Regent Brand to Return to Bangkok in 2007

  Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific today confirmed the planned development of a fourth Regent hotel in Asia Pacific - The Regent Bangkok Hotel & Residences which is scheduled to open mid 2007.

Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific will manage the hotel, marking the return of this luxury hotel brand to Thailand’s capital after the 2003 re-branding of The Regent Bangkok to Four Seasons. Grande Asset Public Company Limited, owner and developer of this luxury hotel and residence complex located on Sukhumvit Road, will begin construction on this project in January 2005.

This state-of-the-art development comprises two separate high-rise towers, with the hotel - The Regent Bangkok - positioned in front of the residential condominium tower. The hotel will feature 327 luxurious rooms including 23 suites on 28 above-ground levels, while the residential development, branded The Regent Residences, will include 350 stylish condominiums.

World-renowned leading design consultants for the hospitality, leisure and entertainment industries, Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo (WATG) California, will be working with Inter Arkitek Co. Limited in Bangkok on architecture and design for the space.

Situated on Sukhumvit Road next to Soi 13, one of Bangkok’s prime business and entertainment districts, The Regent Bangkok Hotel & Residences will hold a prime position in the centre of Bangkok, proving attractive to both corporate and leisure travellers. The location is near high-end retail centres, commercial offices and Embassies, and provides easy access to Nana Skytrain and Sukhumvit subway stations.

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With the Queen Sirikit Convention Centre nearby, coupled with the hotel’s substantial banquet facilities, The Regent Bangkok should also prove to attract the prestigious meeting, incentive and exhibition sector.

The Regent Bangkok will include five levels of public space featuring an extensive retail area, high-end restaurant and bar outlets, a 650 square metre ballroom, parking area for 200 cars, and a roof-top health club with swimming pool and spa.

President and managing director of Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific, Paul Kirwin, commented, “Our Regent brand revival strategy in the Asia Pacific region is centred on adding hotels in key gateway cities such as Bangkok. We are looking forward to working with Grande Asset Public Company Limited on this project.

“Regent International Hotels has established a global leadership position in the luxury hotel and resort industry by offering premier locations, elegant facilities and personalised service to the world’s most discerning travellers,” Kirwin added. “The Regent Bangkok Hotel & Residences hits this mark perfectly.”

Mr. Pongphan Sampawakoop, chairman of Grande Asset Development Public Company Limited, said, “We are delighted to be working with Carlson Hotels Asia Pacific to return The Regent name to Bangkok. This brand has a strong reputation in Thailand and we believe the new hotel and location will make the project an unrivalled success.”
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