In all the times I’ve visited Thailand, this has to be the most luxurious and comfortable stay I’ve ever had. Putting up at the prestigious lebua at State Tower in a two-bedroom suite on the 58th floor, I was treated to the cluttered yet magnificent city views of Bangkok for six nights. It was a pity I did not have any company during my trip – all that extra space could have hosted a sleepover party comfortably for five!
Being alone in huge rooms like these usually scare me and I have to sleep with the television on, but the people at lebua are very kind in their service – right from the lift lobby on ground level to the chambermaid on my floor to the gym instructor – that I felt perfectly at ease and slept without needing the television switched on.
The 800-strong staff at lebua ensures that all guests of the 350 rooms are well taken care of, focusing on providing an experience that cannot be easily replicated at home. Said Deepak Ohri, chief executive officer for lebua Hotels & Resorts, “You can easily buy the chandelier that’s in our guest rooms for your house, but you cannot have so many great staffs serving you at home the way we have it here at lebua. Our business is based on people and that’s why we have a 60 per cent returning rate of guests compared to the industry rate of 20 per cent.”
The 220 suites from the 51st to the 59th floors form the exclusive Tower Club at lebua and offers great views of Bangkok city, including the Chao Phraya river, from the multiple balconies in the room. Within the suite, guests of Tower Club at lebua enjoy Bvlgari amenities, free drinks from the mini bar in the kitchenette, complimentary internet access and all the LCD television monitors come with free video on demand. My corner unit even had a washing machine and a dryer for my laundry. Daily newspapers and fresh fruit were delivered to the room too.
Waking up late one morning and missing breakfast at Café Mozu on the mezzanine floor (where the poolside is), I didn’t have to worry as the Tower Club Lounge on the 52nd floor served complimentary canapés and drinks where I could grab a bite anytime during the day.
During my stay I visited the fitness centre which is just next to the pool, but unfortunately the pool was closed for maintenance and I could not go for a dip after my run on the treadmill. There were arrangements for a shuttle service to a nearby hotel for guests who wanted to lounge by a poolside though.
lebua at State Tower is also famous for its culinary excellence and epicurean delights. The Dome at lebua hosts a selection of restaurants and bars from the 51st to 65th floors, including open-air rooftop restaurant Sirocco and Sky Bar on the 63rd floor 200 metres above ground, as well as Mezzaluna, which was used in the movie The Hangover Part II.
Mezzaluna has also hosted The Epicurean Masters of the World twice, a series of expensive and exclusive gourmet dinners (in 2007 there was a dinner for THB 1,000,000++ per pax) prepared by world-renowned Michelin-starred chefs.
Other establishments of The Dome at lebua includes Distil on the 64th floor that serves premium drinks and luxury food items, and even has an Oyster Bar, and Breeze, an indoor and outdoor chic Asian contemporary restaurant on the 51st and 52nd floors. Behind the interesting Asian fusion menu at Breeze are Singaporeans Sam Leong, the first Singaporean chef to join Singapore Airline’s International Culinary Panel of world-renowned chefs, and James Ho who has a strong foundation built in the Tung Lok Group. Pan-fried snow fish with tofu, pakchoi in Malaysian curry sauce and chawanmushi shark fin and shrimp with fish consommé were some of the dishes I got to try at Breeze.
lebua at State Tower has earned its strong reputation through its award-winning gourmet excellence, its wonderful and attentive service, as well as the highly plush and luxurious experience. Worldwide popularity struck when the movie Hangover Part II filmed certain scenes at lebua’s three-bedroom suite, Sirocco and Sky Bar. In fact, a dedicated The Hangover Suite is available for fans of the movie who want to relive the experience that the characters in the movie had.
As I was packing up my bags at the end of my stay, I was already missing my time at lebua. Should I ever have the budget, I will definitely return for a second visit. Otherwise, my next visit to Bangkok must at least include a drink at Sky Bar, which was tranquil in the night air even though the bar had lots of people milling around. Standing high above the city in Sky Bar, you are just contented to be out of the crazy congested traffic way down below.
Located on the corner of Charoen Krung and Silom roads, lebua at State Tower is just a short stroll from the Chao Phraya River, a 40-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and a 10-minute walk from the BTS Sky Train’s Saphan Taksin station.
Next for the brand, lebua Hotels & Resorts will be venturing into the India market with the opening of its first property in New Delhi end of this year. This comes after a successful Bangkok inauguration with lebua at State Tower and the ultra private Lake Okareka Lodge by lebua in Rotorua, New Zealand.
lebua Hotels & Resorts
1055 Silom Road, Bangrak
Bangkok 10500 Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 2624 9999
Fax: +66 (0) 2624 9998