The Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok is a five star luxury hotel located on a prominent spot on the riverfront, close to the Saphan Taksin BTS station and pier. From here you can catch riverboats that take you all over Bangkok. The large luxurious hotel is split into two wings; the larger main Shangri-La wing and the other is the Krungthep wing, and has a whopping 802 rooms and suites, although the layout doesn’t make you feel like you are in an overly massive hotel.
I had chosen to stay in the Shangri-La wing for one night. The location plus the very reasonable rates are the two reasons I picked the Shangri-La over other hotels in Bangkok for my one night stay, as I had stayed at a Shangri-La last year in Doha and loved it!
I had requested an airport transfer to pick me up from Suvarnabhumi airport, which cost 3000 Thai Baht, which is on the pricier side, but as I was travelling solo I just wanted to get to the hotel safely and quickly as I landed very early in the morning. I was picked up in a Mercedes Benz S Class and was offered water and a fresh chilled face towel in the car, as well as access to free WiFi on the 35 minute journey from the airport to the hotel.
When we arrived at the hotel, I was taken to my room to complete the check in process, which I thought was a lovely touch, especially as I was so tired. This was quick and seamless, and my luggage also arrived to the room in a timely way, enabling me to freshen up, rest and then spend the day at leisure. One thing I loved was the scent in the hotel which is such a familiar scent as they use the same scent in Doha and in London. It just makes you feel that much more at home recognising details, no matter how small.
There was a generous array of fresh fruits in the room already as the welcome amenity, presented beautifully, including some exotic Thai fruits. I enjoyed eating some of the fruits the next morning as I didn’t have time to go for breakfast.
The first thing that struck me about the room, and which I absolutely adored, was the view across the Chao Phraya river!
It was even more spectacular at night with all the lights twinkling against the night sky, and I was gazing out at it from bed!
I had booked a Deluxe room, which was really spacious and designed with Thai-inspired décor, including a mural on the headboard of the bed, with sprinklings of contemporary touches. The bed was super comfortable and there was even a pillow menu with hypoallergenic options. This was the the perfect antidote to a long airplane journey from London to Bangkok.
The bathroom had a separate bath and rain shower, comfy bathrobes and fluffy slippers and premium Shangri-La toiletries, which were bio-degradable. This is something I have been noticing more as we as individuals become more aware on the impact on the environment and find ways to be more sustainable.
I also like that additional toiletries such as toothpaste and accessories such as a toothbrush were also provided in the bathroom, which I thought was a nice touch.
As I was only there for one night, I decided to have my lunch at the NEXT2 Cafe, which has a riverside setting, and enjoyed some Thai food, and a Mojito of course, whilst enjoying the warm pleasant weather.
In total, the hotel has nine different restaurants, which is impressive! I wish I had longer to try more of them but I know I will be back one day.
The free-form pool is a lovely size with lots of sun loungers available and has fantastic views of the river. You can choose to have drinks and food by the pool if you wish. I decided to just relax and read my book while getting some sun and warmth.
Later in the afternoon I booked myself a river cruise to see the various sights, which I really enjoyed. You could pick a tour that stopped at points of interest or one that was shorter that just went around the river, which is what I chose to do. I saw popular temples such as Wat Arun, which I visited last year, as well as The Grand Palace.
On my return I relaxed at the bar by the pool and had many a Passionfruit Mojito whilst people watching from the bar stools.
The sunset was spectacular in the evening and it was really lovely to witness. I captured this shot from the pool area.
By this time tiredness was starting to kick in and so I retired inside the hotel to The Long Bar, which was absolutely stunning, for a glass of wine. It is 14 metres long and has views of the river, and is located on the lobby level of the hotel, next to the very tempting Chocolate Boutique! I love a good hotel bar, and equally love the Gōng bar in the Shangri-La Hotel London at The Shard.
After my drink I ordered room service and got into my Pjs and watched some Netflix. I had ordered Tom Kha Gai Soup and Som Tam (Papaya Salad), which are two of my favourite dishes in Thailand, and they were the perfect mix of comfort food before I tucked myself into bed ready to wake up early in the morning to catch my flight to Bali.
Although my stay was very short, I really enjoyed my stay at the Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok and even though I was travelling solo, I never once felt bored or lonely and the staff were all so welcoming and lovely and ever so helpful, even stopping by to have a chat whenever I was sat by myself, or bringing over magazines and newspapers.
I booked my stay through Expedia for £160, which was really reasonable compared to other hotels by the river.
If you are planning a trip to Bangkok, you can read all about my Top Things to do in Bangkok.
For more information on Shangri-La Bangkok, visit their website here: http://www.shangri-la.com/bangkok/shangrila/