Tucked away in the bustling streets of Sukhumvit’s Thonglor neighbourhood, Volve Hotel, furnished with 28 guestrooms with easy access to the sky train sits comfortably amongst Bangkok’s most primed residence areas and is surrounded by gourmet eateries, one of a kind watering holes, coffee houses and specialty shops.
It’s the ideal location for travellers that want to immerse themselves in the local experience, a true taste of central Bangkok. Volve Hotel is a name which reflects the evolution of modern day travellers. The rise of seeking local thrills have given way to the ‘Airbnb’ style of travel, living and eating local, which is the kind of experience they will have here at the hotel.
Volve Hotel caters to the segment of explorers that do not wish to have the cookie-cutter, hotel chain stay, but instead are chasing for curated comfort in the heart of the hustle and bustle. The hotel was designed for the guest that wants to acquaint himself with a local roastery down the road, one who pops out for street food in the morning and knows his way around the skytrain.
“The inspiration of Volve Hotel comes from the increasing demand for authentic experiences. Having grown up in the area, I wanted to bring the real, authentic Bangkok experience to travellers. With Volve Hotel, guests can treat it like a local residence laden with comfort and service,” says owner Mr Pavee Tansirikongkol.
Marrying Design & Comfort
Volve’s Hotel management understands that running a hotel is not simply about having a curated design hotel, it must also prioritise the foundations of reliable hospitality.
All of the staff at Volve Hotel are thoroughly trained to international standards and work together as part of the Volve family. The management ensures that all guests will experience a memorable and comfortable stay, regardless of whether it’s their first or fourth visit to Bangkok.
The experiences found here at Volve Hotel, through both design and service delivery will surely set a standard for future excursions to come. Whilst residing at the hotel, guests will receive the usual luxuries of a hotel stay; crispy, fresh sheets, turn-down service and a fully stocked minibar, but are also opening themselves up to an experience tailored especially to them.
Hotel Design: A reinterpretation of Sukhumvit’s heritage homes
Inspiration for the hotel’s design was taken from the heritage homes of Sukhumvit area, what used to be a resident area for many of Bangkok’s aristocratic families. Volve Hotel is essentially indie heritage. It is not a large chain hotel nor does it aspire to be.
In the changing times of localized travels and boutique residences, Volve Hotel’s management believe that hotels need to offer more than a comfortable bed within four walls.
Historically, family homes were built using materials such as terrazzo and brass on the floors, materials which are now limited to government offices. Volve Hotel has chosen to use these materials for the corridors and stairs, modernising the terrazzo with unique geometric patterns. Each room number was individually engraved using brass and embedded within marble to create a fusion of traditional and offbeat.
The design is brought to life by Mr Pitiphat Chongsomchit of design firm Private Scale, and with him comes a striking boldness. The smallest details intricately woven into the hotel is a homage to classics fifties retro and contemporary fashion.
The hotel understands that every traveller looks for the cosy spots, fresh white sheets and a spacious, designed bathroom. Once a guest sets foot into their room, each peppered with its own design quirks, it becomes a place that instantly brings warmth and comfort to a new city.
Every morning, guests can stretch, refresh and pamper themselves with exclusive bathroom amenities provided by New York based personal care brand Malin+Goetz. As night falls, guests can unwind with the minibar as the night falls, the hotel keeps its fridges stocked with local Thai craft beers. Talk about a perfect blend of contrasts.
Art plays an integral part in bringing the hotel to life. Guests can enjoy the works of up-and-coming local artists, each piece expresses a fusion of East and West. The hotel showcases the digital collages creations of Mr Nakrob Moonmanas and Ms Thomthong Chaijinda, a blend of east meets west which reflects the cosmopolitan character of Thonglor. Both artists express a sense of humour through their work, with tongue-in-cheek western references woven in with Thai heritage, juxtaposing Thai icons with global figures on every floor.
In the heart of Thonglor’s cultural melting pot
Volve Hotel is located in the centre of Thonglor, the quintessential spot for local tastemakers, foodies and entertainers. Thonglor is home to urban community malls such as The Commons and J Avenue, local eateries such as Khua Kling Pak Sod, Bo.lan and Khao, to the best places to sip an old fashion (you’ll have to ask the hotel where).
The hotel is approximately 3 minutes walk from Thonglor skytrain station, which means that guests can hop on the train at any point during the day to avoid the heavy Friday night traffic.
A Local Infused Gathering Place for Like Minded Wanderers
Volve Hotel is intended to be a comfortable gathering place for experienced explorers of the world, those with a pulse on the ever-changing glamour of globetrotting, those who understand what it’s like to pack-up and jet off somewhere new, to fully be immersed even if for a few days.
The hotel’s mural map of Thonglor in the onsite restaurant reflects this. Thonglor is ever-changing, as the streets constantly see new restaurant openings and pop-up bars. Each neighbourhood favourite has been tried and tested by the Volve team, and each has its own twist of Thonglor, whether it’s a unique dish only served at dinner, or a special bar nestled in between ramen shops that only regulars would know of.
The hotel lobby doubles as a cafe which welcomes local coffee aficionados in the neighbourhood. Need an afternoon boost? Pop over to thumb through design books and sip coffees from up north in Chiang Rai.
Guests can exchange stories or travel tips over the hotel’s breakfast of classic Thai pan eggs or pancakes, and contribute to the growing list of hotspots on the Thonglor mural. Volve Hotel is welcome to all, and the team looks forward to helping each guest shape their own travel experiences.
“When a client tells me he will be back, it makes me feel like I’ve managed to cultivate a sense of community here in Thonglor. The sense of community inspires me and this feeling pushes me to continue to grow and develop Volve into what I know it can be,” says Pavee.