- Style Euro-Thai high rise
- Setting A lollop from Lumpini
Exquisite and Euro-inspired, the Hotel Muse in Bangkok is a blend of stylish French-Thai design. Although a high-rise, this hideaway maintains an intimate feel with its playful atmosphere and attention to details. Expect city-view rooms along with sultry bars, restaurants and seductive rooftop terraces.
Need to know
- Rooms 174, including 11 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $130.91 (THB4,201), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.
- More details Rates exclude breakfast at THB650 a person, plus tax and service charges. Extra beds for adults are THB2,500 a night.
- Facilities Concierge, tour services, library, gym, games room, WiFi throughout (from THB107 for 30 minutes to THB428 for 24 hours). In rooms: 65-channel flatscreen TV with international radio, movies and in-house music selection, iPod dock, minibar, own-label toiletries. DVD players on request.
- Poolside Nestled 19 floors up, the foliage-fringed infinity lap-pool and sun-baked deck with daytime Wet Bar is pleasingly breezy. Scoff Angus beef burgers and slurp smoothies as you soak in the skyscraper scenes.
- Check–out 12pm; check-in, 2pm, but both are flexible subject to availability.
Children Muse is more adults' abode than toddlers' playground, but the hotel offers baby cots, and one child under four can share a bed with parents for free (breakfast costs THB325). Extra beds for kids aged four to 12 cost THB1,250, including breakfast.
- Also Make time for vertiginous thrills at the Speakeasy, Muse's lofty rooftop lounge bars with killer Bangkok views.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms Bag yourself a Dowadueng Corner Deluxe suite for drool-worthy city views through dual-aspect windows in the dusky black- and grey-toned bedroom or via tall glass panels in the bathroom. The lighter-hued Yama Residences feature espresso machines; for delicious indulgence, you can’t beat the spacious Nimman Suites; those on the 17th floor tout manicured outdoor terraces for taking in the skyline while savouring the well stocked bar.
- Packing tips Arrive with a modest amount of baggage so you can top up your suitcases with goodies from the city’s finest markets and malls. Bangkok bakes from April to October, so stock your valises with cool cotton threads.
- Also In-house music compilations by Julien Barthe (aka Plaisir de France) set the tone at Muse with mood-enhancing blends of jazz, lounge, funk and electronica. If your ears are enamoured, buy the collection on CD when you leave.
Food and drink at Hotel Muse
- Hotel restaurant Muse's sexy gourmet mix stars basement-belle Medici, a modern-rustic Italian eatery with seductive furnishings set against exposed brick walls, wooden casks and arty industrial ironwork. Chef Francesco Lenzi darts from kitchen to table to share his Tuscan-inspired menu of foie gras ravioli and wild boar bolognese, as DJs and opera singers entertain. On the upper floor, chic Su Tha Ros is open for all-day breakfasts and authentic Thai cuisine. Opulent marble, parquet floors and mirrored panels set the stage for house specials such as plar salmon (salmon with a chilli and lime dressing) and miang khum (betel leaves topped with shredded coconut, chilli, lime, ginger, pea and caramel). Lobbyside French bistro Le Salon serves up café fare, including salads, sandwiches and afternoon tea.
- Dress code Cool cocktail clothing you can dress up or down.
- Top table Grab one of the window tables at Su Tha Ros (2, 7 or 22) for supreme city vistas. In Medici make a beeline for the lounge tables furthest from the bar – they’re quieter, cosier and better positioned to hear the opera singers’ dulcet tones.
- Last orders Sup in Le Salon until 9.30pm, with last orders at 10.30pm at Su Tha Ros and Medici (although the latter stays open until 1.30am as a bar). The Speakeasy's bars are open from 6pm until 12.30am, getting busiest around 8pm on weekends.
- Room service An extensive à la carte menu promises Italian, Thai, French and American dishes for gorging en privé 24/7.
- Hotel bar The Speakeasy, Muse's social epicentre on the 24th and 25th floors, has become the talk of the town. Prohibition-era styling and eclectic beats set a glamourous scene for sultry soirees spent sipping, nibbling and mingling in its two open-air bars. The west-facing Long Bar clings to the side of the hotel and is great for sinking sundowners, but the rooftop Lawn Bar boasts the best city views. Vintage cocktails, such as Aviators or Negronis, are the order of the night, or get the barman to whip you up a Rotavapour, a signature tipple of house-made vodka infusions. Downstairs, Le Salon’s all-day bistro serves up the sort of crisp, classic martinis beloved of James Bond.
Also worth knowing
- Weddings This property is suitable for weddings. More details