Press Kit Eng 2010 - Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Bangkok, Thailand

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PRESS KIT ROYAL ORCHID SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS, BANGKOK BACKGROUND & OVERVIEW BRIEF HISTORY Officially inaugurated by Her Majesty, Queen Sirikit of Thailand, on July 22, 1983 as “The Royal Orchid Hotel”, the company became listed as a public limited company on 15 April 1994 and is now named Royal Orchid Hotel (Thailand) Public Company Limited . The shareholders of this joint venture company are:Starwood Hotels (Thailand) Co., Ltd. MBK Properties & Development Plc. Thai Airways International Plc
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  PRESS KITROYAL ORCHID SHERATON HOTEL & TOWERS, BANGKOK  BACKGROUND & OVERVIEWBRIEF HISTORY Officially inaugurated by Her Majesty, Queen Sirikit of Thailand, on July 22, 1983 as “The RoyalOrchid Hotel” ,   the company became listed as a public limited company on 15 April 1994 and is nownamed Royal Orchid Hotel (Thailand) Public Company Limited .The shareholders of this joint venture company are:-Starwood Hotels (Thailand) Co., Ltd. 44%MBK Properties & Development Plc. 29.39%Thai Airways International Plc. 24%Others 2.61%. OVERVIEW Since it was established on the legendary Si Phraya Pier twenty-four years ago, the Royal OrchidSheraton Hotel & Towers has earned the title of one of Bangkok's best luxury resort-style hotels onthe riverside. The hotel's numerous awards and accolades include won 2 awards in 2007 WorldTravel Awards as Thailand’s Leading Conference Hotel and Thailand Leading Hotels , being votedin the top 50 World's Best Hotels in Asia 2007 by the readers of  Travel + Leisure magazine, andalso being named to the Condé Nast Traveler (USA) Gold List for the eight consecutive year in 2008.Thanks to its unique “Y” shape and location on a bend in the Chao Phraya River, the majestic 28-story property offers breathtaking uninterrupted panoramic views of the historic Thonburi side of Bangkok as well as Bangkok proper from every one of its large, luxurious guestrooms and suites.Inside, the serenely elegant interior of the golden Main Lobby, with its high ceiling and awe-inspiring Pra Kaew Morakot Buddha, is a haven of tranquility. In the Group Lobby, guests are welcomed by aunique marble and waterborne Thai sculpture, the legendary Pra Aprai Mani.  The Hotel has been consistently implementing new facilities and services for the guests. SinceJanuary 2006, the Sheraton’s renowned “Warm Welcome” makes guests feel at home from themoment they enter the hotel. Upon arrival they are greeted by a Sheraton Ambassador who offers apersonal welcome and introduces them to the unforgettable Thai hospitality. Adding to theexperience is Sheraton’s new signature lobby   scent “Open Sky”, a relaxing natural andhypoallertenic blend of fig, bergamot, jasmine and freesia that was custom designed by a leadingfragrance house.  GUESTROOM All 726 spacious, well-appointed guestrooms overlook the Chao Phraya River and offer magnificentviews. These are comprised of  670 Standard rooms , 63 specialty suites , and 1 luxury suites.Since June 2006, each room has been equipped with the famous Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed — aluxurious multi-layered, lavishly plush custom-designed bed that features an 11.5 inch thick, high coilcount Sealy Posturepedic¨ Plush Top mattress. Sweet Sleeper Beds are topped with four sumptuousfeather down and hypoallergenic pillows, crisp cotton sheets, and a signature cosy fleece blanket andduvet. The combination creates ideal posture and comfort in bed.The Deluxe Rooms have an area of  36 square meters and feature an elegant Thai design with fulluse of natural materials and traditional motifs such as silk and teakwood. Junior Suites (55 sq. metres) and Executive Suites (70 sq. metres) , consist of a living area withseparate washroom and restroom. Special accommodation for disabled guests is available as are non-smoking floors . TOWERS FLOORS For an extra degree of luxury, in 1986 the hotel added its Towers Executive floors and   TowersLounge — a “hotel within a hotel” concept. In 2008 , we are delighted to announce the newlyrenovated Towers Lounge located on the 27 th floor, exclusively for the use of Towers Executive Roomguests (Floor 25 th – 28 th ). A luxurious design combined with the latest business amenities that haveour corporate guests pouring with pressure. Besides providing with personalized check-in/check-outservices, the Towers Lounge offers many business center services including broadband wirelessaccess, use of terminal, fax facilities, secretarial services and boardroom. As part of the benefits,guests can enjoy complimentary breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, international menuson our widescreen TV, choice of International newspapers and magazines, or just sit back and enjoymagnificent view of Bangkok along the Chaophraya River.   All the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel andTowers, You don’t just stay here, You belong. MEETINGS AND CONVENTIONS SERVICE Deftly combining business and pleasure, the hotel has over 4,090 square meters of function spacefeaturing 21 function rooms, many with river views. The newly renovated Royal Orchid GrandBallroom, considered as one of Thailand’s most technologically advanced ballrooms , offerspanoramic views of the Chao Phraya River and can accommodate up to 1,250 delegates in a meetingsetting, 1,400 people for a cocktail reception, and 800 people for a sit-down dinner. The 1,080square-meter room can also be divided into three sections with sound-barrier partitions that arecapable of blocking noise up to 53 decibels.  The high-tech digital equipment includes five drop-down screens, LCD projection, broadbandInternet, 20 JBL speakers, and a state-of-the-art sound system. The Ballroom has an intelligentlighting system controlled by DMX 521 software from Colour Kinetics, the world’s leading lightingexperts from the United States. The system is capable of 16 millions colors, the application of whichcan be timed to the microsecond. The intelligent, flexible X-lighting system is also designed to givehigh illuminance in restricted spaces. Intelligent moving lights allows preset banquet layouts andcolor control, and can project up to 65 logo engines to each table. Thanks to hidden leads, theballroom retains its elegance with no clutter.The Grand Ballroom is supported by 13 smaller meeting rooms, 7 of which featuring full views of theChao Phraya River, ranging in size from 44 square meter to 200 square meter. LINK@SHERATON experienced with Microsoft As part of Sheraton’s new Warm Welcome experience, the “Link” provides a place within the RoyalOrchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers where guests can keep with what’s important to them and work,relax and feel part of a community. More than just a business center, “Link@Sheraton experiencedwith Microsoft” invites guests to come out of their rooms to enjoy the energy and social aspects of the hotel.Designed to deliver a sensory experience that represents Sheraton’s new core value to our guests,the Link offers useful features and amenities that instantly connect guests, so “out of town” doesn’tmean “out of touch”. Specific benefits include: □ PC workstation with hi-speed (8MB) Internet connectivity □ Network access points □ Free Wireless Internet Access □ Availability of top national and international newspaper and magazines □ PrintMe, a remote printing service available to guests at minimum charges. DINING EXPERIENCES The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers is home to 4 award-winning restaurants and bar offering awide range of cuisines including Thai, Continental, Italian and Seafood as well as expertly mixedcocktails and fine wines. If you’re in the mood for international cuisine, stop by etc…On the River  , anall-day contemporary restaurant which offers an extensive menu ranging from Western to Chinese orJapanese to Indian. For local fare, Thara Thong serves Royal Thai cuisine in an elegant atmosphere of low tables, Celadon china, bronze cutlery, and classical Thai music. During the day, try a la cartesnacks, salads, sandwiches, ice cream and cocktails at the Terrace or Garden   Pools . In the evening,taste authentic Italian dishes at Giorgio’s , Bangkok’s first Italian restaurant inside a hotel. Later, therevamped Lobby Lounge provides a more casual setting where guests can relax over music, light snacksand a full range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, or experience the new stylish alfresco grill diningand bar by the river front, Sambal  with   selection of exotic cocktails from the riverside bar while chilling tothe sultry sound spun by top DJs.  OTHER FACILITIES The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers Bangkok has two outdoor swimming-pools, one terracepool excellent for exercise and one magnificent garden pool with Jacuzzi surrounded by tropicaltrees. Other facilities include a modern and well-equipped fitness center, sauna, jogging track,and tennis court. One of the unique highlights of the hotel is the Royal Orchid Mandara Spa, a full-service facilityfeaturing a spacious spa reception area, five double treatment rooms, and three river suites. Eachspa suite offers panoramic river views and includes an oversized aromatherapy floral bath, asteam/shower room and changing room. One deluxe garden suite opens into a private rooftopgarden. The interior design is a Zen-like blend of smooth stones, water images and tropical plants.The hotel also offers medical treatment, dry cleaning, and a Pacific World tour desk where guestscan get tips on Bangkok’s sights or organize a custom tour.Latest service by the hotel, “The Royal Orchid Sheraton I” a traditional Thai decorated boat withfacilities all set ready for rent. It is an innovative way to arrange a private party or specialoccasions, according to the guest’s preferences, while cruising the Rivers of Kings at anytime theywish. It holds up to 30 guests with 12 well-trained employees to assure the convenience and thesafety of our guests. EXPLORING BANGKOK  The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers is conveniently located nearby business, entertainment,and shopping districts as well as Hua Lamphong railway station, several subway and Skytrain stops,and river taxis, which are just steps away on two adjacent public piers. These offer direct access byprivate or public River Express Boat to the Grand Palace , the legendary “Temple of the EmeraldBuddha”, Wat Phra Keaw, and Wat Arun, the soaring “T emple of the Dawn”. The hotel’s shuttle boat will provide guests the convenience to catch the overhead skytrain to manyof Bangkok’s attractions including MBK Center, Siam Paragon, or Suan Chatuchak (weekend market).The operating time is from 09.00–22.00 hours daily. The boat leaves the hotel’s pier every half hourduring operating time.Just a short taxi ride away is Bangkok's Chinatown on Yaowarat Road, a vibrant area full of cultureand some of the best food you'll find in town. The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers is connectedto the 4-story River City Shopping complex , home to a large number of prestigious art and antiqueshops as well as several good restaurants.
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