lebua at State Tower's Hangover Suite is one of a kind, and a perfect place to throw a Hollywood dinner party.
I arrive at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport mid-morning and I am immediately greeted by a driver sent from lebua at State Tower. He takes my luggage and ushers me into a fully air conditioned blacked-out limo - a welcome relief in Bangkok's steamy 37c heat.
lebua at State Tower is set a little way off the road in downtown Bangkok, and as the driver turns into the driveway I can see the somewhat understated entrance, which surprised me because at 67 storeys high, the hotel is far from understated. I later ask the doorman why the entrance is so modest. "Entrance is more exclusive and offers privacy to our guests" he explains.
As I wander through the doors, the lobby is opulent yet very trendy - the crowd is young and very cool. Within seconds I'm whisked up to the Hangover Suite, named after the eponymous movie. lebua at State Tower was thrust into the spotlight when the much-awaited The Hangover: Part II, graced movie screens back in 2011, since the aerial views used in the movie were all shot from the impressive heights of Sirocco.
Located on the 56th floor and part of the hotel's all-suite Tower Club, the Hangover Suite is made up of a master bedroom, one double and one smaller double, a fully equipped kitchenette, a dining area, a lounge, four balconies, walk-in wardrobes, plus exclusive entrance to the Tower Club lounge on the 52nd floor. If ever there was a place to hold a party, this would be it.
Checking in and signing the disclaimer forms that exempt the hotel from responsibility should I fall off one of the balconies took all of five minutes, and then I was left alone to explore.
The decor in the suite is fairly neutral - lebua aims to wow with its use of space and lighting, leaving the rooms as a blank canvas. All bedrooms have en suite bathrooms with Acca Kappa amenities and the two larger doubles have balconies with sweeping views of the Bangkok skyline and Chao Phraya River below. The best views come at night, when the smog clears and the city lights up.
I race around the rest of the suite - the brown lacquered dining table has ample space to sit eight comfortably, which immediately starts me thinking about hosting a dinner party.
The kitchenette, complete with breakfast bar and serving hatch, is ideal for the in-house chef to rustle up a treat if you opt for in-room dining. The lounge area, complete with a wide-screen TV and surround sound would be perfect to create a sophisticated atmosphere, and the extra guest washroom takes care of practical issues. All in all, the ample space coupled with the unrivaled views makes it the perfect venue for a dinner party; the only missing factor being the other seven guests.
lebua's three restaurants and three bars are all equally outstanding. The three Dome restaurants offer unrivalled cuisine and have become popular places to be seen among Bangkok's trendy set. Breeze on the 52nd floor, which I can look down on from my suite, is a truly unique concept - the food is Asian cuisine, the view is of Bangkok's skyline and the atmosphere is super cool.
The glass sky-bridge, which is suspended mid-air above the outdoor restaurant, is the ultimate catwalk, leading to a viewing station at one end. It's the light show that sets this venue apart - the bridge changes from cool purples and blues to hot pinks, contrasting with the plain white decor.
Take the lift to the 63rd floor and you emerge in an ultra-cool bar. I wander out of the doors and into a huge outdoor bar and restaurant. In the far corner I can see the illuminated round Sky Bar; in front of me is the super-romantic Sirocco restaurant.
The glowing gold dome of State Tower is behind me and the Oscars-style illuminated staircase guides me to the bar. Guests staying in the Hangover Suite are entitled to a Hangovertini - a mixture of whisky, vermouth and other white liquors designed exclusively for the cast and crew of the film. It's delicious, if a little too drinkable.
When I get back to the suite, the maid has turned down the room and softened the lights. I step out onto the spacious balcony for one last look at Bangkok at its most beautiful; the light shimmering all around me. I jump into the enormous bed in the master bedroom, snuggle into the luxury goose down pillow (my selection from a choice of nine) and close the blinds and the party sounds of the Sky Bar drift away.