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Peninsula

Peninsula Bangkok, Thonburi

At a Glance

    Pros

  • beautiful pool
  • exceptional service
  • awesome views

    Cons

  • most attractions are across the river
  • on-site dining not very good
  • outrageously expensive for Bangkok

Fodorite Reviews

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Peninsula Review

The rooms at the Peninsula have plenty of high-tech gadgets, like bedside controls that dim the lights, turn on the sound system, and close the curtains; bathrooms with hands-free phones; and TVs with mist-free screens at the end of the tubs. Because the hotel is in Thonburi, its spacious rooms have impressive views of the Bangkok skyline. A free shuttle boat takes you across the river to the nearest Skytrain station. The restaurants serve Cantonese and Pacific Rim cuisine, as well as a Westernized version of Thai fare. There's a long swimming pool with private gazebos.

2011 Fodor's 100 Hotel Award Winner

Bangkok's Riverside Sanctuary
Some argue that the Peninsula sits on the wrong side of the Chao Phraya River, across from the downtown sprawl. But the views from the west bank are actually far superior, taking in all of Bangkok's old "Venice of the East" grandeur and its best new modern architecture, while a private pier and 5 minute ferry service running throughout the day and evening gets rid of any notion of inconvenience. With Bangkok firsts such as televisions in the bathtub and "diva for a day" programs for young ladies, no stone is left unturned by the youngest member of Bangkok's luxury property scene, and with the level of pampering you'll receive from the award winning staff, you might be tempted never to even cross to the other side!

    Contact Information

  • Address: 333 Charoen Krung (New Rd.), Thonburi (Klong San), Bangkok, 10600 | Map It
  • Phone: 02/861–2888
  • Website:
  • Metro Skytrain: Saphan Taksin.
  • Location: Thonburi

    Hotel Details

  • 313 rooms, 67 suites.
  • Rate includes no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 05-29-2013

Fodorite Reviews

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    Peninsula Bangkok Review

    Recently enjoyed another joyous Valentine's Day celebration at this cherished property with the most special staff and friends. (I've reviewed this property in the past for Fodors.)

    Have been staying at the Peninsula for work and the occasional brief holiday since her earliest days. She is aging rather elegantly. Management and staff have been unfailingly consistent and generous with service and the always appreciated 'frequent guest' promotions. (That special Peninsula quality has also been savoured on all-too-brief holiday weekends with the mrs. at the Pen's sisters in Hong Kong and Tokyo -- indeed, my Fodors Value Rating of '5' for the Pen's BKK property is relative to her HKG and Tokyo siblings.)

    Over time, have finally found 'our' special Peninsula lodging, a certain suite located on Floor __. (Back in the day when the Peninsula's rates - and certain exchange rates - were a bit different, had the privilege of a few evenings in a lovely Terrace Suite and the magnificent Thai Suite. These days, most content and grateful for our special suite, often via upgrades and those frequent corporate / leisure promos.)

    As noted, V-Day at the Peninsula was lovely, as well as a most special and personal King's celebration last December. Said evening in honour of H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej. A wondrous friend who works at the Peninsula was instrumental in arranging our attendance -- and accepting our ongoing contributions to the Thai Red Cross for their ongoing flood relief efforts. Memorable evening.

    Many thanks, superlative Peninsula staff and friends. Savour your times, riverside.

    by AskOksena, 2/23/12
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    Peninsula Review

    Bangkok is a busy, noisy, confusing and sometimes frustrating city. It's wonderful to have a hotel like this to escape to when it all gets too much!

    We stayed for four nights prior to our three week trip Thailand & Cambodia arranged by a very good local travel (Global Travel Cambodia), stayed in a beautifully furnished room with panoramic views from several angles over the river and the pool. The room was very comfortable and had everything you would expect. I liked the separate hallway for wardrobes and suitcases, which left the main room uncluttered. The bathroom set up works well too.

    Our first dinner was the buffet by the river, which was exquisite. The breakfasts at the same venue couldn't be bettered either.

    STAFF - very friendly and helpful
    GYM and SPA - fantastic facilities, great steam room and sauna
    POOL - wonderful pool area, loungers, drinks, peaceful and soothing
    LOCATION - you're on the other side of the river, but the boat service more than compensates for this. The little street up from the Peninsula Pier (next to the Shangri La) has good massage places and tailors, but no good restaurants. There is a good Thai restaurant further up that road, after you cross the main road.

    Although the hotel is by no means funky or trendy, the level of service and calm oasis it provides means we will definitely return.

    by Katina54, 12/19/10
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    Peninsula Review

    I stayed at the Peninsula Bangkok for three days in February of 2009.

    Much to my surprise, I was underwhelmed by the service! Sad, but true. From all the glowing reviews that I’ve read, I just expected to be bowled over, so I was disappointed that the service at this hotel wasn’t as good as either at the Hotel de la Paix or Raffles Le Royal in Cambodia. A German family sitting next to us at dinner one night at Thiptara was absolutely ignored during their entire meal, despite their many polite attempts to get service. There are several restaurant options at the Peninsula: Jesters, Thiptara (the setting of which was lovely, and it was surprisingly inexpensive), the Bar, the Lobby, the River Cafe and Terrace (where the buffet breakfast is held if it is included in your room rate, as well as a dinner buffet. I’m not sure what either one costs, since both were included for us, but these buffets are the nicest that I’ve ever seen anywhere), Mei Jiang, and the Pool Bar. I did not see the spa or fitness center, but the spa is in it’s own two- or three-story building, so I suspect it’s lovely. The pool is gorgeous with plenty of chairs and a few salas (cabanas) that are first-come, first-served. The bar along the river is a great place to have a drink; it is part of the River Cafe and Terrace. There is no smoking inside the hotel, and only at a few places outside (the River Cafe bar and the Thiptara relaxation/waiting area and one small section near the pool). There are 37 stories in this hotel, but amazingly, there was never a wait for an elevator. Rooms were large and comfortable with every possible amenity including the less-often-seen automatic curtains, daily newspaper box with light, TV above the bathtub, and twin his-and-hers sinks. I didn’t mind the Thonburi location: I liked having a good view of both the river traffic and the city itself, and it was easy to walk to local mini-markets with ATM machines nearby the hotel. There weren’t many off-site tourist restaurants nearby, but there were plenty of local sidewalk food stands if you were so inclined. We booked our airport/hotel transfers with Tour with Tong for $25 per way, which was more than it would have cost for a regular taxi, but much less than the $75 per way charged by the hotel.

    by fluffnfold, 1/20/10
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    top for view and lux

    we have stayed several times at the penn. we love the tastefullness of the room decor, its lux bathrooms, its silk lined undies drawers, its unique pool and surrounding area, its restaurants, its hushed lobby area...
    the rooms could not be more comfortable, including the wonderful beds. the electronic items in each room are fun even for an old guy...i love waking in the AM and touching the bedside button to open the drapes and having bkk's skyline and mighty river revealed to me before even getting out of bed. their shuttle boats to river city and to the skytrain are lovely and run constantly. the boatmen are really nice and welcoming and they always remember you.
    the hotel often offers specials or small packages. the spa is considered worldclass. we've never had a bad meal there and jesters is unique and fun...

    this kind of service and lux would cost you 2-3 times as much in the rest of the world...

    by rhkkmk, 9/19/09
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    Spectacular River Vier

    We have been told that the best way to appreciate Bangkok was by staying by the river, it was true. The river is lively and Bangkok perspective from it is elegant and inspiring. Boats, ferries, long tail boats and vendors make the river alive like no one and the Golden View gave us peace of mind.

    Staying at the Peninsula is a dream because of the impeccable and warm service and the hotel itself, a very well kept building.

    We enjoyed the pool in the morning and the spa services, the room and the restaurants. Unfortunately the gym is a little small.

    The most enjoiable thing was the use of their ferries which go everywhere, the Oriental , the River City shopping mall, the mass transportation train. We used also the Oriental and the Sheraton ferry (a beauty for the river, old fashioned and superb).

    We didn't have time to explore the city cause the river area is the place where we wanted to stay , you'll see it by yourself.

    Two friends or ours stayed at a private luxury apartment nest door from the Peninsula (TheRiversideBangkok.com) and they were happy as well, visiting us for dinners and coctkails.

    Overall an unforgettable experience at the Peninsula, will go back.

    by RocaRoma, 1/14/09
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    Exquisite service, great bathroom & views,

    One of the only hotels in BKK that is handicapped accessible, with ramps to the outside breakfast buffet & pool. JESTER'S is now Mediterranean cuisine w/ a new Flemish chef who serves brilliant cuisine in a VERY romantic atmosphere; great fois gras & 10th Anniversary menu is excellent, great service (not for families or kids). Mei Jiang offers haute cuisine from China, reminiscent of the days of the Mandarin... although it's overly air conditioned.

    Pool is unheated, very cold.

    by AskOksana, 4/1/08

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