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Authors' Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

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48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
+66 2 659 9000
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Description: Traditional afternoon tea served with old world charm On the ground floor...
Traditional afternoon tea served with old world charm On the ground floor of the Authors' Wing, this lounge enjoys old colonial charm with white-washed rattan furniture, Siamese umbrellas and graceful bamboo and palm trees. It is considered to be a city institution for traditional English afternoon tea with scones, finger sandwiches and cakes and the world's finest teas. The Authors' Lounge is located in the original part of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, known as the Authors' Wing. Its name is tribute to the many famous writers who have stepped through the doors of the hotel throughout its existence.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
best high tea experience in BKK

The atmosphere is very warm and cozy. The place has the skylight roof so there's warm sun light in the room in the afternoon. This venue considered the most popular for engagement ceremony and also wedding banquets.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

They have a dress code of "no shorts or sandals" to "keep an air of elegance" in the establishment. Unless you're a woman in short shorts and sandals, in which case, that's fine. Dress codes should be for all or none - topping this off is a supremely uninspired offering of tea cakes. Some were too dry, others too moist... More 

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Bangkok, Thailand
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

The atmosphere is very warm and cozy. The place has the skylight roof so there's warm sun light in the room in the afternoon. This venue considered the most popular for engagement ceremony and also wedding banquets.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

My friend and I made a reservation for Author's Lounge and had a wonderful time there. The traditional afternoon tea set was definitely delicious, but for first-timers, I’d highly recommend the Thai Tea Set. It incorporates a lot of fun and traditional Thai desserts such as Tong Yip (an egg yolk tart), Khanom Duang (sticky tapioca and coconut milk+shreds), and... More 

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MOBangkok, Manager at Authors' Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, responded to this review

Dear Eatprayjade, Many thanks for this great and beautiful review. I was delighted to read your blog and appreciate you sharing the pictures and comments from your experience with us at the Author’s Lounge. I am especially pleased to read you enjoyed our culinary delights and historical ambiance at our legendary afternoon tea. We look forward to welcoming you back... More 

Adelaide, Australia
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355 reviews 355 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
461 helpful votes 461 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

On our girls only trip to Bangkok we went to the beautiful 5 star Mandarin Oriental Hotel for Afternoon Tea in the Author's Lounge. This had been on our list to do for a couple of years but we kept running out of time. So this recent trip it was one of the first things we had planned. From the... More 

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MOBangkok, Director of Food & Beverage at Authors' Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, responded to this review

Dear Cathy&Gary, Thank you for this great review regarding your afternoon at the Author's Lounge. I am delighted to hear that you especially enjoyed the unique ambiance, culinary delights and the personalized service. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for another fabulous evening! Thank you as well for sharing the lovely photos, they look stunning! Best regards,... More 

Ipoh, Malaysia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Authors' Lounge may not be on many tourists’ itinerary but it is certainly a charming place to spend a lovely afternoon. Reservation is strongly advised. I had tried to make reservation for high tea in 2012 and 2013 AFTER I arrived in Bangkok and it was fully booked both occasions. This time I contacted Mandarin Oriental via email 10... More 

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MOBangkok, Director of Food & Beverage at Authors' Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, responded to this review

Dear Looi-P, Thank you very much for this stunning review of the Authors’ Lounge. I am delighted to hear that you had a magical afternoon and that you particularly enjoyed our legendary service. Rest assured that our Food & Beverage team is committed to further improving on the points that you have raised. We look forward to welcoming you back... More 

Kuwait City, Kuwait
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27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Been here for afternoon tea , and it was the right choice, everything went perfect, the place is charming and full of history, and it's easily send you about 120 years ago when it was established, the afternoon tea set is the best in Bangkok and the quality of hot drinks is not comparable, and the piano melodies that played... More 

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MOBangkok, Director of Food & Beverage at Authors' Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, responded to this review

Dear fahada952, Thank you for sharing your great review on TripAdvisor! The Authors' Lounge is indeed a charming and historical venue. It’s a great pleasure to receive such wonderful compliments regarding our culinary delights and atmosphere of our iconic venue. Thank you as well for sharing the lovely photos, they look stunning! Please don’t hesitate to contact me for a... More 

Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
187 reviews 187 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
114 helpful votes 114 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

This lounge offers you a look at the hotel as it appeared in the 1920's and the level of service that was available. A must see for afternoon tea

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MOBangkok, Director of Food & Beverage at Authors' Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, responded to this review

Dear JamesD20, Thank you very much for this stunning review of the Authors’ Lounge. I am delighted to hear that you had a magical afternoon and that you particularly enjoyed our legendary service and iconic venue. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon for another fabulous afternoon! Thank you again for your lovely comments! Best regards, Thomas Kinsperger... More 

Bangkok, Thailand
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

With a friend we came here for our high tea served in an area calls Author's Lounge. Wonderful service, beautiful setting and nice music. All just perfect. If you have sometime to sit and relax...I can absolutely recommend this place

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San Francisco, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

As a best selling author myself ,I loved being invited to the cocktail party welcoming us to Bangkok. And the charm and warmth and selection of food and beverages were fantastic. Nice to meet the fabulous new general manager. Charming!

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MOBangkok, Director of Food & Beverage at Authors' Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, responded to this review

Dear Jackie M, Thank you for sharing your fabulous review on TripAdvisor! We are truly delighted to hear that you enjoyed your welcome cocktail party organized at The Author's Lounge. The Oriental family is looking forward to welcome you back very soon. Please don’t hesitate to contact me for a next reservation, I would be glad to assist! Best regards,... More 

Hong kong
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The experience was absolutely fantastic! The hotel was beautiful, the food was excellent and the staff were attentive. I have been to my fair share of high end Afternoon Tea places in Hong Kong hotels but tea at Author's Lounge is by far my most favorite experience. All the food tasted extremely fresh and delicious and since it is buffet... More 

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MOBangkok, Director of Food and Beverage at Authors' Lounge at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, responded to this review

Dear ccskye12, Thank you very much for this stunning review of the Authors’ Lounge. I am delighted to hear that you had a magical afternoon and that you particularly enjoyed our legendary service and iconic venue. The Afternoon Tea at The Author's Lounge is indeed an experience not to be missed in Bangkok. Please do let us know when your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
  • Location: Asia  >  Thailand  >  Bangkok
  • Phone Number: +66 2 659 9000

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Thai

Description

Traditional afternoon tea served with old world charm On the ground floor of the Authors' Wing, this lounge enjoys old colonial charm with white-washed rattan furniture, Siamese umbrellas and graceful bamboo and palm trees. It is considered to be a city institution for traditional English afternoon tea with scones, finger sandwiches and cakes and the world's finest teas. The Authors' Lounge is located in the original part of Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, known as the Authors' Wing. Its name is tribute to the many famous writers who have stepped through the doors of the hotel throughout its existence.

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