During my second trip to Thailand’s capital, I spent three nights in one of the city’s most beautiful hotels: I’m talking about the Peninsula! After three weeks of road tripping it through Japan, it was time for me to settle down for a moment and enjoy a few days of tropical warmth before returning to France’s glacial temperatures. I chose this five-star establishment, which has more than a few tricks up its sleeve!
When you pass through the Peninsula’s doors, you’re properly welcomed into the luxurious hotel according to Thai hospitality norms. We’re very warmly greeted in an immense lobby, beautifully decorated for the holiday season.
We make our way to our room, one of 370 available which all have a gorgeous view of the river and the city in the background. I’ve opted for a Deluxe room and, while it’s in one of the smallest categories offered by the hotel, it’s very spacious at 45 m² (485 ft²). It’s decorated with teak furniture, ornate woodwork, and armchairs upholstered in Thai silk. There’s a small balcony where we can comfortably sit and watch the superb sunrise.
But that’s not all! On top of the rest, there’s an enormous walk-in closet with a dressing table, as well as a marble bathroom with a shower, bathtub, and television (I personally wouldn’t want to take a bath when it’s so hot outside, but it’s a nice feature all the same!).
If you’re looking for more space, there are suites available from 75 m² (807 ft²) to 364 m² (3920 ft²) in the fabulous Peninsula Suite. Representing the height of luxury, some suites even have a jacuzzi on the terrace.
An Extraordinary Pool
Among the hotel’s best features, there’s a superb swimming pool, which I’ll admit was a deciding factor when I was looking for accommodation in Bangkok. The problem that I often find in centrally-located establishments is the size of their pools; most of the time, they’re up on the roof of the building and rather small (even at first-rate hotels). Here, at 60 m (195 ft) long and featuring a view overlooking the river, the pool is one of the Peninsula’s most valuable assets! For pool-side seating, you can comfortably settle into a chaise longue, or relax in a traditional Thai chair for a more local flavor!
Four different restaurants are pleased to offer you both regional and international dishes. Set in a chic environment, the Mei Jiang is a highly renowned Cantonese restaurant in Bangkok. Those looking to try dim sum and other Cantonese specialties will be thrilled!
We have dinner at the Triptara and enjoy traditional Thai cuisine in an enchanting place. The restaurant is located along the river bank, in the middle of a lush garden, with its tables carefully laid out in a peaceful ambiance. It’s very romantic, and the quality of the food is excellent.
The River Café & Terrace is our choice for breakfast. Let’s talk about this one a bit! The advantage of staying in a hotel as big and luxurious as the Peninsula is that you have access to an incredibly extensive and delicious buffet. In view of the enormous choice, you could spend a week here and eat something completely different for breakfast each morning. I spend 20 minutes at the start of each day trying to make a decision myself…
You can also count on The Lobby, which offers a delicious Afternoon Tea (I unfortunately didn’t have the time to try it), as well as on the room service.
A Detour through the Spa
I’ve been very eager to try the spa at the Peninsula Bangkok. Upon entering, I’m first struck by the beauty of the place, located in a three-story colonial building. The personnel tends to each customer’s every need, and does an excellent job of showing me the facilities that are available for use before my treatment. After thirty or so minutes in the jacuzzi and sauna, I head to one of the fourteen treatment rooms for my massage. This spa offers a large range of treatments based on European, East Asian, and Ayurveda philosophies.
I choose a Swedish massage for 50 minutes of sheer bliss; my treatment is just as high-quality as the environment. After this peaceful moment, I settle into the relaxation room with a spice tea in one hand and a magazine in the other to prolong the experience.
Atypical and Authentic Experiences
Spending a few nights at the Peninsula allows you to enjoy out-of-the-ordinary experiences. You can, for example, visit the city in a rickshaw or learn the basics of Thai cuisine, with everything organized by the hotel’s concierge. For more original activities, I’d recommend the sunset yoga classes on the helipad, which take place up on the 37th floor, or classes in Muay Thai (Thai boxing).
An Advantageous Location
At this riverside location, you’ll need the waterbuses sporting a Peninsula logo to get around. You can reach the other riverbank in a few minutes to access the BTS Saphan Taksan transit station, only five stations away from Siam (the city’s focal point). Shuttles can also take you to the city’s main temples, situated to the north near Chao Praya.
You’ve already guessed it! If you’re looking for a luxury hotel in the Thai capital with high-flying service and upscale amenities in an exceptional environment, I strongly recommend that you come explore the Peninsula Bangkok!
- The hotel’s calm atmosphere
- The huge swimming pool
- The size of the room—not one room was smaller than 45 m²
- The assembly line at breakfast: it’s better to go early and enjoy the buffet, before it gets too crowded
- Deluxe room from 250€ per night with 2 breakfasts in december 2016.
- Take a look at their website to discover their offers.
- Reserve your room on Booking.com !