Soft opening for Centara’s latest property near Chinatown and Hualumphong Train Station.
Feel like traveling to Thailand and getting to experience two countries in one trip? A newly soft-opened property in the Centara brand’s value portfolio offers families, couples, singles and groups of friends the chance to explore both Thailand’s capital city and the city-within-a-city of Bangkok’s Chinatown. It’s a perfect locale from which to experience the smells, sights, tastes and languages of both fascinating places.
The Centra Central Station Bangkok is located right at the entrance of Yaowaraj, the main road that shoots straight through historic Chinatown. The district is packed with attractions like Bangkok’s oldest cinema, Sala Chalermkrung Royal Theatre, where dances, plays and an occasional movie are still shown. There’s also what’s known as the Crocodile Wat, Wat Chakrawat, a name given based on the reptiles the monks there have raised for centuries. Tang To Kang stands out amidst all the other gold shops as the oldest in the area as does Chao Krom Pho, the oldest Chinese medicine shop. Dining options range from cheap and delicious cart offerings to some of the most expensive Chinese restaurants in the city. The rest of Bangkok is easily accessible via the mainline railway service and the MRT underground Metro’s Hua Lamphong station.
The offerings outside the hotel walls are extensive but are just as impressive inside. Centra Central Station Bangkok is a new-construction property with 150 rooms. Guests can choose from king or twin beds or can opt for family suites which easily accommodate as many as four people. Rooms are decorated with white linens and natural woods and feature tray ceilings giving them an airy look. Facilities include satellite TV, air-conditioning, Internet access, mini-bar and fridge and tea and coffee making facilities.
When hungry, guests can choose from two restaurants located in the Centra Central Station Bangkok. On the 12th floor, Station Café serves breakfast, lunch and dinner through both buffet-style and a la carte options. Diners can watch international and Thai delights prepared in the open kitchen. Chyna, also located on the 12th floor, features a menu of mostly Chinese options as well as some regional main courses and desserts. The venue’s large windows offer great views of the city or diners can opt to eat outside. For special occasions, Chyna offers private rooms.
When not out exploring the city, guests can rest and recharge at Cense by the Spa Cenvaree. Featuring private treatment rooms, Cense offers a range of treatments from traditional Thai massage to a range of therapeutic practices. There’s also a fully-equipped fitness center with sauna and steam room for pre or post workout relaxation. For business meetings, seminars or other special events, Centra Central Station Bangkok offers five meeting rooms that come with key presentation equipment like LCD projectors and WIFI.
The Centra brand was designed to provide quality hotels and resorts at an affordable price by exceeding expectations but not over-delivering by providing services guests feel are unnecessary. The Centra Central Station Bangkok is one of two of these properties in Bangkok, the other being the Centra Government Complex Hotel & Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana which will open in the third quarter of 2013.
In total, Centara Hotels & Resorts operates 38 deluxe and first-class properties in Thailand. They also have an additional 17 resorts in Vietnam, Shanghai, Bali, the Maldives, Sri Lanka and Mauritius Indian Ocean. Their latest brand, COSI Hotels, is an economy portfolio of properties aimed at those who book online and don’t want to sacrifice comfort and convenience for cost. The first COSI property is under construction and is slated to open in 2015.