It's my fifth time staying at the Oriental and I finally decided to write a review on this. It's rated the best hotel in Bangkok, and whenever we tell other hotels where we're staying, the employer's eyes shine. Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok provides guests with a very interesting feeling especially because it's in Bangkok. It's quite close to the city, and even though it's not a resort, it feels just like one.
A reason why I love to go back is because they always have weddings going on there. Even though I'm not invited, I really like the atmosphere of Thai weddings, lots of fresh flowers. I stayed there for 2 nights this Mid Autumn Festival, and they held over 6 weddings! We talked to the manager, and he said they have weddings every day.
Another reason why I love to go back is the food! I not only feel very comfortable when dining there, but the quality and price is more than worth it! My favourite restaurant is the Veranda, but I'm not sure why it's never full. If you have any dietary requests, they'll do anything they could. Last year I had severe allergies where I had a long list of what I couldn't consume. It was quite a chaos to order my meal for some places, but at the Mandarin, the manager gave us a very good service and the food came out to be so tasty! Their food are all well selected and fresh. The bar next to Veranda is quite well-known, and was busy every night. I spent my last night of the trip to Bangkok staying in the Peninsula, and I begged my family to have the last dinner back at the Mandarin. Since we changed hotel by taking Mandarin's shuttle boat over the harbour to The Peninsula Hotel, I thought Peninsula would be able to do the same thing if I had a dinner appointment over there. However, Peninsula's shuttle boat will only send you to the old pier next Mandarin, which requires you to walk through this dark, not too pleasant walk especially at night. Therefore we didn't get off and went back to Peninsula to call Mandarin Oriental to drive a shuttle boat over to Peninsula to pick us up. Later on we chatted with the hotel, and they told us that only Mandarin Oriental is allowed to go to Peninsula, but Peninsula cannot go to them by shuttle boat.
The breakfast at the hotel is wonderful, high quality, really well selected ingredients, promising you that everything you put in your mouth will be remarkable. A tradition that my family has every time we go back to the Mandarin Oriental starts at 10:30am, right after breakfast. It is very evident that they serve guests with very fresh food daily as every morning after breakfast they throw all the break down to the river for the fishes. We were so fortunate to see someone do that 7 years ago and from then on we always fed the fish every morning. A lovely lady who works there named Pum remembered us since two years ago and remembers all my preferences! I felt so honored and superior. Without me saying a word she brought me plates of my favourite and at the end of the breakfast, she brought over a big bag of bread.
Two years ago I stayed there and I wrote a letter to the General Manager and I feel like nothing much happened to the service last year, actually the it felt even worse; but this year they changed the general manager and I sense that the improvements were made! I was quite impressed with his years improvement, as I really hope they'll be able to keep it in the same condition or even better than what I've experienced there before.
An example would be the great improvement seen upon check in. It's the most efficient check in we ever had at this hotel. The second we got off the taxi, the bell boy recognized us and greeted us. Then comes the reception lady who stood outside waiting upon our arrival. She immediately led us to the reception and within a couple minutes 2 staffs brought us to our rooms and completed the check-in process there.
Whether it's for the brand or the place, I think the price is really worth it. Really small boutique hotels in Europe I stayed in recently costs almost the same price as Mandarin Oriental!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Built in 1876 and ideally located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, has been an inspiration to a host of world-renowned writers from Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maughamto Wilbur Smith and John Le Carre. Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok boasts an international reputation for splendid service, style and grace and facilities including eight restaurants. The hotel's private teakwood shuttle boats provide daily access to the world famous Thai Cooking School, the hotel's Thai restaurant, the award-winning Oriental Spa and Health Centre located across the River; as well as the nearest skytrain station (SaphanTaksin) and River City Shopping Centre. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Oriental Bangkok
- Oriental Hotel Bangkok
- Bangkok Mandarin Oriental