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Of the many Western-style hotels that mushroomed across Bangkok in the 1960s, principally to accommodate large numbers of U.S. servicemen on leave from the Vietnam War (which was raging about 1,000 km to the east), the Federal Hotel was considered the granddaddy of them all.

Perhaps this is because its construction — in a 1960s style recalling the 1920s moderne style — predated U.S. involvement in the Indochina conflict by a couple of years, and in large part because of its legendary excellent service. In any case, it gained extraordinary guest-loyalty over the decades.

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