BANGKOK : My stay in Shangri-La Hotel

SHANGRI-LA / BANGKOK / THAILAND

Travellerczech’s Rating: 8/10

I often visit Bangkok as it keeps fascinating me by its chaotic nature, delicious street food, and creative shopping opportunities. It’s such a captivating place with something for everyone.

You have to plan strategically while choosing where to stay in Bangkok, otherwise, you will waste a lot of time in traffic. The location should always be within a walking distance to the Skytrain, so you can easily travel around.

Also, don’t forget to visit the amazing ancient Siam capital Ayutthaya and be mesmerized by historical temples and sights…it is only one hour drive from city center.

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I have chosen Shangri-La hotel as my base during my recent trip to the Thai capital and I wasn’t disappointed. Let me share with you my experience


OVERVIEW :

Officially the largest 5-star resort in Bangkok is offering more than 800 guest rooms in two hotel wings, 9 bars and restaurants, Spa, meeting facilities, its own dinner cruise boat and much more.

It really is a luxury oasis in the heart of the city. Did I mention the fantastic tropical swimming pool? 🙂

Shangri-La does deliver a serenity and elegance for discerning travelers, no matter if business or pleasure brings you to the city.



LOCATION : 8/10

…very convenient. I was pleasantly surprised by the quick 35 minutes journey from the Airport.

Saphan Taksin Skytrain station is a just 2minutes walk from the Krungthep wing of the hotel and the frequent trains take you directly to Bangkok’s central shopping areas within minutes of travel time.

You can also use the hotel complimentary boats to visit Asiatique entertainment village, or simply cross the river.

  • TIP: Day Skytrain pas cost only TBH 140 and save you a lot of travel time.

ROOMS: 8/10

In my opinion, all the rooms look much better in reality than on the online booking sites. I did have a sneaky look into all different rooms and suites and they all are very well maintained, spotless, with a touch of Thai decor and most of them have fantastic views over Chao Phraya river.

The hotel has two wings, original Shangri-La wing and newer Krungthep wing with balconies.

I was staying in Shangri-La wing Deluxe river view room. The quite rooms are 36sqm big, with panoramic views from a window seating area. For me, it was easily the best part of the room.

Deluxe river view room also includes :

  • panoramic river views 🙂
  • plush bathrobes, slippers &  toiletries
  • safe
  • minibar and coffee/tea facility
  • pillow menu
  • TV, DVD
  • complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi
  • desk, chair & window sofa

KRUNGTHEP Wing feels almost like another hotel. It has its own reception, lobby, gardens, and pool. It supposed to be more private.  Rooms are spacious, elegant and have a river facing balcony, but I have found the noise from the bridge quite bothersome.


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SERVICE & FACILITIES: 7/10

SERVICE :

As you would expect, all the staff is very professional. What makes my stay is the people who enjoy their job and treat every guest as an individual and with a smile.  I didn’t get this in Shangri-La. From the reception, to pool deck staff, everyone was distant, not very helpful and sometimes, almost with an “attitude”. It simply felt like everyone is tired of the guests. The only person who stood out was the manager at Volti restaurant.

FACILITIES :

The main attraction of this hotel must be the tropical swimming pool. Forget you are in restless Bangkok, lush greenery and turquoise waters create idyllic “island escape feel” so relax and enjoy a bit of tranquility.

Hotels main facilities :

  • Tropical swimming pool deck + additional pool in Krungthep wing
  • Horizon Club Lounge
  • Conference center
  • Health Club & Spa
  • Hair salon
  • Souvenir store / Chocolate shop
  • Shuttle Boat
  • 6 restaurants & 3 bars

POOL DECK :

HORIZON CLUB LOUNGE : 

HEALTH CLUB : 

 SPA :

MORE: PRIVATE BOAT DINNER CRUISE, MEETING ROOMS, ATM, SHOPS …


FOOD & DRINKS: 9/10

Shangri-La has fantastic food across all their 9 F&B outlets. Better than any other hotel I have visited. From endless breakfast selection to dedicated restaurants to sample international delicacies…it’s just sooo yummy!

Of course, breakfast is a MUST and the NEXT2 all-day dining restaurant has something for everyone. They also have a healthy corner and you can kick-start your day on the beautiful outdoor terrace overlooking the river.

VOLTI :

My taste buds were the happiest at the Italian bistro Volti. The Italian born manager makes sure, the food is the best quality and I could eat their fish dishes any time of the day. Perfection!

MORE: SALATHIP, SHANG PALACE, LOBBY LOUNGE …

For an authentic Thai dining experience, head to Salathip restaurant, set in a picturesque wooden house overlooking the river.

There are other places to enjoy a sumptuous meal, or just a cocktail, such as Chinese Shang Palace, Lobby Lounge or try dinner on board of Shangri-La’s own dinner cruise boat Horizon.


 VALUE FOR MONEY: 7/10

Of course…five-star luxury and waterfront property doesn’t come cheap but comparing to another top class hotels in global cities, it’s actually much more affordable than you think.

  • Advance purchase can get you a room from THB 5.950 ( USD 187 )
  • For BEST DEALS book directly on SHANGRI-LA.COM

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BAHRAIN : Le Meridien Hotel Hotel REVIEW ****

Where :  Manama / Bahrain


Overview : 

Modern, conveniently located property in the centre of Manama (capitol of Bahrain ) with quick check-in, friendly helpful staff and great facilities to keep you occupied.

The overall design is quite generic, but the hotel feels pleasant, simple and well maintained.

It does cater mostly for a business travellers, but with extensive outdoor pool deck, big spa, Kids club and  Bahrain biggest shopping mall, it really is a place for everyone.

 


 Location :

Adjacent to the City Centre Mall, the biggest shopping mall in Bahrain and 20min taxi ride from the International Airport.

Hotel is connected with the mall via internal corridor. There isn’t anything outside, but taxi’s are easily reachable. Plenty restaurant inside the mall if you are looking for one and  Wahoo! waterpark for the little ones.

Nothing is too far and you can get to the old town, business area and other parts of town by car in few minutes.


Rooms :

Standard Double room isn’t overly spacious, but it has all the amenities modern traveler needs.

Beds are very comfortable, sockets are strategically placed next to the bed and by the table for easy charging of all your devices.

Wardrobe hides an iron, slippers, bathrobe and of course safe, minibar and coffee/tea making facility.

There is a small lounger, openable desk with a mirror and hair dryer, curtains are 100% blackout, flat TV and cute little wall lamp making a camel shadow.

Glass walled bathroom is small with bathtub and rain shower head. It’s not easy to turn on the shower without getting sprayed on with cold water.

4 bottles of complimentary bottled water and fast free Wi-Fi add’s to the comfort.

I need to mention, the door aren’t very noise cancelling so you can hear screaming kids running up and down through the corridors and slamming doors. That’s actually problem in so many hotels. Wondering, why it’s difficult, to do something about it…

 


Service :

Professional, quick and helpful. If I needed to change a room, bring extra water or a little help, everything is always dealt with swiftly and with a smile.


Dining / Entertainment : 

  • Baharat Breakfast Buffet restaurant with wide selection of everything you may want. Live egg omelette station, fresh fruit juices and lot’s of healthy options.
  • Longitude 50 Coffee/pastry shop at the lobby
  • Bizarre Lounge Bar if you are up for a cocktail. The bar doesn’t appeal too welcoming or vibrant.

Facilities :

Big outdoor pool deck with cabanas and plenty of sun loungers. Extensive Spa with hammam and many hot pools to relax in. Also, the gym is quite decent and never too busy.

Note, that all of the facilities are shared with the next door Westin hotel as it is one complex.


Who is it for :

Business Travellers, Families or GCC tourists on a shopping spree.


The Good :

  • very comfortable bed
  • convenient location
  • lovely pool, spa and gym
  • proximity to the shopping mall

Not so good :

  • noise from the corridor
  • small-ish rooms

Practical Info : 

Airport  20 min ( 8BD ) away / F1 circuit 30min drive / Bab-el-Bahrain Souk 10 min drive / Lost Paradise of Dilmun Water Park 20 min drive