The Rise of Bangkok’s Hotel Residences
The Residences by Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
This week sees the opening of 137 Pillars Residences, a hotel residence concept at the top of an exclusive Bangkok tower block from the owners of the luxury boutique 137 House in Chiang Mai, northern Thailand.
The furnished residences are available to rent and come with access to hotel-like facilities including fitness, wellness and all day dining.
“The market for serviced residences with inclusive services and convenience is expanding in Bangkok,” says Christopher Stafford, COO of 137 Pillars Hotels and Resorts.
“The trend in residential rentals is changing from long term stays to shorter term visits. We will also provide temporary storage of personal effects for this highly mobile group of business & leisure travellers.”
Stafford cites a growth in “medical tourism” where families stay with relatives for pre and post op periods as well as interest in customers from Middle eastern countries and Asian countries, particularly Japan.
“Our strong Japanese business market has led us to offer more services specific to their needs including 6 Japanese TV channels, in house Japanese barber and two golf simulators as well as pitch and putt practice area,” he says.
137 Pillars is the first of three new exclusive hotel residences slated for Bangkok. The appeal is understandable: customers are getting the ethos of their favourite hotel brand with added benefits such as 24 hour concierge services and in some cases increased privacy.
Both the Four Seasons and the Mandarin Oriental are opening residences to buy in the city. The upcoming Four Seasons Private Residence Bangkok, adjacent to a new Four Seasons hotel on the Chao Praya river, is due to open in 2018. The all corner apartments are being designed by renowned architect Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston.
A rendering of The Four Seasons Residences, Bangkok
Due to open around the same time, on the same stretch of the river are The Residences at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the first MO residences in Southeast Asia. Situated diagonally opposite the Mandarin Oriental hotel, each unit – ranging in size from 130 to 230 sq m and penthouses from 380 to 710 sq m – will have a river view.
Buyers will have the option of a full interior design service by renowned designer Joyce Wang who recently revamped the guest rooms at The Landmark Mandarin Oriental in Hong Kong.
A rendering of the Mandarin Oriental Residences, Bangkok
“Hotel residences are often second or third homes so owners have a “plug and play” expectation,” says Wang. “The design has to function intuitively so they don’t have to learn new ways of operating a household, from light switches to bathroom and kitchen fittings. A hotel residence should make one feel pampered and looked after.”