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Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

At a Glance

    Pros

  • excellent staff
  • butler service in all rooms
  • outstanding pool

    Cons

  • popular for private functions
  • can be very crowded
  • charge for Wi-Fi

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Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Review

With a rich history dating back to 1879, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is one of the city's most prestigious hotels. On the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the hotel has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities from around the world. Each of the 358 rooms and 35 suites is unique, but all feature an elegant colonial-style decor of silk fabrics and teak furnishings, plus large picture windows overlooking the river or gardens. The service is possibly the best in all of Thailand. The award-winning Oriental Spa is in a century-old teak-wood house across the river; after a short boat ride you'll be met with a warm welcome and a cup of tea before indulging in treatments based on traditional Thai and modern Western techniques. The 11 restaurants and bars feature everything from fine Italian and French to authentic Thai cuisine; don't miss the famous Author's Lounge, known for its colonial charm and English-style afternoon tea.

    Hotel Details

  • 358 rooms, 35 suites
  • Rate includes breakfast, no meals.
  • Credit cards accepted.
Updated: 05-29-2013

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    Joyous Return to Wondrous Property (and Special Staff)

    We recently (late December, 2012) had the honour of a long overdue return to this special hotel. A perfect three night holiday stay, before flying back home to Singapore for New Year's festivities. It had been a few years since I (we) had stayed at the Mandarin Oriental for business or leisure. (The Four Seasons is my current and primary Bangkok business travel hotel.) Over the years, have stayed in various lodging categories at the MO; for this visit, we decided upon a State Room. During a Bangkok business trip a few months before our arrival, I requested and was given a private tour of some of the MO's State Rooms. The tour was invaluable in choosing a particularly quiet and well situated State Room. Since this stay was a bit of an overdue Bangkok celebration, we splurged with the MO's most efficient airport transfer service. Great fun, particularly with a driver I remembered from ~ six years back. Indeed, it was wonderful getting reacquainted with some of the hotel's wondrous staff. Our arrival and check-in at the MO was seamless. Walking into the lobby, I couldn't help but think of the warm greetings I would receive from the MO's former and esteemed general manager, Kurt Wachtveitl. Some personnel changes over the years, but the current management and staff could not have been more gracious during our stay. A class operation. Our last evening was spent dining at the hotel's forever special Le Normandie. And, always fun to swing by the Bamboo Bar for a nightcap and a bit of music. A joyous time at a special place. Safe to say, we shall return. Savour your riverside times.

    by AskOksena, 1/2/13

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