With the March opening of the five-star, $50 million Millennium
Hilton Bangkok, Hilton stamps its brand name on the burgeoning
hotel scene in Thailand’s capital city, joining sister property,
the Conrad Bangkok hotel. Like the Conrad, the Millennium is luxury
all the way, catering to leisure sightseers, business executives
and convention attendees.
“Millennium Hilton Bangkok is destined to become one of the
city’s landmarks as guests and residents gravitate to its dining
and entertainment spots,” said Koos Klein, president of Hilton
International Middle East/Asia Pacific.
The Millennium Hilton Bangkok looms 32 stories above the Chao
Phraya River. All 543 rooms have views of the “River of Kings” and
beyond to Bangkok and the Grand Palace’s ornate roofs and
An Insider’s Look
Check-in takes place at Hilton Crossings, the hotel’s reception
pavilion on one side of the Chao Phraya River with easier access
from the airport. Guests are then taken by boat to the hotel on the
Thonburi side. Free shuttle boats to Central Pier and the Skytrain
run continually from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Upon entering the hotel, clients will first see the open-plan
foyer and its soaring 12-story atrium. The hotel’s seven room
categories range from deluxe accommodations to suites and executive
rooms to one Royal suite. While facilities vary a bit, all
guestrooms have tubs and a separate shower, satellite TV, personal
safe, broadband Internet access and tea and coffee brewer.
Executive rooms are equipped with a small office alcove between the
bedroom and bath.
To keep guests from feeling cooped up, the Millennium offers
plenty to do. Clients can breakfast at Flow on the river’s edge or
spend teatime at the Lantern, a glittering glass riverside tearoom.
At night, guests move up to Three Sixty on the 32nd floor for cool
drinks, hot jazz and a 360-degree look at Bangkok by night. But for
a truly outdoor experience, a must-see is the Beach, the
drink/snack bar creating a complete surprise with its fourth-floor
location on a white-sand beach next to the pool deck.
Indoor chic is equally prevalent, especially at Prime
steakhouse, featuring a private dining wine cellar and an exclusive
Chef’s Table. The Millennium’s ultra-contemporary look was designed
by Australian BARstudio, under the guidance of renowned interior
designer Tony Chi.
Chi’s love of nature extends to the Spa, a stunning sanctuary
just off the lobby, surrounding two sacred Banyan trees. Here, 10
treatment rooms (two doubles) are secluded within walled gardens
and plunge pools. The full Spa menu includes the signature
Equilibrium therapy along with traditional Thai massages. A nail
and hair salon round out the Spa offerings.
In addition, two ballrooms (the largest holds 700) and several
smaller meeting rooms are located on the Hilton Meetings floor away
from leisure guests. Events and meetings managers are on staff,
along with multi-language team members.
“Hilton’s rapid growth in Thailand has been triggered by the
government’s ability to continue building the right infrastructure
to attract international tourists,” said Klein.
The state-of-the-art Suvarnabhumi Airport, supposedly slated for
a late-summer opening, defines that growth. Its new location,
between Bangkok and Pattaya, cuts travel time to the hotel to 40
minutes, while a planned overhead rail link will take 15 minutes.
On grounds five times larger than the present airport, the
passenger terminal will be the world’s largest single-building
With an increase in available flight and passenger capacity,
Bangkok hopes to become an even bigger hub for international travel
to Southeast Asia.
Millennium Hilton Bangkok
Hits: Relaxing indoor/outdoor feel. Styled
after Hilton’s hip award-winner in London, the Zeta Bar becomes an
after-hours club when a DJ, sound system and fiber-optic lighting
Misses: Guestrooms don’t offer balconies.
In-room decor is stark but will improve soon after opening.
Be Aware: Traveling to sights is much shorter
from across the river. Tell clients to take the hotel’s free boat
to Central Pier for the SkyTrain trips.
Plugging In: Rooms include broadband Internet
access and dual-line, direct-dial telephones with data port and
voicemail. The hotel also offers a full-service business center and
built-in LCD projectors in meeting rooms.
Clientele: Couples, families, business
executives and meetings attendees.
Rates: Until June 30, rates start at $115 for
Deluxe River View Room to $175 for the Executive Suite, including
Executive Lounge benefits. Hilton Triple Dip applies until June
Commission: 10 percent