Four Seasons opens for reservations

BANGKOK, 8 November 2019: The brand new Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is now accepting reservations for 1 February 1, 2020, and beyond.

But be warned the cost of luxury as expected will dent the wallet.

Overlooking the Chao Phraya River in downtown Bangkok, the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok claims to be “an urban sanctuary, with cascading architecture, seamless indoor-outdoor transitions and interconnected green courtyards.”

It is located between the river and the city’s oldest road, Charoen Krung, known to riverside community dwellers simply as “New Road.”

Today, the city’s first main thoroughfare is a glitzy maze of shopping, dining and entertainment hotspots spreading out from the cloisters of the ICONSIAM mega shopping mall.

When the luxury hotel opens in February 2020, it will have 299 rooms including suites with garden terraces and a two-storey Presidential Suite. 

Claiming status as the city’s newest dining destination, Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok will feature six concept restaurants and bars.

For a limited period, up to the end of 31 March, an introductory offer includes USD100 credit toward dining or spa experiences when booking a two-night stay. The package also includes breakfasts.

So what’s the fiscal damage for a super luxury stay in Bangkok’s newest property next to the iconic Chao Phraya River?  It takes a few clicks on the hotel’s slick website to discover that the lowest introductory rate stands at THB13,000 and as you have to book two nights to get the USD100 credit on dining and spa expenses, that’s a cool THB26 000 before you add THB2,600 in service charges and THB2,002 in government tax to raise the damage for a two-night luxury slumber to THB30,602.

There’s no point in checking out your popular online travel agencies such as Agoda.com. It quotes the same price for two nights, also including breakfast, but no credits. However, Agoda offers an escape hatch. It says you can book and opt to pay when you check-in at the hotel with no cancellation fees levied if you have second thoughts.

So Four Seasons Bangkok is staying true to its “best rate guarantee” at least for now. This is one of those moments when I have to say this is not my cup of tea, even if I could enjoy a piping hot Earl Grey deducted from the USD100 credit.

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