We stayed at the Peninsula for three nights upon arrival in Thailand. The room and rate were through the Fine Hotels & Resorts program at American Express. Our room rate was around $225/night and we did not get an upgrade at the time of arrival, so our room was a deluxe king, which I believe is one step up from a standard room.
The riverside location was terrific, and we loved using their comp hotel boat, which would take you to one of three locations: the pubic ferry pier, which we used to go to various tourist sights; a Peninsula dock on the other side of the river, which we used to get to get to the other side of river when we met some folks at the Oriental; or the skytrain station, which we used to get to various downtown locations. It's a great way to start any outing, taking only 5 minutes to get across the river and never having to wait for more than 2-3 minutes as there are multiple boats. It was also very enjoyable to watch all of the boat activity on the river, whether from the room, while on the boat or ferry, or just watching from the lobby and restaurant areas.
The unobstructed view from the room was of the river and skyline. The room itself was spacious, well-apppointed and had a huge bathroom. The bed was the most comfortable of our three week stay in SE Asia, as even higher-end hotels in Thailand and Cambodia seem to use only one mattress on a platform-style frame. Fresh fruit was replensished daily, a morning newspaper arrived in a box near the front door, and the room was always promptly re-made while we were out. We never actually saw any housekeeping service taking place on our floor.
The breakfast buffet, which was included in our room rate was very inviting and included a vast array of Asian and American items, some pre-cooked and others cooked to order. My spouse really raves about the variety of tropical fruits (jackfruit, dragonfruit, pineapple, mango, papaya and more), lox, Thai dishes, all types of eggs, any coffee drink that you wanted to order: espresso, lattes. We especially like an Asian egg custard that they had outside at the Asian cook-to-order area. As it was quite warm, even in the morning, we chose to sit inside for breakfast. For media hounds like myself, there was cart with international newspapers available outside the breakfast area.
The afternoon tea, again part of our package through AmEx, was held in the main lounge overlooking the river. A pianist was often playing when we would come through the lobby area during the daytime and early evenings. And upon returning to the hotel in the afternoons it was very pleasant to sit in that same area and enjoy a glass or wine or snack.
Even in November, when the temperatures are supposed to be somewhat cooler, it's almost oppressively hot in Bangkok. The pool area, which is one long pool that is stepped down towards the river, is also a very pleasant spot to spend some time during the heat of the day. For lap or masters swimmers, the main part of the pool is around 20 yards long so you can actually swim laps and do flip turns. When we were in Southern Thailand at Railey Beach, where the temperature and hummidity were just too much for me, I found myself thinking that we could just fly back to Bangkok and take up residence at the Peninsula again.
The day of our departure was my spouse's birthday. The four or so people working at the front desk sang him happy birthday and the hotel gave him two fancy chocolate cakes: the first one was in our room when we came back from a trip out in the morning, but upon realizing that we couldn't eat it all before we left they offered to box it up. That led to cake number two, the first one in the room and the second one in the box; the latter made the trek to Cambodia.
All in all, it was a most comfortable stay and I would heartily recommend the Peninsula for singles, couples or families with well-behaved children. We did go to other parts of Bangkok where there were other well reviewed hotels, but there was something very nice about escaping across the river to an oasis of calm and predictability. If you want the density and action, you can get to it very quickly. And speaking of action, the Skybar at the State Building across the river is definitely worth a visit.
- 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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