The Royal Orchid is a luxury spot on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and caters to an international clientele and large tour groups with amazing service and amenities. The hotel refers to itself as an urban resort, and that’s no misnomer as the multiple pools, fine dining establishments, and spa can attest to. Close to attractions, bars, restaurants, and shopping, the Royal Orchid is a great destination for any high-end traveler any time of year.
Standard rooms are simply styled, with clean, white comforters, excellent temperature control, and carpeted floors. All rooms have river-side views and water, tea, coffee, and fruit are complimentary.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Wi-Fi is only free if you sign up for Starwood Preferred Awards.
Bathrooms are lined with beige marble and have raised porcelain sinks to go along with shower/tub combos. For a luxury hotel, the bathrooms aren’t exceptional.
The expansive, high-ceilinged lobby is surrounded by a gallery of shops, including a tailor, art gallery, and silks store. There’s also a large Emerald Buddha shrine as you walk in.
There are actually two pools at the hotel. The first is the Terrace Pool, ideal for doing laps and working on your tan. Then there’s the Garden Pool, surrounded by lush greenery, the resort-esque spot has a swim-up bar as well as a full-service restaurant.
Take a walk around the Garden Pool and you might spot the hotel’s pets--two peacocks who may just stop by to say hello. There’s also an herb garden and running track.
The Royal Orchid Mandara Spa features nine treatment rooms and offers everything from nails and waxing to massages and facials. The locker room also has relaxing steam facilities.
The long and narrow Fitness Center has an array of Cybex and TechnoGym machines as well as free weights. The hotel offers a variety of classes and also features a tennis and petanque court, and a running track around the gardens.
Four different dining establishments give guests lots of eating options. There’s Giorgio’s for Italian dinners, Thara Thong for authentic Thai and dance performances, Riverside Grill for chill indoor/outdoor steaks, and Feast for all-day dining and a killer Sunday brunch.
With their own boat shuttle, it’s easy to get up and down the river where you can hail river taxis to take you to the best sites in Bangkok. The boat also drops you off at Taksin Pier where there’s a BTS Skytrain station, making it easy to get around the city.
You can take a boat or just walk to the Tower Club at Lebua where you should dine at Mezzaluna (9-minute boat or 14-minute walk), a French-infused hot spot with insane views. Equally high-end and arguably better is Le Normandie at the Mandarin Oriental (12-minute walk) another exceptional French eatery.
Maggie Choo’s (15-minute walk) is a Shanghai in the 30s-inspired bar with live performances and great drinks. If you eat at the Mandarin, stay for the Bamboo Bar (12-minute walk) and drink like a turn-of-the-century Colonial explorer.
WHY WE LIKE IT
Not lacking in any amenities, and thriving in many, this high-end riverside hotel is an excellent choice without the exorbitant price. The two pools allow families and adults to mix and match their resort time, while the spa and dining establishments are both soothing and delicious. A little secluded for walking in the immediate vicinity, the hotel still provides a boat shuttle and is within walking distance to some great bars and restaurants.