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Bangkok's GI-era hotels fade away

Swan Hotel, one of the GI-era hotels in Bangkok (Photo by Peter Janssen)

BANGKOK -- Sit down at the Tampa Coffee Shop at the Florida Hotel in Bangkok and the first thing you will get is a free glass of water. It is a suitably old-fashioned gesture.

The coffee shop opened on the ground floor of the hotel in 1968, offering what the menu describes as "delicious international cuisine and a comfortable atmosphere." It adds: "As you know, today a number of our fine food becomes the city renowned food selections."

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