Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok, located in the city’s Pratunam fashion and garment district and integral to the Watergate Pavillion Fashion Mall, opened in April 2013.

Chandigarh/New DelhiSanjay Pahwa, 30.04.13: The four-star hotel is the fourth to be opened in Bangkok by Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotels operator.

 The hotel has 281 rooms and suites and is designed for both business and leisure travellers.

 “Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok is in the heart of Pratunam, and ideally placed for shoppers and business people in the fashion sector, and also for visitors to the entire Rajaprasong shopping district,” says Wim NM Fagel, the hotel’s general manager.

 “The station for the Airport Express rail link to Suvarnabhumi International Airport is a five-minute walk from the hotel, and for those visiting Bangkok for medical reasons, leading institutes such as Bumrungrad Hospital, Bangkok Hospital and Pyathai Hospital are all close by.”

Mr Fagel says that the core markets for the hotel are South Africa, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, Europe and Australia.

“In addition to providing spacious, bright and modern accommodation, food and beverage is going to be an important factor in our appeal,” says Mr Fagel.

“Café 9, our all-day restaurant, is a great place to relax during a shopping trip, and to rendezvous with friends in this very busy and bustling district.

“We will also within the next few weeks be opening Chili Hip, on the 20th floor, which will be a dining venue with spectacular views, while on the rooftop we will have our alfresco WALK, which we are confident will become a local hot-spot.”

Mr Fagel adds that halal food for visitors from the Middle East is provided buffet-style for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Cense by Spa Cenvaree provides spa services that will be welcomed by the tired shopper, there is a fitness centre, and Moom Sabai is an outdoor relaxation area on the 9th floor that offers comfortable sun loungers.

Centara Watergate Pavillion Hotel Bangkok is designed for functions and has two meeting rooms of 90 square metres each, supported by fully adaptable conference and presentation equipment such as video teleconferencing, LCD projectors and screens together with wireless internet access, all complemented by a professional secretarial service.

Centara Hotels & Resorts is Thailand's leading operator of hotels, with 40 deluxe and first-class properties covering all the major tourist destinations in the Kingdom. A further 17 resorts in the Maldives, Vietnam, Bali Indonesia, Shanghai, Sri Lanka and Mauritius Indian Ocean, brings the present total to 57 properties. Brands and properties within Centara ensure that specific categories such as couples, families, individuals, and meetings and incentives groups will all find a hotel or resort that is appropriate to their needs. Centara operates 27 branches of Spa Cenvaree, one of Thailand's most luxurious and innovative spa brands, together with its newly launched value brand Cense by Spa Cenvaree, which provides core spa services for busy travellers. The company's Kids' Club is available at all the family-friendly resorts to ensure that the youngsters and teens are taken care of. Centara Hotels & Resorts also operates two state-of-the-art convention centres in Bangkok, and two in northeastern Thailand, one being located in Udon Thani and the other in Khon Kaen. The latest Centara brand is named COSI Hotels, an economy brand designed for travellers who predominantly make their bookings via the internet and who want comfort and convenience at the most friendly prices available, which is under development with the first property due to open in 2015.