The Shangri La in Bangkok is a huge grand hotel but it is also one with which it is difficult to find fault. We stayed in the Krungthep Wing which conferred various little extra free benefits..... breakfast, afternoon tea, evening canapés (enough to make a meal if you are not very hungry), evening drinks/cocktails, sun-downer cocktails and canapés served to the room, bowl of fruit and jar of cookies in the room daily, free WiFi and a quieter pool for the use of Krungthep guests only.
There are various restaurants within the Shangri La wing of the hotel but we only ate at the Next2 (next to the river) buffet. The food here was excellent but although there was a dress code of smart casual with a request for no shorts etc. there were always several guests dressed as though they had come straight from the pool or tennis court with shorts, vest tops and swigging beer from the bottle. Not a nice look and a shame for those who had bothered to change for the evening.
The pool in the Shangri La wing was very pretty but always busy whereas the Krungthep wing pool was less attractive and usually quiet.
Our room was large and well appointed with a balcony overlooking the fascinating river scene we were on a high floor and outside there was a constant roar of noise from both the river and the adjacent road but once the door was closed this could hardly be heard.
We did have a few small niggles but these were insignificant and were also quickly addressed. One of the problems that we observed didn’t actually affect us but it was irritating ... this was the ubiquitous bagging of sun-beds. We saw this several times at the Easter weekend when the pool area was busy ... I do wish hotels would address this issue and remove books/sunglasses/magazines etc dropped on a sun-bed to reserve it.
On a Saturday afternoon we booked the hotel boat for an afternoon tea and 2 hour river cruise; this was excellent and I would recommend it.
We have stayed in Bangkok 5 times previously in the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit and have always enjoyed that hotel; it is much smaller than the Shangri La and therefore more personal, I also like the Sheraton pool better but overall we slightly preferred the Shangri La, mostly for its position on the river which is endlessly interesting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, is a 5-star luxury hotel in Silom district, Bangkok. The design and appointments express the welcoming warmth and richness of Thai culture throughout the hotel, from traditional teak dining pavilions to the most up-to-date room features.The hotel has a total of 802 rooms including 72 suites in two wings, Shangri-La and Krungthep, and is adjacent to the Saphan Taksin station of the Skytrain, Bangkok's elevated metro system.The hotel also offers fully-serviced apartments for guests wishing a longer stay. ... more less
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