Published on June 11th, 2009 | by Ozlem Avcioglu0
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, Thailand
Mandarin Oriental is a legend, its history is dating back to more than 130 years..It is, the most famous and grandest of the great colonial hotels.
At the legendary Chao Phraya River, through the heart of Bangkok, the hotel is filled with stories of the celebrated guests through the years like Barbara Cartland, Grace Kelly, Elizabeth Taylor, John le Carre..
The original Oriental building which was burnt down in 1865 and rebuilt in 1887, gives you a real flavor of those old days with its ceiling fans, carved balconies thick with climbing jasmine, old fashioned shuttered windows, intricately decorated four-poster beds, textured walls, scent of tropical flowers.
The new modern addition building, where the rooms, are more comfortable, is rather standard but whether you are having breakfast or drinks in the evening, its terrace is magical. And the hotels Sala Rim Naan restaurant and its Oriental Spa is only a romantic ferry ride away.
Apart from all the above mentioned features, the most important aspect of this hotel is its superb service and great concierge: always smiling, sweet-faced, attentive, and round the clock.