- Christian O.H. Zunk, with his vast experience in the luxury hotel industry, is committed to creating a welcoming environment at MUU Hotels for both guests and associates. He believes in highlighting Thai warm hospitality in addition to international luxury standards. By combining the best of both worlds, Mr. Zunk aims to provide an exceptional experience for everyone who stays at MUU Hotels.
- Christian O.H. Zunk, as the head of the MUU Hotels hospitality brand, has plans to expand by opening a second property in Thailand next year. This expansion reflects Mr. Zunk’s dedication to growing the brand’s presence and providing exceptional experiences to more guests.
- Christian O.H. Zunk strongly believes that Thong Lo is the ideal location for international guests at MUU Hotels. He sees Thong Lo as a district that offers an array of facilities and services available 24 hours a day. Furthermore, the vibrant and trendy atmosphere of Thong Lo makes it an appealing choice for travelers looking for an exciting experience. Mr. Zunk recognizes that Thong Lo’s unique offerings and energetic ambiance will attract international guests, ultimately enhancing their overall stay at MUU Hotels.
Bangkok, Thailand – In an exclusive interview with Christian O.H. Zunk, the Group General Manager of MUU Hotels, the first property of this hospitality company located in the bustling Soi Thonglor (Sukhumvit 55) area, we gain valuable insights into the extraordinary journey of a hotelier who has seamlessly combined a heritage of warm Thai hospitality with international expertise to elevate the luxury experience at a prime location on Sukhumvit Road.
Hailing from a family deeply rooted in the hotel executive world, the Group General Manager, of German descent, reveals how his upbringing and early exposure to the industry fueled his passion for providing exceptional and truly caring service to all guests. Having grown up in 5 Star hotels until he was 18 years old, Zunk has a unique view and thorough understanding of the industry. “Hospitality is about kindness, friendship, and delivering great experiences at a heartfelt environment. Both for guests and hotel associates alike,” he emphasizes.
With an extensive experience working with renowned international hotel chains such as Four Seasons, Shangri-La, and Kempinski he has shaped his approach to people management and customer service. Drawing on the valuable lessons learned from each prestigious brand, Mr. Zunk places a strong emphasis on the importance of exceptional customer service and outstanding people management. He recognizes the significance of treating others the way he would want to be treated. This golden rule drives his actions and decisions, ensuring that both guests and associates are treated with the utmost respect and care.
Regarding the present hotel on Sukhumvit Road, Mr. Zunk paints a picture of luxury infused with a boutique feel and outstanding personalized service. His vision is clear: to make it a favorite among travelers. “We want our guests to feel like they’ve been invited to a close friend’s home,” he explains.
Mr. Zunk said that he wanted to see a luxury hotel like MUU Bangkok right in the heart of the community where everything is happening. “When we travel abroad, we often come across five-star boutique hotels situated in prestigious, trendy and history-rich residential neighborhoods, and I wanted MUU to do the same for Soi Thonglor.”
When asked about the future of tourism in Thailand, he expresses optimism, citing the hotel’s remarkable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. “We’ve already exceeded pre-covid results by a significant margin, with revenue up to over 25%,” he proudly declares. He believes that the pandemic has shifted the focus toward quality of life, and travelers are now willing to pay more for a superior and unique experience.
Looking ahead, Mr. Zunk envisions taking the hotel’s brand name internationally, building partnerships, and expanding to additional properties while maintaining a strong commitment to personalized marketing and authentic, unique experiences.
“At the end of the day, hospitality is all about the excitement to inviting guests as good friends into your home and having them leave with a life enrichment experience and a happy mood or feeling with the wish to visit you again as soon as possible,” he states, summarizing his philosophy.
Bangkok is a dynamic destination, and our home district of Thong Lo is genuinely vibrant. At MUU, we aim to position Bangkok as a welcoming and homely destination for our guests.
“We want to show them the new trendy part of Bangkok, our Thong Lo. We strive to create a relaxed and free atmosphere where guests can feel authentic and individual, rather than feeling like they are part of a mass experience. We believe that our personal touch and warm welcome make the experience of visiting Bangkok unique, relaxed and memorable. The experiences that we create for them are unique to MUU.”
“I think it would be great to have a second property in Thailand by next Year, and we’re building up our team right now. I think to have good growth, a second property in Thailand would be great.”
Mr. Zunk also considers having the third MUU Bangkok in the province, and a destination in the South may be possible. “Who knows? Maybe we can have our chain manage hotels outside Thailand as well in the future.”
With his dedication to excellence and a deep understanding of what makes a hotel stay truly memorable, Mr. Zunk is poised to continue redefining luxury hospitality in Thailand’s bustling capital.
About ‘MUU Bangkok’:
‘MUU’ comes from the Thai word ‘หมู่’ (moo) meaning ‘togetherness,’ conveying a sense of comfort, joy, and being oneself, feeling happy in the company of familiar people or places. MUU Bangkok Hotel is committed to providing guests with these experiences and feelings through professional service and international standard accommodations in the style of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.”
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