Capella Bangkok gears up to open with new GM

John Blanco, general manager, Capella Bangkok
John Blanco, general manager, Capella Bangkok

John Blanco has taken up the helm as general manager of Capella Bangkok, which is scheduled to open in the last quarter of 2018. The 101-key property sits along the rejuvenated Chao Phraya River waterfront promenade.

In his new role, Blanco will be tasked with the debut of Capella Hotels and Resorts' first property in Thailand and providing guidance to the pre-opening team.

Blanco brings with him more than 25 years' experience with stints across brands such as The Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and other award-winning independent hotels.

The hotel is to be part of the Chao Phraya Estate, a new waterfront development in Bangkok's heritage quarter, and will feature a signature restaurant by culinary icon Mauro Colagreco, a specialty piano bar, a riverside Southeast Asian brasserie with Thai inspiration, Auriga Spa wellness retreat and a grand ballroom looking out to views of the Chao Phraya River.

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