It is known fact that the Mandarin Oriental brand embodies class and style whilst delivering service to an unparalleled standard and this is certainly the case in the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. Being the first luxury hotel in the city and therefore having been established for over 140 years, the hotel upholds a bona fide air of pride due to its great heritage and is undoubtedly the most respected and revered hotel in Bangkok.
On the moment you pull on to the drive, you are transported into a new Bangkok. A Bangkok without dusty roads and sour smells, without the loud traffic and pounding heat. A more refined Bangkok, if you will, which provides you with the perfect setting to both relax and experience an essence of Thai culture.
Beautiful hanging flowers and Oriental lanterns greet you in the lobby before you are whisked to a stunning split level room in the garden wing. The use of the room space was most impressive. Having the bedroom and lounge area on different levels, alongside the carefully crafted decor, make the room more of a home than a hotel. Intricate touches such as photo frames and small kitchen area really set the Mandarin Oriental apart from other hotel experiences and irrefutably make it difficult to leave.
The provision of a hotel boat service enables guests to quickly and conveniently pass to the other side of the river where you will find the spa and fitness facilities, alongside Sala Rim Naam, a restaurant in which we dined. Although the property is large in size, it does not feel crowded or busy at any point and most formidably, the staff are instructed to greet you by name which, although small in gesture, emphasises the unprecedented service you receive when staying there. Coming to the Mandarin begins to feel like coming home, rather than to another hotel.
Above all, however, the highlight of the hotel is having afternoon tea in the Authors Lounge. Set in the original hotel building from 1876, the Authors Lounge is a piece of Thai history like no other. Having hosted royalty and authors such as Joseph Conrad and John le Carré, after which the room is named, the experience is truly special. Both western and Thai afternoon tea are exquisite and are accompanied by a more than extensive tea menu with options to suit every customer.
On travelling to Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental is second to none. The stay is, without question, the most luxurious and graceful experience and one that you will find very difficult to forget.
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