SINGAPORE ─ Carlson, a global hospitality and travel company, today announced the expansion of its Thailand portfolio with the opening of the 125-room Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18 hotel. The stylish and contemporary hotel is conveniently located near Sukhumvit, the city’s most sought after entertainment and shopping district. It is minutes away from the Nana and Asoke Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS) Skytrains and the Sukhumvit Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) station. The hotel is also within walking distance of the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center and the Thai Stock Exchange. “This is our second Park Plaza hotel in Thailand. The first Park Plaza Sukhumvit in Bangkok has set the benchmark high by being consistently rated as one of the city’s top hotels on TripAdvisor,” said Simon C. Barlow, president, Carlson Hotels, Asia Pacific. “The Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18 hotel will deliver the same warm, engaging, smart and spirited service that guests have come to expect of the Park Plaza brand,” added Barlow. “The hotel is ideally located in the heart of the city and will appeal to both corporate and leisure travelers in Bangkok,” said Martin Fabiano, general manager, Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18. Designed by the award-winning, multidisciplinary firm Hassell, Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18 is a sophisticated, modern hotel that blends contemporary design with traditional Thai-inspired decor. Each room features complimentary wireless Internet, and an iPod and iPhone multi-port media hub. A chic and diverse variety of dining options awaits hotel guests. There is Mezza, an all-day dining restaurant featuring an interactive show kitchen with different styles of cuisine such as Western grill, local Thai delights and specialty Mediterranean tapas dishes. Guests can take in the city sights at Sway, the hotel’s rooftop pool bar or enjoy freshly baked cakes and pastries at Chai, the lobby cafe. The Park Plaza Bangkok Soi 18 offers private meeting spaces for small-to-medium sized events, a fully equipped business center with a suite of administrative and secretarial support, and complimentary wireless Internet in all public areas.