Best Hotels: Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand


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Mandarin Oriental Hotel,
Bangkok, Thailand

by Sarah Bromley

Location: The Mandarin Oriental Hotel can safely secure Bangkok’s most spectacular views over the Chao Phraya River as it is situated right on it’s banks. Getting to the hotel is easy, and an experience in itself, as it has a complimentary boat to ferry you across to the hotels exclusive pier. Each guest is greeted with a traditional Thai flower head garland upon arrival, as they stroll through the hotels’ beautiful, light and airy lobby filled with local fresh flower bouquets. The five-star Mandarin Oriental is owned in part and managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and over the recent years the hotel has earned its reputation being one of the best hotels in Asia, which is partly due to a high staff-guest ratio of 3 to 1. This is also due to the close relationship to the Royal Family and being the prime catering service to the Royal Chitralada Palace, which is about 5 miles away to the North.

History: Originally built in 1876, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok was the only big hotel in Thailand, until the early 20th century. It has since, moved with the times and added an array of facilities including a luxurious spa, two outdoor swimming pools, tennis and squash courts, a beauty parlour, shopping arcades that include Louis Vuitton and nine prestigious restaurants. Thus retaining its grand reputation as one of Southeast Asia’s most impressive grand colonial hotels. Boasting a rich literary history, the hotel has had Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, NoŽl Coward, Tennessee Williams and Ernest Hemingway stay within its four walls. In more recent times, the hotel has had a long roster of Thai royalty, sports and film stars. The only remaining original structure exists in the two story Authors’ Wing, housing suits named after former famous guests. Other suites in the hotel include the deluxe suites in the River Wing and suites named after ships associated with the early Bangkok trade.

Rooms and Suites: The Mandarin Oriental offers 358 rooms and 35 unique suites, all with their own local Thai touches. The rooms at The Mandarin Oriental all reflect the hotels famous history with internationally acclaimed authors, inspiring the names of the suites. The oldest rooms in the hotel can be found in The Heritage Suites, which are individually named after showcase four literacy greats; Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward and James Michener. All rooms offer teakwood interior, Victorian-style bathrooms and views over the Chao Phraya River. The Author's Suites are located on the River Wing, and are best well-known, are also labelled after famous individuals: Barbara Cartland, Gore Vidal, Graham Greene, Wilbur Smith, John le Carrť, Norman Mailer, Jim Thompson and Kukrit Pramoj. All rooms and suites in the River Wing were given a luxurious 'modern' makeover in 2009, whilst keeping the hotel's heritage and Thai culture alive.

Restaurants and Bars: Mandarin Oriental guests can take their pick from the eight outstanding restaurants offered, choosing between the more formal options of  French dining at ‘Le Normandie’, signature thai cuisine at ‘Sala Rim Naam’, seafood served over views of the river at ‘Lord Jim’s’ or ‘The China Hous’e for a dim sum buffet selection. For a more relaxed vibe, visit the ‘Riverside Terrace’ for a barbque buffet, ‘The Verandah’ coffee shop, ‘The Bamboo Bar’ for cocktails, where you will find the best authentic ‘Oriental Mai Tai’ in town. For something completely different, try the ‘Authors’ Lounge’, serving exquisite high teas, served in surroundings of old colonial charm, and filled with white rattan luxury garden party furniture.

Sport and Spa: Opening in 1993, The Oriental Spa has been busy, winning more than it's fair share of awards. It's no wonder then that it has attracted the likes of HRH Crown Prince Federick, Elizabeth Taylor, David Beckham and Demi Moore to name a few. It prides itself on providing an all-encompassing spa experience that couples traditional 2,000 year old Thai teachings whilst keeping it perfectly cosmopolitan. Their signature treatment is the 90 minute long 'Oriental Organic Journey'  which consists of a full-body scrub of organic grated coconut, green bean, jasmine rice and coconut oil, followed by a natural hair treatment and massage with rice milk cream.  After a day around Bangkok's chaotic city, relax instantly as you enter the spacious facilities of the spa, classically decorated in golden teak, soothing water displays, calming Buddha's and delicious aromas. Alternatively, enjoy the large pool by the river, an Ayurvedic penthouse or workout in their luxurious gym. Guests may also take advantage of the Sanook Sanook Kid’s Club, state-of-the-art technology Business Centre, the Oriental Corner and the Oriental Boutique.

Address Details:

Mandarin Oriental Hotel
48 Oriental Avenue
Bangkok 10500

Tel:   + 66 2 659 9000
E-mail: mobkk-reservations@mohg.com
Website: www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok/

Room Rates: Room prices for a bedroom start at £260 without breakfast. 
Rates are subject to 17.7% taxes and service charge

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