Centara Hotels&Resorts is to open the second Bangkok hotel under its new Centra four-star value brand in summer 2012.
Centra Central Station Bangkok is located on the edge of the city’s Chinatown district, a five-minute walk from the Hua Lampong mainline railway station and the MRT subway’s Hua Lampong terminus.
Guests will therefore have easy access both to the train service that operates to the provinces and resort destinations, and to the subway and skytrain system that links the key districts of Bangkok.
Centara Hotels&Resorts will operate the hotel under a management contract, signed with developer Central Station Company Limited on 2 September 2011.
The Centra brand, as the contraction of the Centara name indicates, offers affordable hotels and resorts that provide a quality experience designed to exceed expectations but not over-deliver to the point where guests feel any of the services are unnecessary.
“We believe our Centra brand is ideal for this location, as many of our guests will be independent travelers and families travelling to and from provincial destinations and using both the mainline station and the MRT,” says Chairman of the Board, Centara Hotels and Resorts.
“Also, as a significant number of guests will be business travellers, our hotel will offer extensive meeting facilities.”
The hotel has 150 rooms and suites, offering a choice of king and twin beds, with family suites that can comfortably accommodate up to four persons. In-room facilities include individually controlled air-conditioning, satellite TV, a mini-bar fridge, tea and coffee making facilities, high-speed Internet access and IDD telephone line.
There are two restaurants within the hotel. Station Café, located on the 12th floor, will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner offering both buffet and a la carte choices of international and Thai cuisine and featuring an open kitchen. Also located on level 12 is Chyna, serving predominantly Chinese dishes along with a selection of Asian regional main courses and desserts, and offering views across the city, outside dining spaces and private rooms for special occasions.
Leisure facilities include Spa Cenvaree, offering a choice of traditional Thai massage and therapeutic treatments with private treatment rooms, and a fully-equipped fitness centre with separate sauna and steam rooms.
Five versatile function rooms located on the 14th and 15th floors of the hotel are complemented by large pre function spaces ideal for meetings, seminars and conferences. Presentation amenities include LCD projectors and screens, video teleconferencing and high-speed internet access.
The other Centra hotel in Bangkok is Centra Government Complex Hotel&Convention Centre Chaeng Watthana, due to open in the third quarter of this year. Centra Ashlee Hotel Patong, which opened at Patong Beach in Phuket late last year, was the first of the brand to open. Centra Taum Seminyak Bali, which opened in December, is the first overseas property under the Centra brand name.
Centara Hotels&Resorts is Thailand’s leading operator of hotels, with 38 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 17 resorts in the Maldives, Philippines, Vietnam, Bali Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Mauritius Indian Ocean, brings the present total to 55 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 25 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand’s most luxurious and innovative spa brands, and the company’s Kids’ Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens are taken care of. Centara Hotels&Resorts also operates two state-of-the-art convention centers in Bangkok, and one in Udon Thani in northeastern Thailand.