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137 Pillars Suites - Bangkok


Overview



In a city rife with five-star mega hotel brands, this sleek, boutique collection of high-rise suites and serviced apartments can truly hold its own. Guests enjoy club level-like benefits, 24-hour butler service, first-rate facilities and a pair of infinity-edged pools affording wondrous Bangkok skyline views. The hotel is based in the upmarket Phrom Phong neighbourhood, and blends with the area’s spate of attractive high-rise condominiums. The bustling city action isn’t far thanks to the 10-minute walking commute to SkyTrain station, or via 137 Pillars’ gratis shuttle service which runs every hour between the station and the hotel. The luxe, contemporary Asian look is done well, from the cavernous, black-marbled lobby filled with large modern Thai art to the striking gold-and-cobalt interiors of its flagship restaurant Nimitr.

The colours are also really coherent here. The accommodation wings were built around the old teak house, which formerly housed the northern headquarters of the Borneo Trading Company, and the interior design and overall look and feel of the hotel complement this historic structure beautifully. The old teak structure itself was restored (and raised on stilts to prevent further structural damages). While the rooms offer a Victorian-era themed design with clean, modern looks, the hotel’s food and beverages spaces have the look and feel of a contemporary but historic club (such as Jack Bain’s Bar), with vibrant colours woven into the overall ensemble, and sometimes featuring Asian motifs (such as at the Lanna/Thai restaurant, The Dining Room).



What we liked most



For sure the iconic rooftop pool reserved to only those clients who have booked a Suite.

The Pool is open 24/7 and I personally staid there till late at night talking with friends.

Perfect way to escape the nightlife of Bangkok still being in the very center of the city.


But... what has really made the difference during the stay was the level of service and dedication to the client. As many of the 5 stars + hotels are starting to have, we had a personal butler literally available 24/7 and ready to help us in any request.

And among my requests, that I usually do to test the level of service of the hotel, one came from one of the worst thing can happen to a traveller in a foreign country: forget the credit card in an ATM machine at night. This happened the very first day I stayed there.

Of course I was really panicked, but my personal Butler Vikky, late at night, managed to call the bank and report the problem.

The day after, Vicky called me telling: Mr. Mirko, everything is fine you can go collect the card to the closest branch (that was just 5 mins walking distance from the hotel).

For sure, despite the beauty and facilities of the hotel the, if it wasn't for Vikky, my stay at 137 Pillars Bangkok wouldn't be so smooth.


Big thanks to 137 Pillars and to Vikky.



Rooms


The 34 suites’ intuitive features will win over most modern, wired travelers. High in style and function, suites are furnished with Bose sound systems, universal plug outlets, a mood lighting system with seemingly endless combinations, televisions and even smartphones loaded with unlimited international phone call coverage and internet. A vibrant flower wall painting hovers over every plush 400-thread count-fitted bed. There is also a maxi bar and wine cellar-equipped pantry in each suite.

Bathrooms are fabulous, and huge, each sporting a smart toilet, an in-built television and a sculptural egg-shaped bathtub with separate shower.

The well-sized balconies—each with a daybed, rocking chair, a small sitting area and city views—are a breath of fresh air.


SUKHOTHAI SUITE

Our Junior suite, available in twin or king configuration, with walk-in wardrobe is adjoined to our indulgent marble bathroom with the 137 Pillars signature bathtub, built-in television, make-up table and has striking views of the city. The generous living space is fitted with a Maxi Bar & Wine Cellar, and an expansive alfresco balcony with an oversized daybed and rocking chair.


Food and Drink



There is a mix of public and guests-only dining venues and bars. Anyone can and should try the food served at the versatile, ground floor-based Bangkok Trading Post, especially the delicate tuna tataki salad and garlic and chilli black angel hair pasta.

A 27-floor ascent will bring you to the sophisticated Jack Bain’s Bar, the pool-flanked Marble Bar and the Nimitr restaurant, where pan-Asian such as teriyaki pork belly and lamb rendang is served (tasting menus are also available). The best seat in the house for drinks, though, is at the guests-only rooftop pool and bar.

The Baan Borneo Club, on the 26th floor, hosts hotel guests for afternoon tea service and a compact breakfast buffet with several tasty made-to-order dishes, including any-style eggs—accompanied with chorizo, back bacon, tomato and sourdough bread—and dim sum selections.


NIMITR

The fine-dining restaurant Nimitr, meaning “Special Dream” in Thai, is located on level 27 of the hotel and offers elegant seasonally inspired dishes in a beautiful and intimate indoor setting. You also have the choice of outdoor dining with sweeping views of the Bangkok skyline.


JACK BAIN'S BAR

Perched high above the skyline of Bangkok, the plush Jack Bain’s Bar is a tribute to the colonial gentleman, whose family once lived in the historical teak homestead that was once the headquarters of the Borneo Trading Company in the late 1800s, and today is the core of the 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai.


BAAN BORNEO CLUB

An elegant dining venue nestled on the 26th floor, Baan Borneo Club pays tribute to Borneo Trading Company, the former owner of the historic teakwood house at 137 Pillars House Chiang Mai. Open for afternoon tea, guests can enjoy sweets and savouries in a swank atmosphere with floor-to-ceiling windows, featuring endless views of Bangkok metropolitan.


Services and facilities




The shared pool and the dining area are sumptuous at 137 Pillars Bangkok (see above video).


137 Pillars’ treasure chest of facilities is downright impressive for a small-scale hotel: a well-stocked gym with bookable Muay Thai and yoga sessions; a spa with three treatment rooms; two showstopping infinity pools (the best being the rooftop one, open 24 hours, with cabanas and unencumbered city views); and a golf studio with an outdoor putting green and indoor simulator.

My take on service would have been flawless were it not for a lagged dinner experience at an uncrowded Marble Bar, or a minor encounter at the rooftop pool; otherwise, it’s great.


HOLISTIC WELLNESS RETREATS

The holistic wellness retreat is designed to recharge the mind, release stress and tension and allow for relaxation and downtime to enjoy the property. Perfect for couples or friends travelling together, each suite will have a wellness host assigned to guide you through your programme throughout your stay for your private sessions.


Our experience


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Key info

Location: 59/1 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Klongton-Nua, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand.

Hotel Website: https://137pillarshotels.com/

Phone number: +66 (0)2 079 7000



INSTAGRAM: @137pillarshotelsandresorts