89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok
Not just a hotel, the Bangkok Shangri-La is a landmark and an icon of the city. It’s prime location alongside the Chao Phraya River, its luxurious rooms decorated in traditional Thai beauty and its legendary and deserved reputation for consummate customer service make it one of those hotels that you never forget. For us, pressing the button on the bedside panel of our Krungthep Wing deluxe room to open the curtains onto that amazing river view on our first morning in Bangkok, is one of our most treasured hotel WOW moments.
Lining the banks of the Chao Phraya River in the Silom district of the city, just a few paces from the Sathorn Pier, Taksin Bridge and the BTS Skytrain, the Bangkok Shangri-La is packed to its marble and teak teeth with elegant opulence and jaw-dropping features. The phrase ‘floor to ceiling windows’ hardly does justice to the glass showcase that rises to cathedral height, displaying tropical gardens and the river. Combining modern glass and chrome architecture with classic Thai décor and state of the art facilities such as complimentary high speed internet connection, the Shangri-La has a head for business and a body for pleasure.
Everything about the Shangri-La’s rooms is worthy of a rating on the WOW factor scale. From the rich embroidered silks and the classic Thai teak furniture to the beds that you never want to get out of and the views over the river. The mini bar stocks Mekhong Whiskey, the bathroom is positively sexy and the TV is flat screen with satellite – not that you’ll be bothered watching it. If you want even more tranquillity and luxury, book a room in the Krungthep Wing and in any case, it’s well worth getting a river room and preferably a balcony because the river view is addictive both by day and by night.
There are five restaurants to choose from including the stylish Angelini Italian restaurant which seemed to be very popular with business people at lunchtime. Our favourite is the Salathip traditional Thai restaurant which is set by the river. The food is exquisite, as is the setting with its teak Thai palace and its fairy lights in the trees. If you’re there for a special occasion, try the floating restaurant on the private river launch. We didn’t get round to it but everyone we spoke to who had tried it said it was wonderful.
Prices start from around €133 plus tax per night for room and breakfast.
Buzz Trips booked our Bangkok Shangri-La stay through Kuoni Travel
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