City overview: Bangkok’s key count to grow by over 10,000 rooms [Infographic]
The TOPHOTELPROJECTS construction database suggests the hotel industry is pressing ahead with developing new four- and five-star schemes in the Thai capital amid the pandemic.
Bangkok’s already impressive hotel market will soon see another 41 properties launch, adding 10,648 rooms to the city’s inventory.
We check in with the database to get the inside scoop and find out which forthcoming openings are particularly worth keeping an eye on.
Continuous growth in Thailand’s capital
It appears that 11 openings are planned for the remainder of 2020, introducing 2,677 new rooms in total. Of these, seven are already in the pre-opening phase, though it remains to be seen if any will ultimately be delayed until next year due to the Covid19 crisis.
Six hotels are in the pipeline for 2021 and will add 1,514 keys, while 2022 will see 14 openings and 3,931 more rooms. Ten properties are signed off and under development for 2023 and beyond.
Of these 41 planned projects, 27 are in the four-star segment, with the remainder in the five-star category.
Bangkok’s fastest-growing hotel brands
Bangkok has long been a popular haunt for big names in the hospitality world.
Our data shows that three prominent brands plan to open two hotels each in the coming years, resulting in a tie for the title of fastest-growing brand. However, upscale offering Eastin Hotels takes the lead in terms of room count as it intends to add 977 rooms to its portfolio, whereas Ascott the Residence is introducing 806 keys and dusitD2 Hotels & Resorts is building just 381 new rooms.
Bangkok’s top hotel projects
The largest project currently underway in Bangkok is the refurbishment of the 608-room Hilton Bangkok Ratchada, according to the database. Due to be completed in Q3 2023, this project is in a prime location in Downtown Bangkok, on Ratchadapisek Road, close to landmarks such as the Thailand Cultural Centre and Siam Niramit. The surrounding area has also been earmarked as one of the city’s rising business and financial districts. After its revamp, the hotel will feature beautiful dining venues and 2,584 sq m of meeting space complete with the latest AV equipment.
Elsewhere, Eastin Grand Hotel Phayathai Bangkok will be part of a mixed-use complex with direct access to Phayathai BTS sky train station. This 521-room hotel will open in Q1 2022 and offer guests a 1,200 sq m market-style all-day dining restaurant, wine bar, ‘Chef Man’ Chinese restaurant, Starbucks, large outdoor swimming pool with a bar, gym and executive lounge. Plus, there will be function and event spaces totalling 4,285 sq m.
Last but not least, the 250-room Langham, Bangkok at Chao Phraya River will open on the shores of the Chao Phraya River in Q1 2023. Half of its deluxe rooms will feature balconies with a 180-degree view of the river, while the other half will overlook the city and its historical landmarks. The Langham will also have one of the largest ballrooms in the city, as well as its own bridal chapel and bridal suite. An extensive F&B offering and a luxurious spa are also being promised.