experiences" which offer two exclusive two-and-a-half hour packages designed to make "Time out for Mother and Daughter" and "Time out for Father and Son".
The hotel also provides "Care Packages", individually addressed to children, which include pyjamas, a bathrobe, slippers, two books of fairytales, a lullaby toy, and a note on what else they can borrow during their stay.
The Millennium Hilton Bangkok provides free roundtrip shuttle boat service from River City and Sathorn Pier (Saphan Taksin BTS station).
For more information or reservations, call 0 2442 2000 or visit www.hilton.com.
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Writer: Eric Diadamo