Mandarin Oriental Bangkok, Riverside, Thailand


Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Deluxe Suite

Located in the River Wing, these individually designed and decorated suites echo some of the greatest figures in literature, in their names, décor and ambience. Each suite reflects accents of the author’s personality.

All feature floor to ceiling windows, a balcony, spacious sitting room, a large bathroom with separate bathtub and walk-in shower as well as a powder room off the living room; many also have a walk-in closet.

Fresh flowers and fruit are delivered to your suite daily, and you have the services of your own personal butler.

Approximately 92 square metres/989 square feet.

Kukrit Pramoj

A smoky, celadon and bronze colour scheme is the unifying force in the Kukrit Pramoj Suite. Named after the famous writer, the suite has Thai accents in the surrounding art and accessories, which are also evident in the patterning. The characteristic curve of Thai rooflines is reflected in the damask pattern of the bedspread and the hand-tufted wool carpet. Panelled walls, cornice detailing and teak floors evoke a spirit of elegance, as do the mix of antique furniture with more contemporary Asian inspired pieces, to reflected Khun Pramoj’s position and stature.

Graham Greene

The choice of colours may be obvious, but the mix is subtle. Furniture reflects Graham Greene the traveller, as he worked his way through Asia. The overall feel is colonial, with woven grass-textured wall coverings, sisal-style carpet, and a collection of regional art and artefacts. An Anglo-Indian table refers to his time spent on the Indian subcontinent, whilst linen draperies lend a casual and tropical atmosphere.

Gore Vidal

‘Sophisticated and urbane’ best describe the mink and charcoal scheme chosen for Gore Vidal. A dash of tropical flamingo pink adds spark and wit. Dark timbers and a basket weave-effect wool carpet create the background for a sophisticated collection of art and furniture; like the leather and cane lounge chair, that suits the suite as readily as any Manhattan penthouse. Chinese chairs with deco flavour add to the eclectic feel, as does the gold encrusted architectural carving, mounted on a screen behind the sofa. In the Master bedroom, a pair of contemporary Thai “Sophisticates” hang side by side, as if exchanging society chit-chat. A witty nod, perhaps, to the great raconteur himself.

Captain Anderson

In this tribute to the great sea farer, painted timber panels go from floor to ceiling to create a nautical mood. Brass campaign style furniture continues the theme, along with the light fixtures which were inspired by a ship’s wheel. Classic navy striped draperies form the main pattern of the room, and a leather tufted “Winston Churchill” sofa pays homage to the Captain’s meeting with the great leader. There is also a bar adjacent to the living room for entertaining. Accents of red enliven the suite, which is open and light like an upper deck at sea. And a collection of blue and white pottery compliments a vast collection of photographs of the Captain, his vessel “The Selandia”, and her history.

Wilbur Smith

Elegance meets Africa. Mr Smith’s history in Africa was a wonderful source of inspiration for this suite. It’s easy to imagine the great author himself arriving with artefacts in tow to pen the remaining sequences of one of his many novels. African tapestries inspire the rich and colourful hand-tufted carpets that dominate the living spaces. Sandy woven cottons with an almost Ikat nature reflect both Asian and African designs, as do the stunning collection of ink wildlife drawings.

Norman Mailer

‘Handsome’, ‘rugged’ and ‘American’ are reflected in this colourful and unpretentious suite. Classic, dark timber furniture, leather upholstery and checked silk fabrics create a New England sensibility, whilst wide striped ivory and cream walls give a seaside impression. A large Laotian ceremonial tapestry compliments a contemporary collection of Thai architectural photographs. The mood is masculine and classic.

Barbara Cartland

The Dame would have approved of her Oriental retreat. Naturally, the signature tone is a tropical, water melon pink. Combined with paler shades, oatmeal and creams, the atmosphere is as elegant and undeniably feminine as you would expect. Pink damask walls and ivory silk draperies add luxury, and form the perfect backdrop for Dame Barbara’s photo collection, that sits on a whitewashed Rococo table. There’s gold in the guest powder room and again on the coffee table, whilst an oversized peach chaise longue is an irresistible place to curl up and read one of the hundreds of her romantic novels.

South East Asian Writers

Elements from throughout the region come together in the SEA Write Suite. A sand and sea colour scheme gives the space a light tropical feel. A hint of gold leaf and a metal sheen remind one of the importance of gold in Asian culture from Thailand to Bali. Fabrics with Ikat inspired patterns enhance the feeling of South East Asian culture. Furniture is colonial, while rattan, cane and water hyacinth representation life in the Tropics. And as a finishing touch, there is a bronze drum displayed, a classic and much admired design icon in Asian interior design.

The Jim Thompson Suite

Richly coloured Thai silks festoon this suite, named in honour of the former owner of The Oriental Hotel. Colourings are in opulent tones of bronze with smoky teak accents. Siam box plaid patterning in deep-sea blues and cinnamon mahogany create an environment in which a large, painted panel of Thai life takes centre stage. This suite is a celebration of a great man, his character and his vision.

John Le Carre

The feel of this suite is, ‘An Englishman comes to the Tropics’, with tapestries and leather in tones of country green, saddle brown and a twist of cognac. The result is a relaxed parlour atmosphere with a hint of the Orient. Here and there, guest chairs are waiting in case guests pop in for tea. And all around is a unique art collection. The mix of oil paintings, watercolours and found objects befits an author who travelled the region, picking up clues for his latest adventure.

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