The Okura Prestige Bangkok hotel is dedicated to the principles of ‘Simplicity and Elegance’ and never before during a review has a hotel’s philosophy been so clearly executed. Evoking an unmistakable Japanese aesthetic, this hotel is surely one of the finest in Bangkok; be it for business or leisure.
Each of the 240 rooms, all wrapped in glass from floor-to-ceiling, offer superb views of the business district of Ploenchit and beyond, the three restaurants on site present remarkable fine-dining and weekend buffets, while the cantilevered swimming pool is something unique and unforgettable. Here is our personally reviewed 10 Reasons to Stay at Okura Prestige Bangkok.
- Damnoen Saduak Floating Market Tour
- Banyan Tree's Apsara Dinner Cruise
- Vertigo & Moon Bar Rooftop Dining
- Ayutthaya Ancient Capital Tour with River Cruise
- Shangri-La Hotel's Buffet Dinner Cruise
- Bridge on the River Kwai & Historic Railway Tour
- Siam Niramit Dinner Show
- Calypso Bangkok Cabaret Show
- Chao Phraya River Dinner Cruise
- Grand Palace & Emerald Buddha Half-Day Tour
Those of you who prefer timeless sophistication and functional, beautiful interior design will fall in love with this hotel. No gaudy gimmicks, no flashing lights; Okura Prestige lives by its philosophy ‘Simplicity and Elegance’ and is without doubt one of the most exclusive hotels in Bangkok.
Guest relations staff dressed in traditional Japanese kimono bow reverently when they enter any room, and service staff stand proudly silent waiting to take care of a guest’s request. It is this kind of respectful service – so typically Japanese – that makes guests feel honoured.
Rooms are so well designed, even in entry level rooms it feels like an apartment rather than a studio room. Bathrooms are separate yet sliding doors roll back to create an open, flowing space, and there is even a walk-in wardrobe with changing room.
A godsend during rush hours in this part of downtown Bangkok, the BTS Skytrain can be accessed in less than three minutes. There are also shops and restaurants in the same building.
Flagship restaurant Yamazato is a mainstay of all Okura brand hotels around the world, and although the Michelin-starred Yamazato Amsterdam receives most of the attention, Bangkok’s version is simply sublime: premium sashimi flown direct from Japan three times a week, the finest cuts of Matsusaka beef on the teppanyaki grill and diligent service all make Yamazato one of the finest, albeit most expensive, restaurants in Bangkok.
Come breakfast time you simply have to try the eggs benedict in Up and Above, cooked to order from a menu of different variations – no other hotel in Bangkok offers this! The breakfast buffet covers all regional cuisines too, with fresh juices and herbal drinks, Japanese, pan-Asian, Continental and fried dishes all making an appearance. There is also the option of going for a Japanese set breakfast in Yamazato Restaurant on the opposite side of the lobby.
Having stayed at some of the finest quality hotels in the world, bedding is something we know can make the difference, and here the 100% Egyptian cotton linens are beautifully soft and comforting. Come night time, guests will sink into bed for an experience akin to sleeping on a fluffy cloud.
Many hotels do afternoon tea in the English style with fancy cakes and finger sandwiches, but Okura Prestige Bangkok is the only one we know of that does it in the Japanese fashion: mochi cakes, authentic green tea and other treats all presented in a tasteful bento box make a lovely way to spend a late afternoon.
Widely considered the best in Bangkok, the cantilevered swimming pool at this hotel is truly stunning because it seems to hang in mid-air. It regularly features in lists of the world’s best pools.
Perfect for all weather shopping, the ultra-luxe shopping mall, Central Embassy, stands on the opposite corner of the junction and can be reached via a covered skywalk. Brands here include Gucci, Chanel, Miu Miu and Vivienne Westwood.