When it came to choosing a hotel for Bangkok, I wanted to prioritize hotel location because when I visit a city, the last thing I want to do is spend time travelling a long distance when I only have three days to visit. This is why the Shangri-La stood out, as not only it has a very high rating on trip advisor (4.5 Stars), it is also strategically located next to the Sathorn Pier from where you can get the Chao Phraya Express Boat to the most important attractions and also to the Saphan Taksin metro line which Is well connected to the eastern part of Bangkok. So apart from having an extremely strategic location what else stood out for me about the Shangri La?
Well, Bangkok is well known for its brown watered river, Chao Phraya, and each room in the Krungthep Wing includes a spacious balcony overlooking this river. I find the balcony an important necessity because it allows you to relax and admire the view in the fresh air instead of being confined to four walls.
The Shangri-La is in fact composed of two separate towers that contain a total of 802 luxurious rooms. The two towers are connected through the third floor corridor of the hotel. I stayed in the Krungthep Wing which is a smaller, more intimate tower containing a private pool and aforementioned a balcony for each room.
As you enter the Shangri-La, you are greeted by really friendly and helpful staff that always make sure to help you with absolutely anything you need. Europeans may find it slightly intrusive, but helpful is just in their nature, so when your sitting down at breakfast and a member of staff comes up asking questions about your day, on where you want to go and advising you on certain places just remember they are just trying to help you make the most out of your trip!
As for the Hotel’s décor, it emits luxury and tranquillity through its simple interior design and Thai-inspired furniture. The light coloured palette coupled with the spacious rooms and high ceilings contribute to the calming atmosphere of the hotel. The rooms are decorated with fine Thai silk and soft cottons whilst the bathrooms are made of a rouge marble. Each room is very spacious and contain all necessary amenities such as high-speed Wi-Fi, daily fresh fruit, a flat screen television, a kettle and a coffee machine, an electronic safe to put in your valuables, special Shangri-La toiletries and a hair drier. Another important thing are the various plug sockets including a European socket, a UK socket and an American socket.
With regards to breakfast, if you are based in the Krungthep wing it is served in the riverside lounge, which is a beautifully bright large room facing the river. The breakfast is varied containing a buffet with a range of options for every taste: this includes: sushi, thai noodles, dim sum, fresh baked goods such as croissants, pain au chocolat, pain au raisin, various cereals, bircher muesli, yoghurts, toast with jam. There also is a menu where you can chose a complementary dish of eggs, pancakes, waffles and full English breakfasts.
As for dinner, we decided to eat twice at the hotel as it was such an enjoyable dining experience. We ate In the Salathip restaurant, located between the Shangri-La wing and the Krungthep wing. In this restaurant you will eat some of the best quality thai food in the Thai-Style teak pavilions whilst enjoying some typical thai dance performances. The first time we ate here, we ordered a taster menu that included some absolutely gorgeous dishes such as the Tom Kha Gai which is the tyical coconut milk soup with chicken, a Pork Green Curry, Stir-fried chicken with cashew nuts and chilli and Stir-friend Kale with oyster Sauce. We also ordered a Tofu Pad Thai and Goong Phao Nampla Warn, which is Char-grilled tiger prawns with tamarind sauce. Each dish was special in it’s own way, bursting with flavours and spices it was absolutely delicious. I would end the meal with the typical desert of mango and sticky rice, which I had once and regret not having more because it is something out of this world. The sweet and savoury combination is a perfect way to end the meal.
The Hotel also contains a fitness centre, a spa and a hairdresser. In the Spa you can chose from a range of massages and therapies including head-neck-shoulder massage or a hot stone massage. The prices are not as cheap as you would hope and you will certainly find them for less around the Bangkok markets however I did one 30 minute massage and it really adds to the soothing hotel experience that your looking for. In your room there will be a card including some special massages that have a price of 700 TBH which is less than 20£.
In the fitness centre you will find a gym, a sauna, a Turkish bath and a Jacuzzi. This is ideal for relaxing after an entire day of exploring the city. You are entitled to complementary access and towels. On the other hand, there are also two large outdoor swimming pools, which unfortunately I did not have time to try, but seem perfect for an early morning swim before kick-starting your day.
The river-facing garden of the hotel is a perfect spot to sit on the sofas and sip on a glass of wine before dinner. For a small fee (Or you can chose to have a sort of “all inclusive” for an additional price) you can access a little buffet of canapés including seafood bites, tartars, crudités and little chocolate truffles.
If you love the outdoors, then you will surely love this hotel. It is a jungle paradise filled with flowers and tropical plantations that make staying in a wondering around the grounds an oasis of tranquility.
All in all my experience at the Shangri-La was extremely positive. The staff helped us out a lot with directions and recommendations and the soothing atmosphere of the place made our short two-nights a real treat.
Adress: 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand
Phone: (+66 2) 236 7777