Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Completes Lobby Refurb

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When guests of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok enter the hotel they'll be greeted by a nice surprise: the entire refurbishment of the main lobby and reception area. All new upholstery, carpeting and furniture was selected interior designer Jeffrey Wilkes, who was behind the 2009 renovation of all the 338 guest rooms in the River Wing Building.
 
The design brief called for the "DNA of the 135-year-old hotel be preserved, and combined with a modern interpretation on traditional themes." Note: The floor-to-ceiling windows that face toward the Chao Phraya River, the two royal elephants guarding the lift landing and the historical temple bell chandeliers all remain as before.
 
The new interior design is enhanced during evening hours through the installation of a lighting system, which highlights the new color scheme of burnt sepia, crimson reds and cool grays. In addition, Silver Naga and cream marble coffee tables have been strategically placed throughout the seating arrangements.
 
The reception counters underwent a dramatic transformation, using contemporary Thai materials and fabrics. Backlit blue glass tiled counters contrast with the scarlet Thai silk on the walls and the crystal chandeliers with Thai motifs suspended from the ceiling above the teakwood reception desks.

Other areas that were part of the refurbishment include the Book Kiosk, the Spa and Wellness Reservation Desk, the Oriental Corner Cake Counter and the addition of luxury retail showcases.

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