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Reviewed 26 September 2010

Another difficult review to write. I look back on my pictures and memories of this stay and I can't find anything wrong of note. However, the reputation of this hotel in terms of regularly being voted #1 in the world and the reality are a bit off. Again, there is nothing wrong in terms of facilities, staff, etc. It just doesn't match-up with top notch Tokyo hotels for example (including the Peninsula and it's sister hotel, The Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo).

The common facilities are amazing. The furnishings, the buidling and the art are all awesome. Our room was in the old building. It consisted of a breakfast nook, a living area and an upstairs bedroom and bathroom. The room was a bit small but very nicely laid out and furnished. The only issue (and a small one, at that) was that you could hear the plumbing goings-on of the rest of the hotel.

The food in the restuarants was very good.

The location is very convenient for the river taxis which we use almost daily. There is a street food vendor right in front of the river taxi pier with really tasty (and cheap!) food. It's about a ten minute walk to a 7-11 (north side of Silom Road almost to the 2nd stage expressway) and a bit further to a full-sized grocery (further south on Charoen Krung, near Central Point Silom).

Date of stay: January 2010
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1  Thank Tim S
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Reviewed 23 September 2010

i was only as a stop over for my vacation to phuket. But thoose two days at the mandarin were a vacation at itsself !! fantastic staff, always friendly, they could really read your wishes from your face !!! pool area great, we took the Hotel boat to have a dinner cruise on the river which was outstanding. You could see that the Building has his best days...but the staff is so excellent that you dont think about anymore. We booked the airport pick up which was fantastic in a cool mercedes car for a very rseonable price instead of troubling by cap ride. I am looking forward to stay again my next trip to Thailand at the mandarin

Date of stay: February 2010
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Thank pedroHongkong
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Reviewed 22 September 2010

Can't understand why this is not rated #1. Superbly located on the Chao Phraya river, gorgeous comfortable suites, excellent restaurants and the very best staff anywhere. We were treated like royalty from the moment we were escorted from the airport to the drive to our next destination. Truly a world class experience.

Date of stay: August 2010
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Thank saoirsedubh
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

Simply one of the best hotels in the world.
Warm welcome, exceptionel and helpful service especially by our floor concierge.
Luxury rooms with wonderful view on Chao Praya.
The atmosphere is a little bit distinguished and arrogant.
There is no other hotel in the world with such a history and attitude.

Date of stay: March 2010
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Thank phaidros
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Reviewed 21 September 2010

In this era of sophisticated luxury travel how can a hotel possibly be unique, original, breathtaking. It’s not easy, let's face it. Those same old marble interiors, gilt mirror frames, Bose surrounds, fusion dishes. Which country am I in again? But not this one. The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok stands out above and beyond all others. You will never have the same exquisite style, atmosphere, meaningful and memorable touches wherever you go and whatever you pay. For one thing there's no one else who has ever remembered or cared that I love mango and pomelo for breakfast. Well the inimitable breakfast team at the Oriental, headed by Panomporn, otherwise known as Ice, and Sompong, most certainly do. At The Oriental you only have to have been there once and from then on they welcome you back home, know all your small, niggly, likes and dislikes that everyone else finds so unimportant, eggs sunny side up or not, cappuccino without the chocolate on top, toast with marmite even in Bangkok ! Then there's the incredibly flamboyant lift boy, Anusorn, in his flaming red Siam jodhpurs and shiny silver buttons, who somehow manages to remember which floor you're on even if you conceal your key, and reaches inside the lift with a flourish to press the right button. How cool is that. There’s the little trick of the matchstick propped against your door so they know when you’re in or out and magically don’t disturb you but always have your room refreshed and with a new surprise when you return, more orchids, a little snack, a poem to get you thinking. The Mandarin Oriental is the oldest hotel in Thailand and boasts a fabulous legacy of greatness from Anna of The King and I who stayed there on her first night, to Grahame Greene, Noel Coward, Princess Diana, David Beckham, Sophia Loren, to the King of Bahrain who was there when I visited a couple of weeks ago. As far as spas go I've done the rounds in many countries, and my shoulder pain has always remained and that total relaxation eluded me, you know counting along with the tick of the clock and wishing the floaty music would just stop. Not this time at the Ayurvedic Spa on the opposite side of the Chao Praya River. It was miraculous, unbelievably healing, and the calm of the soft greens and pinks in the teak house soothed all my buried anxieties.
We ate at Lord Jim's for lunch, watching the boats chugging by, arguably the best seafood buffet on the planet and guaranteed to have you there for hours as you scuttle back to refill your plate with the freshest of dishes, mixing up chocolate cake with tuna carpaccio in your excitement. But at dinner we were suddenly in Shanghai, the exotic red and black China House, which plunges you into the atmosphere of 50s China and serves delicious Cantonese dishes.
It’s other worldly this hotel. You don’t just go to a new city when you arrive in Bangkok. If you’re staying at the Mandarin Oriental you go to a whole new experience of hotel. The unique one that you’ve always been waiting for. This is the real deal.

Date of stay: September 2010
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19  Thank SharonSays
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