Meet Louie the London Cab and his Classic Car Loving Custodian

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As a nod to 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts’ colonial roots, the new Bangkok based 137 Pillars Suites & Residences presents Louie the London Cab. Louie is affectionately named after Louis Leonownes, a British gentleman who was the first Managing Director of Baan Borneo, the original teak homestead at 137 Pillars Hotel Chiang Mai, which dates back to the late 1800s.

Louie was donated to the property by Khun Art, a charming Thai gentleman with a legendary lifelong passion for classic Cars. As a young man he worked up through the ranks in luxury hotels and had a hobby of collecting classic car models throughout his life. In 2014 in a dramatic change of circumstance during the Bangkok floods, he made a bold decision to help others in need and sold his collection, donating the proceeds for the betterment of the victims of the natural disaster.

Khun Art’s passion for classic cars, luxury and hospitality remains to this day and when he learned of 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok opening, he gifted the London Cab to the property. So he can remain in close to his beloved car, the hotel has employed K. Art as Louie’s custodian. Louie has been fully customized with a royal blue makeover in the company’s corporate colours, and even has a champagne bar in the back and his own 137 personalized number plate.

Louie will be seen around the streets in Sukumvit Soi 39 where the hotel is located, as he ferries guests to and from the Bangkok Sky Train (BTS) station and the upmarket Emquartier/Emporium shopping district, with Khun Art proudly at the wheel.

137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts is very proud of Louie and Khun Art, and are grateful to him for this wonderful gift, as they ferry the property’s distinguished guests from near and far. This tale of Khun Art and Louie the London Cab is another chapter in the life at 137 Pillars Hotels & Resorts, where life becomes legendary!