Driving from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Oriental Residence, a Bangkok boutique hotel, we couldn’t help but think back to all the time we’d spent in Bangkok (and Thailand) and how much we love the place and the people. We’ve been here more times than we can count and on each trip, there’s always something special we’ve taken back with us. Little did we know that we were on our way to the next special thing Bangkok had waiting for us at the end of this drive.
Oriental Residence Bangkok is perfectly nestled in Bangkok’s embassy and shopping district, just 600m away from Ploenchit BTS Station, on Wireless Road. Driving into the property, we were instantly given a glimpse of what lies indoors. The lobby is a perfect start to the Oriental Residence Bangkok experience. Casual elegance meets understated luxury from the moment you step indoors. And there’s nothing better than being greeted by smiling, extremely courteous staff after a flight. With quick introductions and a very brief yet detailed chat of the services, we were ushered into the waiting elevator and into our room.
Soft lighting welcomed us into an elegant room that seemed perfect to make us forget the weariness of an early morning flight. Rave and I both sank into a luxurious sofa that ran along the wall and promised to never stand up again. The decor and the little touches of luxury were very well thought through. The little flower bouquet complemented the upholstery and the walls. The leather trimmings on the console complemented the wooden flooring. Chic and understated. Just what we like luxury to be. While Rave walked across to open the curtains to catch a safe view of the city (she’s not too happy with heights!), I disappeared into the fully-equipped kitchen to fix us some fresh coffee.
Later that evening after we returned from our day out, we were glad we didn’t settle down for a nap when we arrived because we wouldn’t have left that bed ever. I haven’t had such a beautifully restful sleep in a long time, as I did on our first night here.
We were unfortunately visiting Bangkok for a travel conference so we were out all through the day, returning only late at night. So as much we wanted to, we didn’t get the opportunity to dine at Savelberg Thailand, a gourmet French dining experience at the Oriental Residence Bangkok by one of Europe’s most celebrated chefs – Henk Savelberg. So, with a bit of disappointment, we ordered in. That disappointment quickly disappeared as soon as we dug into the wonderful Thai dishes that came in.
Breakfast at Cafe Claire
Cafe Claire seemed so perfectly at home in Oriental Residence Bangkok. Boutique-like, with classic touches, we suddenly felt we were in a cafe back in Europe. In addition to the beautiful buffet spread, we also had choices to pick from that made us wonder again if this was Bangkok or elsewhere in Europe. Sophisticated, yet relaxed, we stayed on for as long as we could after a filling breakfast, before reluctantly leaving for the rest of the day.
Oriental Residence Bangkok couldn’t be at a more perfect location. Irrespective of what you wanted to do, you were always connected. The Ploenchit BTS Station is just a couple of minutes away on foot, with great connections to the rest of the city. For shoppers, most of the renowned spots are either a 10 minute walk or cab ride away. And if you need a break from your shopping, Bangkok’s famous Lumpini Park is just 500m away.
This was our first experience at Oriental Residence Bangkok. And as we left, we smiled knowing that we’ll be back here on the next trip to Bangkok. Back for the understated luxury, the modern sophistication and the exceptional service that makes Oriental Residence Bangkok a truly unique gem in this wonderful city.
This post was made possibly by Oriental Residence Bangkok. Opinions as always, are our own.