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Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Address: 48 Oriental Ave.

Neighborhood: Riverside

City: Bangkok

Phone: 011-66-2-659-9000

Website: www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok

Expert Review

Founded in 1876, the Oriental will forever be Bangkok's classic hotel. Once owned by Louis Leonowens (son of Anna from The King and I), the opulent structure overlooking the Chao Phraya River became the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok in 2008. A 19th-century Author's Wing houses lavish suites named for some of the literary greats who took up residence over the years, including Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward, and James Michener, while 358 rooms and additional suites (35 total) are distributed across a 1970s River Wing and 1950s Garden Wing, site of Bangkok's very first elevator. All rooms have expansive windows, teak and Thai silk furnishings and fabrics, butler service, and separate walk-in showers and baths. Entry-level rooms start at 377 square feet. The hotel's main structure is home to multiple restaurants, including the French standout Le Normandie, Lord Jim's for seafood, and the Riverside Terrace and Verandah for the Oriental's iconic breakfast and dinner buffets. A separate complex, across the river, houses the Sala Rim Naam Thai restaurant, where there's a dance performance each night; an expansive fitness center with tennis and squash courts; the 14-suite Oriental Spa with Ayurvedic penthouse; and the Oriental Thai Cooking School. A private ferry connects the two structures. There are also two pools, a standalone Cantonese restaurant, and shops.

Tags: luxury | expensive | historic | smart splurge

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