Posted on 11 January 2015.
An oasis of tranquillity, relaxation and luxury in the heart of the city, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok opened its doors to guests in March 1986. The hotel’s prime location on the famous Chao Phraya River, the “River of Kings,” contributed to its rapid popularity as a city-resort welcoming a wide range of guests including business travellers, tourists, and meeting and incentive groups.
The success of the first 25-storey Shangri-La Wing (673 rooms) led to the opening in August 1991 of a smaller, more exclusive second tower, the Krungthep Wing. While benefiting from all the facilities of the main wing, the Krungthep Wing (129 rooms) is an independent tower with its own reception and lobby.
Harmony, tranquillity and elegance served as the inspiration for the design of Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok. A modern Western decor is enhanced by the rich beauty of Thai decorative motifs and colourful handcrafted artwork found in all parts of the hotel. The superbly decorated guestrooms and suites offer the best of modern amenities and conveniences in a soothing East meets West decor. Graceful and gentle Thai hospitality and service enhance the warm ambience of this dramatic riverside property.
A thorough redevelopment has also brought new sophistication to the reception, Lobby Lounge and the 673 guestrooms and suites of the Shangri-La Wing. All rooms have been rewired with digital cabling, ample power points and wireless Internet. There is enhanced work desk lighting, flat screen televisions and a multi-purpose dining table/desk. Streamlined bay windows allow optimum river views. There are larger bathrooms with new deep-soaking tubs and separate showers.
The two hotel towers, which encircle the lush gardens, serve as a perfect backdrop to the pool areas. Two tropical swimming pools, one exclusively for guests staying in the luxurious Krungthep Wing, and large sunbathing spaces are popular with guests who enjoy relaxing next to the river. Palm trees, flowering bougainvillea, orchids and bird of paradise flowers lend to the exotic ambience. With space spanning almost a quarter of a mile on the Chao Phraya River, Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok has the longest river frontage of any inner-city hotel.
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok became the first hotel in Thailand to be awarded HACCP certification (Food and Beverage Services) in September 2006 and the first hotel in Thailand to achieve ISO 14001 certification (Environment Management System) in January 2000.
State-of-the-art meeting facilities, including a spacious and grander pillar-free Grand Ballroom featuring a high-tech handy AMX Touch Panel and LED lighting system and a variety of aesthetically pleasing function rooms, have made the hotel a centre for international meetings and conferences and a venue for welcoming foreign dignitaries. For a hotel that routinely hosts royalty and heads of state, precision timing, impeccable service and attention to detail are expected and provided. The meeting rooms of the new Garden Rooms – Event Suites are designed for Bangkok’s stylish functions and social events, and the include the Chairman’s Room and the Garden Gallery, which both open to lush gardens beside the pool. A modern Business Centre offers all types of business services to guests.
With picture window views of the garden, the Health Club offers a complete gymnasium, steam room, massage and state-of-the-art exercise equipment. Aerobics and fitness classes are scheduled daily. Rooftop tennis courts and squash courts, with floodlights for evening games, are available for guest use.
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok offers a truly superior choice of cuisine and restaurants. The chic new Salathip offers Thai cuisine next to the river with classical dance performances, Shang Palace presents Chinese cuisine by chefs from Hong Kong, Italian dishes are available at Angelini Restaurant and Bar, which has an open kitchen and pizza oven, and NEXT2 Café by the river provides extensive buffet meals, and Asian and continental cuisine. Guests can also enjoy Shangri-La’s Horizon nightly luxury dinner cruise with a delicious international buffet. The latest two outlets at the lobby level are The Chocolate Boutique, a rendezvous to enjoy signature chocolates and beverages, and The Long Bar, featuring a bar counter that is 14.2 metres long overlooking the River of Kings for creative drinks and snacks.
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok’s location is perfect for business or pleasure. Only a few steps from the Krungthep Wing is the Saphan Taksin skytrain station. The skytrain offers rapid, convenient access to many important business and shopping areas of the city as well as MTR subway connection. Situated on the river, the hotel provides ideal river access to the historic parts of Bangkok such as the Grand Palace, the Temple of Dawn and the Royal Barge Museum.
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For more info visit Shangri-La Hotel Bangkok’s official website