Can't afford a pad on this trendy street? Then check into The Salil and enjoy all the benefits of concept living
A NEW LUXURY option for anyone wanting to indulge in a chic cosmopolitan holiday, The Salil boutique hotel chain is marking its tenth anniversary with the opening of its fifth namesake property on Soi Sukhumvit 57, a stone’s throw from BTS Thonglor station.
A showcase of how common spaces can be creatively designed for smart living, The Salil is housed in an old building that has been completely made over into a five-star boutique hotel with elegant rooms, top-of-the range leisure facilities and first-class hospitality services.
Designed to resemble a classic home on a European street, the exterior boasts plenty of polished white marble and refined masonry.
“I entered the hotel business a decade ago, starting with the three-and-a-half star Salil and Vince Hotels on Sukhumvit and Phetchaburi. This year I decided to enlarge our hotel portfolio and upgrade our services to five-star standard by opening The Salil on Soi Sukhumvit 57. I also plan to further expand our business by opening hotels in well-known tourist destinations like Phuket,” says managing director Salilla Atikarnbodee.
“This new property emphasises the luxury holiday experience while the communal spaces are designed to fit the urban lifestyle of the young generation. Three themes run through decoration and create different atmospheres in the bistro, tearoom and guestrooms to ensure customers will never get bored staying here.”
Created as a Concept Living Space, the hotel certainly feels homely, with guests welcomed with refreshing drink upon arrival. The interior design is classy, sweet and smart, based on what Salilla calls Japonaiserie-style. An earth-tone palette of grey and white gives a hotel a modern classic look, while the key concept is dedicated to six fundamental activities – stay, eat, work, shop, play and relax – to create memorable days and nights.
Perfect for those searching for souvenirs and not in the mood to hit the streets, The Lobby doubles as both reception area and shopping corner with an attractive collection of top-quality lifestyle items and fragrance products, created by such local brands as Everyday Kamakamet and Co-incidence. Next to the lobby is the Mariage Freres Tearoom serving specially blended teas and scrumptious home-made pastries from dawn to midnight.
During the day, guests can take advantage of the well-equipped fitness studio on the eighth floor along with an outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi surrounded by English-style garden and sun loungers and a Playroom offering a selection of painting supplies, educational games and several kinds of books, magazines and movies.
“The Japonaiserie decor is a hybrid of European and Japanese style. The hotel and guestrooms are painted in grey and boast different motifs of English birds and Asian trees to make customers feel closer to nature,” Salilla says.
“I spent time in Japan going round condominiums to get up to date on trends in modern living. All of our guestrooms are equipped with an electronic Japanese toilet and bathtub.”
This eight-floor hotel has 24 Premiere rooms, 94 Deluxe rooms, and 12 One-bedroom Suites, ranging in floor area from 28 to 45 square metres. I spend one night in a One-Bedroom Suite. Comfortable and cosy, the room provides a compact living area complete with a vintage-style sofa bed and a pantry corner with complimentary mini bar, modern appliances and such kitchenware as an electric hob, microwave, Bon Cafe coffee maker, toaster and refrigerator as well as the requisite cutlery and crockery.
The bedroom is luxurious with a comfortable king-size bed, an elegant armchair, a smart TV with international cable channels and a vanity and working area equipped with USB and electric hubs. The closet holds two bathrobes, slippers and a safety box while the en-suite bathroom though small, is functional with a washbasin and a smart electric Japanese toilet and a bathtub that shares space with a rain shower.
The hotel is already earning a reputation for the European and Thai cuisine served at all-day bistro Bar Storia del Caffe. Guests can choose their preferred breakfast direct from the open kitchen and the menu offers a range of fresh pastas, steaks, salads, grilled pork with spicy jaew sauce and tom yum koong along with Italian coffee, cocktails and fresh smoothies.
The eatery is divided into different zones: an alfresco balcony overlooking the English-style garden, an art gallery and The Living multi-function room, which is ideal for meetings and private parties.
AT A GLANCE
High point: Very convenient, with BTS station and Thonglor’s famed food and nightlife venues a short walk away. Rooms are comfortable and airy.
Low point: The walls are not soundproofed. I could hear Chinese tourists talking most of the night.
Pay for it: Check out the website for the best rates
Find it: 24 Sukhumvit Soi 57.
Call it: (02) 072 2882-4
Browse it: www.TheSalilHotel.com.