This was our third stay at the Shangri-La Bangkok. This chain never disappoints. The hotel has a great location, adjacent to both the Sky Train and the river boat transport. As traffic in Bangkok is difficult at best, these two modes of transportation are most important. The original hotel wing has been completely remodeled as noted by other reviewers, but we have not stayed there since our first visit in 2001. I recommend the Krungthep Wing for several reasons. First the rooms are larger and have balconies overlooking the river. Ask for a high floor as far away from the bridge as possible as traffic can be noisy. The Krungthep wing has its own check-in/out facility which is much quieter and efficient than the older wing. Be sure to tell your taxi driver to take you to the Krungthep wing entry as it is a distance from the main wing arrival area. Krungthepis an all Club level wing, providing breakfast, afternoon tea, and evening cocktails and hors d'ouevres. The breakfast area is lovely and has a fairly wide variety on the buffet, all good quality , and a menu of cooked to order items. You can, of course, opt to take breakfast in the other wing with a wider variety and outdoor dining, but it tends to be very busy and the services is, as a result, not quite as good. Afternoon tea is really nice, lots of little tea sandwiches and sweets. Evening refreshments were high quality and more varied than the usual Club offerings. Importantly, Krungthep has its own pool just for residents of that wing. It is much quieter, as families seem to opt for the other wing. Start the pool man off with a nice tip and he will bring ice water and soft drinks to you all day. He will also bring afternoon tea to you by the pool.
For a lovely lunch or dinner try the Blue Elephant Restaurant, right next to the Sky Train
Surasak station. You will see it from the train. It is in a lovely old house, very elegant setting. Get the tasting lunch menu. It is also a cooking school.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, is a 5-star luxury hotel in Silom district, Bangkok. The design and appointments express the welcoming warmth and richness of Thai culture throughout the hotel, from traditional teak dining pavilions to the most up-to-date room features.The hotel has a total of 802 rooms including 72 suites in two wings, Shangri-La and Krungthep, and is adjacent to the Saphan Taksin station of the Skytrain, Bangkok's elevated metro system.The hotel also offers fully-serviced apartments for guests wishing a longer stay. ... more less
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