New architectural landmark planned for Bangkok's troubled skyline

New architectural landmark planned for Bangkok's troubled skyline

Just days after a series of bomb blasts in Bangkok, Hyatt Hotels announced plans for a 'twisted coil' architectural landmark in the heart of the city's busy business district.

The Park Hyatt Bangkok hotel, slated to open in 2014, is designed to be a 'standout' on Bangkok's already-soaring skyline, and features a corkscrew-inspired design which tapers at the top.

Inside, the hotel will offer 222 rooms and 49 suites, with several restaurants including a feature that no high-rise hotel in Bangkok can be without -- a sky bar and restaurant that offers guests and visitors views across the city at night.

The hotel is part of the luxury retail complex Central Embassy, a building designed by London-based Amanda Levete, the architect behind Selfridges department store in Birmingham, the media centre at Lord’s cricket ground in London and a new subway station in Naples in collaboration with artist Anish Kapoor.

Hyatt's announcement is a welcome boost for Bangkok's battered reputation as one of Asia's best destinations -- once viewed as a must-see destination on the schedule of any traveler in the region, it has seen a series of upheavals, including a long standoff between protestors and the military and a series of devastating floods, which have prompted caution among many would-be visitors.

Last week's blasts are likely to have further consequences for Thai tourism, one agency predicted last week.

According to the Thailand Centre for Economic and Business Forecasting (CEBF), businesses have predicted a fall in visitation by between 100,000-200,000 visitors this quarter, with a subsequent drop in spending of 20 billion Thai Baht (€491m).