The Peninsula Bangkok
What We Love
- Peninsula Academy programs range from Muay Thai kickboxing to elephant rides
- The extensive spa offers high-end Espa treatments in a riverfront colonial-era home
- Free boat shuttle service takes you to the nearest Skytrain station
What To Know
- The hotel is on the opposite side of the river from most of Bangkok’s major attractions, making transportation a little time-consuming
- Free WiFi
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
This Bangkok grand dame offers the height of Asian hospitality from a towering high-rise building on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Thanks to the W-shaped design, each floor contains only ten rooms and two suites, giving the hallways a feeling of intimacy and each of the rooms a full-on river view; some also have balconies or terraces with outdoor Jacuzzis. The varied indoor (air-conditioned) and outdoor dining options range from authentic Cantonese cooking at Mei Jiang (a nod to Peninsula’s Hong Kong roots) to home-style Thai fare at Thiptara or an international buffet and a la carte meals at the River Café and Terrace. The massive spa offers Thai and Western treatments, and the Peninsula Academy offers a variety of culturally immersive experiences.
In the Area
The hotel offers regular boat transfers across the river, where guests can connect with the SkyTrain and access Bangkok’s major neighborhoods. The city’s most important sights include the Grand Palace, an enormous complex of royal buildings and museums; Wat Pho, a temple that houses a giant gold reclining Buddha; and the weekend market at Chatuchak, said to be the largest in the world. To see the city’s more glamorous side, head for rooftop drinks at Sky Bar or the aptly named Vertigo and Moon Bar.
How to Get There
I enjoyed my stay at the Peninsula. Like all 5 star hotels it’s pricey and you have to expect high prices for services. My room was elegant. The bed was very comfortable. I had a fantastic view of the city. The boats for traveling on the river were really great and a worthwhile part of the resort. Close to a shopping mall which I normally would never use but the new Icon mall is worth seeing. I shopped there for clothes I needed. Some decent street food in the neighborhood. I used the tennis court which was fun. The concierge helped me many times. The food by the river was good. I loved getting the fruits and goodies in my room each day. Good laundries close by so I didn’t have use the way overpriced hotel laundry service.
The one thing I didn’t like. No USB power plug by the bed. The only power for charging my cell phone was at the desk across the room. I like it close to the bed so I can charge it all night but still be able to look at it occasionally.
The other thing is the room safe is too small. I had to leave my laptop and camera out of it. Still, nothing was stolen. Just like to have a big safe.
When we checked in our room wasn't ready and so we were offered free refreshments while we waited in the lovely lobby area. Very large yet tranquil lobby with fabulous views over the river.
Room - we think we were upgraded and had a lovely room on the 27th floor (2702) with a view of the river and Bangkok skyline, which was quite simply stunning. Lovely large room with big and comfy bed, table and chair for business guests (free wif-fi and all connections need to recharge your devices) and small seating are (settee and chair with coffee table and cabinets). Tastefully decorated in neutral tones.
Walk in dressing area - with wardrobes, safe, convenient place to store luggage - and to dry hair, etc.
Beautiful large bathroom - with separate walk in shower, walk in loo, his and hers sinks and bathtub - with integrated TV (linked to main TV in the bedroom). Great to have a soak in bath and watch a film while having a glass of wine. Luxurious. Lovely dressing gowns and slippers (better quality than in many other 5* hotels). Good range of toiletries - including anti-bacterial hand solution which comes in very handy when walking around a very hot and sticky Bangkok and using the public transport.
Pool - beautiful three tier pool - one of which is large enough to have a proper swim. Serve drinks and snacks but they are very pricey (and although tax and service included got impression that pool staff expect and extra gratuity on top of this).
Thiptara Restaurant - great setting on banks of the river - high demand for tables by the river so you need to book well in advance. For my starter I had wok fried morning glory - a first for me - with chilli - really delicious although on the spicy side (to be fair they asked if wanted it spicy or mild - said spicy but wasn't expecting it to be that hot) For main I had a Thai red curry with noodles. It was OK - but couldn't eat it all as I was full from my starter, which was a shame to waste all that food. Cost of drinks (wine especially) exorbitant.
Breakfast - fabulous choice of breakfast options (cooked, egg station, fruit, cereals, yogurts, salads, breads, cakes, etc. with options for people with different dietary requirements. You can sit outside overlooking the river - but to be honest we preferred to sit inside to take advantage of the air con as weather was rather hot and humid.
Location - although the Peninsula may be on the 'wrong side of the river' - this is not a problem as it runs a free ferry service between 6.00am and 12 midnight each day. It's virtually on demand and we never had to wait more than 5 mins for one. Takes you to the Mandarin Oriental pier immediately opposite, which we used when we went there for afternoon tea, and pier number one (right next to it) where we got the public ferry (with orange flags) the Grand Palace and other sites. 5 minutes walk from a new state of the art shopping centre, which is a luxury brand shoppers paradise!
I've been to many Peninsula around the globe. This Peninsula Bangkok is one of my favorites. Even though it is not brand new,but the decoration is an old world classic. What makes it more special is the view of the river ,and the service. And the swimming pool is my favorite spot. The rate is also very reasonable compared to other 5 stars hotels in Bangkok. Always my favorite choice when I visit Bangkok :)
Very convenient! And their boat arrangement is very good. You don’t need to worry about the transportation especially on weekends. But should be careful during weekdays. The boat will go to BTS and the night market. It is worth to stay.
Beautiful hotel in wonderful location on the river. My room had brilliant views of the river and was very large and well decorated. Breakfast spread was good and hard working staff gave excellent service. Only drawback was the time it took in horrific traffic to get to the hotel from the airport- longer than the flight from Singapore to Bangkok! More than 2 and a half hours. Traffic was often at a standstill for up to 20 minutes at a time. Made arrival at this beautiful hotel even more impressive.