This Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Review is from our recent visit to the hotel. Many locals still refer to the hotel, which was founded in 1876 and is Thailand's oldest luxury hotel, as The Oriental, its original name. In fact, the hotel's name is half of the Mandarin Oriental hotel brand, joining the company's The Mandarin hotel in Hong Kong as one of the company's two original flagship hotels. Only in 2008 did the hotel formally change its name to The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.
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Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Location
The hotel is located at 48 Oriental Avenue in Bangkok, about a 10 minute walk from the Saphan Taksin skytrain station. It takes the better part of an hour to reach the skytrain station from Bangkok Airport (BKK), taking the City Line to Phaya Thai, then the Sukhumvit line to Siam and the Silom line to Saphan Taksin.
Since the hotel is located right by the Chao Phraya River, it's also easiest to see sights such as Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) and the Grand Palace by boat.
Mandarin Oriental Bangkok Rooms and Suites
With 324 rooms and 44 individually decorated suites in various locations–The River Wing, Main Wing and Garden Wing–the hotel has a number of options to suit individuals, couples, families and groups.
Even entry level Superior Rooms, which are 431 square feet, have river views.
The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok is especially known for its Authors' Suites named after writers who stayed at or have a connection to the hotel (Somerset Maugham and Joseph Conrad for example) and Deluxe 2 Bedroom Suites that are also named after famous guests, such as John le Carre, Jim Thompson, Barbara Cartland, Kukrit Pramoj and others. Here are photos of the Kukrit Pramoj Suite:
Those who prefer a more modern room or suite should look to the Garden Wing, which is more recently renovated; Garden Suites were created in 2016. Here are photos of a Garden Suite:
The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok offers 10 different restaurants, lounges and bars. The most renowned is Le Normandie, with 2 Michelin stars, which I previously reviewed. Others include Sala Rim Naam, located across the river from the hotel, which serves a daily buffet lunch and nightly dinner with a classical Thai dance performance; Terrace Rim Naam, with al fresco a la carte dining, also located across the river from the hotel; Lord Jim's for seafood lunches and dinners; The China House for Cantonese lunches and dinners; Riverside Terrace for buffet breakfasts and dinners; The Verandah for a la carte all day dining; Ciao Terrazza for Italian dinners; the Authors' Lounge for afternoon tea; and The Bamboo Bar.
While I only did a site inspection at The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, visiting several rooms and suites, and didn't stay in them, we did dine at Le Normandie and also asked for assistance from the Concierge, and the service we experienced in those interactions was excellent. I particularly liked the fresh look, natural light and appointments of the newer Garden Suites, although the views from the River Wing suites such as the Kukrit Pramoj Suite are far better.
If you've stayed recently at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, what was your experience?
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