Arriving at the Bangkok Marriott Marquis Queen’s Park, there’s an instant feeling of luxury and grandeur – just standing in the lobby, the hotel feels like an oasis in the middle of Bangkok’s bustling city streets. The newly opened hotel is Marriott’s first Marquis-branded hotel in Asia and boasts 1360 rooms and suites, six dining venues and more than 4500sqm of event space spread across 35 rooms. The property features all the five-star trimmings, like marble bathrooms and floor-to-ceiling windows in its modern rooms and suites, combined with business travel necessities, such as universal power sockets and USB outlets by the bed and reliable wi-fi throughout the hotel.
A welcome dinner was served in the onsite Japanese restaurant Soba Factory, where the hotel’s resident chefs each prepared one of seven courses served on the night. From chef Alam’s Tandoori prawn to chef Nagao’s seiro soba noodles, each dish was as delicious as the next, showcasing the exceptional culinary experiences the hotel can offer groups. The hotel’s all day dining restaurant, Goji Kitchen + Bar, is another standout and offers so much more than your typical breakfast buffet, with live cooking stations and a huge variety of cuisines on offer. The space can seat up to 600 diners, yet its clever design makes it feel intimate at the same time.
Marriott International vice president brand and marketing, Asia-Pacific, Mike Fulkerson said food and beverage is an important component of Marriott International’s brand promise to deliver sophisticated and inspiring experiences.
“Our role in our guests’ lives is about inspiring them to be ingenious and this is the path we’re on moving forward,” he said. “One of the reasons why we’re at this hotel is because it’s a really great example of how we want the Marriott brand to move orward globally.”
Three TED speakers then took to the stage for Asia’s first TED Salon in partnership with Marriott Hotels. Indian multimedia artist Aparna Rao shared how travelling influenced her socially poignant artworks; Matilda Ho, owner of Shanghai-based online farmers’ market Yimishiji, spoke about supporting local farming communities; and Cesar Jung-Harada discussed how robotics can play a role in providing cleaner oceans for the next generation.
“One of the reasons why we have this partnership with TED, is we want to deliver content that can give people ideas and spark new things in their mind,” said Fulkerson.
The TED Salon also forms part of Marriott’s Meetings Imagined concept, which aims to transform meetings and events into an inspiring experience. Marriott International director of B2B marketing and events, Asia Pacific, Xue Ying Mei said despite today’s digital landscape, often meetings are still quite traditional and sometimes predictable.
“We believe great meetings start with people, it’s all about bringing people together and creating an atmosphere that people can interact with,” she said. “But at the same time, for us to deliver that experience we have to move away from selling dates, rates and space.”
Instead, Marriott now asks planners, “What do you want to achieve from your meeting?”, and from that, they can categorise meetings into one of seven purposes: celebrate, decide, educate, ideate, network, produce or promote.
“There’s a lot of emphasis around how we can collaborate more with our customers to produce something that’s differentiated but something that meets the business objectives of our customers,” said Mei.
Following the TED Salon, guests gathered at The Pool House for a cocktail function where the hotel’s diverse food and beverage offering was again on display. From traditional Thai eats to modern liquid nitrogen-infused desserts, guests were given a taste of the endless possibilities Bangkok Marriott Marquis can offer for events.