History: One of the most esteemed and legendary hotels in Bangkok, with a history going back over 100 years
Tradition: Enjoy a traditional English or Thai afternoon tea set in the light and airy Authors' Lounge, decked with white rattan furniture and dedications to iconic literary figures
Dining: Luxury breakfast and evening buffets accompanied by views of the Chao Phraya River
For almost 140 years, royalty, celebrities, dignitaries and distinguished travelers from Graham Greene to Rudyard Kipling have stayed in the legendary Oriental on the Chao Phraya River. The 368 rooms and suites, with views over the river and the city, are sumptuous. The 10 restaurants and bars, serving all types of Asian and Western cuisine, are in a class of their own: Le Normandie is one of the best French restaurants in all of Asia - with an opulent setting and a superb menu - and is frequented by members of the Thai Royal Family. The Oriental Spa and fitness center are fabulous, with world-class treatments, equipment and facilities. This richly historical hotel has been consistently ranked by top publications as one of the world's finest hotels. The Oriental is a one-hour drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport (BKK).
Forget cookie-cutter rooms: each of the Mandarin Oriental’s 368 rooms is uniquely designed with its own distinct character. Still, they all have in common stately views of the Chao Phraya river, elegant Thai-style decor, and modern touches.
Located in the River Wing, the Authors' Suites are tributes to some of the great literary figures that have stayed at the Oriental over the years. Individually designed, each suite pays tribute to one of these celebrated authors in name, décor and ambience. All feature floor-to-ceiling windows, a balcony, spacious sitting room, a large bathroom with separate bathtub and walk-in shower as well as a powder room off the living room; some suites also have a walk-in closet. Butler service is also included.
Deluxe Rooms are situated on the upper floors of the hotel affording far-reaching views across the Chao Phraya River. The spacious rooms feature classic Thai teak furniture, large floor to ceiling windows and have a choice between king or twin beds fitted with goose down bedding and luxurious linens. The room contains an elegant writing desk, a flat screen TV, an I-pod dock, a high quality sound system and complimentary Wi-Fi. The en-suite bathroom has a deep stand-alone bathtub, twin basins, silk and plush terry bathrobes and indulgent toiletries.
Located in the River Wing, these elegantly spacious two-bedroom suites are decorated in a traditional Thai style with dark teak wood furnishings and silk accompaniments. A separate sitting area adjoins the bedrooms, which are furnished with a king bed in one room and twin beds in the other. The bathroom offers guests the choice of a large soaking bath or stand-alone shower. Flooding the rooms with light, the suite’s floor-to-ceiling windows offer sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River.
The Royal Oriental Suite constitutes the most exclusive suite in the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok. The room’s typical clientele includes Royalty, heads of state and the rich and famous from across the planet. The room features original elements from the hotel’s bygone days, classic wooden paneled walls, polished floors and luxury carpets. The large suite is adorned by handpicked artwork and antiques. The space is divided between two bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a large seating area and a dining room with a long table and set of chairs. The stately suite boasts two balconies looking straight out over the Chao Phraya River.
The Mandarin Oriental features one of the best spas in the city, with a special focus on Ayurvedic healing from Indian traditions. There is also a modern fitness center, steam room, sauna, and private tennis courts. Complimentary shuttles escort guests to and from various parts of the city.
Enjoy learning the ins and outs of Thai cuisine at the world-renowned modern Thai cooking school taught by an experienced Thai chef.
Frequently recognized as one of the best spas in the world, this pioneering holistic spa combines ancient Ayurvedic techniques with contemporary knowledge. Each guest is given a 30-minute consultation so that the treatments can be as individualized and specific as possible.
Eating at the Mandarin Oriental, at restaurants spread across its extensive property along the Chao Phraya river, is a journey through Thai and global cuisine. With nine fine dining restaurants and bars, this hotel is frequented by guests with the most refined tastes.
Ciao Terrazza is an alfresco Italian restaurant serving a range of Italian specialties and a large selection of fine wines.
Le Normandie is a French fine dining restaurant with a front wall of windows looking out on to the river, a view particularly beautiful at night as lit up boats cruise the Chao Phraya waters. Expect to find egg caviar with vodka, Chateaubriand of beef Charolais with truffle jus, French farmhouse cheeses and other such delicacies.
Lord Jim's serves one of Bangkok’s most popular lunch buffets, as well as offering an a la carte and set menu. The restaurant, which overlooks views of the river, specializes in fresh seafood dishes such as oyster, lobster, tiger prawns, sushi, sashimi, fish tartar, fresh oysters, selected mollusks, crab, scallops and smoked salmon. Other delights include foie gras, fresh salads and Thai and western hors d’oeuvre s as well as a barrage of desserts, ice cream and chocolates.
Sala Rim Nam serves delicious Thai cuisine. The restaurant is decorated in a Northern Thai style and has a classic Thai dance show performed every evening. Highlights from the menu range from coconut beef curry, fried prawns with garlic and chili sauce to steamed Thai dumplings and spicy seafood salad.
Enjoy afternoon tea in the sophisticated light and airy lounge room. The lofty room has an air of a bygone age with colonial influences, white-washed rattan furniture and Siamese umbrellas. The menu offers either a Thai or traditional English tea set with sweets and savories.
The Bamboo Bar stands out with its African safari theme and use of animal-print. Visit the bar for a quiet drink whilst reading the daily newspapers or for a glass of wine or two and some live music in the evening. The signature cocktail ‘Oriental's Mai Tai’ mixes up gold rum, grand marnier, orange, pineapple and lemon juice and grenadine syrup.
The China house is located just outside the hotel’s main building, the art-deco style restaurant is eye-catching with its Shanghai mansion inspired architecture. The menu features Cantonese dishes with a modern twist. Expect to find Peking duck, homemade tofu and a dim sum buffet at the weekends.
The River Terrace sits right on the banks of Thailand’s most prominent river, the Chao Phraya. Every evening a buffet is served including a sushi counter, fresh bread, sea food, barbequed meats, cheese and puddings.
The Verandah offers Asian and Western dishes, located on an elevated level over looking the river. Expect to find gourmet burgers, salads and Thai classics. The Verandah is a good place to sit either in the sun or shade and watch the world go by with a drink in hand.