Chao Phraya river from Shangri-La Bangkok

The vibrant city of Bangkok is a destination that excites me with its rapid development and ever-changing skyline blended with tradition and local culture. Having previously stayed at Hotel Muse, Mgallery by Sofitel in the bustling city centre, I wanted to stay in a riverside hotel that’s more relaxed. Shangri-La Bangkok located along Chao Phraya river brands itself as a city resort – expressed by the lush landscaping designed by Bill Bensley and the river view.

Arrival

I arrived Bangkok at Suvarnabhumi (BKK) and already had pre-arranged hotel transfer with Klook (around 20 USD) which was hassle-free with a designated meeting point at the arrivals hall. Despite not arriving via the hotel limousine, the front desk agent upon finding my reservation decided to perform in-room check-in to my pre-assigned accommodation.

Golden Circle Benefits

When I stayed at Shangri-La Bangkok as a Golden Circle: Jade Member I was entitled to daily complimentary buffet breakfast for 2 at NEXT2 Cafe. Jade members also have a choice of 3 welcome amenities; I picked fresh fruits, chocolates, and 2 bottles of sparkling water.

Corner Deluxe Balcony Room

When scanning through the hotel photos I noticed a corner room, but no such specific room category existed on the Shangri-La Bangkok website. I queried through email and was promptly informed that corner rooms belong to the Deluxe Balcony Room category, which are subject to availability.

Bedroom

Interior and furnishing exude a classic luxury feel framed by a panoramic view of the Chao Phraya river. The bumped-out bay window seat allows you to lazily enjoy the scenery. For some fresh air, the outdoor balcony has a pair of chairs provided.

Corner Deluxe Balcony Room (42 sqm. including balcony)
Icon Siam view from the Corner Deluxe Balcony Room at Shangri-La Bangkok

Bathroom

A defining feature of the Corner Deluxe Balcony Room is its scenic bathroom with the bath tub overlooking Chao Phraya river.

Corner Deluxe Balcony Room scenic view from the bath tub

Dining

Breakfast

The breakfast buffet had a wide selection of hot dishes displayed at the numerous stations; Indian, Chinese, Thai, and International. The dessert station was impressive, just look at the home-made ice cream selection during breakfast. I recommend a table outside, but be mindful of the birds, they aren’t aggressive just don’t leave your table unattended.

Salathip

I enjoyed the authentic Thai cuisine in Salathip’s Thai-style teak pavilions while admiring the picturesque Chao Phraya River. Daily Thai dance performances parading through the restaurant from 7:45 PM onwards.

Facilities

Swimming pool invites with its lush landscaping and plentiful seating options.

Conclusion

I’m partial to staying at larger scale hotels, as overcrowding is far from luxurious, but thankfully I visited Shangri-La Bangkok on a quiet week (2nd half of June), so your experience may vary.