It would be difficult to fault the quality of the rooms and general ambiance of the hotel. The location is excellent, and building and extensive grounds are beautifully maintained.
The only down-point for us was the snobbish attitude that greeted us when we arrived in shorts and t-shirts. We were refused access to the bar and restaurant until we changed. We decided to eat elsewhere at a place more deserving of our patronage.
This place appears to be existing on its past reputation, and it surely needs to be more accepting if it wants to attract new visitors?
While I fully accept that they have impeccable standards to maintain, and attire is very much part of that - it was the manner in which we were dismissed that was so unnecessary. A discreet few words would have been sufficient.......
With so may other top-class hotels in this city, I would not go back to the 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