Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

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Bangkok, Thailand

This sophisticated retreat, located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in one of the world’s most exciting cities, has a reputation for first class hospitality, outstanding facilities and style. Despite its central location and easy access to all Bangkok’s main attractions, the hotel is in a quiet and peaceful setting.

Combining opulent Thai style with contemporary touches, each of the 358 rooms and suites is unique. Most have river views and all feature huge bathrooms and come with butlers who will attend to your every need. If you want to see the city by car, the hotel has a fleet of luxury BMW limousines at the ready.

Home to nine outstanding restaurants and bars, Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok offers a feast of gastronomic delights. Highlights include Lord Jim’s, which specialises in seafood and overlooks the river, and fine dining restaurant, Le Normandie. The delicious afternoon tea, served in the historical Author’s Lounge is a must.

The hotel offers a welcome retreat after exploring the sights of Bangkok. A treatment in the serene surroundings of their award-winning Oriental Spa is the perfect way to relax, you can also take a yoga and or Tai Chi class. As well as two outdoor pools and a gym, you can play tennis and squash, or go for a run around the jogging track.  For a unique experience, take a cooking class at the Oriental Thai Cooking School or listen to an art or contemporary culture lecture.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok caters exceptionally well to families and children are treated like mini-VIPs. There is a kids’ club (ages 3-14), kids’ pool, activities programme, babysitting and plenty of amenities for children.

Lightfoot Travel provides tailor-made itineraries that include daily tours and excursions, restaurant recommendations and bookings, and can incorporate Bangkok into a greater Thailand or Asian holiday. Take a look at Mekong Journey from the Golden Triangle to Luang Prabang as an example of a bespoke itinerary that we can create for you.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Information

Location & Getting There

Perched on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in downtown Bangkok, the Mandarin Oriental is just a 25-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport. It is about 3.5 km from Chinatown and the Temple of Dawn (Wat Arun).


There are 339 rooms, 15 types in total, all which include iPod docking stations, pillow menus and minibars. The basic roooms offer magnificent river and city views with floor-to-ceiling windows, separate baths and a twin vanity room. Suites are ideal for those looking at additional amenities such as spacious sitting rooms and walk-in closets. For the ultimate luxury, the Royal Oriental Suite features two bedrooms, a pantry, a guest powder room and two balconies boasting paranomic river views. We particularly love the Author Suites, named after famous writers who have visited this iconic hotel and stayed in these rooms in the past.


- 2 swimming pools
- Fitness centre
- Spa
- 2 tennis courts, 1 squash court, 1 outdoor jogging track
- Dining: 7 restaurants, 2 cafes, 1 bar
- Royal ballroom
- Embassy room

*The spa and fitness facilities are located in separate buildings right across the river from the main hotel. Little motorised boats ferry guests to and from each side every ten minutes or so, and the journey is a pleasant 5-minute ride.


The hotel provides a free shuttle boat to Taksin BTS Skytrain Station, River City Shopping Complex and Sala Rim Naam Restaurant for guests' convenience. Other nearby attractions include Chinatown, Sri Mariamman Temple, Snake Farm, State Tower and Wat Arun temple. Within the hotel, there are also cooking classes and lectures for guests who are interested in Thailand's unique and fascinating culture.


A kid's pool, kids' club and babysitting services are available for guests with children.

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok Price Guide

2 out of 5

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Tried & Tested

Fondly referred to as Le Grande Dame, the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok fits this title to a tee. Sophisticated, elegant, and with service and staff reminiscent of a bygone era, staying at this beautiful hotel is an experience in itself. Lightfoot’s Nikki visited the hotel in Thailand’s bustling capital, and gives us her room recommendations and tips on what to order for lunch!

What are the rooms like at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok?

We stayed in a Deluxe Room and it was very sizable (40 sqm) with great views over the river and a huge bathroom. In fact, all of the hotel’s 393 rooms have river views which is quite nice. The rooms have a somewhat old-fashioned design (all with modern amenities), but one that is so classy, elegant and homey. The beds are super comfortable and while the curtains aren’t blackout, they kept the room very dark so a very good night’s sleep was had!

What is the best room in the hotel?

I would choose either a Mandarin Suite or one of the Author’s Suites. Both are ideal for families because they have quite a bit more space than the deluxe or superior rooms. I personally loved the Author’s Suites, each named after a different writer with a framed photograph and signed letter to the hotel hanging on the wall – such a great little touch. They are spacious (92 sqm) and like all rooms, are cosy and make you feel like you’re at home – a very elegant home of course!

An interesting thing is that normally in hotels rooms are filled from the bottom up – I.e. the lower room categories are the first to sell out. However, at the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, the higher room categories are the first to go. In fact they are building more suites next year because they are in such high demand!

What are the facilities like?

The hotel is really interesting because it’s split up on both sides of Bangkok’s Chao Praya River. The rooms, restaurants, shopping arcade and pools are on one side, while the fitness centre, spa, tennis courts and cooking school are on the other. The hotel has a little boat that brings guests from one side to the other – the journey lasts about three minutes and you never have to wait more than five minutes for a boat.

The gym was well equipped and the staff were excellent, ensuring I had towels and water the whole time. When I left they presented me with a cold towel and a shot of fresh kiwi juice that was very refreshing! The main pool is one of the hotel’s best features – approximately 30 metres with beautiful dark green tiles. The pool loungers are set up in twos with huge cushions covered in fluffy orange towels making them perfect for couples. Staff ensure you constantly have a full glass of ice water at all times, and come round sporadically with a little shot of juice and snacks such as a watermelon Popsicle that was amazing! There is also a little ice cream cart that comes around which is super cute and very refreshing.


Is the hotel suitable for children?

To be honest, the majority of the clientele at the hotel when we were there were slightly older. I quite liked that though as it gave it an extra air of sophistication. There were still several families however, and I would say it is just as good a hotel as any in the city for kids. There is a kid’s club for children aged 4-12, and babysitters can be hired. There is a smaller pool that was used by families as it was very shallow, as opposed to the much deeper main pool.

What was the food like?

Breakfast on the verandah is lovely, and you can look right out onto the river and watch the boats go by. There is also an a la carte restaurant that guests can choose as well. The best dish I had was the pomelo salad by the pool that was kindly recommended to me by the waiter. I wanted something else but he was fairly insistent that it was one of their best dishes, so I relented. It was in fact hands down the best pomelo salad I have ever had in my life with fried garlic chips, shredded chicken, and delicious shrimp on top. I would recommend going to the hotel for that dish alone!

What stands out the most to you about the hotel?

While the hotel itself is very beautiful, it really is the software rather than the hardware that makes this hotel great. It is all the small touches and the staff who really lead the way. From the lovely man who checked us in to the waiters by the pool and the man at the gift shop who personally walked all the way out to the pool to let us know that the newspaper we requested hadn’t arrived yet. There is such attention to detail, and the staff do their jobs with such flair. Each room has a butler box that staff fill with things you have requested so that they don’t have to disturb you in your rooms such as newspapers.

Pick 3 things that define the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok.

– Impeccable service

– A warm, welcoming, old-school feel that gives you a real sense of history

– The pool is fantastic with that amazing pomelo salad



Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok