Staying At The Okura Prestige Bangkok
It has always been my dream and mission to make a staycation at The Okura Prestige Bangkok – the five-star, luxury, Japanese-style hotel in the heart of Thailand’s capital. I have always wanted to experience how the legendary heritage of Japanese’s hospitality – the ‘Omotenashi‘ – plays out. Also, I have heard so much about their widely-raved Japanese-style breakfast. Most of all, I wanted to know what it is like to stay in the heart of Bangkok and get the most out of everything this vibrant city has to offer.
Not too long ago, I had my wish. We spent a weekend at The Okura Prestige Bangkok and experienced it all. Since the hotel is right by the BTS Phloen Chit station, we also enjoyed the super convenient connection to many of Bangkok’s attractions. Phloen Chit, as vibrant as it is, is also an interesting place. We have also made a visit to the origins of the area – Nai Lert Park Heritage Home – where everything started at the turn of the 20th century. Thailand was, at the time, on the verge of a big urban transformation. Stay tuned for more stories of this area, too. Especially, those who are history bugs and love to get to the roots of all things because even the obviously modern area of Phloen Chit has its historical hidden gems.
Above: The Okura Prestige Bangkok is located within the glossy, modern, and the LEED-certified Park Ventures Ecoplex on Phloen Chit Road. This picture was taken from the Central Embassy on the opposite side.
MODERN, CLEAN, JAPANESE-STYLE, AND ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY
The lobby of The Okura Prestige Bangkok is on the 24th Floor of the building. For me, everything about this hotel says ‘modern, clean-lined, luxurious, and elegant Japanese style.’ I felt it as soon as we took the elevator up. A cocoon within the city, very quiet, with great top views from everywhere. I later learnt that the whole earth-forward designs and the triple-glass are parts of the deal that makes this whole place a comfy urban cocoon.
Above: Big, bright and airy lobby shares the floor with Yamazato, Up & Above restaurants and Bar.
Above: The lobby as seen from the atrium above.
Above: Our Deluxe Corner room from the entrance.
Above: The 55-square-metre room is big and cosy, with a Japanese-style modern bathroom and toilet, and Yukata for two. The bed was extremely comfortable.
Above: A blend of Japanese culture – Yukata – with its silky soft fabric for maximum comfort – is provided in each room as an in-house nightgown.
The Okura Prestige Bangkok’s room is big for an urban hotel. We also got great sweeping views of Witthayu and Phloen Chit Roads and all their imminent skylines. The well-equipped room is also hi-tech – everything – from the black-out, and the shading curtains to the lightings – can be individually controlled. Very ergonomic and convenient. The daybed at the corner was my favourite day-time spot, reading and nibbling on their afternoon truffle treats. All these sweets were great with the provided green tea set that we could brew fresh on demand.
Above: Sweet bites in the room.
Above: Oh, there are more
Above: Daytime daybed with this view at The Okura Prestige Bangkok’s Corner Deluxe Room.