THE 137 PILLARS SUITES & RESIDENCES on Soi Sukhumvit 39 is a brisk 10-minute stroll away from one of Bangkok’s most popular malls, EmQuartier, but staying here feels like a world away.
With 34 suites and 176 residences of varying sizes, the hotel is a hair’s breadth to the expat communities in Thonglor, which explains the district’s bustling Japanese restaurants and lifestyle establishments, but its vibe is distinctly designed with Thai hospitality in mind.
The thoughtfully appointed suites — ranging from 70 to 127 sqm in size — on the upper floors overlook the dense nightlife in East Bangkok, and they seem designed for the business traveler who is not adverse to a big party every now and then. The suite colours are achingly contemporary, sexy and low key glamorous.
You should take full advantage of the panoramic sunset views at the famous spy glass window at the Marble Bar. For the uninitiated, this is a moderately terrifying glass hole in the floor on which you stand, and look straight down 27 floors.
The heady optics have caused many knees to go weak, and it’s definitely not for the faint of heart.
If your idea of a perfect afternoon involves a power nap by the water — with cocktail at arm’s length — while overlooking one of the most vibrant Asian cities, the rooftop infinity edged pool will be your newfound love. The winds at this height are crisp, refreshing and definitely not part of the usual Bangkok experience.
The 25m-long architectural marvel is dedicated to guests staying in the top tier suites, and requires exclusive access, but the unique views and sexy privacy make it memorable even for seen-it-all Bangkok urbanites.
The elegantly appointed suites are completely self-sufficient in their creature comforts. They will tempt every bone in your body to order room service and hibernate for the weekend, but the property’s F&B outlets are designed for easy, laid-back evenings.
If you’re not feeling the top-notch street food down the road from the hotel, The Bangkok Trading Post Bistro & Deli offers acoustic covers of Top 40 hits — performed by endearing Thai youths who look like talent show winners — while Nimitr teases the palate with modern Thai & Asian-inspired fine dining.
For those with regal inclinations, Jack Bain’s Bar is fitted out with deep plum-coloured armchairs and the aesthetics of the historic homestead of the colonial gentleman associated with The Borneo Trading Company which dates back to the 1800s.
You won’t find chandeliers dripping with crystals, because the 137 Pillars luxury experience is a knowing one. Attentive service, naturally-lit interiors and welcoming modern art pieces are a sight for every long-haul travelers’ sore eyes.
The sophisticated balance of rich materials like marble, bronze and dark wood reflect its upscale settings. For the restless, there’s a private gym, golf-driving simulation range and spa to stretch out the hospitality experience.
137 Pillars Bangkok, 38 Sukhumvit Soi 39, Klongton-Nua, Wattana,
Bangkok 10110, Thailand