A visit to Bangkok can mean many things: Business, pleasure, bar hopping over the long weekend, or a week-long hunt for the best food Thailand has to offer. Though the latter requires much time and effort under the usually-scorching sun and sandy streets, there aren’t any rules that say you can’t do it all while lounging in the lap of luxury. Enter VIE Hotel Bangkok, another glistening gem in the gauntlet of chic hotels under French hotelier giant Sofitel.
Steps away from BTS Skytrain Ratchatewi station, VIE is conveniently close to the metrosexual mecca that is Siam Center and its neighbouring malls. Got time to kill while waiting for a cab? The lobby opens up to a plush lounge with live musical entertainment and an in-house bar, with rich textures and eclectic accents and verdant botanicals in the space designed by renowned French architect J.H. Bioffils captures chic and modern accents to its grand interiors.
Housing a total of 154 duplexes, spacious rooms and suites, there are six types of accommodation available — from the spacious Deluxe Room with Jim Thompson silks and floor-to-ceiling windows, to an elite ensemble of Penthouse Suites located on the 26th floor that includes private swimming pools and sun decks, opulent Bvlgari-fitted Jacuzzi bathtubs, and breathtaking views of the Bangkok skyline. For fussy sleepers, there’s even a pillow menu to suit your preferences. Oh, and did we mention that the minibar is entirely complimentary?
You won’t run short on the dining options here, either. With acclaimed La VIE – Creative French Cuisine (‘Michelin Plate’ recommended) and winner of 9 consecutive years on “Thailand Tatler’s Best Restaurants 2010 — 2018”, Yellow Tail Sushi Bar. Take your pick from some of the best omakase in Thailand or enjoy French fine cuisine to titillate your inner discerning gourmand.
Need a little refreshment? The gorgeous rooftop VIE Pool gives just enough wiggle room to clock in a cool workout, or you can also opt to pump some iron at their state-of-the-art Fitness Centre, that comes with all the trimmings — Olymic bars, Smith machines, rowing resistance machines and much more. Your inner gym rat will be very excited. If you’re looking for less torture and more treats, their resident VIE Spa has amassed quite the number of recommendations, too.
Take the City Line train from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Phaya Thai (30 minutes, THB45), and transfer to the BTS Skytrain to Ratchatewi Station (2 minutes, 15 baht). Leave the station by Exit 2. Taxi services from Suvarnabhumi Airport will cost about THB350.
VIE Hotel Bangkok, M Gallery by Sofitel is located at 117/39-40 Phaya Thai Road, 10400 Bangkok, p.+66 2309 3939.