Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is a legendary luxury hotel located on the banks of the famous Chao Praya river in the centre of Bangkok. For more than 140 years (the hotel celebrated its 140th anniversary in 2016), discerning travellers have found their way to this stunning hotel. Style, service and excellence are the characteristics of the Mandarin Oriental and travellers visiting the hotel quickly understand why. Upon arrival, the spacious, beautiful lobby impresses and prepares the guests for a memorable stay in one of the world’s most iconic hotels.
The Mandarin Oriental is conveniently located within easy reach of all Bangkok’s main attractions. Settled on the banks of the Chao Pray river, most of the hotel rooms and other communal spaces enjoy stunning views on the river. The hotel provides a private, free shuttle boat to the BTS Skytrain station so guests can easily move around the city. The shuttle boat also brings guests to the spa area and the Sala Rim Naam restaurant, which are located at the other side of the river just in front of the hotel.
Rooms & Suites
The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok features a total of 368 rooms and 44 suites, including the legendary Authors’ Suites. The grandest royal suite in Bangkok, with no less than 600 square meters, can be booked in this hotel as well. It was opened in 2016, together with the renovated Author’s and Garden Wing. All rooms boast marble bathrooms with separate bathtubs, walk-in showers and a private butler service.
The interiors are timeless yet contemporary, combining a unique blend of luxury, Thai/colonial style design and great comfort. No concessions were made when it comes to luxury, and subtle Asian touches and unique details are what makes this hotel legendary.
Of course, rooms at Mandarin Oriental Bangkok feature all modern amenities like flat-screen televisions, air-conditioning and much more.
When it comes to dining, the Mandarin Oriental delivers.The famous restaurant Le Normandie is known for its fine French dining and awarded with two Michelin stars. For more information, please consult our separate article. Sala Rim Naam is one of the best Thai restaurants in the city and blends Traditional Thai cuisine, prepared by Executive Chef Prasert Sussadeewong, with show-stopping entertainment. When weather permits, guests can also enjoy the Thai delicacies on the adjacent Terrace Rim Naam. The China House offers contemporary Chinese cuisine in an art deco setting. Lord Jim’s is known for its great seafood and impressive buffet meals in a beautiful riverside setting.Lovers of Italian food can dine at Ciao Terrazza, where chef Italian Chef Marcello Scognamiglio presents the best of his country’s dishesBarbecue specialties are available at the Riverside Terrace, where the breakfast is also served.For exquisite afternoon tea, head to the Authors’ Lounge (the cakes and pastries can also be bought at the Mandarin Oriental Shop if you just can’t get enough of them).Do not leave the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok without sampling some of the legendary cocktails at Bamboo Bar, one of Bangkok’s best bars. Bamboo Bar was one of the first jazz bars in Bangkok and is still famous for its live jazz performances each night. The Tajito or The Thai Spices are excellent choices and combine Asian flavors with professional cocktail techniques.
Sala Rim Naam Restaurant
Ciao Terrazza Restaurant
To relax, guests can enjoy two outdoor swimming pools, an exquisite and world-class spa with 15 treatment rooms, yoga sessions, a state-of-the art fitness centre, two outdoor tennis courts, a squash court, an outdoor jogging track, a Thai Cooking school, Thai Cultural programs, an Oriental boutique, and much more. There are also several meeting and event spaces in the hotel.
Service is yet another aspect that makes the Mandarin Oriental stand out. It is unique that a hotel of this size offers a truly personalised service, combining professionalism with Thai charm. To offer this extravagant service, no less than 1300 staff members take care of the guests. A private butler on every floor provides additional personalised advice and stationary.
Mandarin Oriental is one of those hotels that can be seen as a destination in itself – even if it is located in one of the most exciting cities of the world. A haven of calm, luxury and style on the banks of the Chao Pray river, this hotel is a truly remarkable place and an example of world-class hospitality.
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All images except for some hotel pictures: Courtesy Mandarin Oriental
Written by Sven