The Place Just minutes’ walk from Chit Lom BTS along in Langsuan Road, Hotel Muse Bangkok by MGallery by Sofitel is one boutique hotel which awaits its guests with vibes of the late 19th and early 20th century. It was easy for us to notice the strong theme of the property the moment we stepped foot into its lobby, as we walked through the hotel with a glimpse of classic Europe in the said era, from the furniture at the lobby, check-in counters, the dining concepts, rooftop bar, all the way to the bathroom basins in the hotel rooms.
The exterior of the building may not do its interior decor justice, but you will be mind-blown once you stepped into the hotel. The lobby exudes vibes of Chicago in the early 20th century, and we had the momentary sense of being time-transported back to the days of pre-industrialisation era.
The Rooms We stayed in the Jatu Deluxe room of the property, a comfortable size of 39sqm, which is fairly spacious for an entry level room for most hotels. From the room entrance, we had the sense that this ain’t just any hotel, but a boutique development which emphasizes on delivering an unparalleled experience. From the king-sized bed, a reading sofa to the work table with iPod Docking Station, this is an entry level room which feels luxurious.
We are not complaining about the large private bathroom, though the bigger highlight is its bathtub with a full glass panel view of the room (of course, you can also opt to roll the shutters down if you are feeling slightly embarrassed). Alternatively, there is also separate standing shower for those of us who enjoy less of the #tublife.
Other amenities in our room include the mini-bar cleverly concealed within an oval cabinet, complimentary drinking water, coffee and tea, complimentary shoe shine service, together with the endless-channel flipping television sitting atop a TV console made from stacked-up briefcases.
The Facilities Be aMUSEd by the facilities – this phrase must have been overused at the hotel by now! Despite having less than 200 rooms in the property, the facilities suffice for us, at least – an all-day dining restaurant, swimming pool, fitness centre and not one, but two cocktail bars!
The swimming pool is perched on the 19th floor of the building, with a bird’s eye view of Bangkok’s city skyline. Yes, this infinity pool may not be at the top floor of the building, but it does give us ample space to literally zoned out in the midst of this ever-busy city. Oh yes, and if you are looking to burn some of the calories you have gained from the non-stop eating at one of the many night markets, the fitness centre is located right behind the swimming pool, giving you the same view and an added pool view to motivate you further.
The Restaurants This is one hotel which takes its dining concepts seriously. Both Medici Kitchen & Bar and Babette’s the Steakhouse are popular amongst the locals.
Medici Kitchen & Bar is located at the basement of the hotel, and transports diners back to Italy in the 1920s with its take on Roman-architectural finishing. During our visit, we were surprised to be greeted by a full crowd at the restaurant, with both locals and expats filling the seats up. Don’t expect fanciful options here, as Medici delivers authentic Italian flavours. We strongly recommend you to go for their risotto and this certain pasta on their menu prepared a la minute at your table in a pecorino.
If you love your steak, perhaps a visit to Babette’s the Steakhouse should be on your radar. Yes, this could just likely be one of the best steakhouse in the land of smiles. This restaurant is on the 19th floor of the hotel as well, together with the fitness centre and swimming pool. The meats are sourced mainly from the States and Australia, so there is the option of both Angus and Wagyu cuts. One tip is to request for the highly coveted window seats, where you get a good sweeping view of Bangkok city.
The space at Babette’s the Steakhouse is also where guests have their morning breakfast, which has a decent spread of Oriental and Western selections, including a live egg station.
The City Bangkok needs no further introduction, and by some measure, it was amongst the most visited city in the world in 2016. For Singaporeans, Bangkok has always been a must visit city annually, and we have been returning to our usual hangouts since. If you have not been to Bangkok in the last couple of years, here’s a brief guide to where you should visit:
- Thong Lo: This cafe enclave has attracted many coffee-seekers and instagrammers alike, for its growing number of cafes and dessert stops. Be here to chill the afternoon away.
- Siam: Head back to Siam with the recently renovated Siam Discovery, where you can link from MBK to Siam Paragon and further off to CentralWorld and Platinum Mall, all through overhead bridges linking the malls.
- Night Markets: With the many streets of Bangkok now cleared of street shops, many now make their way to night markets across the city. From the newest Talad Neon Night Market at Pratunam, or the most hype Artbox, you get to extend your shopping hours from day time to midnight now!
- Eat: Any trip to Bangkok is not complete without some eating calories piling. Check out some of our list of recommendations!
Hotel Muse Bangkok
55/555 Langsuan Road
Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: + 66 (0) 2 630 400
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Ranted by The Rantee