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Hotel Muse – Bangkok

3 July 2012
Filed under: Hotels — Tags: , , , — Michael @ 8:34 am

Hotel Muse has been on my ‘must visit’ list for a while, and I was reminded of this when they came up recently for one of my weekly round-ups of promotions. So, I decided to put them at the top of the list and have a look. Right from the front entrance (below), you can tell Hotel Muse is something different. I daresay it’s the kind of place people are going to love or hate. I was certainly intrigued by it, but as I haven’t actually stayed there, I don’t know how well the design will wear.

Front Entrance

The main entrance to Hotel Muse gives you lots of clues as to what to expect inside.

While the building structure is sort of generic post-modern, the awning over the entrance evokes the art nouveau style of the Paris Metro, and this theme is carried throughout the hotel’s interior. There’s lots of dark woods, elaborate black iron grilles and leather, along with artwork and furniture meant to look like 100 year-old antiques.

Lobby

The lobby and reception area.

Walking through the front door, you encounter not a grand lobby, but something more akin to the foyer of a stately home. To the left is ‘Le Salon’, one of the hotel’s all-day restaurants where the front portion looks very much like a Parisian salon, while to the right is the main lobby and reception area. In keeping with a trend I’ve seen in many new hotels, the reception area does not use counters where you have to stand, but instead has desks that you can sit at while the clerks check you in.

Medici

Part of the Medici restaurant at the Hotel Muse

Down a grand-ish stairway from the lobby is Medici, an Italian fine-dining restaurant that also has a full bar. It’s very much in the tradition of a European cellar-restaurant. There’s a small seating area near the open kitchen, where you can see your food being prepared, or a larger (and darker) area that’s probably more quiet. Other dining and drinking options include The Speakeasy, which covers the entire 24th and 25th floors, and includes a few different bars, a cigar lounge, a dining room and three private rooms. Su Tha Ros on the 19th floor is the hotel’s main coffee shop, serving international breakfasts and Thai cuisine for lunch or dinner.

The hotel also has a pool and gym. There are 174 guest rooms in six different categories. The art nouveau continues to the bathrooms, which have claw-footed tubs and antique style oval mirrors. Hotel Muse has a ‘long stay’ program for guests who will be in Bangkok for a while. The special rooms set aside for long-stay guests are similar to the regular rooms, but have a few additional features such as an espresso machine.

The hotel is located on Langsuan Road, about a five minute walk from the Chidlom BTS station, but they have their own ‘stretch’ tuk-tuk to take you there if you don’t want to walk. Hotel Muse is part of Accor’s M Gallery collection. You can find links to discount booking sites on the Asia For Visitor’s Hotel Muse details page, or visit the hotel’s own web site for further information.
 

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