Waldorf Astoria hotels set for Bangkok, Las Vegas

The lobby of the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Hotel & Residences. Photo credit: Hilton (The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok will be the first Waldorf Astoria property in Southeast Asia, while the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Hotel & Residences is converting from the former Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas.)

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts added two new properties to its global portfolio, pushing the brand beyond 30 open hotels and into Southeast Asia for the first time.

The 60-story Waldorf Astoria Bangkok, owned by Magnolia Quality Development Corporation, officially opened as the brand's debut property in the region. The 60-story hotel is managed by Hilton.

The Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is located in the Ratchaprasong intersectio and within walking distance of the area's shopping districts. Sited between the Gaysorn Village mall and both lines of the Bangkok Mass Transit System Skytrain, the hotel is within a 10- to 25-minute drive from the Charoenkrung Creative District, the Grand Palace and the city’s flower market.

The hotel offers 171 residential-style guestrooms and suites designed by architect André Fu and his design studio AFSO. The property includes a 730-square-meter Magnolia Ballroom, which offers a setting for weddings and social events. The ballroom accommodates up to 700 guests standing or 330 guests seated.

The property also includes three restaurant concepts, a lounge and two bars.

“This Waldorf Astoria is set to redefine luxury in the bustling city of Bangkok," Dino Michael, global head, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, said in a statement.

In the U.S., The Mandarin Oriental Las Vegas is converting to the Waldorf Astoria Las Vegas Hotel & Residences over an 18-month period. The 392-room, nongaming hotel will include 55 suites and 225 residences.

“We are thrilled to bring Waldorf Astoria to the legendary Las Vegas Strip,” said Michael.

According to Martin Rinck, EVP and global head, luxury & lifestyle group at Hilton, there are nearly 20 Waldorf Astoria brand properties in the pipeline.