The hotel at a glance
On the banks of the Chao Phraya river, is an Oasis that has welcomed travelers for 135 years, coddling them from the rush and stress of the outside world for as long as they stay.
It’s difficult to express this hotel through pictures or words, for though its beauty is evident; its soul, is intangible and an integral part of the experience. Maybe its the warm smiles that greet you at every corner, the tasteful poetry placed on your pillow every night or the staff’s propensity to guess your needs before you even know them; but this hotel has an allure that is best experienced than described.
Even though it has been renovated to cater for modern guests, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok still retains the age old charm that inspired some of the best colonial writers of its time. Tennessee Williams and Joseph Conrad are only some of the greats to have put pen to paper here and whatever it is you do, we are sure that a getaway here will leave you inspired to push your craft to greater heights.
The effect starts at the lounge, for entering the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok after a long trip is like letting in a breath of fresh air gush through a closed and stuffy room. As you enter, smiling staff members hand you a traditional Thai flower hand garland, and If you arrive during the day, the large floor- to- ceiling windows light up the room, and bring out the rich wooden tones of the furniture. Traditional purple and pink thai flower garlands hang from the ceiling and lush green plants and creme marble coffee tables help blend contemporary and thai accents to perfection.
The passion in the hotel’s design is evident, and the result is a masterpiece that looks like the love child of a thai princess and colonial maverick. The Selandia and Royal Oriental’s strong maritime and colonial influence, gives you the feeling of being in a time capsule as you stare out at the city’s skyscrapers across the river whilst the dark wood and red silks of the Siam and Heritage author’s suite will make you feel like Thai royalty. The premier rooms are double storied providing a lounge area downstairs and an upstairs bedroom which are ridiculously spacious and benefit from superb attention to design.Regardless of which room or suite you choose, and no matter how traditional they may look; all are equipped with the latest technology such as high speed internet access and ipod integration with the room’s excellent speakers.
Every aspect of the design is superb but In our opinion, the crowning achievement of this hotel is the author’s lounge. If heaven is a colonial house, then it was certainly designed around this masterpiece.The lounge’s bright white paint is lit up by its sunroof and gives an ethereal tone to your afternoon tea and even if you never leave the company of all the authors pictured on its walls, you can consider your holiday well spent.
Of course that would mean that you would miss out on all the superb amenities on offer. Right across the river and accessible by a private ferry is the hotel’s spa whose look and feel will have your skin tingling before a masseuse even touches you. Inside, your relaxation is enhanced by the warm tones of the teak wood and the mood lighting but, the bright white and greens of the outdoor Lily pond are bound to bring a spring to your step.
The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok offers a cosmopolitan selection of restaurants and bars (10 in all) but the standouts are the superb China House(Chinese), Authors Lounge(afternoon tea) and the Ciao restaurant(classic Italian). The Bamboo bar is designed to look like a safari lounge but the swinging jazz here will take you straight to America. This is the best Jazz club in Bangkok and is frequented by locals and visitors alike and is perfect if you want a more refined version of the extremely hectic Thai nightlife. The sweet and sour taste of Thai food has grown extremely popular around the world and the Sala Rim Naam serves the finest this country has to offer and delivers a traditional Thai dance performance at every meal, definitely one for the to do list if you decide to come.
The walls of the oldest hotel of Asia are full of memories, but theres still plenty of space to add your own, so go ahead and enjoy a drink on the banks of the Chao Phraya and toast to the memory of the dead poets, the experience will stay with you forever.
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- 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok
Check-in / Check-out
- Check-in: 3 pm
- Check-out: noon
- Public areas: THB642 per day
- In-room: THB642 per day
Transportation & Transfers
- Car park / valet service: free of charge
- Transfer service: subject to additional charges
- Children are welcome in this hotel
- Public areas: smoking not allowed
- Smoking rooms: available
Food & beverages
Le Normandie (Gastronomic restaurant: French cuisine)
Lord Jim’s (Restaurant: fish and seafood cuisine)
Sala Rim Naam (Restaurant: Thai cuisine)
The China House (Restaurant: Chinese cuisine)
Riverside Terrace (Restaurant: International BBQ Buffet cuisine)
The Verandah (Restaurant: international cuisine, Breakfast)
Ciao (Restaurant: Italian cuisine)
Authors’ Lounge (Afternoon tea)
The Bamboo Bar (Bar)
The Mandarin Oriental Shop (Light meals)
- Continental breakfast: THB1,119
- Buffet breakfast: THB1,354
Amenities & services
- 368 rooms and suites
- In-room amenities (iPod dock, flatscreen TV, in-room safe, minibar, coffee / tea making facilities, complimentary newspaper daily, Luxurious bathroom amenities bathroom products)
- Air conditioned hotel
- Laundry service
- Concierge service
- Business center
Spa (The Oriental Spa)
- Hammam / steam room
- Tennis on site
- Outdoor pool
- Fitness center
Always included in this hotel
- Welcome drink, upon arrival