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
We've stayed here three or four times over the past 20 years when the Peninsula opened. It's my absolute favourite place to stay anywhere. It combines excellence in quality of staff, food, decor and service.
The location suits me perfectly - relative tranquility in the craziness of Bangkok. Setting out by boat across to the Skytrain station at Saphan Taksin is such a peaceful way to start a journey, or over to the Peninsula pier for a taxi from the other side (of course there are taxis outside the main entrance too but why miss a boat trip?). The boat also goes to River City near the Sheraton, The Mandarin Oriental Pier and to the new IconSiam shopping mall which you can also walk to in 5 minutes just along the road. No other river boats match the quality of the Peninsula's and it feels like royalty to be onboard.
The hotel also offers its own private excursions to parts of Bangkok that are off the beaten track, morning yoga sessions by the river and alms giving to the monks at sunrise.
The rooms are spacious, beautifully furnished and feel like mini apartments with a hallway, huge bedroom / lounge area, dressing room and huge bathroom / shower with separate toilet. The Oscar de la Renta toiletries are divine and there's everything you need - and don't even know you need, such as the bookmark placed beside your book and the lens cleaning cloth left by your sunglasses. I asked if I could take my slippers with me and the chambermaid brought me a fresh pair to take home. It's the little touches that are so welcome and memorable.
The breakfast buffet is extensive with a huge selection of international favourites from muesli and fresh fruits to cold meats and cheeses, assorted breads and muffins (including a gluten free selection) to Asian congee, noodles etc and eggs, bacon, sausages etc. There's also a healthy drinks selection with kale juice, smoothies and freshly pressed fruit juice.
Dinner at Thiptara Thai restaurant by the river was a delight. We ordered way more than than we needed but it was all so tasty and not over priced for the quality and quantity.
The spa is beautifully designed and the pool area is ideal for a quiet read or sunbathing. I just can't praise the hotel enough and look forward to our next visit.
Thank you Peninsula for still being my all time favourite hotel in the world!
THAI TOURS Day 7:
After swimming ,we check-out from Rembrandt Hotel Bangkok.We go to Sompong Thai Cooking School to learn Thai food .After dropping colleague off airport(BTS->Phaya Thai->ARL-> Suvarnabhumi Airport)at 2:00PM,visiting my teachers of Wandee Culinary Art School(Professor Wandee Na Songkhla & Wonuch Wong...).Checking-in Peninsula Hotel Bangkok by hotel’s ancient boat in the evening,swimming in the beautiful pool beside
the Chao Phraya River,then going to the Asiatique to shop & eat dinner...(Yum Saap’s food is cheap but too salty!!)
Siam Paragon、Platinum、Central World、水門市場、參觀Kempinski旅館、在海洋世界與鯊魚共潛；回到半島酒店的河畔餐廳享用美味的海鮮之夜自助餐...吃好飽！
THAI TOURS Day 8:Shopping Mall Trip + Shark Dive
Siam Paragon,Platinum,Central World,Pratunam(Watergate Market),visiting Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok,diving with the shark at Bangkok Sea Life Ocean World .
Going back to Peninsula Hotel’s River Cafe & TERRACE ,we enjoyed the delicious riverside buffet.(Today is Seafood Paradise).Oh!...full !!
11:00左右河畔早餐用完後，搭River City 的古船到River City.那邊有很多藝術品及展覽.（10/18我們故宮的清明上河圖會借來這邊展覽）
14:00多坐船到Saphan Taksin,空鐵到Phaya Thai,機場捷運到蘇旺納蓬國際機場，17:40搭泰航TG-636回台灣！
THAI TOURS Day 9: Go home!!
After riverside breakfast at 11:00AM,we traveled to River City by the ancient boat of River City.There are many arts & exhibits.
At 2:00PM,Boat to Saphan Taksin,BTS to Phaya Thai,ARL to Suvarnbhumi Int’l Airport.
At 5:40PM,we came back to Taiwan by TG-636 of Thai Airways!!
This is a beautifully maintained hotel with excellent amenities and programming for guests (such as fitness classes, performances). We arrived late at night so didn't quite appreciate the magnificence upon arrival; but stayed 5 days here and it was truly a lovely experience. Every day when you leave and depart there are often women sitting in the lobby making fresh floral arrangements; and the staff will greet you on your way in and out of the property. Our room was large with a beautiful view of the river; especially at night. The room had a nice seating area; and a little entrance for keeping our luggage out of the way. Each day it was serviced exceptionally; the maid was extremely meticulous in folding and cleaning up after us; and refreshing our amenities. Also; the shower pressure was amazing! As far as convenience for travelers, the hotel has a boat which makes it easy to get around, and is located right next to a huge mall if you need anything during your stay. It is in a pretty busy area of the city; so you might even want to see about having a tour pick you up from the other side of the river where there is a nice lounge for Peninsula guests and less traffic on the street. For breakfast; there are two different areas and both have plenty to choose from depending on if you are more in the mood for eastern or western style. We switched about half way through just to get a different vibe. Both have seating on the water which is a nice way to start your day. The staff was very friendly and attentive throughout the property. The spa was exceptional. The thai massages were unreal. Obviously there are cheaper options available in the city; but this was a real luxury. Also on the property, a pool; some shopping (the Elephant Store; and JW Thompson, and a gift boutique). We took the car service back to the airport; and was great; had wi-fi; cold air conditioning- the driver even offered cold towels. Great property.
One of the best hotels in the world. We stay in Bangkok, in part, to stay at the Peninsula. (the outdoor weekend market is a nice draw as well) The attention to detail is unparalleled. The beds are absolutely divine. The rooms are well appointed. The food is amazing. The pool and spa are relaxing. The easy access to the Chao Phraya is so convenient. Above all, the staff is fabulous. Stay at this hotel!
My wife and I were fortunate enough to return to the Peninsular for a 4 day stay
before Christmas and as usual the hotel retains its superb standards, Wonderful
staff, immaculate pool, beautiful rooms with one of the best vistas anywhere in
the world in our opinion. But on this occasion with 1 reservation and I did my research.
The cheapest glass of white wine locally produced in Thailand worked out at around £14.50 an increase of nearly £5 from my last stay. The Shangri La over the river had 8 different types available for around £8 a glass and the Oriental which I
still consider #1 on account of its heritage offers a glass of wine for around £11.
My wife and I like a glass or 2 before we head out to dinner and we found the options
prohibitive at these prices. We are aware that import duty on Wine in Thailand is very high but all hotels pay the same. I hope that the management can take note and review their policy towards Wine pricing in the future.