BANGKOK — October has been a month to remember for the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit.
Two weeks after being hailed ‘Best New Business Hotel’ at Business Traveller’s annual awards ceremony in London, the two-year old property made Conde Nast Traveler’s list of the 25 ‘Best Hotels in Southeast Asia.’
Both accolades were bestowed upon the hotel by readers of the magazines.
Business Traveller advocates vote for hotels, airlines, airports, train operators, car hire firms and luggage brands that have gone the extra mile in making their traveling lives as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
Conde Nast Traveler’s Readers Choice Awards are determined through an online poll, with responses tabulated by Equation Research. Properties have to receive a minimum number of responses to be eligible for an award. Nearly 77,000 people participated in this year's survey.
“Honors like these are special because they’re conferred by the people we’re trying to please every day: our customers,” said William Haandrikman, general manager of the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit. “This makes us feel — at least for a moment — that we’ve done our job.”
Opened in April 2012, the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit has made a name for itself in the city’s luxury hotel market by marrying French sophistication with Thai hospitality and design.
Inspired by the art deco period, the 345-room, limestone-steel-and-glass structure extends 32 stories above Sukhumvit Road and is capped by L'Appart, a Parisian-styled eatery and lounge designed to look and feel like a lavish penthouse apartment.
A rice motif — in honor of the grain that has shaped Thailand's landscape and culture — runs throughout the property, site of one of Bangkok’s largest ballrooms and the country's only Le SPA with L'Occitane.