The Dusit Thani Bangkok is staying open right through this year – until January 5, 2019 – and not closing on April 16 this year as planned.
The extension gives the owners and their partners more time to “add even greater value to the new version of the hotel”, they said in a press release.
The new property is to be part of a Bt36.7-billion mixed-use project being erected in partnership with Central Pattana.
Founded by Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui, the Dusit Thani was the city’s tallest edifice and largest hotel when it opened on February 27, 1970.
“A new landmark for the capital, the hotel pioneered five-star hospitality inspired by authentic Thai values and ushered in a new era of tourism for the city, revolutionising dining, entertainment and even the way people organised wedding receptions in the process,” Dusit International said.
“Dusit International plans to mirror that success by creating a new city landmark that boosts the area’s appeal, enhances existing infrastructure, creates new opportunities for local businesses, celebrates Thai culture, and elevates the brand’s standing internationally.”
“Since we officially announced the hotel’s redevelopment earlier last year, we have been inundated with messages from guests, customers and long-time fans of the hotel expressing their opinions about the project,” said group chief executive Suphajee Suthumpun.
“While the majority expressed excitement about our next chapter, there were also those who wondered how we could possibly embrace our heritage and continue our legacy in a new building. The answer, of course, lies in taking our time to ensure we get it right.
“We are exploring many ways to add value to the new hotel and mixed-use project in terms of design and innovation. This includes embracing a green concept which reflects our prime location opposite Lumpini Park, creating direct links to both the MRT and BTS mass-transit rail systems, and alleviating traffic in the area by providing new infrastructure.
“While our scrupulous attention to detail means we must extend the project timeline by eight months, we are delighted that guests now have more time to experience the hotel as it stands. We plan to enrich that experience by hosting a series of special events throughout the year.”