The Peninsula Bangkok is one of the top five most respected hotels in the city. While outstanding in many ways, its amenities are what make it truly exceptional among Bangkok’s centrally-located facilities: with 370 rooms and suites, all facing the river, The Peninsula Bangkok is a luxurious resort that is sure not to disappoint. I enjoyed two nights of this 5-star experience, including a superb swimming pool, excellent restaurants, and a multi-award-winning spa. Check out my photo diary!
An Ideal Location by the River
The Peninsula Bangkok enjoys an incredible location on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, which provides an idyllic setting for relaxing outside one’s room, taking a dip in the pool, or enjoying breakfast in the morning. You can easily make use of the hotel’s traditional boats to access the metro station across the river, and to visit the city’s most famous temples. The icing on the cake, opened just a few months ago, is the brand new Icon Siam, Bangkok’s newest shopping center, which offers both luxury boutiques and restaurants.
Its location along the river also provides a relaxed atmosphere, acting as something of a buffer to the frenetic hustle and bustle of the city. Inside, you’ll find an international elegance with Thai accents scattered here and there. Guests are welcomed in accordance with the best in Thai hospitality standards.
An Exceptional Pool
Listed among the hotel’s luxurious amenities is the beautiful pool, which was instrumental in my initial decision to stay here during my first visit to Bangkok a few years ago. A frequent problem for centralized hotels is the size of their swimming pools: often they are either on the roof or are too small (a problem even in prestigious establishments). Here, with the pool’s generous 88m2 and unobstructed riverside view, it’s really a highlight! You can take it all in from the deckchairs alongside the pool, or from traditional salas for a more local flavor!
370 Exceedingly Elegant Rooms
The 370 rooms and suites scattered throughout this 37-story tower face the Chao Phraya River, which allows guests to admire the view with the city and its buildings as a backdrop. The smallest category of room, the Deluxe Room, is already quite large at 45 m2 and provides all the necessary comforts for a trip of either leisure or business. For our part we stayed in a Deluxe Suite for two nights – its 74 m2 are divided between a living room with dining table, a large separate bedroom, a dressing room and a bathroom fashioned from marble. Luxurious touches of silk, antiques, and wood paneling work together to create a warm, refined elegance.
Breakfast Fit for a King
The River Café & Terrace serves international cuisine for lunch and dinner and is also the meeting place for breakfast. The advantage of a hotel with a large number of rooms, combined with the prestige of the brand, provides for an extensive and delicious buffet. So much so, I had to spend 20 minutes each morning just trying to decide what to eat… We then settled on the edge of the river, coffee in hand, so that we could admire the dance of boats as they traveled to and fro throughout the morning. For a cozier atmosphere, breakfast can also be enjoyed in the lobby, where the hotel also serves afternoon tea accompanied by live music.
For dinner, we opted for Triptara to enjoy Thai cuisine in an enchanting setting: on the banks of the river, in the heart of a lush garden, tables are placed here and there for a romantic backdrop. Small Thai teak houses offer a few tables, but most guests settle on the edge of the bank, illuminated only by the gentle candlelight. Among the signature dishes, Som Tum papaya salad is a delight, as is the famous Pad Thai. There are also à la carte soups as well as tasty curries. As for dessert, tropical fruits are a highlight of the sweet dishes, with mango and coconut milk rice being a wonderful example.
For more refined cuisine, head to “Mei Jiang”, which is one of the city’s best Cantonese restaurants. Chef Ball Yau will help you to discover the best flavors with his tasting set menu. This spot is also popular for its dim sum, which has met with great success with both locals and tourists.
A Trip to the Spa
Winner of multiple awards, the Peninsula Bangkok spa is undeniably one of the best in the city. I was therefore rather impatient to try it for myself! Located in a colonial-style 3-floor building, the facility’s beautiful décor took my breath away. The staff was attentive and provided exceptional service throughout my treatments. The spa has 14 treatment rooms and four spa suites, the latter offering unforgettable luxury with both jacuzzis and steam rooms.
The options for treatments bring together European, Asian, and Ayurvedic philosophies, all in collaboration with the ESPA brand. The signature 90-minute “Essential Mind” treatment is a wonderful antidote for negative thoughts and brings about a great sense of serenity in both mind and body. After the massage, I was further relaxed by the vibrating bowls placed on my different chakra points, which was a real highlight in this unique and absolutely rejuvenating experience.
The Peninsula Bangkok is the perfect 5-star resort for couples and families to discover the Thai capital. I was quickly won over by its sophisticated charm, as well as its luxurious pool and exterior where one can enjoy meals by the riverside. As for transportation, the city’s major points of interest are made easily accessible by boat. Best of all, the service is professional and attentive, making a stay here truly divine. The Peninsula Bangkok has remained both a prestigious hotel and an exceptional value in Bangkok for decades!
- Great value, best in the city
- Very nice atmosphere, offering something of a reprieve from the boisterous downtown
- Very high-quality spa with superb facilities and exemplary quality of care
- Restaurant River Café & Terrace did not meet our expectations
Thank you to the Peninsula Bangkok for the invitation to explore their establishment. Of course, the content of this blogpost was left entirely up to me!