Shangri-La Hotel (Bangkok, Thailand)

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Shangri-La Hotel (Bangkok, Thailand)

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Located on the riverside in Sathorn. Near the train station Saphan Taksin & right next to Saphorn pier & Taksin Bridge- hotel branded signage is clear coming from Thanon Charoen Krung rd.
Hotel is close to the Asiatique waterfront, a boutique market with stores, bars, restaurants & even a big ferris wheel is to be ridden. It takes 5-10 Min via Shangri La very own complimentary junk boat, which rides every 30 minutes in the evening back and forth. From BKK airport it takes over an hour by car or via public transport.


Room was of a cosy but decent size sufficient for a couple. Presented with classical traditional Thai decor which included a traditional Thai wooden art painting used as a back bed post. Very authentic, clean & romantic ambience thanks to the cosy multiple lighting.
The room offers large windows that presents a fantastic view of the river & pool below both day & night. Conveniently next to it is a traditional Thai wooden artistic classical bench with a soft cushion so you can gaze at the beautiful scenery below and at night watch the luminated boats including Shangri La own go up and down the river.
The room offers a nice functional desk with decent leather office chair. As normal a multitude of plugs- 2 international & one US plus AV sockets is close by. A nice lamp, diary and phone is on the leather finished desk top.
Facing the bed is the wooden unit that has the modern large size Samsung TV offering 42 channels that included BBC, French, CCTV, RT, Japanese, German, Spanish, Italian , Hindi & Saudi TV- basically covering everyone plus extensive premium sport & movie channels. A DVD player & drawer is below that contained some colourful pillows.
The king size bed was delightfully comfortable with lamps either side & granite finished bedside tables either side. A small clock, phone & lighting controls are also there with an international plug one side.
The room offers a wide comfy arm chair with a glass table in front to complete the seating area by the window. This was next to a tall lamp & contemporary Thai style picture above. Carpeted floors are offered in half the room before the wooden floored section near the entrance where the mini bar & fridge is offered. This contains snacks plus many liquor items. A kettle on top with a drawer below offering cheap Dilmah tea & Nescafé sachets – the only weakness of the premium experience. However two glass bottles waters are offered.
By the entrance door are large wardrobes with mirror fronts offering plenty of space to hang clothing, and here are presented your slippers, ropes, iron & ironing board. An easy to use laptop size safe is also offered.
The bathroom was of good size with sliding doors offering a shower cubicle contained within a circular glass door dome with marble finish. Spacious enough for 2 people offering an overhead rain shower & detachable unit. Both worked well. In addition there is a separate marble finished bath also with detachable shower head. Plenty of towels plus full Shangri la mini bottles as amenities & dental kits. Even the soaps offered the distinctive smell that the hotel brand has established.
Overall the room is authentic classical Thai, spacious, cosy and functional with a romantic appeal.


WIFI is free- unsecure multiple devices hotel wide just agree to terms but of good speed.
There are 9 catering facilities, 2 international buffets- within the hotel building where the extensive international breakfast is presented & the other on their dinner cruise boat. There is a Thai, Chinese & according to the hotel and Italian restaurant “voted the best” in Bangkok- did not try these other than breakfast. There is also a long bar outside near the pool that at night had a relaxing ambience that faces the river & boat dock with comfy beds, and sofas. This is where the shuttle wooden boats leave from. If it rains there is a bar in lobby, nice decor of classical large chandeliers overlooking the river that has a specialist chocolate boutique pastry place nearby. In addition a another artistic modern boutique bar cigar jazz type bar is also offered
Leisure facilities include 2 pools, one each wing. The main wing had a nice outdoor pool decorative with palm tree in centre surrounded by the decking, right next to the river- there is a section of pool that offers a bubble jacuzzi bed, a sort of water massage in which was therapeutic after doing some laps. The other wing pool is more traditional and rectangular. A health club also includes a modern gym overlooking river, Sauna, steam room, whirl pool & two tennis courts. A SPA is also offered for massages. There is also a Shangri La gift shop, jewlerry store, fabric & textiles store, an art store plus hairdresser salon, foreign exchange & ATM. In adjoining building a leather store, tailor, gem stones & oriental art gallery are also offered. The business centre includes meeting rooms, computers, laptops, mobile phone hire & printer fax etc..
Overall full 5 star multiple facilities offered that covers everything needed and maximise your stay in this beautiful resort hotel.


Staff were very welcoming and offered true Thai hospitality, a proactive approach to personal service at least in lobby with bellman and reception staff. Some of the bar staff you need to get their attention and surprised some did not know what was in some of the cocktails where they needed to consult the bar man, some didn’t speak that well English. However the staff at breakfast and at the pool were very friendly and proactive, many acknowledging you etc.
Overall the best hotel I have stayed at in Bangkok, the room was very cosy, authentic Thai art with an exciting view. The facilities are exceptional and especially like the boat service and the pool. I would love to return here again.

89 Soi Wat Suan Plu Bangkok 10500, Thailand

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Nothing to fault at the Shangri-La. Very cosy room in nice Thai authentic art, extensive facilities with excellent quality of food with sincere staff.

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  • Norman Groves

    Very nice looking place. Did they serve sherry in tiny little glasses? That would be a deal-breaker for me.

    27th August 2016 at 12:45
    • The Travelman
      The Travelman

      Yes. They probably do.

      27th August 2016 at 12:48

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