"What’s a London cab doing in Thailand," you may wonder while pulling into the driveway of 137 Pillars Bangkok. Painted a deep shade of royal blue, the cab is actually “Louie”, the hotel’s very popular—and very photographed—complimentary shuttle that takes guests to and from the nearest BTS station.
Gifted to the hotel by Khun Art, a local Thai classic car collector who remains Louie's custodian, the London cab isn’t the only great thing about 137 Pillars Bangkok. Opened in April 2017, the second luxury boutique hotel under 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts Group (the first being Chiang Mai) has plenty of other features that make it a top choice for accomodations or luxury residence in Bangkok. Here's what you need to know about this grand hotel:
(Shot at 137 Pillars: Tanunya Thanakitamnuay Jiramaneekul's Cover Shoot)
Midway between the shopping mecca of Siam and nightlife district of Thonglor, 137 Pillars Bangkok is perfectly positioned near Phrom Phong station. Being just minutes away from the Emquartier shopping district means it’s quieter, more calm, and definitely more residential. The area is known to be popular among the local Japanese, and is sprinkled with cute cafes like Storyline and Brekkie Organic Cafe.
Offering both suites and residences, 137 Pillars Bangkok is a popular choice for short-term and longer-stay guests. The residences and serviced apartments are ideal for those who want to feel at home—from studios to one or two bedroom apartments, all have kitchen facilities, laundry machines, and dedicated workspaces.
The hotel’s 34 suites, on the other hand, feature more colourful furnishings and come with their own set of perks. Named after the royal periods in Thai history, they include the Rattanakosin, Ayutthaya, Sukhothai and the Thonburi suites, they range from 64 to 115 square metres in size. And the best part of being a suit guest? Exclusive access: check-in and check-out at the Leonowens club lounge, the private gym for suite guests and best of all, the rooftop infinity pool.
Dining—Bangkok Trading Post Bistro & Deli
For being an intimate boutique hotel, 137 Pillars Bangkok offers a surprisingly wide range of dining options including Bangkok Trading Post Bistro & Deli on the ground floor, a brightly-lit all-day dining destination popular among locals and hotel guests.
Dining—Nimitr & Jack Bain's Bar
On the 27th floor, Nimitr, which means ‘a special dream’ in Thai, serves up exquisite Asian-inspired cuisine with a stunning view of Bangkok, and one floor up is Jack Bain’s Bar, a whisky and cigar bar ideal for pre- or post-dinner drinks.
Lastly, Marble Bar, outside of Nimitr and next to the hotel’s infinity pool, is the place to go for open-air drinks and cocktails with glittering views of the skyline.
With not one but two gyms for 137 Pillars Bangkok suite guests, you’ll never have to wait your turn for a machine. Highlights include a grueling Jacob’s ladder and complimentary TRX classes on the sixth floor, as well as state-of-the-art cardio machines like Tour de France bikes. Other facilities include a golf simulator and hair salon on the sixth floor, and Nitra spa on the 28th floor with three treatment rooms, each with its own steam and shower facilities. Add to that two stunning infinity pools (one on the 27th floor, and one on the rooftop just for suite guests), which makes taking that solo Instagram shot that much easier.
From check-in to check-out, we found the service at 137 Pillars Bangkok to be friendly, fast and flawless. In fact, we sometimes wished they'd be less friendly to the guests who showed up in the club lounge in their PJs...but that's another story altogether. If you're looking for a hotel that delivers top-notch luxury with plenty of character, 137 Pillars Bangkok is it.
Both 137 Pillars in Bangkok and Chiang Mai are members of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, which represents over 500 independent boutique hotels worldwide. 137pillarshotels.com
This story has been adapted from the original by Erica Fong for Thailand Tatler.
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