This is our favourite locus in Bangkok since several years. It is part of the famous Oriental-Peninsula-Shangri-La triangle.
As with all 1st class hotels, restaurants or flight cabins it also takes 1st class customers to work out. Without them it is not possible. The Oriental exempted, also the Peninsula suffers from this contemporary problem.
The main attraction at the Peninsula for us is the suites. They are by any standard very well planned and decorated and nice to stay in. Both the Oriental and the Shangri-La has a problem in this respect, having some well-planned but also several poorly planed suites.
We do not wish to play roulette on that issue. At the Peninsula you know what you get.
The pool area is more than OK. If you do not like crowds, stay away during peak hours. The pool is open till 23:00. If you like privacy, go there in the evening, or early in the morning. Regardless, where else can you have such a view from a pool? The Oriental and the Shangri-La cannot compete.
Yes, the breakfast can be crowded some days of the week. Still, the hotel offers several places for breakfast in such cases and the breakfast as such is basically 1st class. But do you homework, plan ahead and make a reservation the day before.
On balance the Oriental offers staff with the best skills in English. It also has the best ambiance on the terrace restaurant/bar.
The Thai restaurant: When it comes to serving Thai food, there are intrinsic limitations. You can have it fancy style at 1st class prices but also at a tenth of that price down the road without losing much in taste. The charm of Thai food lies in the simplicity.
The terrace bar at the Peninsula is basically 3-star. To us it is extremely annoying that the staff starts closing the bar an hour ahead of official closing, removing bottles, turning off the fans and tweaking the lights. The bar section is also too small. The long-drinks are really not interesting at all. The drinks menu should be revised. It is mainly based upon (too) sour lemon/ lime recipes. We recommend they copy the drinks menu of the Indigo Pearl hotel in Phuket!
Finally, the 'signature' hamburger is more or less a catastrophe. The hotel has several good chefs and since making a well tasting piece of hamburger with a good texture is no secret within the business the Peninsula should just start over again. Meanwhile, order a Club Sandwich. Albeit not officially on the Terrace menu, it is a superior choice.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Developed as one of the finest hotel properties in Bangkok, its riverside location inspired the wave- shaped design, capitalising on the uninterrupted panoramic views from every room and adding a distinctive architectural statement to the Bangkok skyline. The Peninsula Bangkok offers commanding city views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Peninsula Bangkok
- Peninsula Hotel Bangkok
- Bangkok Peninsula