Booking and Check-in: For a family of 3, we booked a deluxe room (Room 1110) from May 31, 2013 to June 13, 2013 online. We took a cab from the airport to the hotel. Check-in was a breeze as everything was paid for on-line so it was a maximum of 5-10 minutes at the counter (including a chit-chat with the front desk).
Rooms: We got a deluxe room with a view of the Chao Phraya River, with Shangri-la Hotel and Mandarin Oriental on the other side of the river.
There is a separate foyer area to place luggage. There is a vanity mirror in this area, with a hair dryer stored in the cabinet. Aside from the usual stuff inside closets, there was a flashlight, a shoehorn and a shoebrush.
The main room was spacious and we had an extra bed brought in. It’s very clean and well-appointed – working desk with fax machine cleverly stowed away, sofa (good enough to sleep in), and flatscreen TV with USB plug and play. By the bedside are 2 control panels to control almost all features of the room – master light, reading light, nightlight, curtains, TV, etc.
The bathroom is also something else! Shower with seat (with a choice of the overhead shower or hand shower), bathtub with TV, and 2 separate sinks opposite each other.
Toiletries and complementary water and fruits were immediately replenished the moment you leave your room. Internet/wifi connection was fast.
Facilities and Amenities: The hotel lobby and other areas are elegant and classy, a bit dark though and in some places, showing their age, although gracefully at that.
The pool is just gorgeous and it’s open from 6:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m. Towels are made available at the cabanas, and hotel staff provides guests with drinking water. It’s the perfect place to just chill-out and read a book or end a hectic day.
There’s also a beauty salon and the Spa. For our room package, we were given 3 complementary gift certificates to the Spa worth 500 baht each. Spa services are expensive though and the complementary gift certificates can only be used one at a time. So, we didn’t bother using them.
Food: The breakfast buffet spread of the River Café and Terraces is good. However, it can be repetitive if you’ve been having breakfast there for 3 straight days. Also, a wider selection of cheese would be a welcome addition. There are other restaurants in the hotel. We did not, however, have the time to try them out.
Staff: Great, friendly and efficient service. Concierge was very helpful for a first time visitor to Bangkok. The front desk staff is proficient in the English language.
Location: It depends on one’s priorities. BKK Peninsula is on the Western bank of the Chao Phraya River so if you want the quieter side of Bangkok, this is the place to be. However, if you want to be in the center of the City, you may want to look elsewhere.
To access the Skytrain and boat ferries, we had to take BKK Peninsula’s free ferry service to bring us to Tha Sathorn pier. From Tha Sathorn pier, it’s a 5-minute walk to Saphan Thaksin Skytrain Station. When going to the temples, we took the boat ferry at the pier. At any rate, the free shuttle/ferry service is an experience on its own ☺
Taxi from BKK Airport and vice-versa takes from 45 minutes to 1 hour plus. Make the necessary time allowance to and from the airport.
Check out: As everything was paid for online, check out was a breeze. Front desk just asked us if we consumed anything from the mini bar, then paid for it and that was it.
Summary: Well-deserving of the accolades and reviews! I would love to stay again at BKK Peninsula ☺
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Developed as one of the finest hotel properties in Bangkok, its riverside location inspired the wave- shaped design, capitalising on the uninterrupted panoramic views from every room and adding a distinctive architectural statement to the Bangkok skyline. The Peninsula Bangkok offers commanding city views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service. ... more less
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