For 143 years, the hotel now known as Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, has enjoyed the reputation as being not only the most prestigious in the Thai capital, but one of the best in the world. This month sees the reopening of the hotel’s magnificent River Wing, which has been elegantly refurbished by boutique interior design firm DesignWilkes.
The new look suites are infused with local inspiration and the calming influence of the Chao Phraya River, the arterial waterway that winds its way through the Thai capital beyond. Hammered brass sculptures depicting the Royal Barge reflect the hotel’s long-standing royal associations, and rich Jim Thomson fabrics pay tribute to the legendary American silk merchant who briefly owned the hotel in the 1940s. Many of the River Wing’s guestrooms were enlarged during the renovation, and more suites have been added to increase the amount of premium accommodation available.
In addition to the guestrooms, Lord Jim’s, The Verandah and Riverside Terrace restaurants have also been upgraded, the latter affording stylish al fresco dining on the banks of the Chao Phraya. This month also sees the opening of Kinu by Takagi, a Japanese Kaiseki-style restaurant courtesy of chef Takagi Kazuo of two Michelin-starred Kyoto Cuisine Takagi.
To celebrate the completion of the renovation, which saw major refurbishments of the Authors’ and Garden Wings in 2016, the hotel is offering a ‘Be the First to Stay’ package from US $837 per night, including personal butler service, breakfast at The Verandah and daily restaurant and spa credit of $66.