The World as Thailand’s Guest Thai Crown Princess opens Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok
Dr.Vichit Suraphongchai, Khun Yos Euarchukiati, Mr. Michael Selby, H.R.H.Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, H.E. Abdulla Hasan Saif, Mr. Reto Wittwer and Mr.Duncan O’Rourke
Bangkok; Her Royal Highness the Crown Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, a patroness of Thai culture, cut the ribbon to officially open Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, together with Michael Selby – Kempinski Hotels’ Chairman, and Reto Wittwer – Kempinski Hotels’ President and CEO, followed by the Grand Opening festivities.
Approximately 2,000 guests attended the opening of Kempinski’s first property in Thailand, and were taken on an extravagant journey through Kempinski’s history and current destinations.
Upon their arrival, guests were welcomed by traditional Thai drummers, flanking the driveway leading up to the main entrance of the hotel. Here, a group of eight Tanzanian Massai warriors gave guests a glimpse of what the evening had in store.
Seven chefs from Kempinski flagships, such as the Çirağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, Kempinski Hotel Barbaros Bay Bodrum, the Bilila Lodge Kempinski Serengeti, and the Kilimanjaro Hotel Kempinski Dar Es Salaam, were flown to Bangkok to delight guests with delicacies from their countries of origin. The hotel’s garden hosted a replica of a Massai village, where guests could sample traditional Boma food. In the outdoor swimming pools, a Thai floating market was recreated with boats, paddled by ladies in beautiful national costume, serving Thai dishes directly from their vessels.
The history of Kempinski Hotels began at the end of 19th century Berlin. Already in the swinging 20s, Kempinski was among the first to introduce entertainment gastronomy and dinner dances in Germany’s vibrant capital.
During the opening festivities of the Siam Kempinski Hotel in Bangkok these traditions were revisited with performances of Marlene Dietrich and Charlie Chaplin impersonation acts, and eight talented young ladies formed a swing orchestra to play tunes of the times in the grand ballroom.
About Siam Kempinski Hotel:
The newly opened Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok is located next to Sa Pathum Palace, in the heart of the Thai metropolis. The hotel is part of the Kempinski collection, the oldest luxury hotel group in Europe, and is the group’s first hotel in Thailand. All 303 rooms and suites have a view to the garden and swimming pools, of which 21 rooms have direct access. In addition, the hotel features 98 serviced apartments for long-term guests.
The respect for local Thai art is an important theme at Siam Kempinski Hotel. The hotel houses 1,500 works of art, of which 200 are original paintings and sculptures by Thai artists.
The Kempinski name is proudly borne by a growing collection of distinguished properties around the world. Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group, Kempinski has built its reputation on the belief that exclusivity and individuality are key elements of true luxury. Each year, an increasing number of guests come to appreciate these qualities, as Kempinski adds new hotels and resorts in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. While this growth reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand, the collection will remain a limited one, where exclusivity can be nurtured and individuality can flourish.
Kempinski is a member of the Global Hotel Alliance. Global Hotel Alliance is the world's largest alliance of independent hotel brands. It uses a common technology platform to drive incremental revenues and create cost savings for its members, while offering enhanced recognition and service to customers across all brands. GHA currently comprises of Anantara, First, Kempinski, Leela, Mirvac, Marco Polo, Omni, Pan Pacific, PARKROYAL, Shaza, The Doyle Collection and Tivoli, encompassing nearly 300 upscale and luxury hotels with over 65,000 rooms across 48 different countries
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