Royal Orchid Sheraton Bangkok Review

Riverside - Bangkok

Since it was established on the resort-like banks of the historical Chao Phraya River in 1983, the Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers has been piling up awards as a rare breed of hotel that goes far beyond providing a place to rest your head in style. Welcome to an equally rare and royal experience.

You'd never say that it's one of the oldest riverside hotels in Bangkok. Thanks to its unique Y-shape and ideal location on a bend in the river, the architect of the majestic 28-storey landmark property has kindly arranged that guests are spoiled with uninterrupted, panoramic views from every room.  


Warm welcome and commanding views

The subtle fragrance and serenely elegant golden Main Lobby with its high ceiling and awe-inspiring 'Pra Kaew Morakot' Buddha image is simply the sensory welcome on arrival. Next up you're greeted by a 'Sheraton Ambassador', who makes you feel like it has been her single-most important task of the day.

The separate Group Lobby ensures that check-in goes smoothly all-round. If you're lucky enough to be a guest on the executive Towers floors, it's straight up to the 26th floor to take advantage of an extra degree of luxury and benefits like express check-in, amongst other fine heavenly indulgences. More about that later...

Sweet dreams in style - guaranteed!

All 740 guestrooms - comprising 671 standard rooms, 67 speciality suites and two luxury suites - command charming views of Bangkok's Thonburi side and the famous River of Kings. The famous 'Sheraton Sweet Sleeper Bed' - a multi-layered, lavishly plush custom-designed bed is a unique feature throughout. Topped with four sumptuous feather down and hypoallergenic pillows, crisp cotton sheets, and a signature cosy fleece blanket and duvet, sweet dreams are a given.

Deluxe Rooms - with their elegant Thai-style design, utilising natural materials like teakwood and silk, combined with traditional motifs - seem much bigger than 36 square metres, thanks to above-average high ceilings. Even more spacious are the Junior Suites (55 square metres) and Executive Suites (70 square metres). The Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers is also one of the few Bangkok hotels that offer special accommodation for disabled guests.

Go ahead and tick each and every requirement on your wish list for the ultimate in hotel room comfort and convenience - from Internet access to the exquisite Ashford & Hall toiletries in the marbled sanctuary of the luxurious bathroom. The solitary, exotic orchid in the room - a fitting choice - appears to be the final stamp of approval. 

Little extras worth paying for

The Towers Executive Floors and Lounge is a 'hotel within a hotel' concept that offers little extras that are ideal for discerning and business travellers. The Towers Lounge is perfectly suited to getting some necessary business out of the way, or indulging in pure relaxation; a place to enjoy spectacular views while having breakfast, tea and coffee throughout the day, or evening cocktails and canap-s - all complimentary.

World news can be followed on a widescreen TV, and a choice of international papers and magazines are available. It also offers the latest business centre amenities like wireless broadband Internet access, computers, fax facilities, secretarial services and a board room. Big extras that are well worth forking out a little extra.

 

Business and pleasure seamlessly merge

Deftly combining business and pleasure, the hotel has almost 7,400 square metres of function space that features the latest hi-tech digital audiovisual equipment, like the newly-renovated Royal Orchid Grand Ballroom with intelligent moving lights that allows preset lighting and colour control. Link@Sheraton on the first floor is designed to lure guests out of their rooms, with free wireless Internet access, PC work stations and leading international newspapers and magazines. From the same level there's also direct access to the Rivercity complex, renowned for arts, crafts, antiques and collectibles.

The scenario wouldn't be complete though without memorable dining experiences and a world-class spa... That's where the hotel's four award-winning restaurants, two bars and famous Mandara Spa come into play. Your taste buds are covered for traditional Royal Thai cuisine at Thara Thong, riverside dining at Thailand Tonight (BBQ buffet of Thai and international favourites, complete with a cultural show), a continental buffet (etc... On the River), or the delightful Giorgios, traditional Italian cuisine in a trendy, contemporary setting.

Snacks and drinks can also be enjoyed at the Terrace or Garden Pools, while Aqua Sala & Bar is just perfect for sunset cocktails. Later on in the evening, the Lobby Lounge provides a casual setting to sip on a martini while enjoying jazzy, live music.

Rejuvenation, rest and recreation

The Royal Orchid Mandara Spa luxurious environment offers spa treatments that replicate the beauty, spirit, soul and cultural traditions of ancient times. A further R&R boost comes in the form of two outdoor swimming pools - the one a terrace pool, and the other a magnificent garden pool with Jacuzzi. Other facilities include a modern and well-equipped fitness centre, sauna, jogging track and tennis court.

To crown the 'royal experience', the under ten minutes it takes to reach Saphan Taksin Pier (with a Skytrain station) in the complimentary shuttle boat is a charming experience - and makes the rest of the city easy to explore. Many famous historical riverside attractions, Chinatown and the delightful Old City are easy to reach too.

Perfect in every sense

Whether you're a business or leisure traveller, travelling alone, with children, or looking for a romantic and luxurious experience to spoil yourself, your only regret would be checking out. This is a hotel that exemplifies an elegant tradition with gracious service and a modern outlook.

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