3 hotels in Asia with stunning lobbies you won't mind hanging out in
Hotel lobbies are often hurried through; you get your keys, walk past the expertly arranged vase of flowers and enter the lift to your room — all without a second look. However, these hotels are reinventing lobbies, from just a passageway into a space one wouldn't mind spending a night in.
Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit, Thailand
It features a discreet art gallery which boasts plush booth seating along the sides, a sleek neon chandelier that changes colors — a piece of art in itself — and enough space to house any type of exhibition.
Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit also has a Parisian-style cafe called Le Macaron, and a très chic bar that serves up inventive French cocktails.
Palace Hotel Tokyo, Japan
Bridging the adrenaline-fuelled business hub of Marunouchi with the serenity of Japan’s nearby Imperial Palace gardens, Palace Hotel Tokyo’s lobby melds the two worlds in one grand setting and features some of Japan’s finest contemporary artists, too. The hotel has a 1,000-strong art collection.
Complementing its natural surroundings, the lofty public space features hand-tufted green carpets and a perfectly-placed tamukeyama momiji (Japanese maple), viewed through floor-to-ceiling windows at one of the lobby’s many seating areas.
The Reverie Saigon, Vietnam
More reminiscent of an Italian palace than a Vietnamese reception, The Reverie Saigon’s 7th floor lobby is one of the most visually arresting entrance experiences you’ll have in Vietnam. Vibrant hand-laid mosaic tile artwork, by Sicis of Italy, tower above check-in desks in a lofty rotunda area.
Kent Lui, the hotel’s lead architect has hailed the whimsical lobby as, “the most iconic space in the entire building.” A bold statement in a hotel filled with unapologetic splendor and spaces designed to dare and excite travellers.