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Hotel Highlights

  • Smart Gallic-Thai styling
  • Distinctive wining and dining, including cool rooftop bars
  • Peaceful location, yet close to the city’s megamalls

Overview

Despite its high-rise size, Hotel Muse in Bangkok feels refreshingly intimate, thanks to its seductive Euro-inspired decor and lofty layout. The ambience is playful yet elegant and its sensual city-view bedrooms are offset by super-styled interiors, including some of the most hedonistic wining and dining spots in town.

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Here's what you get for booking Hotel Muse with us:

An exclusive Muse platter at rooftop bar the Speakeasy, ideal to enjoy at sunset on arrival day

Special offers

Exclusive rates, packages and special offers at Hotel Muse

Early-bird offer Hot deal: 10% off

Facilities

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Hotel Muse – Bangkok – Thailand

Need To Know

Rooms

174, including 11 suites.

Check–out

12pm; check-in, 2pm, but both are flexible subject to availability.

Rates

Double rooms from $141.52 (THB4,651), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.

More details

Rates exclude breakfast at THB650 a person, plus tax and service charges. Extra beds for adults are THB2,500 a night.

Also

In-house music compilations by Julien Barthe (aka Plaisir de France) set the tone at Muse with mood-enhancing blends of jazz, lounge, funk and electronica. If your ears are enamoured, buy the collection on CD when you leave.

At the hotel

Concierge, tour services, library, gym, games room, WiFi throughout (from THB107 for 30 minutes to THB428 for 24 hours). In rooms: 65-channel flatscreen TV with international radio, movies and in-house music selection, iPod dock, minibar, own-label toiletries. DVD players on request.

Our favourite rooms

Bag yourself a Dowadueng Corner Deluxe suite for drool-worthy city views through dual-aspect windows in the dusky black- and grey-toned bedroom or via tall glass panels in the bathroom. The lighter-hued Yama Residences feature espresso machines; for delicious indulgence, you can’t beat the spacious Nimman Suites; those on the 17th floor tout manicured outdoor terraces for taking in the skyline while savouring the well stocked bar.

Poolside

Nestled 19 floors up, the foliage-fringed infinity lap-pool and sun-baked deck with daytime Wet Bar is pleasingly breezy. Scoff Angus beef burgers and slurp smoothies as you soak in the skyscraper scenes.

Packing tips

Arrive with a modest amount of baggage so you can top up your suitcases with goodies from the city’s finest markets and malls. Bangkok bakes from April to October, so stock your valises with cool cotton threads.

Also

Make time for vertiginous thrills at the Speakeasy, Muse's lofty rooftop lounge bars with killer Bangkok views.

Children

Muse is more adults' abode than toddlers' playground, but the hotel offers baby cots, and one child under four can share a bed with parents for free (breakfast costs THB325). Extra beds for kids aged four to 12 cost THB1,250, including breakfast.

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Food & Drink

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Hotel Restaurant

Muse's sexy gourmet mix stars basement-belle Medici, a modern-rustic Italian eatery with seductive furnishings set against exposed brick walls, wooden casks and arty industrial ironwork. Chef Francesco Lenzi darts from kitchen to table to share his Tuscan-inspired menu of foie gras ravioli and wild boar bolognese, as DJs and opera singers entertain. On the upper floor, chic Su Tha Ros is open for all-day breakfasts and authentic Thai cuisine. Opulent marble, parquet floors and mirrored panels set the stage for house specials such as plar salmon (salmon with a chilli and lime dressing) and miang khum (betel leaves topped with shredded coconut, chilli, lime, ginger, pea and caramel). Lobbyside French bistro Le Salon serves up café fare, including salads, sandwiches and afternoon tea.

Hotel Bar

The Speakeasy, Muse's social epicentre on the 24th and 25th floors, has become the talk of the town. Prohibition-era styling and eclectic beats set a glamourous scene for sultry soirees spent sipping, nibbling and mingling in its two open-air bars. The west-facing Long Bar clings to the side of the hotel and is great for sinking sundowners, but the rooftop Lawn Bar boasts the best city views. Vintage cocktails, such as Aviators or Negronis, are the order of the night, or get the barman to whip you up a Rotavapour, a signature tipple of house-made vodka infusions. Downstairs, Le Salon’s all-day bistro serves up the sort of crisp, classic martinis beloved of James Bond. 

Last orders

Sup in Le Salon until 9.30pm, with last orders at 10.30pm at Su Tha Ros and Medici (although the latter stays open until 1.30am as a bar). The Speakeasy's bars are open from 6pm until 12.30am, getting busiest around 8pm on weekends.

Room service

An extensive à la carte menu promises Italian, Thai, French and American dishes for gorging en privé 24/7.

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Dress code

Cool cocktail clothing you can dress up or down.

Top table

Grab one of the window tables at Su Tha Ros (2, 7 or 22) for supreme city vistas. In Medici make a beeline for the lounge tables furthest from the bar – they’re quieter, cosier and better positioned to hear the opera singers’ dulcet tones.

Local Guide

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Hotel Muse – Bangkok – Thailand
Eat, drink, see, do: local favourites and more…

Worth getting out of bed for

With the Skytrain a short stroll away, most of Bangkok’s cultural attractions are within easy reach. Just two stops to the east are the mega-malls of Siam (‘nuff said), cheek-by-jowl with historic royal temple Wat Pathum Wanaram – go early in the morning for glimpses of monks making offerings to Buddha.

 

Close to Siam is the Jim Thompson House (www.jimthompsonhouse.com) at 6 Soi Kasemsan 2, off Rama 1 Road. It's the former home of the American entrepreneur who revitalised the Thai silk industry in the Fifties, but who disappeared in mysterious circumstances a little over a decade later. His trad teak house, filled with priceless art and antiques, offers a nostalgic taste of the past as well as the chance to splurge on sumptuous silks at the on-site branch of his world-renowned shop.

 

If you're pining for some greenery, wander into lush Lumpini Park. It's best shortly after sunrise for gawping at breathless runners and nimble-limbed locals practicing yoga and t'ai chi.

Local restaurants

Set in a rare 70-year-old building, Gaggan (+66 (0)2 652 1700; http://eatatgaggan.com), tucked up a laneway opposite Soi 3 at 68/1 Soi Langsuan, boasts whitewashed, colonial-style interiors a world away from the high rises that tower above it. Gorge on progressive Indian dishes or try the eclectic, if sparse, tasting menu. Triplets Brasserie (+66 (0)2 684 1684; www.tripletsbangkok.com), at Luxx XL hotel at 92/3 Soi Langsuan, is reached via a dingy alley, but once there you can sup on tasty international meals in spacious, contemporary surrounds overlooking a fish-filled pond. Just a little further along at number 82/5 is Thang Long (+66 (0)2 251 3504), a simple yet tempting mod-Vietnamese restaurant with fierce air-con indoors and a small courtyard out front for pairing nibbles with drinks. At slick, futuristic Bed Supperclub (+66(0)2 651 3537; www.bedsupperclub.com), supine dining takes place on huge beds – take care not to spill your sticky date on the sheets. Afterwards, kick your heels up at the party-ready bar.

Local bars

Wander down Langsuan Road towards leafy Lumpini Park and dive into one of the bars along Sarasin Road, busiest at weekends after 9pm. The retro late-night discos of the locally-lauded 70’s Bar are renowned.

Local cafés

If your sweet tooth is calling, the delicious offerings at The Ninth Café (+66 (0)2 255 7125; www.theninthcafe.com), just a hop from the hotel at 59/5 Soi Langsuan, are sure to satisfy any cravings, although with such an eye-popping selection – cherry crumble, lemon meringue pie, towering chocolate mousses for two – you’ll be pushed to pick. Sit in air-con cool or outside on the garden-fringed veranda and watch the world go by.

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A lollop from Lumpini

Hotel Muse

55/555 Langsuan Road, Lumpini, Pathumwan, Bangkok, Thailand 10330

Hotel Muse is in the upscale residential area of Bangkok's business district, with leafy embassies for neighbours along Langsuan Road.

Planes

Bangkok's international airport, Suvarnabhumi (www.bangkokairportonline.com), is about 45 minutes away by taxi. Alternatively, hop on the super-speedy Bangkok Airport Train (www.bangkokairporttrain.com) for the fastest traffic-free route into town.

Trains

The nearest Skytrain stations are Ploenchit, Chitlom or Lumpini, two minutes away via Hotel Muse’s free tuk-tuk shuttle service. Two stops down the line are the mega-malls of Siam Square, or a 10-minute trundle will take you to a host of historical landmarks including the Royal Palace, the Erawan Shrine and the Chao Phraya River.

Automobiles

If you've arrived by car, there's free valet parking on-site.

Other

Taxis are easy to find in Bangkok although they might not always want to take you where you’re going! The concierge will make bookings for you and write down the hotel's name and address in Thai for your return journey. Make sure the driver switches on the meter and doesn't charge a flat rate. If you're planning a day trip, or want a taxi for a few hours, the concierge will help you out. Otherwise, Sam Tourist Taxi (+66 (0)863 246 824; samtouristtaxi@gmail.com) has staff with reasonable English and a fleet of well-maintained cars.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

by Dani Venn , Masterful foodie

Minutes after landing in Bangkok the cloying humidity washes over me. Fortunately Thais have an uncanny ability to detect TEP (Tourists’ Excessive Perspiration) and my pre-booked taxi driver greets me with a cold wet-wipe and cranks up the AC to the point where I don’t feel quite so ridiculous wearing winter boots designed for a different hemisphere. Rocking up in the Financial Distri…
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Hotel Muse

Anonymous review by Dani Venn, Masterful foodie

Minutes after landing in Bangkok the cloying humidity washes over me. Fortunately Thais have an uncanny ability to detect TEP (Tourists’ Excessive Perspiration) and my pre-booked taxi driver greets me with a cold wet-wipe and cranks up the AC to the point where I don’t feel quite so ridiculous wearing winter boots designed for a different hemisphere.

Rocking up in the Financial District, there’s not a single financier in sight. Instead I spy Hotel Muse, standing out among neighbouring high-rises because it’s draped in an intriguing warm light. I’m ushered through the inviting lobby, seated in a leather chair and promptly served an assortment of candy-coloured drinks. ‘Are they all for me?’ I exclaim. The concierge laughs sweetly and tells me that they are, as I notice how immaculately manicured she is and make a mental note to do something about my nails. Sipping on fragrant lychee juice and drinking in the luxurious furnishings, I feel like I’ve accidentally stepped on to the set of The Great Gatsby. I’m half expecting Leonardo DiCaprio to appear at any moment. It’s as if I’ve been transported to the Golden Age of decadence when guests can drink champagne to save water (a playful hotel promotion) and indulge in lavish feasts at one of the many dining venues within this old-worldly wonderland. With check-in complete, I glide up in the elevator to the 16th floor to explore my room – perhaps Leonardo is waiting for me there?

Much to Mr Smith’s relief – who is thousands of miles away – no Hollywood heartthrobs are to be found in my Dowadueng Corner Deluxe room, but fortunately the essentials for pure self-indulgence are. The sleek black marble bathroom captures my attention and I audibly gasp at the size of the gleaming claw-foot bath, although resist the temptation to hop straight in. I open a mahogany cabinet which to my surprise reveals the minibar, complete with proud little bottles of Belvedere vodka, Chivas Regal Scotch whisky and Beefeater gin. I swear I hear a voice saying, ‘Drink me!’

Suitably rebellious, given it’s well past midnight at home, I sashay out to the elevator and press the button marked ‘Speakeasy Rooftop Bar’. Getting in at night after a long-haul flight I should feel sleepy, but it just wouldn’t be right when I know things are only just kicking into gear on level 25. There’s a well-groomed medley of pretty young things in glittery dresses, international travellers who look like they might dabble in oil and businessmen with stiff drinks enjoying the magical view. The city skyline is alive with a carnival-like energy blending splashes of neon blue, embers of fiery orange and a bright purple haze that seduce the eye and beckon pleasure-seekers out to play. A towering billboard in the distance, emblazoned with the word Ideopolis, adds to the futuristic urban vibe.

My gin-spiked cocktail arrives along with a complimentary serving of edamame. I’m peckish so I order some tightly rolled tuna maki but am a dash disappointed that my first meal in Thailand is Japanese. It hits the spot though and as I feel myself slipping into a food coma, I retreat downstairs to my king-size bed and slowly sink into soft pillowy bliss.

Waking up I quickly pull back the crushed velvet drapes of my corner window to observe daily life below. There’s an incongruous mix of smooth corporate suits, shiny new Toyotas, buzzing tuk-tuks and ladies spruiking grilled meats. Imagining the wafting aroma of sweet, sticky pork skewers makes my tummy growl, so I venture to Su Tha Ros, the hotel’s Thai restaurant, where an international buffet breakfast awaits. I have always had issues with Western-style breakfasts in Asia; give me Vietnamese soup over bland Weetabix any day. So imagine my delight when slippery pad-see yew, fluffy fried rice and delicate chicken congee are some of the treats available to devour. I pile up my plate and greedily order two fried eggs from the cook-to-order chefs. I’m on holiday, after all, and besides I’ve booked a morning bike tour of Bangkok, so it may well be my last meal…

Whizzing around Bangkok’s backstreets on a bicycle isn’t for the faint of heart, especially on a day so hot even the locals are fanning themselves. Yet it’s a wonderful way to explore the city and I’m happy to be pedalling around gritty laneways knowing that I’m returning to an opulent oasis complete with ice-cold cocktails. Back at the Muse I slip into my bikini and recline in a shaded deckchair by the sparkling pool. A heavenly waiter from the Wet Bar produces a ginger and kaffir lime concoction along with the hotel’s signature club sandwich. For a moment I wonder if the sandwich is a bit dry, but then I take a sip of my summer-in-a-glass drink, plunge into the crystal-blue water and remember that just a day ago I was at home stoking my fireplace.

My date for the night is a Sydney friend who now resides in Bangkok, and we’ve planned to meet at Medici, Muse’s flagship restaurant which promises authentic Italian cuisine in a seductive space. Admittedly, I’m sceptical, but Ms Smith assures me that the Italian food in Bangkok is excellent. We descend a spiral staircase and immediately drool over the whole leg of cured pork that sits theatrically at the chef’s pass ready to be carved to order. We do as any good Roman would and promptly order a vast amount of antipasti, primo, secondi and dolce! Handmade ravioli stuffed with braised wild boar follows slivers of mouth-melting shaved prosciutto. Our meal is punctuated by short bursts of dramatic live opera that makes us simultaneously cringe and laugh, but results in an entertaining evening that I’m certain could not be experienced anywhere else in Asia. After a few mouthfuls of oozy chocolate pudding, it’s time for a nightcap and we head up to the rooftop bar, the jewel in the hotel’s crown.

Looking out over the dazzling lights with a French martini in hand and a belly full of Italian delights, you really could be anywhere in the world. A welcome change to the Asian boutique hotel scene, Muse embraces hedonism in a playful, tasteful way and has left me feeling inspired, albeit still rather sweaty.
 

 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel with us, we'll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Hotel Muse's Guestbook below.

 

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I liked the rooms, the beds, the pillows, the bath and the staff! All delightful.

Don’t expect

The coffee could be better, I thought.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I loved the beautiful decor; it's quite unique.

Don’t expect

We asked for a quiet room and were upgraded, but were under the restaurant/breakfast room, which resulted in a bit of noise from above.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Everything about this hotel was great. I enjoyed the friendly check-in where we were upgraded so we had a room up high on the 20th floor, perfect for the views over Bangkok. The rooftop bar is exceptional with amazing cocktails and we loved the 1920s theming. Everything is designed for guests' comfort, the staff are unerringly friendly and accommodating, and the restaurant and pool were fabulous. We're so glad we chose to stay here, even just for one night.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The hotel was intimate and stylish and staff were attentive! The upgrade they gave us to the duplex suite was fantastic and we would not go to Bangkok without staying there. Very good value.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Really good decor, and the room was luxe. Rooftop bar had amazing views and great cocktails. Breakfast was awesome.

Don’t expect

I had some slightly bad advice from concierge for a restaurant, however, they apologised and rectified it quickly.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Our stay at Hotel Muse was extremely relaxing; the staff were very discreet and the hotel itself was luxuriously appointed; the king size bed and Eqyptian cotton sheets were simply perfect. The turn-down service at night was lovely, and the handing over of a Thai orchid was always memorable. The laundry service, too, is very efficient. Tommy the concierge was helpful and friendly and deserves a medal for telling us about Issaya, the restaurant we went to on the first night. Nothing to complain about whatsoever, (except the smokers by the pool) — I would definitely stay again.

Don’t expect

I loved the pool area; it was beautifully appointed but I think in this day and age, even in Bangkok, it should be smoke free. The smoking by others was rude and annoying and they leave butts on the ground. The staff however in the gym were always very kind and the provision of large towels and free chilled bottles of water is very thoughtful.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

On the last Friday night in June, this Mr and Mrs Smith arrived at Hotel Muse after 12 hours in transit and over an hour in bumper-to-bumper traffic. Stepping out of the cab and into the lobby was like entering another world compared to some of the shanty towns we had driven through en route. Staying only one night before embarking on the next leg of the journey, we were looking forward to a night of affordable luxury and Hotel Muse really delivered. We were presented with a flight of drink tasters to enjoy during check in and Tam helped with translations and saw us up to our room. We received an upgrade through the booking offer we had taken advantage of through Mr & Mrs Smith and were delighted to discover that we had been upgraded above and beyond our expectations to the Dusid Duplex (a room category above the room upgrade we'd anticipated). It was a two-story split level mini house! We ended up on the top floors of accommodations in the hotel and the room and the views were absolutely fantastic. Not long after our arrival in the room Mr Smith realized he'd lost his phone. I called reception to see if we'd left it at the desk during check in but when they said it wasn't there we quickly came to the realization it must have been left in the taxi we caught from the airport. Tam came straight up to the room and called the taxi driver. At the airport when you get a taxi they give you a slip of paper with the drivers details on it so you can contact them if you have feedback or lost property. Genius. Tam explained everything to the driver and as it turned out the driver had already noticed the phone and was already driving back to Hotel Muse to reunite it with Mr Smith. Impressive all round. Now that we could relax in earnest, we went to the Speakeasy Rooftop Bar to enjoy our complimentary cocktails (thank you, Mr and Mrs Smith). They were so delicious, and the barman so obliging, that we ordered another round and enjoyed some tasty morsels before exploring the rest of the hotel (the pool looks great at night). Fancying another cocktail, we returned to the Speakeasy to ask whether we could order a round to take back to our suite to enjoy in our gorgeous claw foot bath. No problem whatsoever. Sensational. When it was time to turn in, we sank into the massive bed: it was so comfortable, like sleeping on a cloud. It was a truly terrific start to the holiday, not only because of the beautiful room, the magnificent upgrade and service, but also because of Tam's help with turning around what could have begun the holiday on a sour note. Everyone was friendly and so happy to help that I left wishing we could have had more than just one night in Bangkok (as the song goes)...

Don’t expect

The only downside to the stay was a strange indeterminable sound coming from above our outside our room. It woke me a couple times through the night, not sure if it was water running through pipes, the building's air conditioning system or perhaps because our room was below the Speakeasy kitchen.

Rating: 10/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

The rooms and overall finish of the hotel were real luxury – spacious, classy decor and lots of little touches to make it feel high-end (admittedly I am easily impressed by things like an electronic blind between room and bathroom!) The location of the hotel is great, meaning the infinity pool and bar areas look out onto a cracking view of the Bangkok skyline: very James Bond! During the day, the local Lumphini district has a lovely park and is great for street food. Be warned: the street food in this part of Bangkok caters to the local office workers and consequently disappears in the evening. Luckily, Hotel Muse offers a range of restaurants and bar food – we were able to get nice and reasonably priced grub in the hotel's Speakeasy bar having traipsed round the local area for hours and pretty much given up on dinner! We stayed at Hotel Muse for what could have been two really depressing nights at the end of a brilliant three-week holiday, but the quality of the hotel and the haven of luxury it provides in the otherwise hectic Bangkok made our last two nights as enjoyable as the first two.

Don’t expect

Check-in and check-out took quite a long time – could have been a bit slicker.

Rating: 9/10 stars

BlackSmith

Stayed on

We loved

Great service, easy, good value, good location, everything I needed.

Rating: 10/10 stars

GoldSmith

Stayed on

We loved

I was upgraded to Dusid Duplex, a nice room. Staff gave great service and had good English and good knowledge of visits and excursions. Great food at the Thai restaurant; well priced. Room service offered good quality and choice. The internet connection was good.

Rating: 8/10 stars