I was guest of the Shangri-La Hotel in Bangkok last June 2014. It was around my birthday, so I was super happy to stay at this five star property down by the Chao Phraya River. Plus, my room had a view of the river so I was most happy.
Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road, Bangrak, Bangkok, 10500, Thailand
- You can always arrange for the hotel’s own transportation services by private car.
- The nearest metro station is the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain station (S6) along the Silom Line, take Exit 1 – 10 minutes walk to hotel
- If coming by the river as the hotel is right on the river, get off at the Saphan Taksin station along the river – 12 minutes walk to hotel
The hotel is located along the river so you get to watch all the busy activities. The Chao Phraya River is very busy with passenger boats as well as a lot of commercial activity. Its a lot of fun to watch it all.
I pulled up in a Tuk Tuk; really? This is a five star hotel, but its also Bangkok where a Tuk Tuk is the norm for transportation. I was staying at a nearby hotel so it made sense. Traffic in Bangkok is really intense, so traveling by Tuk Tuk, metro or a motorbike is the best way to go.
The bellman offered to take my luggage as I exited the Tuk Tuk. Then I headed towards the chandeliered beautifully decorated foyer.
I was greeted by an agent and was checked in expeditiously as the hotel services were explained. I then headed for the elevator and up to my room.
As I walked in the room and immediately I loved it. The view of the River at the end of the room is what captivated me immediately. The room also had a red motif and is one of the Horizon Club Rooms’ this meant I got to access the Horizon Club Lounge which we will talk about later. Plus I had complimentary WiFi, a bigger room and an incredible bathroom as well.
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Take a look at the room.
Growing up in rural Jamaica far away from rivers have made me love river views. I don’t want to swim in them or anything, just enjoy the view. My room provided a great view of the river in two directions. I could also see the trains and the cars that crossed the nearby bridge. Plus it was quiet. As I made my way further into the room, I could see the hotel left me a welcome fruit basket; I was thrilled, thank you.
Then I made it to the view of the river finally for a closer look. And oh wow! I could spend countless hours here I thought.
I then turned around and got this view of my home for the next few days.
It was now time to check out the bathroom; it was huge, take a look for yourself.
Here are some more photos of the room to whet your appetite.
The Horizon Club Lounge When you stay in a Horizon Club room, you are given access to the Horizon Club Lounge. Here you can have breakfast, snacks throughout the day and happy hour in the afternoon complete with eats and drinks; alcohol included. It’s also a business center as well as a Lounge area complete with a few TVs as well as a Library area. So your place to get away from the rest of the hotel complete with a spectacular view of the Chao Phraya River.
The view from the Lounge is spectacular day or night.
You can read more about the Lounge and its benefits here.
There is no shortage of places to eat at the Shangri-La. I had breakfast at the Horizon Club Lounge, but one morning I tried out the breakfast buffet at the Next2Cafe which is located right by the riverside. It was great as I could watch the river activities go by; from the long boats to barges, to shuttle boats and ferries. It was a pleasure to have breakfast here.
One night, I had diner at the only Thai restaurant on property, the salathip, complete with native Thai dancing. The atmosphere and the food was fantastic. It is a difficult to locate the entrance, so remember to ask for directions before you head there. It’s smart casual and is located right on the river close to the main pool.
I always hate this part, but alas, I had to leave the fantastic views, awesome room and service all behind and head to my next place of abode across town.
I had breakfast one last time, checked out smoothly, then headed out to the SkyTrain.
Have you stayed at this hotel? What are your thoughts? Please leave a comment below.