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.
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.
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.
A defining feature of the Corner Deluxe Balcony Room is its scenic bathroom with the bath tub overlooking Chao Phraya river.
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.
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.
Swimming pool invites with its lush landscaping and plentiful seating options.
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.