Dusit Thani Bangkok, which is the flagship hotel of Dusit International group in Thailand, had previously been scheduled to close in April of this year. However, the company has confirmed an extension to the closure process, amid feedback from guests and the group’s own resolve to manage their transition to its new property successfully.
Dusit is currently working on a new project along with Central Pattana PLC, which includes a rebuild of the Dusit Thani hotel in a landmark mixed-use project worth a reported THB 36.7 billion (USD 1.1 billion). The group hopes to replicate the success of their long-standing flagship hotel in the new project.
“Since we officially announced the hotel’s redevelopment earlier last year, we have been inundated with messages from guests, customers and long-time fans of the hotel expressing their opinions about the project,” said Ms Suphajee Suthumpun, who is the Group CEO of Dusit International. “While the majority expressed excitement about our next chapter, there were also those who wondered how we could possibly embrace our heritage and continue our legacy in a new building.
“The answer, of course, lies in taking our time to ensure we get it right. We are exploring many ways to add value to the new hotel and mixed-use project in terms of design and innovation.
“This includes embracing a green concept which reflects our prime location opposite Lumpini Park, creating direct links to both the MRT and BTS mass transit rail systems, and alleviating traffic in the area by providing new infrastructure.
“While our scrupulous attention to detail means we must extend the project timeline by eight months, we are delighted that guests now have more time to experience the hotel as it stands. We plan to enrich that experience by hosting a series of special events throughout the year.”
Dusit Thani Bangkok was founded by Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui in 1970. At the time of opening, it was the largest hotel in Bangkok. Dusit International’s new project is expected to replicate the success and influence of the original hotel, bringing greater infrastructure and more business opportunities to the local community, whilst also promoting Thai culture and the Dusit brand on an international scale.