i've stayed at this property in both 2009, and 2010...with the
'09 stay being during the celebration of chinese new year. if
you're looking for a 'room with a view,' you'd best move on.
however...if you want to be totally immersed in the chinese
experience, with some thai flavor... this is your spot. stay
during lunar new year festivities (january/february) and you'll
come face-to-face with dragons, drums, and fireworks, as
soon as you walk out of the lobby. (the bruhaha in the streets
is not heard in the rooms)
the decor at the mansion is 1930's classic 'old shanghai
style,' with hanging lanterns, lots of red, and a beautiful indoor
fish pond. that style continues into the rooms, where huge
four-poster beds deliver a good night's rest. the service was
excellent...detailed, and delivered with a personal touch. this
is not the chain-corporate experience...it's personal. i'd advised
the front desk that i had to leave for my flight home at 2:45 a.m.,
and when i opened my front door...a porter was standing there,
waiting to assist.
there's also a bar, the 'cotton club' that offers a live jazz combo
several nights a week. that room serves as a restaurant during
the day, and is the location for a very adequate breakfast. while
it's not a buffet, there is a salad/fruit/cereal/bread bar, and a choice
of entrees. it's your option to book a room with, or without breakfast.
there's also free, wireless internet, with good signal strength even in
the rooms...and a decent slate of television channels on flat screen
shanghai mansion is smack in the middle of yaowaraj road...the
main street in the chinese quarter. you'll find fascinating markets
all around you... filled with every manner of goods, along with fruit,
vegetable, meat and fish markets. it's stroller's heaven. within just
a couple of blocks on yaowaraj and charoen krung roads, you'll also
find approximately two dozen gold shops. these sell magnificent 23k
gold jewelry...96.5% pure gold of a stunning deep yellow color that
will have your friends asking, "where did you get that??" it's all sold
by the gram, based on the current gold price... they weigh, and you pay.
also just two blocks away, is the famous 'wat traimit,' the solid gold
buddha, in it's new temple home. go there to be blessed by the monks.
you'll find the chao praya river just a short taxi or tuk-tuk ride away. there
are also many great dining opportunities close by...real chinese stuff
including bird's next, abalone, shark's fin...and everything else under
the sun. and, speaking of the sun, when it sets, yaowaraj road turns
into a canyon of food cart vendors, with 'al fresco' dining on the sidewalks.
in short... if you like value...the shanghai mansion is one of the best in
the city. and as a bonus, you get two countries for the price of one!!
- 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