Dusit Thani Bangkok is a five-star hotel that has been the life and soul of luxury in Bangkok since opening in 1970.
The grand dame, Dusit Thani has seen a few things come and go over the years from her position overlooking Lumpini Park and the Silom intersection of Bangkok, but after a recent room renovation, she is as fine as ever.
In every city there is the hotel that has exuded style and grace for decades, with dedicated staff and attention to detail in every facet of hospitality. I love these hotels with their history and charm. Dusit Thani is certainly one them and a true pleasure to visit right from the front door welcome, through to the delicious food in any of its six restaurants and the luxurious touches in all of their rooms.
I moved in for two nights and had the pleasure of staying in a sumptuous Dusit Room (60sqm), with a timber finish and a fantastic view over Lumpini Park. Recently renovated, the 517 rooms are all spotless, some with a distinctive Thai theme, while others are modern white designs. The hotel is busy day and night with functions, businessmen attending meetings and guests arriving to dine in the many restaurants.
I enjoyed an excellent Thai dining experience in the Benjarong restaurant on the ground level of the hotel, which has recently received a reinvented, modern menu from new Danish chef, Morten Boejstrup Nielsen. He also oversees the Dusit’s international hotel kitchens as Group Chef of Thai Cuisine. Nielsen was previously at Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, at Kempinski Hotel, Bangkok and also London’s Nahm Restaurant, and has brought a new style of Thai cuisine with him. Benjarong has evolved from a traditional Royal Thai cuisine concept to a more contemporary style, where traditional flavours are celebrated yet deconstructed and presented in innovative ways.
The Thai dining at this restaurant is exemplary with favorites such as the 72-Hour slow cooked beef ribs in aromatic green curry, tom yum goong and mango and sticky rice topping the bill on the day. Benjarong is definitely one of the best Thai fine-dining experiences in Bangkok.
I also tried the Ladies Night up at the rooftop bar and restaurant on the 22nd floor of the hotel, which is aptly called 22. I was pleasantly surprised with the gathering as an Australian wine tasting was being held with plenty of expat ladies about, which was the start of a fine evening in the Silom area.
Another wonderful experience is the Devarana Spa. Within beautiful and elegant spa rooms guests can experience premium pampering and wellness treatments. Devarana Spa is a place that gels age-old Thai therapies with modern knowledge and techniques where luxury and elegance blend with the Thai heritage of natural healing. There are many choices of treatments, including traditional Thai and other oil-based massages.
The Dusit Thani was the brain-child of famed, now 95-year-old Thai hotelier, Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, who after studying and travelling in the US in the mid 1940s arrived back to Bangkok with a plan to develop Thai hotel hospitality and promote the charm of Thai hospitality to the world. There are now over 22 hotels in the Dusit International group around Thailand, the region and the world, and Dusit Thani remains the flagship. There is a wall of images depicting the history of Dusit Thani in the main hallway, which is a must see for anyone interested in the local times past.
The hotel is strategically sited near the Sala Daeng BTS Skytrain and Silom MRT underground stations and close to major business, shopping and entertainment centres. You can get anywhere all over town in a flash from these stations. Silom and Patong night markets and entertainment strips, great dining and nightclubs like Ku De Ta, Sirocco and Maggie Choo’s are nearby too. It’s also easy to jump on a train and head to Saphan Taksin BTS station and board a river boat for a tour, or go for a trip up the river to the National Museum or other fascinating royal palaces upstream. The boats are going all day long so just jump on and go for a ride.
Staying at Dusit Thani is a wonderful experience, for the comfortable, well-appointed rooms and function areas, the action packed Bangkok location and the famous Dusit hospitality all amounting to what I’m sure would still have Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui proud to this day.