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Old Dec 21, 19, 3:19 am
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
That is a dream. There is another Flyertalker here who did a similar stay at the MO HKG in one of their top suites.
It was while we were waiting for the building works on our house to be finished. I think I was a bit young to appreciate it for what it was.
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Old Dec 26, 19, 12:50 pm
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Originally Posted by stimpy View Post
I just got an email about the re-opening of the river wing...


Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok celebrates the reopening of the iconic River Wing following the largest renovation in our 143 years. Inspired by the hotel’s riverside location and history, as well as the unique spirit of Bangkok, this stunning transformation has further enhanced our accommodations and facilities while maintaining the classic, Thai-influenced elegance and unique resort style

Guests can now enjoy 11 outstanding restaurants and bars, an award-winning Spa, a Fitness & Wellness Centre and two re-designed swimming pools.

Book our Be the First to Stay* offer before 31 March 2020 to become one of the first to experience our beautifully rejuvenated hotel. Package rates start from THB 25,350...


The rooms look quite a bit different!

https://www.mandarinoriental.com/ban...accommodations
I like the new look of the rooms. The bathrooms seem however to be the same (in the deluxe rooms at least) judging by the photo. The only negative being the “view” from the shower on the toilet bowl !
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Glad to see the China House restaurant is still there. We had an outstanding Dim Sum lunch there during our Oriental (its name back then) stay in 1996. Was watching a James Bond movie festival on TV recently and noted the restaurant (Sala Rim Naam? with traditional Thai dancers performing) on the opposite side of the river serving as a backdrop in "Man with the Golden Gun." The hotel's hallway carpeting was terribly old and frayed, but other than that, a fantastic hotel and spa with superb restaurants. Gotta go back!
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Originally Posted by Nagasaki Joe View Post
Oriental (its name back then)
<whisper>Psst! For some of us, that will always be its name!</whisper>
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Originally Posted by LondonElite View Post
<whisper>Psst! For some of us, that will always be its name!</whisper>
Back in the early 1980s and perhaps earlier, the Oriental and the Okura (in Tokyo) vied for number one position on many top hotels of the world lists. Times have changed, the Okura has dropped far in rank but was recently rebuilt. Still, the Oriental is a great hotel, in my view, though I need to go back to confirm that it's still true under new ownership.

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Originally Posted by Nagasaki Joe View Post
Back in the early 1980s and perhaps earlier, the Oriental and the Okura (in Tokyo) vied for number one position on many top hotels of the world lists. Times have changed, the Okura has dropped far in rank but was recently rebuilt. Still, the Oriental is a great hotel, in my view, though I need to go back to confirm that it's still true under new ownership.
Interesting about the 80's. As I recall in the 90's, the Oriental was the top luxury hotel and the Park Hyatt Tokyo was consistently ranked as the worlds top business hotel.
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Originally Posted by Nagasaki Joe View Post
Back in the early 1980s and perhaps earlier, the Oriental and the Okura (in Tokyo) vied for number one position on many top hotels of the world lists. Times have changed, the Okura has dropped far in rank but was recently rebuilt. Still, the Oriental is a great hotel, in my view, though I need to go back to confirm that it's still true under new ownership.
New ownership? I’m not sure anything has changed.
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New ownership? I’m not sure anything has changed.
Then perhaps, new management?
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Then perhaps, new management?
No, that’s the same as well. Just KW is gone!
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Mandarin Oriental Bangkok ; post River Wing 2019 renovations

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Map| 5 Reviews | 60% Recommended

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

48 Oriental Avenue Bangkok, TH 10500

Mandarin Oriental Bangkok ; post River Wing 2019 renovations (79 Photos)

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok

Preamble

It was a fair bit of " to & froing " by emails & ' WhatsApp ' to get to a stay date . The hotel is very full , running at capacity on most days .. thought it was some " buy out " but turns out not all floors of the river wing have been renovated . Quite a number have yet to be completed .

What matters is that we are finally here , :) , even though not in preferred suite

More later ..

MOBKK limo transfer

Greeted by the MOBKK representatives at the airport in their spanking new bright saffron tangerine jackets for their uniform . Spot them a mile away now :)

Smooth ride on BMW 7 . 4 L  .

Welcome ' snacks ' with cold towels , water in new biodegradable bottles . Surprise gift ( s ) too .

1C24A37C-C56D-4DBE-BE80-7AEB93A963F4.jpe4F069FA4-D06E-45FE-9F8E-50AE33B67213.jpe Lovely sweet enticements enroute to reception , The Verandah ..A6969837-19EB-4155-967E-722ED742FCB3.jpeThe chocolate elephant ;)
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The reception area ..  This was not taken on arrival 7EC2E2FB-78F0-4D98-9A3A-1A675EF78CC9.jpe

Check In

Once again in room - an efficient warm time full of smiles throughout .
But which necessitated a switch to another on a higher floor . The original floor had new / varnish vapour drifting in from the floor below .

What the refreshed corridors look like 

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View from balcony 
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Room

As the renovations at the River Wing are ongoing , note that work starts at 8 am and you may also detect the recent varnishing ..

We generally like the results of the refurbishment .

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Bathroom , wardrobe , etcetera

They are trying hard to be eco friendly - go green ..
The WC is now one of those automatic ones , TOTO , similar to AmanTokyo except unlike AMANs , the calibration / timing is off . Hope the heated seats situation is sorted by today ..

 

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Pools and surroundings

Nicely redone but basically structurally remains somewhat the same . View towards river has thankfully been opened up , and you can see the river albeit through flowers , etcetera which maybe there , & not solid structure any more ! :)

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The famous spa

The spa therapists we had were excellent this time .

For once in recent years , we managed to enjoy the relaxation lounge after the session for a rather extended time . It poured , like buckets of cats and dogs , and we did not fancy getting drenched and having our various oils - anti aging and what nots washed away . 
And yes , if you are wondering , couple of segments above were posted from the lounge ;)

Looking back at MOBKK from the spa boat , with her long time neighbour , French consulate & residence

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'The relaxation lounge
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View from the lounge just before the deluge , much needed with the drought 
7EB288FC-CEC1-469A-A74E-A08A70FC4929.jpeThe refreshments area at the entrance to the relaxation lounge
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Cold towels .. while your Therapists and lounge staff serve you as you are lead in , one is free to help oneself too . Hot tea including ginger , refreshing chilled drinks - herb teas , infused water , roselle - and pomelo salad & some delicious spiced chocolate crisps and fruit are offered ..

These 2 sections above were posted while the much welcomed deluge was preventing us from crossing back over

State Room

As mentioned not all the MOBKK River Wing floors are ready . They decided not to have the State Room on our original floor available either 

What was here has ..

Disappeared 

.. resume later

Continuing & trying to recall at least some - hopefully will not go missing this time round ..

'Foyer

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Small corner balcony past the day curtains 51D8A1CE-C456-45EC-A876-7E4BA3D9B474.jpeAB7877C3-E4D2-4FEA-8B8A-D7501E056896.jpeB598BF8D-E1DB-47B8-A9F2-44EACD0AB020.jpe

Bathroom with a view857B5E9D-418B-4C02-A2EF-3F25DF4259DC.jpeCF6C3240-E29E-4E1C-B151-64463AC79C54.jpe2E1F6E68-A55F-4D7E-838F-CBB28F6C5A14.jpe

View from balcony towards Shangri - La 
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& towards IconSiam , MO boat returning from The Spa
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Would have preferred to be in this more spacious room but it was only available for a night and also had the varnish odour permeating through .

Graham Greene Suite

This is potentially where we will be the next stay . On the same floor as ours this time but sadly , only available for a night .

A welcoming bullock sculpture ( a painting round the corner ) , etcetera at the entrance .

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 Foyer40CD8284-71C7-478F-A4F1-6C2E7213C54E.jpe

Refreshments area by powder room E67A22B5-BEB7-43B1-99C5-42AEACFE829E.jpe7E0619C1-9230-4D12-9AA6-714B9077DBD5.jpe

Shades of ' Green ' colour palate in living area and throughout 

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Walk in 1845EFC4-E0BC-4C96-A3A6-5221B757B188.jpe

Comfortable bathroom with green tiles instead of teal522AF147-19E0-4F7D-9D39-86165BB8F9EF.jpe201E7135-0BCE-4692-AE85-612251CDA780.jpe87144AFE-7E31-4725-B42E-8F4B9D7D6383.jpe

Dining

Hits & major misses here .

Breakfasts for us in the AC part of The Verandah is a leisurely , peaceful , stretched out affair as just about everyone else gravitates outdoors - oblivious to the smog .

Slow stroll past the bar to The Verandah 
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Delicious widespread of international and local selections .

Fresh coconut every morning :)

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Announcing what is on at the Authors ' Lounge and beyond on the Lawn , in this case .. yes , the BMW 7 ;)  , preparations in the garden began over the weekend for the main event on 15 January !
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00AAE6EA-7559-4DFC-BC40-C1A713C704B0.jpePrepping for tea time after a morning wedding reception  

Soothing music by a blind pianist who played classical to movies / showpieces , relaxing but for some loud guests who came later ( thankfully we could shut the library doors since the pianist had ended his session) .

Wonderful afternoon tea in Authors ' Lounge , Khun Ankana ' s Study for our mini Amanjunkie FTer Do since Larkin was not here this time .. nonetheless it was a marvellous time with livefromtuscany :) ..  

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What was even of more significance was that retired Khun Ankana was " in the house " - actually in the lobby as we saw livefromtuscany off .

Chatted with her after , a sprightly 99 years , and still engaging !!

Well , just as well we had 2 dinners at Lord Jim ' s during last year ' s stay .

Missing the real Lord Jim ' s .

No more iconic aquarium for starters :( .. then then food :( & service or lack there of :( ..

Ordinary .. trying not to be scathing here . The magic / thrill of dining here is now absolutely absent .
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Perhaps this is one of the better part of the changes - sofa area overlooking the lobby - to mull to dine or not to dine .. Should have listened to our local guest and the SO .

We , thankfully , adjourned somewhere else with more character and deli food .
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Competent Concierge

They were very responsive with the requests I had . Very timely especially for time sensitive ones too . The team members knew the ' story line ' of each and different ones replied , if by email , without skipping a beat . A relief not having to reiterate one ' s query .

Superb service - almost there

With numerous new staff , it is not surprising that there are slip ups in an otherwise sublime situation . One does expect flawless though , perhaps by mid year ?? .. ;)

Location

Conveniently and strategically situated along where we like it on the Chao Phraya since we are here more for leisure - but even for otherwise - stays .

Traffic has not improved , going by boat maybe a better option to some destinations ;)

Odds and Ends

Looks like there are a number of new staff . Forgot to ask if English and other language lessons are provided for these new team members . Sorely needed especially for younger ones  - just being pretty and / or handsome does not quite cut it , helps though since eye candy is somewhat appreciated by many it seems .. Thankfully , the more seasoned ones are around but running to them all the time to have them come and having to repeat standard requests like ' olive oil / vinaigrette ' gets a bit tiresome at every meal .

They seem to know who we are as we are usually addressed by name though .

 

This TR is likely taking a while to finish , hopefully by the Lunar New Year ..

( what with the SIN Do coming up just before )  !!

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Love the pictures FlyerEC.

Definitely time to return to the MO BKK to see the touch up in person.
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Thanks FlyerEC. Is the desk area gone in the State Room? One of my favorite parts of that room.
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Old Jan 15, 20, 1:30 am
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Staying at the MO Bangkok and I agree that this is an outstanding hotel. Attentive staff who recognise you by name. Public areas are stunning. Bedrooms beautiful especially if you have a river view balcony room. There is the distinct smell of fresh paint and varnish but diminishing as days pass. Do bring noise cancelling earphones if you intend to spend time by the pool. Low ratio of Rolexes to tattoos.
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Thanks FlyerEC. Is the desk area gone in the State Room? One of my favorite parts of that room.
Yes , you are right . It ‘ s gone

Was about to put in a photo of the “ substitute “ .

There are some changes which aren ’ t quite appreciated . One would consider as major mistakes .. Was going to make it known in my remarks when I eventually finish my TR .
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Love the pictures FlyerEC.

Definitely time to return to the MO BKK to see the touch up in person.
Thanks . Very welcome to return asap to enjoy . Hopefully , whole wing will be done by end of March .. April ?!
If outdoors , like by the pool , do check the air quality though .
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