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Shanghai Mansion Bangkok
Ranked #86 of 849 Hotels in Bangkok
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“Interesting quirky hotel.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2011

We were originally booked for a Mu Dan room, that room is very nice and pretty large but unfortunately overlooks the main street in Chinatown so was very noisy. It's very busy outside 24/7, I could have probably overlooked the noise but my wife found it too much.

We moved to the other suite room (no more Mu Dan) away from the street, this time no outside view but a much more peaceful room. All the staff I dealt with were pleasant and helpful and the room was pretty good, slightly different to the normal run of mill hotel. Free WiFi and mini bar as well.

We only made use of the restaurant once (when the street was flooded) and that was OK, not exceptional but satisfactory. There's loads of places to eat within a short walk 2 minutes or less and the MRT station is around a 15 minute easy walk away.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2011

We did some research before booking a hotel in Bangkok and came across this place which has won Boutique Hotel Asia in the past. Chinatown is incredibly chaotic and wonderful and stepping into this gorgeous calming hotel was like diving into the sea on a hot day. Access is unusual in that you go up to reception via an escalator at the bottom of which are the names of all the new guests that day. Upstairs is dark wood, red lanterns and plush airy comfort. The bar/ restaurant is great for drinks (food ok) and they have live music most nights (think Chinese tribute bands). The rooms are really nice (as if Hotel du Vin had gone Asian) and the beds very comfy. We stayed again on our way back through the capital and we are booked in again twice this winter. If you want the most amazing street food, turn right outside the hotel and on more or less the next street corner it gets transformed into a hive of buzzy street restaurants. That was my first experience of Thai food and I have to say it has rarely been bettered.

  • Stayed December 2010, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Cranfield, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2011

We arrived to Bangkok as first timers and there was no better point to get started in the steamy capital of Asia than the Shanghai Mansion in the City's Chinese quarter.
It was my wife's idea to check us in at this boutique hotel. We booked online from London and in all honesty I let her have it her way in order to avoid any further confrontation between us after weeks of pondering whether to set off or not for holidays in the first place. I was weary, yes I was. Later on after she had already pressed the submit button using my credit card details I bothered to google some exterior pictures of the building and the neighbourhood in general. I was not impressed to say the least. But that was pretty much it. If you can get pass that point of Google Street view biased disenchantment and let go of the fact that much of the ground floor is occupied by a 24-hour supermarket then you are ready to indulge yourself in the fascinating atmosphere of this converted merchant's house in the heart of Bangkok.
Reaching the hotel was easy on a tuk-tuk hop from nearby Hualamphong Station (a sort of Thai Kings Cross commuting hub). The check-in was prompt and efficient. The staff were willing to help at all times and more than happy to answer any queries we had on arrival. We stayed on one of the Mu Duan suites. The deco has a classic touch, period furniture and there is a sense of space in every corner. We had access to the central garden from our room. True there is no such thing as a proper window to gaze outside but that is not why you ended up on this side of the city. A walk describes Chinatown much better than a balcony here and if you gave the riverside boutique hotels a miss then this is only your second best choice.
The condition of the rooms is immaculate, cleaning is regular and strict in all areas of the house. The restaurant offers a variety of Chinese and Thai cuisine and the breakfast local classics are specially good. There are goldfish in an artificial pond on the main floor and classic chinese instrumental music is played every evening just to add more to the lovely ambience of the hanging traditional lanterns. The nights are peaceful and we found our room extra convenient for the overwhelming jetlag.

All of the city attractions are witin easy reach and the location is quite convenient -traffic chaos barred though. We made the most of our money and quite frankly I would stay in the Shanghai Mansion at least for a couple of days in my next visit to Bangkok. The atmosphere is like no other, the service great, and for some reason, like everybody else in Thailand, the hotel manager seems to always be very happppy.

Room Tip: 3rd floor suites facing the garden atrium. Avoid the main street rooms as Th Yaowarath road is crazy...
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  • Stayed August 2011, travelled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2011

Because I live in Chiang Mai, I am in Bangkok fairly often. Unless I have a very early flight out, Shanghai Mansion is my first choice of places to stay in Bangkok. This review is based on my most recent stay.

The transition from the bustle of Yawaraj Road up the escalator to the quiet calm of the reception area is truly amazing. The noise and heat below fade into a quiet oasis with only soft music (usually jazz) playing in the background. From the minute you arrive, the staff does its best to take excellent care of you. You are met with a traditional Thai bow, a smile, a cold towel to refresh yourself with, and a welcoming drink. My favorite is the infused lemongrass. Check-in is quick and efficient.

As you can see in the attached images, the reception area is well appointed with real leather couches, comfortable chairs, and a circular iron staircase that goes to the restaurant on the 3rd floor. Behind the staircase is a comfortable sitting area where you can look out over Yawaraj Road or surf the net. Free wifi is available throughout the hotel and in the rooms.

As the bellman takes you to your room, you can see the beautiful atrium with its fish pond and hanging lanterns. (As a note, while tipping in Thailand is not always expected - except in very touristy areas - it is appreciated. I typically tip about 30 Thai baht (approx. $1.00 US) per bag)

The rooms themselves are well appointed. The images I have attached are from the room I stayed in and what the hotel refers to as its standard room. Other than cleanliness, of course, there are three things I look for in a hotel room: comfortable beds, hot showers, and big towels. Shanghai Mansion meets all those requirements. Having traveled through a number of Asian countries, I have noted that beds, even at higher end hotels, tend to be harder (as opposed to just firmer) than those that most Americans might be used to. That has not been the case here. While the beds have been on the firm side, they have still been very comfortable. The walk-in showers have large shower heads which, along with plenty of hot water and excellent water pressure, gives you a truly relaxing shower after a hard day of work or sightseeing. Just as a note, if you prefer a tub, they do have them in some of the rooms. The tub image I have attached is from one of the rooms I stayed in on a previous trip. Finally, the towels. Towels in Asia tend to be relatively small and thin compared to what most people would have at home and barely get you completely dry. That is not the case with Shanghai Mansion. They provide you with large, thick, comfortable towels.

Breakfast in the hotel restaurant has a good selection of well prepared items. It is a buffet that has both western and Asian items. I haven't had the western items mainly because I prefer Thai food. I have had dinner in the restaurant a couple of times during my visits and found the food to be well pre parted and tasty.

On the first floor of the building down the escalator and to the left, there is a small Tops Supermarket and a small pastry shop.

So, would I stay here again? I'm already booked for the end of November.

As a p.s., I noted in a few of the prior reviews, some comments about the location of the hotel. It is in Chinatown. While not in the heart of Bangkok's more touristy areas, it is not a problem. Unlike many large capital cities, Bangkok has an efficient, reasonably priced taxi fleet. Make sure you only do metered taxis and that the driver uses the meter. As a price example, from Suvarnabhumi airport to the hotel, the price usually runs about 500 baht (approx. $16.00 US). That price includes the actual fare, the 50 baht airport concession fee, the toll road fees of approx. 70 baht, and a modest tip. Some drivers pay the toll and collect from you at the end of the ride and some require that you provide the toll as you go. I recommend you print out the map from the hotel's webpage to show to the driver. It has information in Thai that will assist him in finding the hotel, though most drivers seem to know where it is located. Within the city, the taxi prices are inexpensive. To go from Shanghai Mansion to the Grand Palace at rush hour, for instance, was about 100 baht (approx. $3.00 US).

If you want to take other public transportation, the entrance to the Bangkok subway system is only about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Once on the subway, you can connect to the BTS Skytrain which covers much of Bangkok. A short walk through the neighborhood will also take you to the Marine Pier where you can catch the various river taxis on the Chao Phraya River (my favorite way to travel in Bangkok).

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled solo
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank genericnic
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Sheffield, UK
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48 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2011

When we pulled up to the hotel in the middle of a very busy street in Chinatown, I did think what have we done. But once you got up the stairs to the actually hotel, I fell in love with the place.
The hotel is decorated beautiful in classic chinese style. My only issue but not really a complaint is that there were no windows in our bedroom. Ive noticed from the rest of my stay that low lighting is a feature of hotels in thailand. Lovely atmosphere, rubbish for putting on your make up.
The hotel has a free tuk tuk service to the Grand Palace and the local, shopping centre.
The staff were very polite and helpful when we requested any help.
Breakfast is served in the Cotton Bar which is also a restaurant and cocktail bar in the evening, that I would recommend. You could purchase full english breakfast or pancake style breakfast but I was perfectly happy with the included breakfast. This was toast, pastries, cereal, fruit and a vareity of local dishes.
Chinatown is very busy and a bit of a culture shock, but I am so glad we experienced it. I would say that you have to get a taxi most places but these were very cheap compared to england. We ate out twice on the street of the hotel. The food was chinese theme obviously but was great and good value for money.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled with friends
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Fluffycow
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London, United Kingdom
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33 reviews
16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2011

Great hotel experience, especially for the price. Classic and comfortable rooms with kitchy Chineese furniture. Decent enough breakfast and restaurant. The location is tricky as most taxis and tuk-tusk dont like going into Chinatown because of the traffic and less business fares. There is a lot to do in Chinatown, but it's not really for tourists. Very interesting place though.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank miguelseven
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Jerusalem, Israel
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116 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2011

Overall, great jumping off spot for day trips. However placing in squalid part of Chinatown could cause first timer severe culture shock. Absence of windows could also be off-putting. If you don't plan to spend much time in rooms, great value.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank Mikeinmotio
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Property: Shanghai Mansion Bangkok
Address: 479-481 Yaowaraj Road | Samphantawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Chinatown / Yaowarat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#51 Spa Hotel in Bangkok
#58 Romantic Hotel in Bangkok
#75 Luxury Hotel in Bangkok
#81 Family Hotel in Bangkok
#90 Business Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4.5 star — Shanghai Mansion Bangkok 4.5*
Number of rooms: 76
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Shanghai Mansion Bangkok An Award-Winning Boutique Hotel in the Heart of Bangkok’s Historic Chinatown. Situated in the heart of Bangkok’s historic Chinatown, Shanghai Mansion is an award-winning luxury boutique hotel named the region’s Best Luxury Cultural Hotel. Glamour and luxury mingle in the hotel’s opulent and well-appointed rooms, with a strong imprint of 1930s Shanghai and Art Deco influences. 76 individually-decorated rooms boast period furniture, vibrant chinoiserie, and luxurious amenities. A peaceful, 5-storey indoor garden is a great place to unwind, while the award-winning Spa Burasari boasts The hotel’s Red Rose Restaurant features a delightful modern Chinese menu and a lively bar stocked with fine spirits, an international wine list and exquisite Chinese whiskey and liqueurs. Nightly live jazz keeps the mood light and celebratory. Situated right on Yaowaraj Road, Shanghai Mansion sits in the heart of the historic district, within easy access to Bangkok’s major attractions, and Chinatown’s famous street food stalls, exotic fresh markets, traditional tea and medicines shops, heritage shophouses and iconic temples. ... more   less 
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