I hate this place…..it’s ruined my life…..
Since leaving here I’m confused that there’s no one opening doors for me with a friendly smile. Astonished by the fact that people I walk past don’t greet me (by name), and continually disappointed when I reach out whilst lying on my bed and there’s no plate of freshly baked macaroons to satisfy my sweet tooth.
I’ve been coming here since I was a teenager when my parents already decided to spoil me and take me here as part of my first trip to Thailand. This visit made an indelible impression and I’ve been back many times since. In all those years the hotel has maintained it’s exceptionally high level of service and if anything has improved what was already near-perfection.
The thing that makes this place so good is not that it has the biggest rooms, the largest grounds, most beautiful buildings or anything like this. It’s solely down to the staff and the ‘little things’. Even a little incident that occurred during this visit at the restaurant was soon forgiven as the staff manage the situation so well.
It’s these ‘little’ touches that make this place so special, lying by the pool and you're given complimentary ice-cream or other yummie goodies, all homemade and de-lish-ious! Walk into the elevator and before you know it the bellboy has already pushed the floor button for you (without me even noticing), how did he know what floor I was staying on??. I could go on and list a hundred more, but I suggest you stay there yourself and find out, I wouldn’t want to spoil it for you.
I did find one flaw in an otherwise perfect stay. The hotel doesn’t appear to have a 13th floor, where did it go? I presume it’s a superstition thing. But if it is then why is the max capacity of the elevator 13 persons! If the Mandarin Oriental is going to be superstitious then I expect them to do it perfectly, like everything else they do ;-)
- 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