Husband-and-wife team set up hotel that takes guests into the city’s embrace | TTG Asia


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The new Public House in Bangkok’s hipster hub has opened to much interest among both travel industry personnel and travellers, thanks to its take on 21st-century inclusive hospitality.

Spread across nine floors, the 79-room property on Sukhumvit 31 is just moments away from Bangkok’s vibrant shopping and entertainment centres. Thanks to its proximity to the BTS Skytrain System, Public House is perfect as a base for guests to explore the city.

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Public House is designed to be a place to let guests and locals feel they belong to the city

On top of modern, stylish guestrooms and amenities, including an outdoor swimming pool and meeting facilities, Public House runs imaginative tours and pop-up events, such as The Hangover Tour, Insta-Photo Walk, and Two Wheeler Tour, for guests and locals to discover the real Bangkok and what makes it so special.

The owners – husband and wife team Paul and Angie Sachdev – designed the hotel to be a place where “guests and locals feel they truly belong to the city”.

Public House is meant to be a “landing pad for the soi (street in Thai)”, where guests would be able to access Sukhumvit’s collection of the best new restaurant concepts, cafés, and bars.

The owners had left a successful business career behind to join the competitive hospitality market just before the pandemic, but retained confidence that “tourism to Thailand would pick up again after the pandemic had passed and worked hard to ensure the hotel was ready to meet that demand”.

In discussing the property’s guest demographic, Paul said: “We are focusing mainly on seasoned travellers, over the age of thirty, who are looking for a social space where they can feel that they’re part of the city.

“Every day, our changing guests will co-define how spaces are used. And, like Bangkok itself, we expect Public House to constantly flow, morph, shine, rumble, and reinvent itself in ways we can’t yet imagine.”

For the Sachdevs, it is Public House’s flagship restaurant Fest, that is the main draw. Presenting a menu of comfort-food classics from around the world, Fest’s is focused on serving big flavour combos in a sociable environment that encourages new interactions and friendships.

“We want people to feel instantly included and surrounded by friends they hadn’t met yet,” said Angie. “This was created to satisfy people’s need to travel, socialise, connect, explore, and share with each other.”

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