Have you just loved the book L’Amant (the lover) from Marguerite Duras and always wondered how life in Saigon in the 1920’s felt like? Spend a night or more at the Shanghai Mansion in the middle of crazy, busy, chaotic and loud Chinatown and you will feel turned back in time. A very quiet and peaceful island in Bangkok busies part of the city which leaves lots of space for day-and-night relaxing and dreaming.
Unfortunatley, due to the 10pm curfew during the protests, I could not enjoy the highly praised jazz bar.
The hotel was spotless clean. Fast and free wifi available throughout the hotel. The breakfast is ok, more fresh fruits could be available. The staff speak fluently English and you feel very welcome the minute you check-in. I certainly appreciated the cold towel offered upon my arrival to wash face and hands.
I have never felt in jeopardy in any parts of Bangkok during the uprising and protests in 2014. More, the staffs were very helpful with answering questions which part to avoid during this difficult time for Thailand. Unlike others, I did not get wripped of for transportation organized by the hotel. Just name the price you consider to pay. As anywhere in Bangkok, make sure you have the directions of the hotel in Thai available for the taxi driver.
I would suggest to any of my friends/family to stay at Shanghai Mansion. Be aware, the hotel is in crazy, busy, chaotic and loud Chinatown. Nothing you expect while coming from Europe, but absolutely worth the experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shanghai Mansion Bangkok is the winner of "Best Value Hotel in Asia and Australia" in 2010 by London Sunday Times Travel Magazine. Shanghai Mansion celebrates the romance of 1930's Shanghai in the center of Bangkok. All guest rooms are uniquely designed in a very chic Chinese style with great attention to detail to provide a most distinctive experience. Cotton Jazz Bar features live Jazz nightly and Mian Hua restaurant features delicious Chinese food. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shanghai Mansion Hotel Bangkok
- Shanghai Inn Bangkok