The future Park Hyatt could be the event bringing finally life to Central Embassy Mall in Bangkok.
One of the most expected luxury brand to come to Bangkok, the Park Hyatt, the management is confirming the opening of the hotel for the second half of 2016, a delay of some 18 months over the original opening date. The luxury property is part of the Central Embassy Shopping Complex, which occupies the previous premises of the British Embassy.
Both Central Group, the owner of the Park Hyatt Bangkok, and Chicago-based Hyatt Hotels Corporation envision this to be the flagship property of the Park Hyatt brand. Located on the top floor of Central Embassy mall, the hotel will have 222 rooms, three restaurants, four bars and a ballroom. Talking to HVS Consulting company, Michael Golden, General Manager of the Park Hyatt Bangkok, is very optimistic about Thailand’s tourism industry, and 2016 will be a good time to open the hotel and to welcome a full tourism recovery after the Erawan Shrine bombing that affected the industry for a short period.It will also bring to Central Embassy the desired exposure.
So far the glitzy mall, opened with much fanfare in May last year as Bangkok “most luxurious shopping centre”, is still looking to find its right public. The mall has not managed to become an attractive shopping destination despite having numerous exclusive brands and food outlets. The mall houses some 150 shops and restaurants over 70,000 sq.meters of spaces and required an investment of over US$340 million. Gucci, Hermes, Chanel and Michael Korr are part of the mall as well as Harrods, Dean & Deluca and the first Thai franchise of France’s Paul Bakery Shop.
Initially, Central Group was looking at 5,000 to 6,000 visitors per day. However, the real number these days hangs more around a few hundreds. The Park Hyatt might then help filling the empty mall spaces with life!