Dusit Thani Bangkok

The Dusit Thani Bangkok, often referred to simply as the Dusit Thani Hotel (Thai: โรงแรมดุสิตธานี), was a luxury hotel in the Thai capital's Bang Rak District. The original hotel was the country's tallest building when it opened in 1970 as the first property of Dusit International. Work on demolishing the building started in 2019 and ended in 2020. A new hotel with the same name is scheduled to open on the site in 2023.

Dusit Thani Bangkok
Hotel Dusit Thani, Bangkok, Tailandia, 2013-08-22, DD 01.jpg
The former hotel building in 2013
Hotel chainDusit International
General information
StatusDemolished
TypeHotel
Location946 Rama IV Rd, Silom, Bang Rak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Coordinates13°43′42″N 100°32′14″E / 13.72833°N 100.53722°E / 13.72833; 100.53722Coordinates: 13°43′42″N 100°32′14″E / 13.72833°N 100.53722°E / 13.72833; 100.53722
OpeningFebruary 27, 1970; 52 years ago (1970-02-27)
ClosedJanuary 5, 2019; 3 years ago (2019-01-05)
Demolished2019–2020
OwnerThanpuying Chanut Piyaoui
Technical details
Floor count23
Design and construction
ArchitectYozo Shibata
Main contractorThai Obayashi
Known forLongest operating international chain hotel in the Thailand,
First hotel in 5-star hotel in Bangkok
Other information
Number of rooms517
Number of restaurants2
Number of bars2

HistoryEdit

The Dusit Thani hotel was founded by hotelier Thanphuying Chanut Piyaoui. It was her second hotel after the Princess Hotel on Charoen Krung Road, which opened in 1948 and expanded as Bangkok's hospitality industry grew during the Cold War period. Thanphuying Chanut conceived the Dusit Thani as an internationally recognised luxury hotel to compete with the Siam Inter-Continental Hotel, which had opened in 1966. On a visit to the Hotel Okura in Tokyo, she became impressed with the hotel's design, and enlisted Japanese architect Yozo Shibata, who had worked on the design team for the Okura, to design her new hotel. Construction was supervised by Tokyo-based C. Itoh, while Thai Obayashi served as the main contractor.[1][2] The name Dusit Thani was borrowed from King Rama VI's miniature city project which experimented with democracy during the 1920s.[2]

The Dusit Thani stood on the former location of Ban Saladaeng, the former residence of the Chaophraya Yommarat (Pan Sukhum), on the southeast corner of Sala Daeng Intersection, the beginning of Si Lom Road. Thanphuying Chanut secured a lease from the Crown Property Bureau, which owns the land. The hotel opened on 27 February 1970, initially managed by Western International Hotels, becoming one of Bangkok's first five-star hotels.[1][3][4][5] The building, 23 storeys high with a triangular cross-section, was topped with a distinctive golden spire; it was the tallest building in the city upon its completion, at 82 metres (269 ft) (or 100 m (330 ft) including the spire).[6][7] The building's design featured Modernist influences as well as traditional Thai motifs such as the prachamyam patterns decorating its facade.[1]

When it opened, the Dusit Thani introduced many novelties to Bangkok's social scene, including a discotheque, ballrooms, and a restaurant on the top floor. The hotel brands itself as emphasising Thainess, from its decor to the conduct of the staff.[8] It is the oldest property of the Dusit Thani Company, whose business has since expanded internationally to include dozens of hotels.[9] By the 2010s, the hotel featured 517 guest rooms, and its list of guests included Gwyneth Paltrow, Whitney Houston, Ronald Reagan and Tom Jones.[10]

In March 2017, the company, in partnership with real estate developer Central Pattana, renewed its lease with the Crown Property Bureau for 30 years (with an extension option of an additional 30 years). It announced plans to redevelop the property as a mixed-use project, worth 36.7 billion baht ($1.1B), which would include residences, retail areas and office space, in addition to a new hotel.[11] The hotel remained open until 5 January 2019, after which it closed for redevelopment. It is expected to reopen in 2023.[12] Meanwhile, the company has partnered with Silpakorn University to document, archive, and preserve some of the original hotel's artistic and architectural elements.[2]

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  2. ^ a b c Pholdhampalit, Khetsirin (15 December 2018). "Memories of a more gracious time". The Nation. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  3. ^ Saengmanee, Pattarawadee (13 June 2018). "A Bangkok Landmark bids farewell". The Nation. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  4. ^ Sritama, Suchat (3 January 2018). "Final check-out at landmark Dusit Thani postponed". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  5. ^ Nebbs, Adam (15 March 2017). "Bangkok's first skyscraper Dusit Thani to face wrecking ball". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  6. ^ Cummings, Joe (4 March 2019). "Bowing Out with Grace". Bangkok 101. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  7. ^ Otley, Tom (21 October 2017). "Hotel review: Dusit Thani Bangkok". Business Traveller. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  8. ^ Mahavongtrakul, Melalin (4 January 2019). "The ground where history stands". Bangkok Post. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  9. ^ Tuohy, Laurel (6 July 2018). "Dusit Thani: Ahead of the classic Bangkok hotel closing its flagship, VP talks about the future of the brand | Coconuts Travel". Coconuts Travel. Coconuts Media. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  10. ^ Cripps, Karla (9 November 2018). "Legendary Bangkok hotel prepares to close". CNN Travel. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  11. ^ "Dusit Thani links with CPN on Bt37 bn mixed-use project". The Nation. 2 March 2017. Retrieved 10 March 2019.
  12. ^ "Curtain comes down on the iconic Dusit Thani". The Nation. 6 January 2019. Retrieved 10 March 2019.