When I was in Bangkok back in June of 2014, I stayed in various hotels. It was tough, I know :-). One of the hotels is The Millennium Hilton. This hotel is located along the very busy and beautiful Chao Phraya River.
But don’t let that stop you at all as you can still get where you need to go as they have their own water taxi which takes you to the nearest BTS station. Plus the area around the hotel is a bustling food and shopping area; Klongsan Plaza.
This property is beautiful as its directly on the river so you get a beautiful view of the city, plus there’s a helipad on the roof which as an aviation geek makes it even cooler.
Millennium Hilton Bangkok
23 Charoennnakorn, Klongsan, Bangkok 10600, THAILAND
Nearest Public Transit stations
- Sala Daeng BTS Skytrain station, then take the Hilton Riverboat to the hotel.
Once you arrive by river, you have a little walk to get to the check-in area. If you arrive by road you have about the same walk as the huge check-in area is almost in the middle of the property. But if you take a taxi, you are dropped off right outside the entrance which has a round waterfall in the middle of the driveway.
Either way, the check-in hall is super huge. I stood and just looked around for a bit before checking in. Yes, they did wonder what I was up to. But the picture below says it all. When you go, just look up.
Check-in was smooth and I had no issues. This was a complimentary stay compliments of the Millennium Hilton Bangkok (thank you), so I was given complimentary Wifi, but as a Hilton Hhonors Gold or Diamond member, Wifi is complimentary. When you stay at Hilton properties, loyalty status goes a very long way. You can get benefits such as early check-in (normal time is 2p), late check out (normal time is 12 noon), Lounge access, complimentary Wifi and upgrades to name a few. So its well worth it; so get signed up.
I was upgraded to a corner suite that overlooks the Chao Phraya river and WOW! My view was about 90 degrees with the river running down the left side of my huge room.
This room had a work desk in one corner, complete with its own toilet off to the right. Then there’s a living room in front of you and the Master bedroom complete with a shower and a bath. yes, its living really large.
The hotel does have turn down service which is really cool and they leave an elephant next to your bed side to protect you for the night. Well, not a real one :-). They also lay your slippers out on the mat next to your bedside.
I did get to see a regular room and its just as nice, just not as large of course :-).
As a Hilton Hhonors member with elite status, you can use the Lounge which is one floor below the Three Sixty Lounge, so the view is spectacular to say the least. It’s a great place to just relax and enjoy your breakfast, lunch or the happy hour cocktails and snack. I found myself rushing back to the hotel so I could enjoy the happy hour, you will too :-).
There are no shortage of restaurants at this hotel. The largest of which is the main restaurant (The Flow) which sits on the ground floor with outdoor seating so you can watch the boats go by as you eat. This is where I had breakfast, lunch and dinner :-). It’s buffet-style and you can literally have a ton of food to choose from. It’s an open kitchen so you can get a good view of what’s going on; I really liked that.
The part I liked the best was the cheese bar which is usually open for dinner. Yes, there were various different types of cheeses to choose from. I like cheese, but not how it smells and I was not bothered by the smell of this room at all. I can’t place my finger on it at all. If The Flow Restaurant is not to your liking, don’t worry you have more places to choose from such as:
- Maya (authentic Thai food which includes a show),
- Prime (steak and seafood),
- The Beach (they’ve actually created a beach a few floors above the ground and there’s a restaurant there),
- The Lantern – this is designed for your sweet tooth and light snacks
- Yuan Chinese Restaurant – Cantonese food
- Three Sixty Lounge – you have to check this out; its at the top of the hotel and provides a 360 degree view of the area 32 floors above the ground. Cocktails and jazz are the order of the day here.
So I have to talk about this part separately. They’ve recreated a Beach environment many floors above the ground. Including a real beach with real sand. You really have to see this. Plus there’s a spot where you can walk on hot stones which massage your feet when you walk. Way cool!
Award Redemption Options
This is a category 5 property in terms of rewards, so with the current award chart, you will need 30,000-40,000 points.
I hated leaving my Palace in the skies, but it was time. I packed my stuff, took one last look down to the Chao Phraya River and headed for the door. It was a slow ride down to the check out counter.
I’d not had a chance to have my ice cream, so I stopped by the ice cream shop; The Lantern on the way out. The lady there made me some ice cream from scratch. How cool was that? A perfect end to a perfect stay. You can see her making the ice cream below.
This is a great property if you want a river view and also get away from the hustle and bustle of the city while still having access to it. There’s plenty of shopping in this area so don’t be alarmed about that. There’s even a market that tuns the full length of the hotel from the entrance road to the river. Plus you are right near Chinatown so you are well taken care of.
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