Yesterday, the long awaited Park Hyatt Bangkok finally opened its doors to guests after the opening date had been delayed several times.
The hotel, once completed, will have 222 rooms including more than 30 suites. It sits top of the Central Embassy mall that is built on the former grounds of the British Embassy and hence the name. Central owns the hotel.
You can access the Park Hyatt Bangkok’s website here.
I managed to make a booking for the entire weekend using the 20% off opening offer that came with 3,000 bonus points. I had to tweak the booking (cancel and redo) several times due to availability issues. Finally, on Thursday, the day before opening, I was able to piece together reservation for the entire weekend.
I noted that I would be arriving at 7AM and that it was my birthday (it really was!). I ended up arriving at 8:30 and was the second guest checking in. The hotel staff had expected me to be the first based on the expected earlier arrival time.
It wasn’t my intention to be in Bangkok at this time in May (was supposed to be in Europe), but the accident that I wrote about yesterday (read more here) slowed me down and had to do some follow ups here. The opening of the hotel from June was brought back to May 12 last month.
Manager that welcomed me had moved to work here from Grand Hyatt Jakarta where I had dealt with him previously. Two ladies that escorted me to the suite knew me from my stays at the InterContinental Bangkok and had wondered if I am the same person.
Went to have a breakfast and hotel and general managers from the Grand Hyatt Erawan came too and we exchanged few words. Hotel manager is moving to become the GM of the 222 room Hyatt Place once it opens.
Had a word with the General Manager too and he had previously worked at the Park Hyatt hotels in Tokyo and Ho Chi Minh City. One of the F&B managers was on loan from the Hyatt Regency Osaka and had worked at the Grand Hyatt Erawan previously.
It is always small world with the hotel employees when new property opens. Upper management tends to move from other hotels in the region and employees are recruited from other hotels in the city.
Here are some photos that I have taken so far:
I will have detailed review coming up on Monday with more photos. Will stay put here for the weekend, although may catch the new Alien movie that plays on the movie theater inside the mall downstairs and have few drinks at bars in the Thong Lor area.
Quite a few people already checked out today and another 20 or so new arrivals today. Seems that many guests wanted to experience this property on the opening day.