With so many options, it can be a difficult decision to determine the best place to stay. During our recent trip to the City of Angels, I knew we had to stay at the legendary “Oriental,” Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. I have family in Bangkok and have stayed at different hotels in the city. The Oriental, by far, holds the fondest memories for me and I wanted to share this experience with Tom, as we celebrated our first anniversary in Bangkok.
Walking through the stunning lobby, we were amazed by the centerpiece, a lovely water fountain situated below a “chandelier” arrangement of fresh flowers. In fact, throughout the property, fresh flowers abound, providing a light, fresh scent of jasmine. From the moment we arrived, Tom and I were treated with the highest and the most personalized level of service. After a short stop at the reception desk, we were escorted to our room overlooking the Chao Phraya River to complete the check-in process.
After check-in, we looked around our spacious, beautifully appointed room and noticed many exceptional and bespoke touches. Both Tom and I received a packet of personally monogrammed stationary. We were also staying for our first anniversary and were greeted with a beautiful flower arrangement, an anniversary cake, a bottle of wine, and a beautiful bed decoration. Each guest room receives twice-daily housekeeping services. For the morning service, we received a fresh fruit basket with the contents changing daily. At each evening’s bed turndown service, Tom and I received tasty hors d’oeurves and a sweet treat. The Oriental is renowned for its macaroons, and I loved that we were presented with a box of these delicious treats. Yum!
Each of the property’s 339 rooms and 35 suites has personal butler service. Whatever you wish for, your butler will assist. Your butler will do things for you without any request. Tom brought a pair of dress shoes. Although they were recently buffed, while we were out on our first night, our butler discreetly re-shined his shoes and placed them in a lovely Mandarin Oriental shoe bag. We also try to leave our room clean but accidentally left some clothes out one day. Upon our return, these clothes were ironed and folded. Touches such as these are representative of the service at the Oriental.
Although the property serves many guests as if by magic, the staff knew who we were. One morning, we went to the front desk to change some money. In doing so, the staff greeted us by name. After enjoying a meal at the Riverside Terrace, our check already had our name, and room number entered, and only a signature was needed. Upon entering the Bamboo Bar for a nightcap, the bartenders also greeted us by name. We have stayed at similar-sized luxury properties and the Oriental, by far, exceeds others in personalized service and attention to detail. We have no idea how the staff does it, but that is what makes Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok special.
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is a fabulous hotel, teeming with history. For over 135 years, “La Grande Dame” has hosted royalty, dignitaries, movie stars, and guests like us with equal respect and exceptional service. The Oriental’s original building is still fully functional, and a visit to this area of the property helped Tom and me to appreciate the historical significance of the hotel thoroughly. The second floor of the original building has a gallery that chronicles The Oriental’s opening and through current day operations.
The Author’s Lounge on the first floor of the original building hosts Afternoon Tea. This is an experience that should not be missed! From the lovely, garden-inspired furnishings to the soft live music playing in the background, guests are transported back to colonial times. The menu has two pages of loose leaf tea from which to choose. Not a tea drinker? No worries. The coffee is delicious. And the three-tier tower of sweet and savory delights…to die for! Be sure to bring an appetite!
Situated along the Chao Phraya River, The Oriental has facilities on both sides of the “River of Kings.” The central hotel is located on one side. The other side hosts the spa, cooking class facilities, workout area, and a traditional Thai restaurant. Motorboats are continuously shuttling guests back and forth. Guests may also have the shuttle boat drop them off at the Sky train station, which gives guests easy access to public transportation or at Asiatique, an upscale evening outdoor market.
There is so much to see and do around Bangkok. The concierge is available to assist with anything. Or, if guests want a respite from the pulsating city, the Oriental is a tranquil sanctuary from the bustling city and has everything on site to satisfy anyone’s desires. On top of our list of favorite activities during our stay was spending a morning at the cooking school and an afternoon at the spa.
Our favorite place for a nightcap was the Bamboo Bar that recently underwent extensive renovation. Sure you can visit one of the multitudes of rooftop bars in the city. Go there for sunset, have one cocktail, then leave. And return to the Bamboo Bar. The service is top-notch. The cocktails are reasonably priced. And they are well crafted. And beautiful. And delicious. The Bamboo Bar also hosts live music that transports you back to the 1950s, when the original bar was opened. If you go during my favorite time of day, happy hour, the prices are even lower. Plus you get tasty, complimentary snacks.
Tom and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Oriental and cannot recommend it more highly! Sure, there are other fantastic luxury properties from which to choose. However, no other hotel in the city has a history that is resoundingly present in every aspect of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. From the original building that is still operational, to the elegantly attired guests after 6:30 PM when there is a dress code for common areas, the Oriental is steeped in tradition, yet it’s also modern and fresh. For a hotel experience unlike any other, treat yourself to a stay at this extraordinary hotel!
Virtuoso Amenities for your stay
- Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability
- Daily Buffet breakfast, for up to two in-room guests in Verandah restaurant
- One complimentary Thai Buffet Lunch for up to two persons at Sala Rim Naam, once during stay (excluding beverages )
- Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
Be inspired! Bangkok is a fantastic city, and the Mandarin is one of the amazing hotel(s) right in the heart of the action. Contact Us for additional information or your booking needs!