Plaza Athenee Bangkok, A Royal Meridien Wins Prestigious International Design Award For Its Landmark Transformation
Plaza Athénée Bangkok, A Royal Méridien Hotel is basking in the reflected glory of its extensive remodelling project winning the prestigious Five Star Asia Pacific Property Award 2015-2016, in the category Best Hotel Interior Thailand, for the project’s designer, Niratt Design Corporation Co., Ltd., advised by the hotel’s heritage savvy owner, Khun Wallapa Traisorat, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts, owner of the Le Méridien brand.
“The award recognises the conceptual brilliance of an extensive, and ongoing, remodelling project that has transformed our guest rooms”, explained the hotel’s General Manager Ms. ChooLeng Goh.
The brief was particularly sensitive and demanding given that the hotel is built on the site of the royal palace of H.R.H. Princess Valaya Alongkorn, 43rd daughter of King Rama V. The princess herself set a high bar for the designers as having been a renowned aesthetic expert in the field of Thai-European interior decoration and known also for her high intellect.
Niratt Design and Khun Wallapa succeeded stunningly in reprising the Thai Colonial style that the princess would have known during her lifetime. The design concept has been further combined with the modern world to define” Thai Transitional Luxury”.
As guests arrive at the hotel, they automatically sense an air of Thai traditional nobility from an era when exquisite luxurious contemporary design blended with traditional Thai characteristics. The design for Royal Club guestrooms and suites, for instance, is influenced by Thai royal ceremonies that took place in the royal palace while Athénée guestrooms and suites represent the summer palace. Carefully selected colour palettes, artwork and Thai panels all result in an extremely impressive hotel interior concept.
The Five Star Asia Pacific Property Award 2015-2016, Hotel Interior Thailand, was presented in Kuala Lumpur in early May. The judging panel comprised over 70 highly respected design experts from all over the world and was chaired by three active members of the House of Lords in UK Parliament who scrutinised hundreds of entries.
Herself an interior designer, Khun Wallapa is passionate about having the designs relate to the fascinating history of the hotel’s landlord.
“Our final designs perfectly reflect this land plot’s royal roots, especially the history and stories of the princess, while interpreting them through a contemporary lens,” remarked Khun Wallapa. “We are all delighted that the prestigious awards panel appreciated our perspectives and the way we have executed them.”
The General Manager added that a key facet of the project is its incorporation of the hotel’s uncompromising sustainability ethic, as evidenced by its unique status among hotels holding ISO 20121 certification.
“Our sustainability ethic is tightly woven into the award-winning design by limiting waste’ that seamlessly repurposed elements of particular distinction from the old design into the new understated chic, including much of the furniture,” she said. “Moreover, all design, craftsmanship and workmanship are 100% home-grown in Thailand.”
As operator of the hotel, Starwood’s corporate input proved equally indispensable in ensuring that the highest standards of guest comfort infuse every element. In particular it’s experience in structuring guest rooms to assure ample space and specifications of facilities fully equipped with modern technologies for discerning travellers ensured that 5-star standards are consistently met and exceeded.
But the last word goes to the inspired lead designer Khun Niratt. “I would like to thank everyone who gave their invaluable input to this project and shared their inspirations and ideas. I am delighted with the results and thrilled to see it recognised with this equally authentic and prestigious award.”