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
- Handicap Accessible
- 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
This was our first trip to Bankok and after a very long flight and a transfer in peak traffic, arriving at The Peninsula was like landing in heaven. It was Christmas time and the lobby and lounge area were beautifully decorated, in fact the entire hotel is a stunning example of understated elegance and good taste. The check in was welcoming and efficient and our suite was lovely. The view over the river and towards the city beyond had my family and I entranced. The breakfast was one of the best hotel breakfasts we've had. The combination of Asian and Western food, fresh fruit, juices, pastries and a dedicated smoothy bar ensured that everybody was happy. After a hot, busy day of sightseeing, the pool, which is right on the river, is a very special experience, lying on a daybed with a cold drink and watching life on the river pass you by is not something you experience at many hotels. Even more special was when the lifeguard at the pool gave our daughter a swimming lesson - she can swim quite well, but he instructed her on how to improve her technique - it was one of my favorite memories of our trip.
Stayed 2 nights here, it's a typically beautiful Peninsula hotel located right on the river. I stayed at the Peninsula in Hong Kong before, and this hotel isn't as over the top luxurious as that property, but it was still a wonderful experience. Bangkok is a more laid back and affordable city than Hong Kong. I felt like this hotel was a bargain, given how nice it was.
We had a suite on a lower floor, but that was ok, since it was better to see the river traffic. That being said, I'm sure the upper rooms have amazing views, as the hotel is quite tall. It's weird that all the restaurants and bars are on the ground level, I would have thought they would put something on the top floor for the views.
The staff were super nice and helpful. Very warm greeting, and the concierge team was great at arranging anything we wanted. The tour we took one day was excellent.
Our room was beautiful, large, lots of windows, one and a half baths. The bed was super comfy. It was blissfully quiet and cool at night. Perfect for sleeping.
The spa was excellent, we did Thai massage, which was really good, but they had all different kinds of massage and treatments. Beautiful and relaxing space.
Breakfast was fabulous, tons of fresh ripe tropical fruit, best mangoes I've ever had. Breakfast is a huge buffet set outdoors, under cover right on the edge of the river, so nice views. It does get hot out there, but they have cooling mist fans running.
We had dinner at their Thai restaurant Thiptara one night, which was excellent. Again, set outdoors by the river. We ate at the Mandarin's Thai restaurant also, which is only like 100 yards away on the same side of the river, and while both were good, the Peninsula restaurant was better.
We had lunch in the lobby restaurant one day, which was good for a basic lunch in an AC space. And we ate at the Chinese restaurant for lunch one day, which was also good, and air conditioned. It gets really hot and humid here, so sometimes you just want some AC.
Some reviews I read mentioned road construction outside. The city is extending the "sky train", and installing elevated train tracks on the road outside the hotel. I didn't notice any issue with this, because the hotel is located far from the main road. And traffic in Bangkok is bad anyway, so I didn't notice any additional inconvenience with the construction. If I hadn't seen the construction on my way in, I never would have noticed it once I was on the property. You can't see it or hear it from the hotel.
The Peninsula has small fleet of shuttle boats to take guests across the river, or to the nearby giant mall called IconSiam. They can also take you to places nearby, if they have availability. The best was they offer a sunset cruise with cocktails and canapes. It's an hour boat ride up the river, and they point out the sights. It was beautiful, and an awesome experience. Loved that.
In terms of downsides, the pool area seems a little cramped, it's tucked into a long and narrow strip of land next to the hotel. I'm not a pool person, so I didn't care.
I should add that when booking this trip I was debating between the Peninsula and the Mandarin. Based on what I saw, I would definitely recommend the Peninsula.
A stay at any Peninsula Hotel is a guaranteed top notch experience. Their attention to detail is especially noted at this Bangkok hotel. Only disadvantage right now is that the road in front of hotel is under construction. And will be for the next couple of months. So reaching hotel is a bit challenging, especially at peak traffic hours. Be prepared to wait in car. Otherwise, we will stay here again.
The Peninsula is a true 5 star experience in the heart of Bangkok on the river. The extensive breakfast, restaurants and grounds are incredible. We loved the pool area which was never too crowded and refreshing relief from the April heat and humidity. Our river view suite was large and very comfortable. We even had our own personal fax machine (with its own number) and printer in the desk drawer + charges for every possible device discreetly tucked in the top drawer of the bedside table. The dressing room area was helpful too and there's nothing like lying in the bath watching TV! A fabulous hotel.
We stayed 3 nights @ The Peninsula over Xmas. As expected it was fabulous! From the check in process done in our suite which was quick and professional. All of the staff can speak English very well. The SPA area is one of the best I have ever been to and I couldn't fault it.... Highly recommend it. The food was of exceptional standard as were the cocktails. Stunning location right on the river. All in All I would return and recommend it.