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This was going to be my first time staying at a new hotel in Bangkok in quite a while. Being a frequent traveller to this noisy and chaotic city, I was used to a certain routine; and it always started with a familiar hotel with familiar faces and surroundings.

Finding this hotel was not going to be a breeze, so I thought. Boutique hotels are almost always discreet. As the taxi turned left from Ploenchit Road into Soi Langsuan, my eyes were in overdrive, looking at every signboard. All I knew was that it was located on the right side of the road. The taxi zipped past rows and rows of old shop-houses, new residences, trendy restaurants and roadside hawkers, not to mention the most charming Starbucks Coffee this side of the equator. At last I saw it, a huge square sign with the word LUXX elegantly printed. The taxi turned into a small lane and there I was; my residence for the weekend.
What a way to make an entrance into LUXX XL: through an absolutely enormous main door made of teak wood with its rich texture and deep colour, which in itself a subtle statement to the secrets of a tropical boutique hotel waiting to be discovered inside its four walls.

I instantly felt at home. The receptionist was all smiles and friendly, as usual. The reception area was not of a ballroom proportion, but it was filled with magazines, dailies, bottles of mineral water, blue porcelain Chinese décor, and even rows and rows of paperback novels and dvds. The receptionist informed me that they can be borrowed free of charge. I made my quick selection, informed her of my choices and hurried into the lift.

I booked Studio L room. The moment I opened the (yet again) large door, I was struck with one dominant characteristic of LUXX XL, the use of teak wood. It is everywhere; tables, stool, wardrobe and most impressive of all, the floor. There is nothing like the feel of wooden floor under your feet. The room itself is generous at 47sqm, with a floor to ceiling window, open bathroom concept, and the nicest touch; a unique daybed area with a folded glass door.

The design of LUXX XL is understated. The use of too much wood can feel hard and overwhelming, but the designer has softened the approach by introducing stripes into the design element. It is the dominant design theme and is found in all the furniture in the room, even the bathroom partition. To complement this, the designer chose a rich, warm grey as the predominant colour. I love the combination of wood and grey, and LUXX XL has matched the two brilliantly.

The public area is an equal reflection of the rooms, with the use of striped wood and grey carpets punctuated by Ming chair and wooden tables at just the right spots. Tucked in a more private side of the hotel is a small garden with an open pool, with a neat row of sun-loungers and trees that cast shades around the area. Breakfast is served over-looking the pool. One can choose to sit indoor or outdoor. It’s absolutely peaceful here; the noise of Bangkok is miles away.

This note is not complete without mentioning the bicycles. You will find them alongside the imposing main door of the hotel. You see, this hotel is a stones-throw away from Lumphini Park so it makes perfect sense to just cycle and wonder around this part of the neighbourhood. Are we in Bangkok, seriously? What a charming and lovely idea!

The bicycle is a clever lasting touch of LUXX XL, and it aptly represents the hotel’s mantra; space, style and privacy. Here in this little corner of chaotic Bangkok, one can cycle to discover its less hurried places, create one’s private little world, and oh with an impeccable style, courtesy of LUXX XL.

Rashid, Shahrom

Address: 82/3 Langsuan, Lumpini, Bangkok.
Web: www.luxxxl.com
Tel: +66 26841111

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