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The Peninsula Bangkok
Ranked #12 of 892 Hotels in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 28 April 2012

This hotel is one of the best in the world. The chinese restaurant is incredible

Room Tip: Make sure you have a river view and go high.
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 27 April 2012

I LOVE this hotel. Everything from the entrance off the busy street into an oasis, to the staff and how they check you in, to the rooms, and the setting on the river screams luxury. The atmosphere is subtle and calming. The views are fantastic. The rooms are elegant, spacious and comfortable. The bathroom has a sizable shower and a separate big tub with a TV in it! There is a large dressing room area. The views of the river are spectacular. If you can take the heat there is a great restaurant on the water. The Peninsula's water shuttle is the nicest on the river! Take the hotel 7 series to the airport - worth the extra $$ - STAY HERE!!!!

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

I have 1 night of 3 to go and I don't want to leave, this hotel is fantastic. The rooms are elegant and luxurious. They kindly upgraded me to a balcony room with great views of the river. The pictures of the rooms on the website don't do them justice. Whilst they are not sleek and modern they are comfortable and conservative in their styling. There are however modern touches with the Huge Samsung LED TVs, dvd player, iPod dock and USB playback features. The room is very large around 45 square meters, and more like a junior suite with a full size sofa, chair and large desk.The bathroom is huge sporting a tv in the bath, 2 telephones and a separate shower with a seat. You can even make a hands free call from a button in the bath. There is a separate dressing room which even has its own cuboard with shoe shining equipment.
I was worried after reading some bad reviews about the rooms needing updating etc, however I personally was not disappointed in any way. I am very particular and fussy and whilst the rooms are not brand new they are superbly maintained and I am sure 95% of people would be very happy.
The pool is lovely probably the best in Bangkok, and the little pagodas are great, they even have plugs for charging your laptop. The complimentary water, juice, fruit and mini ice creams to cool you down are also a nice touch.
I have so far only eaten dim sum in the Chinese restaurant which was very good.
The service is excellent throughout the hotel and should be an example to other hotels. I stayed at the Royal Orchid Sheraton for one night before this, and the service was terrible in comparison.
Despite having 37 floors this feels like a smaller more boutique hotel than some of the other Bangkok 5 star places. The lobby isn't quite as grand and atmospheric as the Shangri La, and the restaurants are much smaller and quieter.
I am checking out tomorrow 28th April and heading to stay at the Shangri La Hotel Bangkok for a romantic weekend, I will submit a review of this hotel also and let you know how they compare. The Shangri-La has recently refurbished its rooms and suites in the main wing so I am interested to see the improvements.

Stayed: April 2012
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

Almost all the reviews I see here are accurate. The hotel is lovely and some have considered it in the top 5 in the world. Yes, the hotel is expensive. Yes, it is somewhat dated. An excellent arrangement for business meetings with a dedicated entrance right off the lovely courtyard. I've heard that the King of Thailand and other heads of state have used the meeting area here. The food is fine, although not exceptional. The service is as good as you will find anywhere. Again, if you're attending a business meeting at the hotel, you will love the convenience and splendor here.

If you're just vacationing, I would more suggest you consider a hotel in the Sukhumvit Road area. There are a number of excellent hotels there, and you will find more options for transportation. The Peninsula, like the Oriental, is on the river, and somewhat isolated from shopping and nightlife.

Room Tip: You'll love the suites at the Peninsula, but they are terribly pricey.
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

This is our favourite locus in Bangkok since several years. It is part of the famous Oriental-Peninsula-Shangri-La triangle.

As with all 1st class hotels, restaurants or flight cabins it also takes 1st class customers to work out. Without them it is not possible. The Oriental exempted, also the Peninsula suffers from this contemporary problem.

The main attraction at the Peninsula for us is the suites. They are by any standard very well planned and decorated and nice to stay in. Both the Oriental and the Shangri-La has a problem in this respect, having some well-planned but also several poorly planed suites.
We do not wish to play roulette on that issue. At the Peninsula you know what you get.

The pool area is more than OK. If you do not like crowds, stay away during peak hours. The pool is open till 23:00. If you like privacy, go there in the evening, or early in the morning. Regardless, where else can you have such a view from a pool? The Oriental and the Shangri-La cannot compete.

Yes, the breakfast can be crowded some days of the week. Still, the hotel offers several places for breakfast in such cases and the breakfast as such is basically 1st class. But do you homework, plan ahead and make a reservation the day before.

On balance the Oriental offers staff with the best skills in English. It also has the best ambiance on the terrace restaurant/bar.

The Thai restaurant: When it comes to serving Thai food, there are intrinsic limitations. You can have it fancy style at 1st class prices but also at a tenth of that price down the road without losing much in taste. The charm of Thai food lies in the simplicity.

The terrace bar at the Peninsula is basically 3-star. To us it is extremely annoying that the staff starts closing the bar an hour ahead of official closing, removing bottles, turning off the fans and tweaking the lights. The bar section is also too small. The long-drinks are really not interesting at all. The drinks menu should be revised. It is mainly based upon (too) sour lemon/ lime recipes. We recommend they copy the drinks menu of the Indigo Pearl hotel in Phuket!

Finally, the 'signature' hamburger is more or less a catastrophe. The hotel has several good chefs and since making a well tasting piece of hamburger with a good texture is no secret within the business the Peninsula should just start over again. Meanwhile, order a Club Sandwich. Albeit not officially on the Terrace menu, it is a superior choice.

Room Tip: Above the 10th floor.
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  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled on business
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

I stayed in the duplex suite at the Peninsula this week and the whole experience was amazing !
So what makes it so good ?
The staff are the kindest warmest people that you will have ever met.
The food is stunning and will blow your taste buds away.
The rooms are like palaces and are furnished to 6 star standard.
The setting in the edge of the river is the most peaceful place in Bangkok.

This hotel has just gone into my No 1 slot - it surpassed all my expectations.
Robin Tinto

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 24 April 2012

My husband and I along with another couple stayed at The Peninsula for 3 nights the beginning of April. From the moment we arrived, we were impressed. The room we had was lovely, although I agreed a bit dated, however that was not the deciding factor of this hotel. Service was impeccable. I was consistently amazed with the attention we received, with the staff going above and beyond for us. The breakfast was plentiful, with many choices, and the dining area overlooking the river was great. Sitting by the pool the attendants were always available, and brought around cold towels in the afternoon to refresh you.
I would like to mention that I read the reviews of this hotel that were rated "average" or below, and the derogatory comments that were made were, in my opinion, silly. If someone didn't grab my bag straight away, I didn't notice. I never expected an upgrade simply because it was my first time staying here.

I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Address: 333, Charoen Nakhon Road | Khlong Ton Sai, Khlong San, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Business Hotel in Bangkok
#4 Romantic Hotel in Bangkok
#8 Family Hotel in Bangkok
#8 Spa Hotel in Bangkok
#11 Luxury Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range: $274 - $794 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Peninsula Bangkok 5*
Number of rooms: 370
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Developed as one of the finest hotel properties in Bangkok, its riverside location inspired the wave- shaped design, capitalising on the uninterrupted panoramic views from every room and adding a distinctive architectural statement to the Bangkok skyline. The Peninsula Bangkok offers commanding city views, luxurious comfort, sophisticated facilities, extraordinary dining options and the legendary Peninsula service. ... more   less 
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