Yaowarat, Bangkok Chinatown, is one of the few districts in the Thai capital to have no international brand hotel so far. So far as the arrival of the MRT in 2017 will totally change the social and economic fabric of this old-style part of town.
The InterContinental Hotels Group has just announced the signature of a management agreement with Grand Uniland Company Limited to open a new Holiday Inn Express hotel in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown.
Slated to open in 2017, the 240-room hotel will be part of a mixed development with retail shops, restaurants and bars catering to travellers looking for a refreshing and fuss-free stay in Bangkok’s Chinatown. Guests will appreciate the central location of the hotel along Chareon Krung Road – the district’s business hub – and the close proximity of the hotel to the upcoming Chinatown train station, which is expected to begin operations in the same year.
Leanne Harwood, Vice President, Operations, South East Asia, IHG said: “Bangkok retains its position as one of the world’s top travel destinations and tourism is set to grow with over 18 million visitors expected to visit the city this year. We are seeing an increasing number of travellers looking for hotels where they can get a good night’s rest, in a great location and at a reasonable price. Over the years our three Holiday Inn Express hotels in Bangkok have seen strong occupancy and we have received great feedback from our guests on their experiences staying with us. We are very excited to be opening another Holiday Inn Express hotel in a new precinct in Bangkok with our partners to cater to the growing group of smart, value-conscious travellers looking for a different experience in Bangkok.”
One of the main draws of the hotel will be its connectivity to main shopping districts such as Siam Square and Silom and key tourist spots such as the Grand Palace and Wat Arun along the Chao Praya River.
The 240-room Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Chinatown will join three Holiday Inn Express hotels in Thailand’s capital: Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Siam, Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sathorn and Holiday Inn Express Bangkok Sukhumvit 11.
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