My friends and I had spent the first night of our Bangkok experience on the club level of the Shangri-La across the river, and though I can not say anything bad about the Shangri, the Peninsula is just on another level all together. We wanted to end our trip on a bang and were definitely not disappointed.
We took advantage of the Amex Fine hotels and Resorts offer that included a free third night when booking two. We booked into a Grand Deluxe Suite and asked about any further upgrades. The desk clerk was very helpful and sent our inquiry on to the general manager who said that the Peninsula suite would be available after 5. We asked if we could tour it before making any decisions and later in the day we did just that.
All I can say is wow, wow, wow. It was the suite of a lifetime. We decided to pool our money together and stay like royalty. The only problem was we didn't want to leave to do anything else! Every room had surround sound, mini bar, and fine art and antiques. It was over 4000 square feet and we took advantage of every part of it. I would say, however, that our original suite exceeded all expectations and would have been an extraordinary experience in and of itself.
The hotel has a beautiful pool with great food and drink service. The spa is small, yet adequate. We made sure to enjoy the hot tubs and cold plunges every day. People have said that the hotel is on the wrong side of the river, but we just hopped on the ferry and found it to be super easy, and very cool. Much of what to do is across the river and the shuttle service runs continuously all day. There is a shut down time, so make sure to ask before heading out for late drinks at Lebua, etc.
Also, we took a few tours arranged by the Concierge and our guide ( Pong ) was superb. I would highly recommend him: his command of english was excellent as was his eager attitude to capture everything on film for us. A++
Also, the food at the hotel was perfection. I would highly recommend the breakfast buffet. We had it included in our amex package, but the food was second to none. We thoroughly enjoyed having it overlooking the river. It was incredible.
The peninsula makes you never want to stay at another hotel ever. The staff is excellent, the amenities are plush, and you leave with an experience to last a lifetime.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- The Peninsula Bangkok Hotel Bangkok
- Peninsula Bangkok
- Peninsula Hotel Bangkok
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