Dusit has confirmed that its iconic flagship
hotel, the Dusit Thani Bangkok, will remain fully operational
until 5 January 2019 (with final check-out at 2pm on that date),
instead of 16 April 2018 as was previously announced.
Dusit says the hotel’s closing date has been extended to
allow the company and its partners more time to “add even greater value
to the new version of the hotel”, which will open as part of a THB
36.7 billion (approximately USD 1.1 billion) mixed-use
project to be built in partnership with Central Pattana plc.
Founded by Thanpuying Chanut Piyaoui and opened
on 27 February 1970, the Dusit Thani Bangkok was once the city’s
tallest and largest hotel.
“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, Group CEO, 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.”
What’s Going to Happen to The Dusit Thani Bangkok? HD Video
Interview (May 2017).