The widely anticipated The Standard Bangkok Mahanakhon finally opened in late July 2022, and the city’s glitterati are swooning. Peddling an unconventional “anything but standard”’ ethos, The Standard has no doubt found a kindred spirit in the City of Angels and its uber-social denizens. Thailand’s swashbuckling capital city is equal parts cheeky and chill, a city with one foot in the past and one leaping ahead. It’s a trait that jibes perfectly with the global “it” luxury hotelier’s retro-futurism and high-octane culture, arts and jetsetting milieu.
The Standard Bangkok Mahanakhon resides in the multi-use King Power Mahanakhon tower, the Ole Scheeren-designed architectural polestar whose pixelated, Jenga-like facade shimmies 78-stories above Bangkok’s skyline. To conceptualize the hotel’s uber-social spaces and mod rooms, Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon and The Standard’s award-winning in-house design team took cues from Bangkok’s melting pot cultures and free-form artistic expressions. The resulting bold strokes include a mélange of fluid shapes, mixed patterns and textures and saturated jewel tones that pay tribute to and embolden Bangkok’s spirited personality and its obsession with excess and non-stop soiree-ing.
The hotel’s 155 glamorous rooms and suites are larger than usual and outfitted with retro-style furniture, and softly-lit bar areas. For the big spenders, a 144sqm penthouse floats cloud-like with its sumptuous upholstery, a full kitchen setup with Gaggenau appliances, a giant soaking tub in the ensuite, and indoor plants. Meanwhile, ethereal views orbit Bangkok’s vibrant cityscape, where old world teak houses huddle in the shadows of glass towers.