This hotel is completely first-class. 1 BR suite was large & comfortable, with good bedding and air conditioning, and a powerful refrigerator. The staff goes out of their way to assure you have a great stay. A minor nit regarding the room was their providing only 1 package of coffee per day (it is probable that had we asked, we would have gotten more), and the coffee is simply not that good (I think Illy is used, and Illy is a popular coffee, but it didn't appeal to us). Now, about breakfast: Since our arrival was to be 1a, we were certain we'd miss breakfast the first day, and therefore did not sign up for it (that and the US$40 daily price for two). One later morning, we decided to try them out. We started with more of that mediocre coffee in the french press (same as in the room), and changing to a double espresso improved things a bit, but the "coffee experience" was lacking (note this is a "tea" hotel, complete with tea bar, as might be expected in the Orient, and a general observation on our Thailand trips is that several hotels are unprepared for the expectations of quality & volume by coffee junkies from other parts of the world). The "buffet" involves choosing one of 4 items from a menu, and then adds only a few "buffet" items, such as fruit, a meager cheese selection, bread, and cereal; nothing at all like the spreads we've experienced at other 5-stars in Thailand. My omelet was acceptable, but my wife finished her congee in 3 bites, mentioning it would not have filled a newborn. My alert wife also noticed that the orange juice being brought to another table was a richer orange color than mine. When we asked, we learned that a la carte OJ is freshly squeezed, while juice for the buffet is from concentrate. Our breakfast bill was US$50, but apparently insufficient to cover the squeezing task. If you want breakfast in the hotel, purchase a la carte, and you should come out better in terms of both quality and price. We bought starbucks ground coffee across the street and used the press to make excellent coffee for the remainder of our stay. Store-bought (go to the mall across the street for a full grocery with cheaper beers than the 7-11; also highly recommend Bangkok Cafe on the same floor as the grocery) pastries provided just enough food to get us going, and we ate out (excellent restaurants in the area) the remainder of the time. We wanted to stay in the TA #1 BKK hotel, and we're glad we did, but we probably will not need to do that again. If you happen across my review of the Marriott Sukhumvit Serviced Apartments, you will discover that it literally appears to be a carbon copy of the ORB, with a washer & dryer added, for at least $40 less per night, and in another great location.
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- Oriental Residence Bangkok: Grace in every detail, warmth framed by compelling beauty, Oriental Residence Bangkok offers refined accommodation surrounded by a lush tree in the centre of Bangkok. Situated in the prime location, residents at Oriental Residence Bangkok can enjoy the stunning panoramic view of Bangkok’s skyline with easy access to the embassies and shopping centres and business communities. Featuring 145 lavished appointed serviced residences, which include Executive Deluxe, One-Bedroom, Two-Bedroom, and Three-Bedroom Suites, Oriental Residence Bangkok also consist of 46 private residential units. Residents can enjoy unique dining experience from Café Claire – an all-day dining restaurant, Mandopop – signature Chinese restaurant, and 24-hour In-residence dining. Exclusive facilities include meeting rooms with natural daylight, residents’ lounge, fitness centre, and outdoor swimming pool ... more less
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