Maduzi is just full of surprises! Following very swift, efficient, friendly check in procedures by one of the Maduzi ambassadors (all staff are regarded and referred to as ambassadors) we were shown to our room on floor D. Yes, floors don’t have numbers here, just letters. So the top floor is floor M then A then D down to I, finally spelling out the hotel’s name. As soon as the door opened we were greeted with the elegant, chic charm that just oozes from this establishment. Each room has an entrance area with a fridge stocked with complimentary drinks and snacks, a very modern and stylish coffee making machine and a superb hotel facility instruction book complete with amusing cartoons giving very clear instructions on how everything works. Our immediate impression was how unique the design, furniture and fittings were. Defying convention, the furnishings and artefacts in all of the rooms reflected a multiculturalism that really did work. The combination of dark and light wood and the contrasting tones of leather furniture and accessories gave a very chic feel. The main area had a large bed with a coconut shell headboard, a comfortable leather armchair, a large leather bound desk, several small tables, a flat screen TV, and a printer with a fax machine. The seductive lighting was enhanced by two large and very stylish bedside lights which were suspended from the ceiling. The accommodation was semi open plan with an elegant curved wall separating the toilet and bathroom from the main area. A Japanese style sliding door leading to the bathroom further maximised the space. Here there was a very large infinity jacuzzi which had a novel way of filling with water cascading from the ceiling. This is the first time that we have ever come across this sort of feature in a hotel room and it was sumptuously relaxing. There was also a rain shower and a plentiful supply of luxurious panpuri toiletries. Adjacent to the wet area was a spacious dressing area with a very wide and shallow elegant washbasin.
Maduzi, which is described by the owner as ‘Our Urban Sanctuary’ really does generate a home from home feeling where guests are made to feel they really do matter. You are assured of flexible check-in and check-out times, coffee and tea is freely available all day, the welcome drink can be taken at any time and there is a ‘buy one, get one free’ policy in the bar, which is open for 24 hours. The hotel also boasts a 24 hour gym.
Particular mention must be made of the restaurant at Maduzi. In our opinion the availability of food seemed understated and we were therefore not prepared for the forthcoming medley of culinary delicacies which most definitely proved to be fine dining at it’s very best. The Japanese-inspired French cuisine is a magnificent showcase for the passion, creativity and artistry of the restaurant’s award winning Japanese chef, Yuyu Okuda. There are two different types of set menus available, including a 7 course ‘taster’ menu as well as an extensive a la carte menu featuring a wide range of enticing options. We began our meal with a delicately flavoured smooth sweetcorn soup with the contrasting texture of a frothy creamy topping and accompanied by warm crusty bread. We were quite blown away by the artistic presentation of our second course, which featured 4 individual hors d’oevres of chicken burundi with parma ham, smoked tuna, scallop with a caviar and pickled ginger garnish and a foie gras terrine. The refreshing sorbet that followed was a very welcome palette cleanser. For main course my wife opted for the sea bass served with a lobster jus on a bed of flavourful risotto whilst I chose the succulent roast duck breast on a Japanese chestnut purée with a cinnamon infused piquant sauce. Both dishes were cooked to perfection. Strawberry soup, the name of our dessert, was highly intriguing and again portrayed. Yuyu’s amazing skill at being able to combine so many different flavours and textures to create a totally unforgettable masterpiece. A quinelle of cream cheese, decorated with mint and a gold leaf floated amongst tiny fragments of white wine jelly, fresh strawberries and summer fruits on the most delicious strawberry soup. Our dinner at Maduzi can best be described as a taste explosion! The combination and balance of flavours was a unique and intriguing experience and one which we would definitely love to repeat.
Maduzi is a beacon of uniqueness that engages your senses on so many levels. It’s prime location in the heart of Bangkok, the peace and tranquility of the hotel, the sheer opulent and extremely comfortable decor, makes this hotel stand out as a perfect location for a stay in Bangkok. We would love to come back at some time in the future and would very highly recommend this as a stunning retreat for both holiday and business visitors.
Maduzi is a member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World Group
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