Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

48 Oriental Avenue, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand
Bang Rak
396 Rooms
Contemporary Classic & Lively
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MICHELIN Guide’s Point Of View

Some say that Bangkok's Mandarin Oriental is the most overrated hotel in the world. The rest of the world, however, simply says it's the best. It is, after all, the most famous of the splendid colonial hotels. And the most famous of the splendid colonial writers, Joseph Conrad, Graham Greene, and W Somerset Maugham used to sleep here. The posh set of yesteryear — Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, and Noël Coward — wouldn't think of staying anywhere else. Certainly, the original Mandarin Oriental building gives you a real flavor of those old days. It is startlingly beautiful — ceiling fans, carved balconies thick with climbing jasmine, old fashioned shuttered windows, intricately decorated four-poster beds, and textured walls. Everywhere is suffused with the scent of tropical flowers. And you're leaning lyrically close to the Chao Praya river, a watery thoroughfare bustling with barges and motorboats.

The historic building is considerably smaller than the modern addition, where the rooms, though nice and possibly more comfortable, are rather standard. Meanwhile, the nearby shopping arcade seriously compromises the romantic atmosphere. As does the clientèle, largely middle-aged tourists and expatriate businessmen on holiday.

Nonetheless, breakfast on the Mandarin Oriental's terrace is a Bangkok must. And dinner at the restaurant, Sala Rim Naan, to which you must take a ferry, will restore your faith in the sentimental. Nice, old-fashioned touches abound, from the blue striped pouches that house your shoes to your laundry, which comes back packaged beautifully and topped with an orchid. Then there's the staff, who are Southeast Asian perfection — smiling, sweet-faced, and attentive, and you have your very own butler round the clock.

Bangkok wouldn't be Bangkok without a touch of garish nightlife, and at the Mandarin, they do it so well, with an archetypally unhip piano bar. The best touch, however, is the selection of cocktails named after writers. So don your white shantung, watch the river traffic, and order a Gore Vidal at the bar, drinking him in slowly to avoid the bitter sting. Truly, this is literary appreciation at its most luxuriant.

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Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
48 Oriental Avenue, Bang Rak, Bangkok, Thailand
Bang Rak

Amenities & Services

  • Wi-fi (charges apply)
  • Free parking
  • Self service parking (charges apply)
  • Off street parking
  • Valet parking
  • Bar
  • Room service
  • Restaurant
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Spa
  • Spa treatments (on request)
  • Sauna
  • Beauty salon
  • Jacuzzi
  • Gym
  • Concierge
  • 24 hour front desk
  • Doctor on call
  • Adjoining rooms
  • Air conditioning
  • ATM/bank office
  • Babysitting (on request)
  • Smoking rooms (on request)
  • Game room
  • Garden
  • Multi-lingual staff
  • Library
  • Luggage storage
  • No pets allowed
  • Business center
  • Cribs (subject to availability)
  • Parking
  • Swimming pool
  • Tennis court
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Shuttle service
  • Designated smoking area

Need to Know

  • WiFi is available in all areas and costs THB 642 per 24 hours.
  • Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Children of any age are allowed.
  • Children up to and including 2 years old stay for free when using an available cot.
  • Children up to and including 12 years old stay for free when using an existing bed.
  • Children from 13 years old to 17 years old stay for THB 2,118.60 per person per night when using an existing bed.
  • People no matter the age stay for THB 2,118.60 per person per night when using an available extra bed.
  • Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
  • Supplements are not calculated automatically in the total costs and will have to be paid for separately during your stay.
Check in: 15:00
Check out: 12:00

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