My brothers and I spent four days at the Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok recently. This was our third stay at the hotel and the best yet. The hotel's reputation preceeds it, and we were not disappointed yet again.
First and foremost, the staff is welcoming and genuinely helpful. Everyone from the desk staff to the dining, room service, cleaning, and front door staff proved pleasant. The food is spectacular, and the room service prices are quite reasonable for a high-end product. While sitting poolside, we were presented with plenty of water as well as gourmet fruit snacks that helped keep us cool. If you're a night owl, don't miss the late-night fish feeding down by the river.
There is a very helpful boat service to take you across the river to the hotel's fitness center and other restaurants. While we did not attend, there are also traditional Thai dance performances located here. Additional boat routes take you to a shopping mall and to the BTS station. This proved helpful as traffic can make taxi rides in Bangkok a trial in patience (tip: never get into a cab in this city without ensuring the meter is turned on. A small number of unsrucpulous drivers will try to take advantage of you).
The fitness center was, perhaps, a little under-sized given the large proprty. But still, the staff was pleasant and at-the-ready for guest requests. I went on a six-mile run on a treadmill, and the equipment was new and in good condition. The steam room and sauna facilities in the locker room are a bonus. They could turn up the temperature for the whirlpool in the same locker room, though.
There was some construction on the dining terrace, but to the hotel's credit, we never heard any of it. The secondary pool was closed for some reason, but it looked very pleasant.
We have stayed at other comparable hotels in the city. The memories of this and past stays have confirmed to us that we would stay at no other property for our next visit to in Bangkok. I highly recommend the hotel for it's service, it's luxurious facilities, and incomparable food. Oh, and the jazz in the famous Bamboo bar is a must listen...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1876 and ideally located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, has been an inspiration to a host of world-renowned writers from Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maughamto Wilbur Smith and John Le Carre. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok boasts an international reputation for splendid service, style and grace and facilities including eight restaurants. The hotel's private teakwood shuttle boats provide daily access to the world famous Thai Cooking School, the hotel's Thai restaurant, the award-winning Oriental Spa and Health Centre located across the River; as well as the nearest skytrain station (SaphanTaksin) and River City Shopping Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Oriental Bangkok
- Oriental Hotel Bangkok
- Bangkok Mandarin Oriental