Waldorf Astoria Expands its Hotels Overseas in Asia

By Gary Duff | February 15, 2019 | Lifestyle

Waldorf Astoria’s latest expansion takes the legendary New York City hotel to Asia.

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Before the end of last year, Waldorf Astoria added its first property in South East Asia to its iconic portfolio of overseas hotels. The opening, one of the region's most glamorous and highly anticipated launches, marked a milestone for the growing luxury hotel brand, which now has 30 properties and counting.

Design

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Enjoy a cocktail on the 16th floor at Peacock Alley, a luxurious dining room worth sipping in.

André Fu envisioned the Waldorf Astoria as a tribute to the city's culture and sophistication, so when he was tapped to design the sprawling 60-story property he found his inspiration in the dance that came with balancing the property's unique architecture, brand legacy, and context within Thailand. Subtle reminders can be found in the hotel lobby, where floor-to-ceiling bronze screens draw their inspiration from the swift movements of Thai dancers; Front Room, the hotel's first-floor restaurant whose lighting fixtures are an homage to the Thai lanterns frequently used during festivals; and Peacock Alley, a spacious dining area located on the upper lobby, whose centerpiece is a deconstructed iconic Waldorf Clock that plays homage to the original Manhattan hotel's timepiece but with Thai flair.

Dining

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Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, the executive chef of the hotel's Front Room restaurant—one of six on-site eateries—serves a menu of Thai-inspired Nordic cooking that's both locally-sourced and imaginative. Expect haute cuisine from Chummongkhon, who cut her teeth cooking in Michelin-starred restaurants across Europe, including Rene Redzepi's Noma, in an elegant and charming atmosphere.

For a more casual dining experience, guests are welcomed—from breakfast to dinner—to grab a seat at The Brasserie, the hotel's buffet-style eatery, which has a plethora of traditional French dining options. On the same floor, diners can enjoy a light tea and assortment of pastries in Peacock Alley.

The Upper Floors

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For a late-night dinner, Bull & Bear has its appeal. The glamorous AvroKO-designed restaurant, which seats 80, on the 55th floor, has a decadent offering of meats and seafood to satiate any appetite. After a hearty meal, head to The Loft, just a floor above, for some light relaxation.

Perhaps the crown jewel of the hotel’s upper levels is the opulent 57th floor Champagne Bar, which seats an intimate room of 34. Not only can you sip in style here—there’s a massive champagne collection and hand-crafted cocktails readily available for guests—but you can also take in a sweeping view of the city from one of the coveted window seats.



Photography by: Photography courtesy Waldorf Astoria