Looking for a nice 5-star hotel in Bangkok? Look no further! With hundreds and thousands of places, how would one go about choosing? Well, read my review on the Peninsula Bangkok. Maybe it’ll change your mind. The Peninsula Bangkok was everything I ever wanted and more! My search started on Tripadvisor as it usually also does. I’ll be honest, it was quite tempting to stay at the Lebua just for the oh-so-popular Sky Bar. But I’m glad I chose the Peninsula for many reasons.
The pricing was very reasonable considering other 5 star hotels in the area. We scored our stay for about $300/night on Visa Luxury Hotel Collections. This was my first time using it to book a hotel. With the all the benefits (free breakfast, free room upgrade, late check-out) I thought it would be worth a shot. Sure enough, when we arrived, we were upgraded to a Grand Deluxe room on the 34th floor. Check-in was a breeze and wonderful after a long, hot flight, and we were offered towels, snacks, and drinks in the lobby to wait while our room was being prepared. The lobby is lovely, especially with the live pianist. During certain hours, they also serve tea and afternoon delights there.
Like I mentioned before, we were upgraded to a Grand Deluxe room with a corner window of the river and city views. The elevator is quick, quiet and we never had to wait very long for a ride. The room was bright, clean, and spacious, with a desk and a coffee table with fresh fruits. The window is shaped like a triangle to have a panoramic view of the riverside and Bangkok. The bed is very comfortable and large. The pillows are plush but if you would like a different one, they provide pillow menus like many hotels now do. The bathtub was big and equipped with many buttons such as radio and television. Actually, there are buttons all over the room so you’ll never have to walk too far to turn on the lights, radio or call someone. His/her robes and house slippers are a nice touch and fit me perfectly. There’s also a shoe shine and daily morning papers box located by the front door. I am most impressed with house cleaning as they were like ninjas and always on top of things. Every detail was looked into every time we left our room even for an hour and amazingly we’ve never seen them, any of them. More details about them below.
Unfortunely, we only had the breakfast buffet during our stay there. We skipped out on their restaurants, outside cafe and other private dining otions in order to try out what Bangkok had to offer. However, the breakfast buffet is huge, very extravagant and very delicious. They had almost every cuisine covered from Thai, Korean, Chinese, American, Japanese, American and some European breakfast items. There are fresh fruits and fruit juices, honey from a honeycomb, unique pastries, and custom freshly made noodles at the chef’s stations. One thing I loved and really appreciated was that the food was not the same every day, not even the fruit juices! The tables by the riverside have a beautiful view but can get hot especially in summer, so inside seating was an awesome alternative.
I thought the location was perfectly situated by the river. Views from the higher rooms are very lovely. There are some rooms with balconies but the Grand Deluxe also offers panoramic views of Bangkok. Transportation was easy using their free boat service across the river to their neighboring piers. The Mandarin Orient is directly across the river and the Lebua is not far once you arrive at the Mandarin’s pier. We actually utilized Uber and Grab taxis frequently to get around and had no problems calling one from the hotel. It’s not too far from the main tourist areas (~20 minutes) but far enough to have peace and quiet.
We wish we had a chance to reserve one of their spa packages but unfortunately, time did not permit. Though the pool was awfully nice and large. It is a three-tiered pool with heaters built into it. They have a thermometer that tells you how cool or warm the pool is. The service at the pool area was amazing and the bungalows are plentiful and very nice to lounge in. They are on a first-come basis and require no reservations. Yes! You don’t have to reserve those awesome bungalows!
I would say the service we received during our stay has always been top notch. It was around the lunar new year holiday and we wanted to buy some very delicious cakes from their souvenir store the day before we left. The store was actually closed(10 pm) when we remembered to call. Reception was very helpful nonetheless and was able to locate someone in the wee hours of the night to get them to us some and delivered to us before we headed to bed. Our cold water bottle supply never diminished as the were replenished faster than I ever imagined. There was always a bottle by my bedside, an ice bucket on the table, and several more bottles in the refrigerator. I would even say they service each room at least 10 times a day. I had many suspicions as to why as well. One being my towels were always re-folded/replaced, my shoes were constantly organized into our closet, my room slippers always returned to my bedside, my toiletries were constantly reorganized and replenished, the toilet paper kept folding back into that neat little triangle. Many things were touched and organized even if we stepped out for just 1 hour! It was quite amazing actually as we never saw a single person on our floor cleaning, ever. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. They’re like ninjas.
One last thing I especially loved was that concierge was able to obtain reservations to Gaggan for us after I painstakingly tried for weeks and failed. All I had to do was email them and they were able to secure our table within a matter of hours! It was like magic. If you haven’t tried Gaggan, you should look into it. But that story is for another day.
Hope you found this helpful!