Room Type: Deluxe Suite | Room Size: 74 square metres | Price: From A$530 per night
Celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2018, this aptly named luxury urban oasis brings the style and sophistication of one the world’s most iconic hotel brands to the shores of the Chao Phraya River, the ‘River of Kings’. The hotel consists of 37 floors and 370 rooms, including 60 one-bedroom suites and five themed suites, all of which enjoy sweeping views over the river and the Bangkok skyline.
Our room was a Deluxe Suite which, at 74 square metres, offers more than enough space. Offering a magnificent view of Bangkok’s famous city skyline, the suite is well appointed with soft silk, colonial-style furnishings throughout, a walk-in wardrobe and ample storage. An oversize marble bathroom offers a shower, bath and twin sinks. Add to this a user-friendly automated entertainment system and complimentary WiFi.
A 50-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi Airport, The Peninsula Bangkok is conveniently positioned close to the famous Sathorn Bridge and Saphan Taksin BTS skytrain station. A private Peninsula river shuttle service allows easy access to the city’s shopping and business districts. Nearby attractions include the Grand Palace and Wat Arun, the former residence of the King, which is now used for royal ceremonies and welcoming international dignitaries.
Look and Feel
Arriving at the hotel you immediately begin to experience an air of grandeur as you are ferried up the driveway and welcomed by a pillbox-hatted doorman in crisp, dazzling whites and an equally dazzling smile. As I soon learn, this is the first of many smiles I receive whenever I encounter any one of the innumerable staff on hand to cater to every and any request.
Dining options abound with The Peninsula Bangkok offering a choice of six eateries. These range from casual snacks and drinks at The Peninsula Pool Bar through to all-day dining in The Lobby and the signature Thiptara Restaurant, renowned as delicious and very authentic Thai cuisine. The River Café & Terrace blends a mix of international chefs, the result of which is a wide selection of dishes using only the freshest produce. The River Bar, set alongside the River Café, sports a dedicated mixologist guaranteed to satisfy the most discerning of taste buds.
The Peninsula Bangkok boasts the largest pool of any hotel in the city and for those with health and wellness top of mind, the award-winning Peninsula Spa and Fitness Centre are not to be missed. Finally, be sure to book yourself one of The Peninsula Bangkok’s chauffeured limousines to ferry you about in air-conditioned comfort as you explore Bangkok. And for those wanting to take the luxury up a notch, the hotel also has its own helipad.