A Flavourful Whimsy at The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon

Eve Tedja

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There is more to The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon than meets the eyes, as epicure finds out on its recent sojourn to the city’s mod icon.

There has been a lot of chatter about the design of The Standard’s flagship hotel in Asia. Born out of the pandemic, the brand’s ‘anything but standard’ ethos pervades the hotel that located within Bangkok’s King Power Mahanakhon skyscraper, a pixelated icon designed by German architect Ole Scheeren. What seems like a random stacked protrusion from afar are the building’s living spaces: generous terraces, balconies and green urban oasis amid Bangkok’s hubbub.

Gawking starts as soon as one enters the hotel’s ground floor lobby. From its fringed-rattan chandeliers to Fah Chak WO+MAN-uniformed concierge team, the hotel blends the best of Thai cultural flair with whimsical interior design, courtesy of Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon.

, A Flavourful Whimsy at The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon
Emmental Mornay Oyster at The Standard Grill

Occupying 78 floors of the building, The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon features 155 rooms, a stunning pool on the roof terrace, a Peloton bikes-equipped gym, mid-century style meeting rooms, and a welcoming invitation to all of its guests to mix and mingle at six of its food, drink and nightlife venues.

The latter has become a de facto favourite among Bangkok’s crème de la crème and cosmopolitan jet-setters. They can be seen having meetings at The Parlor, making Insta-worthy content at Tease, enjoying dinner at The Standard Grill, chilling out for sunset at the city’s highest al fresco rooftop bar Sky Beach, and celebrating a special occasion at the retro-glam, Mexican restaurant, Ojo. It is clear that it has become more than just another hotel in Bangkok – it is also a bonafide dining destination.

, A Flavourful Whimsy at The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon
Helmed by chef Francisco ‘Paco’ Ruano, Ojo features creative twists on regional Mexican cuisine meets surprising Thai flair

With meticulous attention to details, each venue offers a different experience, giving one a multiple reason to come back for more, both for aesthetic pleasure and gastronomic discovery. Having breakfast at The Parlor’s botanical-inspired terrace is a delightful way to start the day. Surrounded by verdant potted plants, the a la carte menu features Brioche French Toast as well as herbaceous warm bowl of Khao Tom Moo.

, A Flavourful Whimsy at The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon
A whimsical Afterrnon Tea at Tease, The Standard, Bangkok Mahanakhon

At Tease, a surrealistic black and white tea room inspired by Josef Hoffman and 1920s Vienna, one can sip Chiang Mai’s loose leaf Oolong tea with a dainty Fleur de Noisette. Colourful and mismatched furniture, hand-picked objet d’art and curios decorated The Parlor – a hub where work, play, cocktail soirée, author talks, live DJ set, and social encounters happen. From low-proof cocktails to House-made Chorizo Hot Dog, day and night can easily be spent here, enveloped by the bulbous sofa and hygge space.

Apple Wood Roasted Peking Duck and Barbeque Pluma Iberico Pork can be had at Mott 32, a Cantonese, Beijing and Szechuan restaurant, a destination reminiscent of the bygone time, of hidden den and illicit affairs. Alternatively, order a bone-in dry-aged rib eye and martini at The Standard Grill, the hotel’s signature American steakhouse where lights are low, seating is consisted of leather booths, and tender whispers can be spoken between lovers. Then, retire at the Corner King Room where a softly-lit bar, retro-style curvaceous furniture and a soaking tub overlooking the city awaits.

standardhotels.com/bangkok

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