During my 2nd stay in the Thai capital, I spent 3 nights in one of the most beautiful hotels in the city: the Peninsula! After three weeks of road trip in Japan, it was time for me to slow down and enjoy a few days of warmth before returning to the cold temperatures of France. So I opted for this 5 star hotel which has more than one trick up its sleeve.
Walking through the doors of the Peninsula is to be welcomed according to the rules of the art thanks to the thai hospitality coupled with this luxurious chain of hotels. We are warmly welcomed in this huge lobby nicely decorated during this Christmas period.
We will join one of the 370 rooms that all have outstanding views of the river and the city in the background. I opted for a deluxe room but although it is one of the smaller categories that the hotel offers, it is very spacious with its 45 m2. It features teak furniture, ornate woodwork and armchairs covered in thai silk. A small balcony allows you to sit comfortably, for example to look at the beautiful sunrise.
But that’s not all! There is also a huge dressing room with a dressing table and a marble bathroom with a shower and a bathtub equipped with a television (I didn’t want to take a bath with these high temperatures but it is still pretty nice !).
Those who want a superior room category can choose the suites, which are between 75 and 364 m2 for the superb Peninsula suite. Filled with luxury, some even have a jacuzzi on the terrace.
An exceptional swimming pool
Among the multiple assets there is this superb pool, which I confess influenced my choice when I was looking for an accommodation in Bangkok. The problem often encountered in establishments located in more central neighborhoods is the size of the pools: more often they are located on the roof and they are quite small (even for very good hotels). Here, with its 60 m of length and its clear view on the river, it is really a great strength ! For sun loungers, you can comfortably seat in the deck chairs or in the traditional salas for a more local look !
4 restaurants will have the pleasure of serving you local dishes but also more international food. With its chic setting, the Mei Jiang is a renowned Cantonese restaurant in Bangkok. Those who want to test dim sum and other Cantonese specialties will be delighted.
We had dinner one night at the Triptara to taste thai cuisine in an enchanting setting: by the river, in the heart of a lush garden, the tables are arranged in a subdued atmosphere. It is very romantic and the quality of the food is great.
The River Café Terrace is the place where we have breakfast. Let’s talk a bit about this one ! The advantage of a hotel with a large number of rooms such as the Peninsula, combined with the luxury of this brand makes it possible to propose an ultra full and delicious buffet. You can spend a week here and eat completely different things for breakfast because the offering is so broad. So much so that I spend 20 minutes each morning just to make a choice…. ^^
There is also the Lobby, which serves in particular a delightful Afternoon Tea that I did not have time to test and also room service.
A look around the spa
I was very excited to discover the Peninsula Spa. Located in a colonial building of 3 floors, I was first charmed by the beauty of the place. The staff is very attentive and showed me the facilities I could enjoy before my treatment. After about thirty minutes in the jacuzzi and sauna, let’s go for one of 14 treatment rooms for my massage. This spa offers a wide range of treatments based on european, oriental and ayurvedic philosophies.
I choose a Swedish massage of 50 minutes which was pure happiness, the care was worthy of one of the most biggest hotels in the place. After this moment of relaxation, I sat in the relaxation room with a spiced tea in one hand and a magazine in the other to extend this relaxing moment.
Atypical and authentic experiences
Spending a few nights at the Peninsula is also a great way to enjoy unforgettable experiences: for example, you can visit the city in a tuk tuk or learn the basics of thai cuisine, all organized by the concierge. For the most original activities, there are yoga classes at sunset on the helipad at the 37th floor or the Muay Thai (martial art) classes.
A prime location
Situated on the banks of the river, you can use the Peninsula river shuttles to hang around. In just a few minutes you can reach the other side where the Saphan Taksan BTS station is located, only 5 stations from Siam (the city’s nerve center). The shuttles can also take you to the main temples of the city which are located further north near Chao Praya.
As I am sure you have understood, if you are looking for a luxury hotel in the thai capital with a high-class service and top-level performance but particularly an exceptional setting, I strongly advise you to come and discover it.
I liked :
- The serenity of the hotel
- The huge swimming pool
- The size of the room, none of them is below 45 m2
I regretted :
- The “factory” side of the breakfast: better to come early to enjoy without too many people.
- 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 !