I didn't stay at this hotel, however I did visit it 2X. This place has the Authors Room, where famous authors would come & stay while working on their novels. There's the famous Hemmingway room, which is off to the left and downstairs when you enter this hotel. There used to be a whole different lobby to this hotel, and that's where you have to go to find this area.
There was a Thai couple that had their wedding reception here on my second visit (in November). Very nice!
You can get off the ferryboat that goes up the river (and stops at the designated stops) but I forget which stop is the stop to get off at. (Map is still in the suitcase)
Unique Quality: There are these giant wooden bells hainging in the lobby. Incredible.
There are 2 buffets: There's the Thai buffet, and there's the Seafood Buffet at the "sister" hotel across the river. There's a ferry that goes back and forth across the river from both of these hotels, and it's free! The bufffet was the most expensive food I've paid for during my stay, but probably the most eloquent.
Directions: As soon as you get off the boat, the left side of the hotel is on your left and you'll have to walk up these steps past some foliage to get to it.
The Oriental is located on the Chao Phrya River directly opposite the Peninsula Hotel. We stayed for a day/ night here to recover from a European trip before heading home to Sydney. The hotel is absolutely gorgeous it oozes with history, character, opulence and luxurious qualities and facilities.
We find all Asian hotels to be marvellous and have stayed at numerous hotels in Bangkok. This trip we wanted to experience the Oriental and we were not disappointed. It’s a true 5 star Asian hotel with all the 5 star trimmings one would expect.
Our room 928 was a deluxe Riverview suite with a spacious elegant sitting room with a balcony and river views. The suite was elegantly furnished with colonial and Asian décor. Ceiling to floor windows lead to the balcony. The king size bed was extremely comfortable. Fresh fruit and flowers were delivered to the room daily. River view suites also have their own butler.
The bathroom was enormous with two separate vanity units, walk-in shower and separate bath tub. There was also a separate powder room and walk-in dressing room.
There are so many restaurants to choose from it becomes a difficult task to decide. We opted to have dinner at China House which is located outside the hotel. The food was absolutely splendid and the 1930’s Art Deco Shangri setting created an exquisite charming atmosphere for dining. Breakfast was on the terrace and we thought it to be excellent.
The swimming pool is located on ground level overlooking the river and we found it to very pleasant. There is also a large plunge pool which has gorgeous covered beds to lounge in.
Unique Quality: Overall, this hotel is very romantic, exotic, glamorous and luxurious. A real treat for a weary traveller. Next time I’m opting for one of the Author suites which looked amazing. This hotel really does not suit children. I think they would be bored here, especially since they have a strict dress code. The Marriott Spa would be more suited for families.
Returning to the Oriental after a year the staff addressed us always by name and made us feel that we were honored guests. The rooms, both in the old & new wing were fantastic. The setting on the river is beautiful. Food at the restaurants is excellent. The buffet is everything that one could wish for.
This hotel is expensive, but worth every Baht.
I have been there in 2004. There is nothing much to say... its fantastic. The hotel supports all the traveller´s needs. Great staff, perfect rooms, two pools and if you start your day with a breakfast at the terrace, it should be a perfect day.
Make sure you book a room at the Garden Wing. I had such room with a living area and a sleeping area a bit higher... with a great windows facing the river, a huge crystal chandler and a good bed. The area around the hotel looks a bit dark, but thats BKK...
Definitely the no 1 in BKK!
Unique Quality: Breakfast at the River Terrace.
If you have heard about service in Asia, King treatment....this is the place. ( I had a really good deal on internet rate in their page ) is like a city inside a hotel. the service people is very charming ( I even think that they did like a movie casting to hire them ) all of them will make you feell confortable. food is awesome ( they even have a culinary school ) eating outside on Mae Naam Chao Praya river shore with hotel boats crossing is like a dream. if you are used to 4 or 5 stars hotel you will be sourprised on the price on this one, will cost more then the others but worth it.
Unique Quality: They have, pool ( they will provide you with a bath robe, its a obligatory the use inside the hotel if you are witha swiming suit ) ), they have 10 restaurants in the hotel, Spa, great views.
This old dame is definitely still on the dance floor waltzing away. More expensive than most hotels in Bangkok but you get what you pay for. Service staff are immensely helpful with a helping hand and a warm smile. I don't think we ever had to hit the up or down button for an elevator.
Grounds are lush with vegetation making you forget you are in a big city. Location right on the river is postcard perfect. Watching the river traffic float by over breakfast is a show in itself.
Unique Quality: From the river wing virtually every window has a great view of the Chao Phraya river. The 2 pools set in luscious gardens are a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the streets. Restaurants are top notch, upscale and fine dining. Chinese Restaurant out in the front of the hotel is especially recommended for its old colonial style charm.
Shuttle boats to the Dinner-Show Restaurant and to the Skytrain are a plus. Getting a short boat ride to the Skytrain saves your feet for the walking that is ahead.
What more can be said about this legendary hotel? From the time we arrived at the airport and were whisked away by a waiting chauffeured BMW (who then radioed ahead so that we would be greeted by name upon arrival), our stay far exceeded even my uber-picky standards.
We were fortunate to be upgraded to a large junior suite in the River Wing with great views from both rooms, as well as the bathroom. The bed and linens were supremely comfortable, and the soaking tub is ideal for a couple. There is also a separate shower stall with both fixed and handheld shower heads (the water pressure is very good).
The gym and spa facilities, located across the river from the main hotel and accessible by the hotel's private ferry, are well equipped. There is yoga class every morning at 7 and 8 AM. Since we were the only ones there one day, it was like having a private session complete with individualized stretching. At the Oriental, service is the name of the fame. Everytime we got out of the elevator, the butler assigned to our floor would run ahead to open our door.
When we were checking out, it took exactly 30 seconds to get someone to come up to retrieve the bags. While eating breakfast, your buffet plate will be cleared the moment you get up to get something else. Eating breakfast by the river is quite a pleasant experience, and the buffet is both extensive and tasty. All in all, the Oriental is what all hotels should aspire to, and while not cheap, it is definitely well worth it!
Fantastic. Excellent location, close to major shopping and business facilities. Beautiful gardens and professional customer service.
Unique Quality: If you want to play golf book you own tee time and transportation to avoid a hefty price.
Directions: Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya "River of Kings", close to the centre of the city, it is one of the world's truly great hotels.
This is one of the world's best hotels. We stayed here for our first wedding anniversary and was well worth the splurge. We had a beautiful room with a river view. Each floor has their own personal butler, who delivered freshly squeezed fruit juice when we checked in. Each day, we had fresh fruit delivered into our room. The bed was super comfy and the bathroom was very nice. During the day, the butler took my husband's shoes and had them polished-without our asking.
High tea by the river is a wonderful experience. I highly recommend this hotel.
Directions: BTS Saphan Taksin station. About 15 minute walk to station. There is a free boat shuttle to skytrain station. Ask hotel staff for details. Can take river taxi from Oriental pier.
Did not stay but visited. Beautiful property in a good area along the river. Very nicely appointed with terriffic bar and restaurants.
Unique Quality: The pools looked beautiful and the lobby was very elegant.
I am thinkng to learn Thai cuisine by attending an one-day cooking class. Does anyone recommend me any cooking schools in Bangkok?
You can try any of these places:
1. Blue Elephant Cooking School (B2,800 per day, close to Surasak skytrain stop)
2. Baipai Thai Cooking School (B1,400 per day with car pick up from major hotels)
3. Landmark Hotel
4. The Oriental Bangkok (most expensive $100 per day)
Hope this helps.
Thank you very much, it is a great help.
Baipai Thai Cooking School looks good..?
Yes Baipai seems like a good school.
I'll be taking a few classes there myself.
I just found another cooking school in Bangkok, called
ABC Cooking Sudio.
But most of the pages are written in Thai, and I cannot know if they have a class instructed in English for tourists. ("Contact us" page doesn't work well)
It's in Siam Squre, so it seems convenient place.
Has anyone took this school?
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Address: 48 Oriental Ave, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand