There’s no shortage of stylish, well-appointed five-star hotels in Bangkok – sure, the ones along Sukhumvit are in the heart of it all and there’s plenty to live about the glittering heights of Silom and Sathorn. But still, there’s something about watching the shadows lengthen along the banks of the Chao Praya, then taking it all in after dark, lit up like a Christmas tree, that feels even more like a real ‘Bangkok experience’; like this is definitely the spot.
The cavernous foyer sets the bar high but it’s likely surpassed by the sweeping views from the rooms, which are spacious and comfortable without being over-the-top. The bathrooms are slick and modern, decked out in dark slate, while making the most of limited space. The bedrooms, by comparison are less snazzy but it’s the bed that matters most and these ones have a pillowy softness that runs several inches deep.
Elsewhere in the hotel, there are some top-notch outlets to keep guests occupied and well-fed. One of the bestknown among Bangkok residents is Giorgio’s, a flagship Italian place with a vast terrace. One a still, clear evening, it’s hard to imagine many better spots to dine alongside the river and, of course, the food is pretty damn good as well. There’s a modern twist to many of the dishes but it’s the Italian staples that are the most satisfying. For example, the buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes and basil pesto seems straightforward but there’s a lightness and balance that truly impresses. The braised red wine beef, served with potatoes and green peas is more substantial and there’s a rich, almost velvety flavour that lingers on the tongue. If you fancy mixing it up, Giorgio’s also does a renowned buffet.
Other outlets include Thang Thong, a gorgeous Thai restaurant fitted out with plenty of teakwood and specialising in royal cuisine. For the uninitiated, royal Thai can be a real eye-opener – matching the authenticity of traditional Thai food but the refined flavours and upscale technique that befits palace tastes.
Sambal, the Royal Orchid Sheraton’s informal bar and grill, also boasts an attractive al fresco setting and does an inviting line in perfectly cooked seafood.
Don’t over-eat, though, as you’re in the perfect location for a late-night stroll along the River of Kings.
Royal Orchid Sheraton
2 Captain Bush Lane, New Rd
02-266-0123 | royalorchidsheraton.com