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Friday, December 28, 2012

Hotel Muse: a blogger's inspiration in Bangkok.

These days, it's either I am too tired or too busy to write anything for my blog. I travel but I never end up putting that experience into words. I wanted to break that cycle this holiday season.

When I find a good opening (meaning regular or long weekends with no patients), I always think of quick places to visit. Since my Philippine airlines (PAL) membership only needed a few thousand miles to reach the next level (I missed it by 1,000 last year), I figured I would fly out of the country for my birthday. Out of all the PAL destinations, Bangkok seemed to be practical since the exchange rate was good and the flight would be shorter.

When I last visited, I was living a pseudo-backpacker lifestyle--a time of reckless abandon, youth and adventure. I had not been back to Asia's City of Smiles in four years. My hedonistic needs were not the center of my traveling. As I grew  though, my taste in travel evolved. I loved the idea of staying in hostels or inns before but now, a nice luxury hotel has been standard in my travels.

I wanted to stay in a hotel that would stimulate my senses and inspire me to keep on writing. I was in search of a muse and I found one in Bangkok: Hotel Muse, a luxury boutique hotel in Langsuan. Hotel Muse, a member of the M Gallery group by Le Club Accorhotels couldn't have been more perfect for our short vacation. 
Hotel Muse has dark and romantic interiors, inspired by the King Rama V era of Thailand and end of the century Europe (fin de siecle). The design is the right combination of opulence and cosmopolitan chic. There is a seamless blending of the East and the west, the elements of Old Siam and 18 to 19th century France. Its unique concept invites you to a world of pure indulgence.

Hotel muse revolves around its core: Occidental, Oriental, and all things opulent.  The hotel is located in Bangkok's most sought-after residential district Langsuan, which is only a short walk to the city's biggest park - Lumpini Park (Think Central Park). If you want to use the public transportation, the city's skytrain is also conveniently located near the hotel. Its quiet neighborhood would be appealing for individuals who do not enjoy seeing crowds of tourist that flock Bangkok everyday.

As soon as you step inside, it feels like you are entering your own apartment in France. It was how imagined my apartment would be like: Chic. Trendy. Modern. Sensual. Opulent. I was running out of adjectives to describe the hotel. The interiors exploded with Classic European design combined with subtle Asian motifs and decors.

I love the look of reception area and lobby. This is a weird description but if you could imagine  yourself in romantic haunted house ala Addams Family, it would look like this.