A hip gem within the coronary heart of a enterprise district: My keep on the Commonplace Bangkok

I all the time get somewhat apprehensive when a few of my favourite resort manufacturers start to increase.

In some circumstances, the cool vibes that wooed me within the first place stem from the truth that a model is unique to only a few cities all over the world. Additionally, I don’t need hordes of vacationers out of the blue crowding me out of my favourite spots.

Can fashionable ever go along with world enlargement? Will a beloved boutique model have the ability to keep its distinctive character with outposts cropping up in cities far and close to?

Fortunately, Commonplace Worldwide — the guardian firm behind The Commonplace chain of motels, in addition to smaller offshoots like Bunkhouse and The Peri — has defied these odds with its new The Commonplace, Bangkok Mahanakhon.

The resort, billed as the corporate’s new Asia flagship, isn’t Commonplace’s first foray into worldwide territory from its U.S. homeland. There are Commonplace flags flying in London, Ibiza and elsewhere in Thailand, to not point out the Maldives.


Nevertheless, it’s actually a sign of what’s to return for this smaller model finest recognized for its Meatpacking District resort in New York Metropolis, and that’s arguably standard simply as a lot — if no more so — for its celebrity-saturated events as it’s for its visitor rooms.

Does anybody care about thread depend or what soaps and shampoos are provided when there’s an opportunity you’ll catch Madonna or Cardi B performing within the bar on the Growth Growth Room upstairs?

Whereas Commonplace’s Bangkok location has loads of venues worthy of a pop diva efficiency, it additionally makes a powerful mark on town’s luxurious resort scene — displaying a top-tier resort can let its hair down and have enjoyable whereas nonetheless offering exemplary customer support.

After three nights on the new Bangkok resort, it’s protected to say Commonplace’s push into extra cities across the globe goes to be enjoyable to look at. Plan to remain just a few nights, although. In any other case, you would possibly by no means come near sampling all of the facilities.

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The Commonplace, Bangkok Mahanakhon isn’t the best to e-book utilizing factors because it’s not a part of a resort loyalty program. Neither is it on American Categorical Positive Motels + Resorts (although you’ll be able to e-book money charges by way of American Categorical and different journey reserving portals).

I ended up reserving direct and paying a nightly money charge of $240 for a Commonplace King room (the most-affordable possibility), which additionally included breakfast every morning of my keep.

Getting there

It’s a 30-minute drive or roughly 1.5-hour practice journey from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) to the Commonplace, Bangkok Mahanakhon. Since my flight arrived late at night time, I booked a automotive service by way of the resort. The fare was 1,000 Thai baht, or about $28.

When you arrive at an earlier hour and have the time, Bangkok’s rail community is a really reasonably priced solution to get into town. For 30 baht (round 80 cents), you’ll be able to take the Airport Rail Hyperlink to Phaya Thai Station and connect with the BTS Skytrain, which — through a connection at Siam Station — has a station throughout the road from The Commonplace at Chong Nonsi.


Standout options

  • The Commonplace is a luxurious resort with a wide selection of how to remain and expertise its facilities. Visitor rooms begin at slightly below $200 an evening whereas starter suites can go for $600 and above. Need to glam out in one of many resort’s penthouses? One was going for somewhat over $1,000 on some nights whereas the bigger — billed as “your individual luxurious Bangkok house” — began at $1,500 an evening.
  • Bangkok could also be one of many world’s most-visited cities partially for its meals scene, however one can simply spend a very good chunk of their go to making an attempt to get to all of The Commonplace’s bars and eating places, which vary from Thai to Mexican.
  • The Commonplace is high-end however unstuffy with a considerably younger vibe than town’s 4 Seasons or Capella. Sit again, unwind with a cocktail by the pool and soak within the slew of Instagram trend shoots happening.
  • Together with a well-stocked (and staffed) major fitness center, there’s a high-end health studio providing lessons all through the day and an out of doors space for al fresco coaching.
  • Everybody — from the entrance desk employees at check-in to bartenders, restaurant staff and housekeepers — was personable, attentive and simply enjoyable to be round, providing recommendation on the whole lot from jet-lag treatments to which night time markets to go to.


  • The resort feels disjointed because of the Sky Seashore bar and Ojo Bangkok restaurant being on the prime of the King Energy Mahanakorn tower whereas the remainder of the resort is unfold out throughout decrease flooring. This implies having to depart the resort, go to a separate remark deck foyer subsequent door and up an elevator with non-hotel visitors to entry these two spots. Ojo lets visitors skip to the entrance of the road, however sundown at Sky Seashore means battling huge crowds.
  • The Commonplace calls Sky Seashore “the best rooftop bar in Bangkok” and goes on to explain it as a spot to look at the skyline, “tune out” to a stay DJ, have a cocktail and “do not forget that the sky’s the restrict.” What they don’t let you know is simply how built-in it’s with the King Energy’s remark deck, and the crowded ambiance could make it onerous to tune out absolutely anything.
  • The Commonplace Bangkok’s Central Enterprise District locale is not probably the most interesting. At any time when I ventured out to eating places or vacationer sights, it was often at the least a 15-minute drive. That mentioned, there’s a practice station throughout the road from the resort for straightforward connections through public transportation all through Bangkok.

The vibe

The Commonplace Bangkok offers off an imperious first impression: If the towering, 1,050-foot constructing that homes it doesn’t intimidate you, the well-manicured driveway that forks away to the neighboring procuring middle may also throw off anybody who doesn’t know the place they’re going. In truth, a number of taxi drivers determined to only drop me off on the finish of the driveway as a result of they couldn’t fairly work out the place to go.

What does lastly greet you on the opposite facet of the welcome mat is definitely worth the navigation travails, although.

It might be in a skyscraper in the course of a enterprise district, however this can be a cooler-than-cool resort somewhat than some stuffy metropolis resort.

I used to be instantly disarmed by an entry space that’s concurrently hovering with its excessive ceilings and comfortable with a snug seating space and loads of greenery. Don’t name this the foyer, although. That’s a brief elevator experience away to the fourth flooring.


Together with a up to date design that favors pops of colour and curved corners over sharp edges, the Commonplace’s aesthetic is lounge-like.

Practically a month after leaving, I’m nonetheless listening to (in my head) the trance-y, spoken-word music piped into the elevators. The video artwork set up behind the check-in desk (blink, and also you’ll miss Leonardo DiCaprio providing cheers as Jay Gatsby) is just like what you see within the elevators at The Commonplace, Excessive Line, in New York Metropolis. It’s an ultra-cool vibe begging to be explored immediately — assuming jet lag isn’t nagging you to go proper to mattress.


It is onerous to discover a nook within the resort that doesn’t have both an intimate seating space or a spot to seize a chunk to eat or a cocktail to sip. Whereas the situation would possibly lend itself to enterprise vacationers, on this new journey period of blended leisure and enterprise, each vacationers and professionals extending their journeys will discover lots to maintain them occupied.

Whereas I noticed just a few open laptops right here and there by the rooftop pool (current firm included), the Commonplace positively skews extra towards the kind of traveler interested by wanting fabulous … and ensuring to blast mentioned look throughout social media.


The room

It was pushing 1 a.m. by the point I lastly made it as much as my room, however even after roughly 30 hours of journey time, I used to be taking notes on the brand new resort.

The wide-ranging colour palette was a success to date (skewing inexperienced within the ground-level entry and transitioning to a yellow focus within the foyer). Nevertheless, the intense pink colour scheme on the twelfth flooring nonetheless felt barely jarring. The minimalist vibe included uncovered bulb lighting fixtures alongside the lengthy corridors.


On condition that it was so late at night time, I used to be feeling only a tiny bit like Stephen King within the Stanley Resort. The Commonplace crew can relaxation straightforward that, courtesy of my journey fatigue, I used to be in no temper to begin penning my very own model of “The Shining.” As a substitute, I tapped my keycard to my door and moved rapidly into yet one more solely totally different aesthetic.

My Commonplace King room was a enjoyable burst of colour: salmon-colored closet doorways, in addition to counter tops and tile within the lavatory, gold and yellow within the recessed minibar, burnt orange for the sofa and mattress headboard, and a mint inexperienced desk for working.

It’s positively a case of “This appears to be like manner higher than it sounds,” and one way or the other all of the seemingly disparate parts pulled collectively to enticing impact.


The closet simply contained in the lobby space of my room supplied ample space for storing for hanging garments and parking my suitcase.

There have been additionally two very good pink robes with blue ribboning (a a lot hotter colour mixture than the white-and-red hallway on the opposite facet of the door). I truly loved these a lot that I purchased two for my husband and myself within the present store downstairs earlier than testing.

The lavatory was throughout from the closet and featured an extended self-importance and a slew of Davines merchandise, from cleaning soap and moisturizer to shaving and grooming kits. The bathroom had a bidet perform, and there was a separate room with a soaking tub and rainfall bathe.

For these maintaining tabs on my hunt for nice toiletries to repopulate the diminishing provide in my visitor lavatory, The Commonplace Bangkok was not my savior. The shampoo, conditioner and physique wash had been all in full-size, wall-mounted dispensers within the bath-shower room.

A pleasant lighting function within the lavatory was an under-vanity night time gentle that you would be able to go away on in case you rise up at night time.

Again in the primary visitor room, the lobby opened into a big space with a king-size mattress, sitting space and minibar. Monumental home windows supplied a wonderful view of the enterprise district skyline, save for the place the flat-screen TV hanging from the ceiling took up area.

The mini bar was well-stocked with free tea, Nespresso and glass water bottles. Wine, beer, spirits and snacks had been additionally out there for buy.

I discovered the mini bar pricing to be nicely under what you’d pay within the U.S., so I didn’t really feel so unhealthy about having a nightcap bottle of Singha beer for $4. OK, wonderful, then I splurged on spiced peanuts for $5 … and a bag of combined root chips for $2.

By this level, jet lag was taking part in video games with me, and I used to be out of the blue conscious at 3 a.m. after being prepared to go to sleep on the elevator experience up.

The mattress was cozy, and you possibly can draw each blackout shades, in addition to sheer ones with the contact of a button above the nightstand. There have been studying lights constructed into both facet of the mattress, and there was no want for an adapter for any of my digital gadgets because the room had common shops.

This identical electrical command middle included gentle controls for the whole room other than the toilet, and there was a small speaker to connect with one’s cellphone through Bluetooth.

I used to be completely snug, however there have been just a few glitches, too.

Moderately than ordering room service by way of the resort cellphone, orders are taken on-line. For some motive, my title and room quantity weren’t displaying up, and the resort might by no means work out what was happening.

The room temperature management additionally appeared to default to 25 levels Celsius, or 77 levels Fahrenheit. As usually as I attempted to convey the temperature down, it could often solely backside out round 23 levels Celsius or simply over 73 levels Fahrenheit.

TPG’s resort thermostat hack, sadly, didn’t assist with this balmy brouhaha.


Meals and beverage

Let’s simply say I mapped out my meals and beverage technique for The Commonplace with navy precision. Whereas I used to be technically there for 3 nights, I solely had two full days to make it to as lots of the resort’s seven bars and eating places as potential. Problem accepted.

Breakfast was included with my room charge, so I began every day at The Commonplace Grill. Whilst you’ll discover The Commonplace Grill on the model’s Excessive Line resort in New York Metropolis, the breakfast fare in Bangkok is in a league of its personal.


The in depth menu consists of the whole lot from eggs, yogurt and muesli to extra regional fare like ginger and pork dumplings, charcoal-grilled pork skewers with chili dipping sauce and stir-fried noodles with fried tofu and mushrooms (I discovered myself ordering repeats of the whole trio for every morning I used to be on the resort).

For these ordering eggs, it might sound somewhat over-the-top that they arrive with 5 facet objects (rooster sausage, bacon, confit mushrooms, roasted tomatoes and potato croquettes), however these are all smaller parts — stay somewhat, and check out all of them.


I nearly needed there to be a restrict on how a lot you possibly can order, as waiters very kindly got here by quite a few occasions and would ask “Extra?” anytime they noticed an empty plate. It was onerous to say no, however I ultimately did.

Whereas the indoor eating space is completely pretty with its green-checkered hue all through, attempt to snag a desk on the out of doors terrace if there’s availability.

After breakfast on my first morning in Bangkok, I went as much as the out of doors pool on the resort’s sixth flooring. Drink and meal service is obtainable at The Pool, the place the bartender at the moment of day labored double responsibility as a waiter, checking in on every individual lounging across the water.

I ordered an iced Americano that morning to take pleasure in whereas I labored poolside, however I ultimately tried the pad thai later in my keep for 440 baht, or $12. It was wonderful, however I’d say The Pool is finest for cocktails and drinks. Save your meals finances for different choices on the resort (or for night time markets elsewhere within the metropolis should you’re craving noodles).


I spent what ended up being my favourite afternoon of the keep at Ojo, The Commonplace’s Mexican-inspired restaurant on the 76th flooring.

Ojo and Sky Seashore are separated from the remainder of the resort’s eating places by about 70 flooring, they usually additionally require entry by way of a separate foyer for guests of the King Energy constructing’s remark deck. Ojo, at the least, has a precedence check-in stand the place you’ll be able to bounce to the entrance of the safety line.


I used to be amused by a message on Ojo’s web site noting the restaurant doesn’t enable industrial images, video shoots, or “any images by [a] skilled photographer of any variety” with out prior permission from the restaurant’s public relations crew.

I’ll have salivated over the pictures of the restaurant the resort launched upon its opening earlier this 12 months, however how engaging might the area actually be? Very, it seems.


Ojo is just beautiful, with hovering ceilings and 360-degree views of Bangkok. The colour scheme is essentially gold and pink, with some muted pastels right here and there, and it’s clearly a spot to have a superb meal.

I nonetheless caught just a few different diners staging impromptu picture shoots, simply with less-invasive iPhone cameras as an alternative {of professional} images tools.


Regardless of the excessive ceilings, it was quiet throughout lunch, however it is perhaps extra raucous at night time with packed tables. The stairway connecting the King Energy remark deck to Sky Seashore upstairs runs alongside one facet of a glass wall at Ojo.

It might really feel like eating in a fishbowl at lunch with individuals strolling up and down the steps, so I’d ask to sit down in part of the eating room away from the staircase. It was a wierd hiccup in an in any other case flawless design.


It is easy for a spot this lovely to depend on its appears to be like and fewer on its meals, however my meal at Ojo was a becoming complement to the glamorous eating room.

Ojo’s spin on guacamole (480 baht, or $13) consists of crab meat, roe and dill. Guacamole purists is perhaps fainting on the sound of that, however the dill was the one half I might have completed with out. That mentioned, it was nonetheless tasty sufficient for me to ask for a number of refills of tostadas to dip with.

I additionally tried the “Porque Paloma?” cocktail for 420 baht ($11). Once more, eating places with views like this will usually cellphone it in on the style issue. Nevertheless, the cocktail — made with each mezcal and Hennessy Cognac — was a really enjoyable spin on the standard grapefruit-and-tequila drink. I’d have had a second had it not been solely lunchtime.


On condition that the restaurant’s entrees included heartier-sounding choices like a suckling pig, carne asada and beef brief ribs, I believed I used to be going straightforward by choosing a 1,500 baht ($41) grilled white fish (one of many much less expensive choices on the menu).

The fish — a whole fish, bone and all — arrived with avocado, cucumber and an assortment of sauces of assorted warmth ranges. It was scrumptious, however sadly, I might solely end about half.


The employees at Ojo was extremely pleasant and, whereas I declined the provide of dessert, I did ask if it’d be okay to have a inexperienced tea out on the terrace. They set me up at a desk on the market to finish my meal, and I used to be greater than content material with my choice to bypass the dessert menu.


Who wants tres leches cake when you could have lovely skies and a terrace seat 76 tales up?

It was a soothing solution to spend some within the afternoon with panoramic views and a completely empty out of doors eating space. Although I’m positive the tres leches providing or the Mexican banana tamales would have made the views even sweeter.

My different restaurant spotlight got here 72 flooring under at Mott 32 Bangkok, an area department of a series of high-end Cantonese eating places named after the tackle the place New York Metropolis’s first Chinese language grocery retailer opened. U.S. vacationers could know the model finest for its location at The Venetian Resort Las Vegas.


I used to be somewhat shocked to stroll into a reasonably empty restaurant after studying just a few articles forward of my journey that Mott 32 was booked stable nicely into the autumn. Let’s chalk this as much as some big wave of cancellations the night time I used to be there, because the service, meals and scene all lived as much as excessive expectations.


The area is dimly lit and divided into numerous smaller areas, giving the large restaurant a extra intimate really feel.

The delicate design, with darkish wooden and items of artwork punctuated by slashes of sunshine peeking out from lanterned lighting fixtures, carried from the elevator vestibule all the best way all through the restaurant.

The cocktail bar is the centerpiece of the lounge space, whereas the bigger eating room options hovering floral preparations and glossy grey couches accented by brown leather-based straps.


In all probability as a result of I used to be only a get together of 1, I used to be seated within the bar space — wonderful by me, because it was amusing to listen to a few of the tipsy conversations happening round me. Nevertheless, should you want to sit down within the extra Instagrammable a part of the restaurant, make sure you notice this when making a reservation.


This was most likely the one restaurant in the whole resort the place I didn’t really feel waiters giving off the “…and what else would you want?” vibe of my grandparents every time I completed a plate of meals. To be trustworthy, it was a pleasant break from all of the gluttony.


Whereas Mott 32 might be finest recognized for its Peking duck, I went with a mixture of different dishes.

I began with soup dumplings for 180 baht ($5) — simply the precise proportion of prawn and scallop to ginger — and stir-fried Wagyu beef lettuce cups for 390 baht (about $11). The Wagyu had a pleasant spice to it, due to mustard oil. My major entree was lobster fried rice for two,280 baht ($63).

This was actually a tasty dinner. Nevertheless, I’d advise these contemplating a keep to not stack their day with a hearty lunch at Ojo adopted by dinner at Mott 32. Area these out, and make sure you order the Peking duck upfront.

Regardless of everybody at The Commonplace telling me Sky Seashore was the most effective place for a cocktail, I’ve to strongly disagree.

Certain, it’s on the prime of the King Energy constructing on the 78th flooring and has unimaginable views — however it is usually related to the constructing’s major remark deck. This isn’t like moving into Le Bain or the Growth Growth Room, the 2 standard rooftop spots on the Commonplace, Excessive Line again within the U.S.

It’s a must to wait in line in a foyer separate from the resort to rise up to Sky Seashore. It may be somewhat complicated making an attempt to determine this out, because the resort presents visitors one free go per keep to rise up to the bar however doesn’t point out that it’s all a part of the identical remark deck.


Signage isn’t as clear as with Ojo, and by the point you lastly get to the roof, you is perhaps questioning if it’s actually definitely worth the trouble.

Sure, I caught round lengthy sufficient to attend for somebody to maneuver away from the railing to get just a few selfies. No, I didn’t trouble with ordering something from the bar — which felt extra like a touristy snack stand than the “out of doors playground” billed on the web site.


To be truthful, I arrived simply earlier than 7 p.m., when the remark deck closes, so there was a rush to rise up there.

That is additionally when the admission price for the general public adjustments from 880 baht ($24) to only 550 baht ($15), which might be put towards your bar tab. That meant it was additional crowded, and I might suggest utilizing your visitor go after the remark deck closes so that you simply’re not competing for views with a whole lot of different individuals.


Seventy-four flooring down, I discovered a much more stress-free vibe for a nightcap on my final night time at The Commonplace.

The Parlor, a bar and restaurant simply off the foyer, was a a lot quieter area dotted with vegetation and bookcases, in addition to its personal out of doors terrace. It was far more pleasing to order a martini (480 baht, or $13) and toast to an in any other case wonderful keep.

Even The Commonplace Grill’s out of doors terrace is open for cocktails at night time and is price contemplating for a extra laid-back drink to begin or finish the night.


Service and facilities

For these of us who’ve settled into the pandemic norm of fairly hit-or-miss service, even in higher-end motels, The Commonplace Bangkok was a welcome reminder {that a} first-rate visitor expertise remains to be potential at motels within the coronary heart of a world metropolis.

The employees members I interacted with had been extremely attentive, well mannered and simply plain enjoyable. Folks watching on the numerous bars and eating places was equally entertaining, because it was abundantly clear the pool on the resort was one of many scorching spots for Bangkok’s see-and-be-seen scene, particularly because the day progressed. Plan to get on the market early if you would like somewhat solitude with a e-book — however arrive later if you wish to see trend, strutting, and ‘tude.


I ducked out of the resort early one morning to take a look at Jay Fai, a Michelin-starred road restaurant featured on Netflix’s “Road Meals: Asia,” and The Commonplace crew appeared desirous to get my takeaways as soon as I returned.

Employees at The Commonplace Grill every morning remembered my drink order from the day prior, and it was an general nice resort to examine into and work off some jet lag after a lot journey.

Each day housekeeping was immediate, because the room was already cleaned by the point I returned from breakfast every morning. Once I ordered a glass of wine one night time to my room, it arrived inside minutes.


The Commonplace Health club is a showstopper of a resort health facility, with floor-to-ceiling home windows searching to close by skyscrapers. Open 24 hours a day, the staffed fitness center consists of a wide range of cardio tools and Peloton bikes on prime of free weights, machines and a studio for instructor-led lessons and private coaching.

There may be additionally an out of doors balcony for coaching with a more in-depth vantage level of skyline views. The locker rooms felt extra like Equinox than a typical resort fitness center and included a steam room to unwind in after a tough exercise.

Occasions abound on the number of bars and eating places on the Commonplace, so make sure you try the resort web site forward of your journey to get the newest choices. DJs, comfortable hours and even drag queen bingo had been only a few choices I heard about throughout my keep.

Out and about

On my early-morning journey to Jay Fai’s restaurant, I ended up sitting subsequent to a person from Singapore who instructed me his journey itinerary whereas in Bangkok boiled down to a few S’s: road meals, fits and spas.

Whereas there are many spots to get fits made or discover a therapeutic massage, I primarily centered on meals throughout my time on the Commonplace — a very good chunk of that being eating places on the resort.


Different close by sights embody Lumphini Park, a significant public area with boat leases and operating paths a few 20-minute stroll from the resort. Most of the metropolis’s main sights are finest accessible through ride-hailing providers (Uber isn’t provided, so I downloaded the Seize app for any time I wanted a experience). The Grand Palace can take a few half-hour by automotive in visitors.

My journey to Jay Fai’s restaurant, in addition to to Gaa, an acclaimed Indian restaurant in Bangkok, took wherever from 15 to half-hour in a automotive I hailed through the Seize app. Costs had been very reasonably priced, as every experience was beneath $10, and I’d suggest this as a simple solution to get round city should you don’t really feel like taking the practice.



The Commonplace options two accessible Deluxe King rooms with separate rain showers. All public areas on the resort are accessible through elevator and don’t require using stairs. Sadly, the pool didn’t have a chairlift to make it accessible for wheelchair customers.



I used to be excited to maneuver on to my subsequent batch of Bangkok motels, however I used to be somewhat unhappy to depart such an affable, hospitable bunch just like the Commonplace Bangkok crew. They made easing into town a breeze, and it’s thrilling to see the model make such a powerful assertion with its new Asia flagship.

Simply because the Commonplace, Excessive Line, continues to wow New York Metropolis and keep within the headlines greater than a decade after first opening, it’s straightforward to see the place the Bangkok resort will maintain an identical grip on being each cool and splendid.

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