Rosewood Bangkok closes its doors and blames the Covid crisis

The 30-story hotel with distinctive architecture is one of the struggling hotel businesses hit hard by the outbreak.

Bangkok, Thailand – The Rosewood Hotel Bangkok will suspend its services this weekend until further notice due to the pandemic, the hotel reported.

The 30-story hotel with distinctive architecture is one of the struggling hotel businesses hit hard by the outbreak. Restrictions on international travel have almost frozen the flow of tourist traffic.
“Rosewood staff were made aware of the closure announcement on Tuesday,” a representative from the hotel said, with the hotel closing on Saturday.

The representative spoke on condition of anonymity and the hotel declined to comment further.

Rosewood Bangkok is a high-end project developed by Rende Development Co., Ltd. belonging to the family of Thaksin Shinawatra, the former Prime Minister of Thailand.

“The temporary closure of Rosewood Bangkok is intended to restore a foothold in the midst of uncertainties,” Paetongtarn “Ing” Shinawatra, deputy general manager of Rende and daughter of Thaksin, wrote on Facebook.

The safety of all hotel staff and guests is considered a priority, she said.

Many observers fear the hotel will be sold or renamed after it closes.

Marisa Sukosol Nunphakdi, chairman of the Thai Hotels Association, called on the government to allow the reopening of restaurants in hotels under the order to ease restrictions on restaurants.

Fitness centers, swimming pools and meeting rooms in hotels should also be allowed with certain regulations, Marisa said.

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