The Peninsula Hotel
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At the Peninsula Hotel, Bangkok, we stayed in the Terrace Suite that includes an incredible number of exclusive services; a welcome on arrival then drive through the passport control diplomatic channel to the luggage area and out to the waiting BMW with a private driver who serves you towels and water before driving you to the hotel. On arrival at the hotel, you are ushered straight to your room and leave the formalities to your personal butler who will stay at your service during your stay.
Stay The suite is huge with a complimentary bottle of champagne, fresh fruits and sweets. The terrace has a private Jacuzzi and is perfect for any occasion during the day and night. The highlight is the 180 degree view of the city. For me what makes the hotel so special, besides the friendly and kind service, is the location. To be right on the river is so special. There is nothing better than sitting on the terrace, watching the river activity and having a morning coffee or evening cocktail.
Dine Breakfast is buffet at the River Cafe Terrace with freshly baked pastries, tea and coffee that is much better then what you usually get in hotels. There is an overwhelming variety of fresh fruit with one staff dedicated to just slicing the most sumptuous of Bangkok mangoes. We tried three dining restaurants; the Chinese food restaurant Mei Jiang, the Thai restaurant Thiptara and the buffet at the River Cafe (where breakfast is also served). The atmosphere and service at each of these venues was excellent.
Relax The spa is clean, had great service and possibly the best therapist. The workout facility is not the biggest but did the job. There is a spa facility in the locker room and a includes hot jacuzzi, cold plunge pool, steam room, and sauna. This is complimentary to all hotel guests. The pool is superb, long and thin with 3-4 interlinked pools, some overlooking a small garden, while other closer to the river. The sun stays in sight all day and there are plenty of loungers and a few cabanas. The pool staff is exceptionally attentive with continually supplying water, iced fruit drinks and ensuring you stay hydrated.
Play Finally the bar is bliss – a small but beautiful area looking out onto the Chao Phraya River, with a constant stream of tourist and commercial freight moving up and down it. It had a nice selection of top shelf liquor. Best deal is the Yamazaki Whisky.
Thailand has four international airports; in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket and Hat Yai, but Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi airport is the country's major gateway. Practically every airline carrier that flies to Asia also flies into Bangkok. This means there are plenty of services and the competition on the routes helps to keep the ticket prices down.
There are now a throng of low-cost-carriers serving Southeast Asia, led by KL-based AirAsia. It can be cost effective to fly from your home country to Bangkok, Singapore or KL with a traditional carrier, then pick up a LCC flight to your final destination. If you are travelling with AwimAway, transfers from an airport are arranged by our representatives who will meet you at the arrival lounge and transfer you to the hotel.
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Rooms & Suites The Peninsula Bangkok’s ingenious W-shaped design ensures river views for all rooms, sensational bathrooms and some of the city’s most spacious accommodation. The opulent suites come with terraces and outdoor Jacuzzis with full cityscape panorama. With only ten rooms and two suites per floor, you can be guaranteed peace and tranquillity. A helicopter service via the exclusive lounge to land on the hotel’s rooftop is available.
Deluxe Rooms Located on the 4th to 35th floors, these rooms have river or city view. Rooms feature a King size bed, marble bathroom with separate shower stall, bath tub and toilet cubicle. Some rooms have balcony. Size: 43-50 sqm
Deluxe Suites Located on the 4th to 35th floors, these rooms have river or city view. Rooms feature a King size bed, marble bathroom with separate shower stall, bath tub and toilet cubicle. There is a living room with sitting area and dining table for four persons. Capacity: 3 adults. Size: 74 sqm
The Thai Suite Located on the 36th floor, these rooms have river or city view. Rooms feature a King size bed, marble bathroom with separate shower stall, bath tub and toilet cubicle. There is a living room with sitting area and pantry. Capacity: 3 adults. Size: 150 sqm
The Terrace Suite Located on the 37th floor, these rooms have river or city view. Rooms feature a King size bed, landscaped terrace with sundeck, Jacuzzi and dining for four, marble bathroom with whirlpool bath. There is a living room with sitting area, dining for four persons and pantry. Capacity: 3 adults. Size: 190 sqm
Grand Terrace Suite Located on the 36th floor, these rooms have river or city view. Rooms feature a King size bed, Master and guest bedroom, sitting and dining rooms, study and den. There is a landscaped terrace with sundeck, Jacuzzi and dining for four, marble bathroom with whirlpool bath. Capacity: 5 adults. Size: 240 sqm
Duplex Suite Located on the 36th and 37th floors these rooms have river or city view. Rooms feature a King size bed, master and guest bedroom, sitting and dining rooms, study and den. There are 2 outdoor terraces with sundeck, Jacuzzi and dining for four. There is a marble bathroom with whirlpool bath. Capacity: 5 adults. Size: 330 sqm
The Peninsula Suite Located on the 34th floor these rooms have river or city view. Rooms feature a King size bed, master and guest bedroom, sitting and dining rooms, study and den. There are 2 outdoor terraces with sundeck, Jacuzzi and dining for four. There is a marble bathroom with whirlpool bath. Capacity: 5 adults. Size: 364 sqm
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Dining Experience The hotel’s Mei Jiang is an award-winning Cantonese restaurant with stunning river views and private rooms. Dine on exquisite authentic Thai cuisine at the Thiptara, set along the riverside and surrounded by majestic banyan trees and lush tropical gardens. The River Cafe & Terrace is popular for it International cuisine buffets. Watch the action of live cooking stations indoors, or dine al fresco on the long, shaded riverside terrace. Relax in front of the river and select from The River Bar's impressive drinks list. Don't miss the signature 'Thaijito', a refreshing blend of Thai rum, peach schnapps, fresh lime juice, lime, mint, pineapple and raw sugar. The Peninsula's renowned Afternoon Tea is best served at The Lobby, accompanied by live music. And The Bar's skilled mixologists have refined an impressive selection of internationally known and loved cocktails.
Spa Experience The Spa is located in a stunning three-storey Thai colonial-style building by the river, which houses a number of private suites with steam showers and an ensuite whirlpool overlooking the Chao Phraya River. Select from a list of indulgent massages and facials or have one of The Spa’s highly trained therapists create a bespoke treatment tailor-made to suit your needs. The Fitness Centre provides the latest in state-of the-art equipment. Guests are invited to take advantage of a range of treadmills, elliptical, cycle and stair-climbing machines by Life Fitness, complete with personal television monitors and headphones. Set amidst stunning views over the Chao Phraya River is the exotic three-tiered swimming pool. There are luxurious sun loungers and 12 traditional Thai salas and a pool bar. A full-time tennis expert is on site to double up with hotel guests, whether you’re looking to improve your strokes or simply hit a few balls.
Shopping Experience Bangkok is one of the best places in Asia for shopping. From quirky little handicraft stalls to mega-malls, shopping in Bangkok is a delight for most discerning shoppers. With everything from antiquities to designer jewellery, there is an exhausting variety of things to buy.
Good buys include Thai silks and cottons, batiks, silver and gold, precious and semiprecious stones. Textiles and fabrics along with intricate handicrafts are the favourites for tourists but there is much more to choose from and shoppers have even been known to ship an entire container of teak furniture home. Tailor-made clothes are also good value and can be made in a matter of days, yet the standard is very high. Don’t miss the weekend markets.
Tipping Tipping is a personal expense and depends entirely on the quality of services provided to you and your appreciation of those services. Whilst tipping is not mandatory, it is expected at restaurants and by drivers, guides and tour escorts. The following estimated guideline may help you in determining the tip amount, should you wish to tip any service provider. Tipping in restaurants is about 5-10% of the bill, if not included.
When to go The best time to visit most of Thailand is between November and February as it is the coolest time of year and it rains the least. These months also form the tourist high season. March-Jun brings the hot season when sightseeing is best scheduled for morning or late afternoon. The best way of cooling off during hot season is to join the Thai Water Festival generally held in mid-April. Rains start in July through October. The temperature during these months tends to be cooler, tourists are fewer and the landscape is lush and green. The rain isn't permanent though - it comes in bursts and cools things down after it has gone!
Passport/Visa British national do not require a visa for stay up to 30 days when entering by air but a valid passport is required for all tourists travelling to Thailand.