Text by Nicholas Walton
Onyx’s newest luxury serviced apartment property, the Oriental Residences, a Soho-esque enclave set amidst the sprawling gardens of the city’s embassy row, their 145 palatial, apartment-style suites are the perfect base for both business and leisure travellers from which to delve into the city.The residences themselves are intimate and welcoming; the lobby is more akin to a sophisticated apartment complex than a hotel, though a well-trained staff extend the famed hospitality that makes Thailand such a joy to visit, guiding guests to their suite as if they were returning home.
Their spacious entry level Executive Deluxe suites have chic, contemporary interiors including custom furnishings and a calming cream and grey colour palate in marble, accentuated by dark hardwood floors, recessed lighting, floor to ceiling windows, custom-made beds and intimate pieces of art by Chiratorn Chirapravati. Modern touches include high speed wireless internet, a fully equipped kitchen and a LCD television.
The one- and two-bedroom suites are ideally suited for business travellers with spacious living rooms, elegant custom-made dining tables, ample work areas, breakfast counters and kitchens. They also offer three-bedroom suites. An additional 46 private residences are located on the building’s top floors and have access to a range of private amenities.
Despite having the privacy and intimacy of a residential complex, they also have a range of sophisticated facilities. Guests can cool down on Bangkok’s steamy days at the 4th floor Play Deck, home to an al fresco bar, a 20-metre swimming pool ringed by cabanas, a comprehensive fitness centre, and a chic white-clad games room that doubles as an innovative meeting space. Additional meeting spaces are also available, catering to the many corporate headquarters and embassies, which share the Oriental Residences’ address on Wireless Road.
Finally it wouldn’t be Bangkok without great dining and their signature eatery, Café Claire, serves up elegant, gourmet European-inspired cuisine in surrounds reminiscent of a New York or Parisian bistro. Be sure to sample from the organic wine list or the extensive draught beer selection. Also within the complex is Mandopop, a chic cocktail bar and restaurant that serves contemporary Cantonese, Sichuan and Hakka dishes with a hint of chinoiserie decadence.
110 Wireless Road,
Lumpini, Pathumwan Bangkok,
Thailand, Tel: +66 2125 9000