Since 1876, The Oriental, Bangkok has served as a beacon of light and warmth on the capital city’s Chao Phraya river. A landmark that represents the grandeur of Thai hospitality, The Oriental has inspired some of the world’s most famous writers.
Noel Coward, Somerset Maugham and Joseph Conrad have all enjoyed its sumptuous suites, distinctive ambience and distinguished service fit for royalty.
In September 2005, the completion of the multi-million dollar restoration of The Oriental represented a new era for this Thai legend Recognised as one of the world’s premier city resorts, it retains its nostalgic charm with its magnificent colonial architectural styles and glorious landscaping.
Guests can choose to stay in one of 393 superbly appointed rooms, including 35 luxury suites, looked after by an attentive staff of over 1,000. Each guest room is exquisitely decorated with rich Thai silk fabrics, beautiful heavy woods and gilded accents. Natural light flows are unbridled.
A large part of The Oriental’s heritage is in it renowned culinary experiences that date back to 1958, when Le Normandie, a French restaurant with sweeping views of the river and the city, opened its doors on the top floor of the hotel’s Garden Wing.
The restaurant’s tradition of hiring three-star Michelin chefs continues today. Four other restaurants- The China House, Lord Jim’s, Sala Rim Naan and Ciao-serve a mouth-watering array of cuisines from Chinese, International, Seafood, Traditional Thai and Italian. Meanwhile, the Oriental Thai Cooking School offers lessons in fine Thai cuisine, Classes are limited to just 15 students so that personalised attention and participation are key.
The Oriental Spa, voted ‘Best In The World’ by Travel & Leisure magazine, and recently ‘Best Overseas Spa 2005? by Conde Nast Traveller, UK, is a temple of well-being. It is set in an old teakwood house with only 14 private suites to ensure luxury and exclusivity.
The gentle spa therapists have been specially trained in the ancient art of natural Thai remedies. As befits a hotel of such stature, The Oriental also has all the modern conveniences that allow business travellers to effectively work and play, High-speed internet access is available in all rooms and state-of-the-art business centre provides professional support. A luxurious fleet of BMW 7 series limousines is also available along with experienced drivers with their reputation for courtesy. With its 130th anniversary in 2006, The Oriental’s unique style, superb facilities and impeccable service are well worth celebrating.