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
Visited with two other couples as part of our 25th Anniversary Trip to Asia. Everything about this hotel was great; location, staff were delightful, rooms comfortable, food fantastic.....didnt want to leave!! Loved it!
Fabulous hotel in an outstanding setting right on the river.
We stayed in a river balcony room which was extreamely comfortable and well appointed nothing to fault. The staff are very friendly and attentive. Being on the river affords you great access to all that Bangkok has to offer with easy access to ferry’s and the sky rail, highly recommend
Firstly, I have traveled to over 40 countries worldwide, and I have never left a negative rating before today. We booked through AMEX Fine Hotels & Resorts, and stayed at the Peninsula on the exact day of my Wife’s Birthday plus one additional night. I called to the hotel to arrange for complimentary cake to be delivered to our room one hour prior to our arrival. However, upon arrival the clerk announced to me in front of my wife that they only knew it was my Wife’s birthday when they saw the date upon scanning her passport, and further stated that no cake would be waiting in the room when we walked in. Thusly, the pre-coordinated cake was not available as promised upon arrival.
We chose to have her birthday dinner at the onsite Thiptara restaurant due to convenience, which was another major mistake. The staff was attentive to every other table except ours. This became more of an issue when we ate food that was spicier than most Thailand restaurants, but our mineral water that we paid for was stored behind their counter. I attempted to flag down several waiters as our mouths burned, but they were focused on pouring beer for people beside us, and ignored my wife and I. I stood up after being skipped over multiple times to personally retrieve our bottle when the manager walked by. I told him about the situation and we were then and only then able to extinguish the flames on our tongues. Additionally, the Thai food at Thiptara was highly inferior to most street vendors, so I would not recommend Thiptara restaurant at the price point of $150-200USD!
The three positive aspects of the hotel were the concierges, the private boat shuttle, and the pool attendants.. They were all very insightful and helpful.
We have stayed at over 100 (5 star) hotels in 15 countries over the last two years, and the performance of the Peninsula checkin staff and the Peninsula food service staff was horrible in comparison to others. I could not recommend this hotel to anyone. St. Regis Bangkok would a much better 5 star option in my opinion.
This is the first time I chose to stay in Peninsula Bangkok cause I just wanted to stay in the hotel relaxing. And this hotel did not disappoint me. I felt the cordial and heartwarming reception the moment I stepped of the taxi. The staff were friendly and helpful during the check-in. The room was immaculate and spacious. I could stay in the room reading all day enjoying the mesmerizing city view of Bangkok. Next time, I will surely stay in this hotel again.
We had read the Peninsula Bangkok reviews and still this hotel managed to exceed our expectations!
Some of the best aspects of our stay were- The warmth of the hotel staff that was eager to serve us better, the view from our room overlooking the river and the Bangkok skyline, the extremely helpful concierge and the free classy boat shuttle provided by the hotel.
This was our first stay with the Peninsula and we will be visiting many more times! :)