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Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok
Bangkok, Central Thailand, Thailand|www.kimptonmaalaibangkok.com|
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The fact that its lobby cafe and rooftop restaurant are perennially packed with clued-in locals is a testament to Kimpton Maa-Lai’s success in building a lifestyle hotel that is more than just a pretty place to rest.
This is one of Bangkok’s smartest five-stars, with just the right amount of marble and a great line-up of bars and restaurants where comfort food – not fine dining – dominates the menu.
Despite its location in the city’s ritzy Phloen Chit district, a Valhalla of pricy restaurants and high-end shopping malls, this swanky high-rise hotel feels much less pretentious than its five-star peers. And with Lumphini Park just down the street, a slice of low-key local life is never far away.
Thanks to its proximity to the BTS Skytrain station and thoroughfares connecting this part of town to the temple-studded historical quarter, it’s a great base from which to explore all corners of the city.
Situated in the ritzy Phloen Chit neighbourhood, the Maa Lai’s surroundings are far less dense and messy than many of the hotels in the city’s downtown area. Although you’re a taxi ride away from many of the tourist sights, there are plenty of cosy cafes, restaurants and boutiques hidden in the alleys snaking off its main roads.
The five-star Kempinski hotel is next door; the hotels share a verdantly beautiful garden that is a wonderful oasis from the hubbub of the city.
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