Just spent 4 nights at the Shangri-La while visiting Bangkok at the end of a sailing/diving trip to Koh Samui. The clean sheets, AC and huge bathroom were enough to seem like heaven.
Location is great for exploring Bangkok with easy access to river boats (and train system though we never used it) and lots of good places to eat in walking distance.
- we stayed in the shangri-la tower in a balcony room. room #1314 (and presumably the xx14 on other floors) are corner rooms and have a lovely view north on the river and a huge corner bathroom with view of the river from the shower and tub. That's hard to beat.
- good desk and dressing table set up w/ multi-country plugs easily accessible on both (handy for a couple traveling with lots of devices to keep charged)
- mini-fridge (not the annoying kind often found in the US that charges you if you move something - so easy to stock with your own supplies). Coffee and tea set up.
- decent hairdryer in the bathroom. And a retractable clothes line over the tub.
- electronic safe and lots of closet and drawer space.
- the do-not-disturb switch is where you think the master light switch would be just inside the door, so I kept turning this on by mistake resulting in our room not getting made up.
- food at the hotel is pricey - but there are tons of great options nearby if you dont want to eat hotel food. On the most basic level the street food stalls just outside the entrance are yummy. There's also good stall food over near Robinson's department store (about 2-3 blocks away). There's a good restaurant up the street called Mazzarone (?) that's about a 1 min walk from the hotel. Dinner there was about 900 baht for 2 (w/ 2 beers). Tongue Thai and Harmonique (both reviewed on TA) are walkable and good. There's a Tops supermarket up the street (below Robinsons) where we picked up yogurt and fruit for breakfast on the balcony each morning.
- room food is typical (to high) prices. Coke in the mini frige 250 baht. Coke at Tops food store or 7-11 a couple blocks away 12-15 baht. Water prices similar (though the hotel supplies 2 small waters a day in the room.)
-the boat shuttle for the hotel actually only goes to 2 malls. But the ferry boat is nearby and only costs 30 baht to go up river (and cross river ferries cost 3 baht).
- we took at long boat trip through the canals 1 day which cost 900 baht an hour direct to the boat driver but arranged by the hotel - the dock down the road had quoted us 1200 an hour - so a rare time when booking via the hotel was cheaper. Concierge was very helpful coordinating with the boat driver.
We did learn the downside of staying at the Shangri-la (or likely any high end hotel) is that the tuk-tuk and taxi drivers see it as a great reason to up their rates. We referred to it as "the shangri-la" premium. Wised up once and had them drop us at the train station up the street.
All in all no regrets - great location and view.
- 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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