Design concept: Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok

by | 04 Mar 2022 | Design

For our latest TOPHOTELDESIGN exclusive, we take a look inside Kimpton’s art-inspired hotel in the Thai capital, which opened its doors to much fanfare in late 2020.

A contemporary take on Thai tradition is seen in this stylish property designed by Plan Associates and P49 Deesign with supplies from Hansgrohe.

Drawing on tradition

Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok, which launched in October 2020, accommodates guests in the city’s Langsuan area, where views take in one of Bangkok’s largest green spaces, Lumphini Park.

Representative of its overall hospitality concept, the hotel takes its name from the traditional Thai ‘Maa-Lai’ floral garland, symbolising a warm welcome, good health and respect to guests. This art form then provides the inspiration for a clever design aesthetic pairing tradition with modern sensibilities.

Plan Associates led the architectural design of this project and P49 Deesign came up with the interiors. Staying true to the Kimpton brand, the overall concept is designed to offer inspiration and evoke curiosity.

P49 Deesign has succeeded in bringing to life a design narrative fusing elements of Thai history with a reflection of the city’s urban intensity. For instance, handwoven Thai textiles contrast markedly with the use of raw concrete, oversized furnishings and metallic touches.

An immersive space

This guiding vision runs throughout each of the hotel’s restaurants, bars and other public areas, as well as the artfully designed guestrooms and private residences.

Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok comprises 362 guestrooms and suites in total, along with 131 service residences. Each room comes with an array of luxurious amenities including Harnn bathroom products, a Vifa Helsinki soundsystem, robes by Christian Develter for Tube Gallery and a curated personal bar.

The 320 sq m Celebrity Suite, meanwhile, features its own whirlpool jacuzzi, and guests staying in any of the suites benefit from exclusive access to a 30th-floor Maa-Lai Lounge that provides far-reaching city views.

Dining and drinking venues within the property include Craft, for single-origin coffee and cocktails; Stock Room, for seasonal pop-up kitchens; Ms Jigger, a cocktail bar; and Bar.Yard, boasting its own rooftop barbecue.

Last but not least, wellness-oriented travellers are well catered for by the inclusion of the Gym fitness concept, the Amaranth Spa by Harnn and an outdoor pool overlooking a huge park.

For more info about this scheme, and to view an extensive gallery of hi-res images, check out Kimpton Maa-Lai Bangkok’s project page on the TOPHOTELDESIGN website.

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