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“great location and views, but high priced everything”

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Shangri-La Hotel,Bangkok
Ranked #17 of 879 Hotels in Bangkok
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

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.

Room info:
- 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.

Hotel info:
- 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.

Room Tip: Looked like XX14 - XX18 were the balcony rooms on each floor in the Shangri-la wing- 14 and 18 were...
  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 24, 2014 via mobile

The Shangri La brand never ceases to impress and the Bangkok hotel is no different. The service is excellent (thanks to Suwannee Wongpienkit for helping us with our room)- the ferry ride to Asiatique is a must, lots of interesting places to visit there , the gym is amazing, shame the pool was closed however hopefully it'll be open soon

Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

I stayed four nights at the Shangri-la for a work conference. Everything about the hotel was very good including the rooms, pool, and exercise facilities. The prices for drinks and small snacks at the hotel were quite stiff but easily remedied by 7-11 around the corner. I don't usually stay near the River in Bangkok as it's a somewhat far away from Sukhimvit however it was a beautiful location and a nice change. BTS to Sukhimvit around 40 minutes but easy trip. For a hotel of it's standing, I expected better food quality. Was generally let down by breakfast and room service I ordered. Beef salad by the pool was good.

  • Stayed: March 2014, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

We stayed at the Shangri La Bangkok for 2 nights. It was just lovely. The rooms were perfect, clean and everything we could need. The staff were fantastic, always there when we needed something. We stayed at the Krungthep wing and was definitely worth the extra money. The afternoon tea and the cocktails in the evening were lovely. We enjoyed every minute of it and will definitely be back next year. Thank you for a fantastic stay

  • Stayed: April 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

If you stay with family, it would be another perfect choice for the accommodation.
Especially Krungthep Wing is so nice which allows you to use all two swimming pools and many privileges at Krungthep Wing lounge.
If you are tennis lover, play here on 7th (not sure) floor top court.
I will definitely stay here again when visiting BKK again next time.

Room Tip: Krungthep Wing Balcony (or Terrace) Room
  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Most of time, I prefer to reserve my riverside room in Shangri-la Hotel Bangkok. Especially for vacation not a business trip. Facilities are excellent. Location is good. I really enjoy sitting besides the pool with my book and facing the beautiful Chaopaya River. It doesn't like the other 5 star hotels located at the center of Bangkok which are surrounding by tall buildings. You will feel not relaxing and will have a feeling that you are being watched for all the time.
Restaurants and spa are extremely good. Buffet dinner is the most valuable enjoyment for your holiday.

Room Tip: high floor facing river side
  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed April 23, 2014

Nice and comfortable room with a wonderful view of the Chao Phraya, that is if you booked a room with a view. Good location, just behind the harbour for ferry. Delicious breakfast on the riverside. Luxurious

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled on business
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Additional Information about Shangri-La Hotel,Bangkok

Address: 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road | Bangrak, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok > Silom
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Business Hotel in Bangkok
#10 Romantic Hotel in Bangkok
#11 Spa Hotel in Bangkok
#12 Family Hotel in Bangkok
#16 Luxury Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range: $161 - $318 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Shangri-La Hotel,Bangkok 5*
Number of rooms: 802
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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