Ok, so this is a really beautiful hotel. When you arrive you're greeted by staff, there is an escalator up to the first floor (reception/lobby) and you are welcomed with cold towels and chrysanthemum tea (yum).
The place is fragranced with peppermint oil. It is heavenly. You get to your room and will be blown away by how nice it looks.
Unfortunatley we didn't have such an enjoyable stay. We got in late on the first night after a flight from Australia. There was a noise in our room but we were so tired that we just put up with it. I wasn't totally impressed with the cleaning standard either. The next day I talked to staff about the noise and they offered us another room (double instead of twin as this was 'the only room they had'), also on the 5th floor. It wasn't long before we started to hear this reoccuring noise again. It's like some kind of machine that is switching on and off again. It's not the fridge or aircon but staff didn't give me any hints as to what it might be.
I went and talked to reception again and the lady was visibly annoyed with the inconvenience.... I wasn't being rude or implolite - I just couldn't rest or relax in my room with this continual noise.
We were offered a room on the 4th floor and it turns out that they did have a twin room available after all. The downside of this was the bed I chose smelled like the sheets hadn't been cleaned - I could smell someone's shampoo on the top sheet and one side of the pillow. The other bed seemed fine. As crazy as it sounds I was too tired to deal with the girl at reception again and just lived with this for the night. After my room had been cleaned the next day I checked and the sheets and pillowcase still haden't been changed. There was a different girl on duty so I asked her for some clean bedding and it was sorted out within about 10 min.
Cotton restaurant is great for breakfast - the staff are super friendly and warm. We dined there for dinner on our first night but the food was terrible. We had crispy skin chicken, this was luke warm, and a soft shell crab dish that was full of watery scrambled eggs. With tea and a softdrink for my son the total came to $15! Really a bit pricy for Bangkok. The next day we had a great Japanese dinner somewhere else that was only $10.
The location can be a plus or minus depending on what you like. We don't really like Chinese food but there is a lot of it around if you're into it. The hotel is close to Wat Pho and the Grand Palace but you could catch a taxi or tuk tuk from any where to visit these places. We found it difficult to get to places such as MBK at different times of the day because the traffic can be jam packed and the street that the hotel is on goes in the opposite direction. There is also a problem with taxi touts in front of this hotel who try to rip you off by not using the meter. It's up to you if you go that way.
Also, wifi is very slow and something weird happened when I set my phone (for browsing) to remember the password. I had an endless numbers and letters in the username and password boxes - it made it impossible to connect unless I cleared all remembered passwords and started from scratch. There are computers in the lobby if you need them.
One great thing about this place is the older gentleman who is on the door at night and early morning. He is so friendly and kind. He's great at hailing tuk tuks and negotiating a good price.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Shanghai Mansion Hotel Bangkok
- Shanghai Inn Bangkok