Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has announced the completion of the refurbishment of the hotel’s main lobby and reception area. New upholstery, carpeting and furniture has been chosen by interior designer Jeffrey Wilkes, who was behind the 2009 renovation of all the 338 guest rooms in the hotel’s River Wing Building.
The design brief stipulated that the ‘DNA’ of the 135 year-old hotel be preserved, and combined with more contemporary elements. The floor-to-ceiling windows that face towards the Chao Phraya River, the two royal elephants guarding the lift landing and the historical ‘temple bell’ chandeliers have all been retained. New features include the installation of a lighting system intended to highlight the new grey and red colour scheme, as well as Silver Naga and cream marble coffee tables.
The Reception counters have undergone a transformation, using contemporary Thai materials and fabrics. Back-lit blue glass tiled counters contrast with the Thai silk on the walls and crystal chandeliers with Thai motifs suspended from the ceiling above the teak reception desks.
Other areas that were part of the scope of the refurbishment include the Book Kiosk, the Spa and Wellness Reservation Desk, the Oriental Corner Cake Counter and the addition of luxury retail showcases.
“The results of the refurbishment will ensure that the Lobby at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok will continue to be a landmark in the city,” said General Manager Jan Goessing. “The Lobby is widely seen as the Living Room for sophisticated travellers, many of whom have walked through the hotel’s iconic doors over many generations,” he added.