Food, Fashion & Nightlife Converge in Bangkok.
By Melanie Nayer ~ Exclusive Column
Wednesday, 13th April 2011
On a recent (and first) trip to Bangkok I had a few must-do things on my to-do list: the nightlife, the fashion, the food.

I had 36 hours to explore this complex city and had to work my personal preferences into a few hours of conferences, so I was prepared to run wild through the streets of Bangkok to see and taste what I had to before boarding my flight back to Hong Kong.

To my surprise, I didn't have to leave the hotel to experience some of the finest food, fashion and nightlife Bangkok has to offer.

I checked into the newly opened Renaissance Bangkok, located in the city's business district and only a few blocks from some of the best shopping malls in Bangkok, and was immediately captivated by my surroundings.

The open lobby meant plenty of room to meet-and-greet friends and co-workers, and the hotel's bar and nightclub, R Bar, was located just off the lobby level providing a hip twist to this modern hotel. After I settled into my room, admired the views from my oversized windows and freshened up, it was time to find something to eat.

The hotel has four restaurants, but it's the Chinese restaurant that draws the crowds. Fei Ya (above image), open for lunch and dinner, offers a menu of modern Chinese cuisine and traditional Cantonese dishes in a dark, but sleek, setting. The restaurant's focus on duck (a nod to its name, meaning "Flying Duck") is its speciality, and it didn't disappoint.

I opted for the crispy duck and a side of bok choy, and settled into a nice glass of Merlot from the restaurant's wine list. While I dined on my duck and sipped my wine on the third-floor restaurant, the night was just beginning on the lobby level.

R Bar, the hotel's bar and lounge that turns nightclub-like when the sun goes down, was gearing up for one of fashion's best: Ferragamo.

Models sashayed down the hotel's makeshift catwalk, debuting the season's newest fashion from the high-profile designer. While patrons sipped their signature cocktails, models debuted the best of the line with a focus on the business traveler-turned-night-owl -- a perfect representation of the Renaissance Bangkok's trendy clientele.

I sat back and admired the crowd, a glass of wine in hand, and quickly realized I had everything I needed in one space.

Fashion, food, and nightlife converge at this business district hotel, providing the ultimate stay for hard-working business types needing a bit of release at the end of a long day.

Melanie Nayer is a hotel reviewer and expert on luxury travel around the world. She has covered all aspects of hotels including corporate restructures, re-branding initiatives, historical aspects and the best of the best in luxury hotels around the world.

Melanie writes a weekly exclusivecolumn for 4Hoteliers.com
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