Celebrating its 18th birthday this year, The Sukhothai Bangkok has unveiled the first phase of renovations to 40 of the hotel’s superior rooms, with all 100 rooms of this type to be completely refurbished by July 2010.
Set within six acres of tranquil, beautifully landscaped gardens in the heart of Bangkok, this iconic hotel combines traditional refinement with immaculate contemporary style and has long been a favourite with design-savvy visitors to Thailand’s bustling capital. The current refurbishment has been undertaken by internationally-renowned interior designer Edward Tuttle, who masterminded the original interior designs for the property and has a long association with some of the world’s finest luxury hotels and resorts.
The rooms have been given a new softness thanks to the use of subtle but rich chenille canvas wall fabrics by Jim Thompson, which balance the exotic teak wood, pradou cabinetry and signature detailing that has always defined the architectural and interior style of The Sukhothai. Amenities have been upgraded to include integrated bars and new flat screen televisions discreetly installed behind grey mirrors to blend seamlessly with the room when switched off. In the bathroom, guests will find compartmental shower and toilet areas remodelled in classic Sukhothai black granite and mirrored cabinets to create a depth of space.
Tuttle explains: “Keeping the classical image of The Sukhothai was a major concern when remodelling the existing bedrooms. Subtle touches such as the new teak wood floor throughout the bedroom and bathroom, give the entire space another level of unity and luxury.”
Born in Seattle, but based in Paris for the last 30 years, Tuttle is known for his elegant and creative use of space. He has been involved with some of the most luxurious hotel and resort developments worldwide, including Aman Resorts internationally, The Chedi Phuket and Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme.