INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit, the newest hotel to grace Bangkok’s skyline, is cementing its position as a cultural hub through a collaboration with Art Story by autistic Thai. The local social enterprise that highlights the work of autistic artists and the new hotel, with a mission to spark curiosity, launched “The Colors & Texture of INNSiDE: Through My Eyes” this week. The limited-time exhibition is the result of a hands-on grand opening celebration “Meet Bangkok from the INNSiDE” that involved guests completing the artwork.
The art exhibition is open to hotel guests and the general public in the 32nd floor lobby until December 31st 2023.
The vibrant paintings are inspired by local Thai culture, traditions and each artists’ reflection and interpretation of questions posed to them while practicing their craft with Art Story.
“Just as our hotel has integrated with the fabric of this thriving city, the art on display will be integrated into our hotel’s atmosphere,” said the hotel’s general manager Aarron Nelson. “We want our guests to feel the harmony between being the observer and the architectural identity of the hotel.”
Of the ten pieces on display, three were completed at the grand opening event where guests were invited to lend a hand (and a brush) to create the final version. The seven pieces, completed by individual artists, are each distinct with paintings ranging from Buddha statues to elements of nature, such as flowers displayed on an altar and lion imagery in traditional Thai-style.
Under the umbrella of the Autistic Foundation, Art Story uses art as a therapeutic and inspirational tool to promote self-development of each individual artist and promote uniqueness as a strength. The foundation also strives for more inclusivity in society for exceptional individuals. INNSiDE by Melia Bangkok Sukhumvit will help raise funds for the foundation through the use of QR codes next to each piece of art. Visitors who wish to own the paintings or items inspired by the paintings can purchase directly through the codes with the money going straight to the foundation.
Reaching 34 floors, the INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit is Thailand’s first ‘INNSiDE by Meliá’ hotel and the fourth Meliá Hotels International property to debut in the kingdom. In addition to the vast 32nd floor co-working space and five playful meeting rooms, the lifestyle hotel has three diverse food and beverage outlets and an awe-inspiring infinity pool on the top floor with an expansive rooftop terrace that evokes an Ibiza mood. The Giant Swing Pool Bar features a compelling contemporary interpretation of Bangkok’s Brahman structure The Giant Swing making for a dramatic photo backdrop. The hotel offers a 24-hour Infit Gym and concierge service. Its range of sustainability efforts include a ban on single-use plastic, recycled glass bottles for drinking water and biodegradable takeaway boxes, in-room paper and plastic free collaterals and complimentary organic amenities.
INNSiDE by Meliá Bangkok Sukhumvit is the second INNSiDE property to open this year in Asia, joining INNSiDE by Meliá Kuala Lumpur Cheras which opened in March. There are currently 38 INNSiDE hotels spread across the globe.