Picture: The authors’ lounge
When you enter the Oriental Hotel in Bangkok for the first time, it’s like a deja vu, like you have been there before.
Maybe it is because the hotel is one of a few legendary hotels in the worlds. Maybe it because you have heard the name before, and probably seen pictures of it.
The Mandarin Oriental Hotel was originally built in 1876 and has a modern tower. Many of the 393 rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, with spectacular views of the busy and muddy Chao Phraya River. The hotel has a famous and rich literary history. World class authors like Joseph Conrad, Tennessee Williams, Graham Greene, Norman Mailer, Noël Coward, William Somerset Maugham, John le Carré – to name a few – have all stayed and worked here.
The five star hotel is a favorite of celebrity visitors to Bangkok. The River Wing contains large two bedroom suites named after former and famous guests, all associated with the hotel. Thehotel has nine restaurants, and many find the 1930’s-inspired China House, the most fascinating. The hotel also has a garden pool and a spa located across the water and reachable by ferry. The Bamboo Bar has perfectly mixed cocktails like the Singapore Sling.
The hotel was voted “Best Hotel in the World” for a record-breaking consecutive ten years (1981–90), and it’s still one of the best city hotels in the world. A stay at the Oriental is a perfect end to a perfect day in Bangkok, and after nice dinner and a night cup I suppose your wife or girlfriend and you may retire for example to the Elizabeth Taylor suite.
The authors suite
The China House
The Bamboo Bar