Standing tall along Wireless Road in Bangkok is the Oriental Residence Bangkok, a luxurious abode in the heart of the capital’s green embassy district.
Words: Beverly Rodrigues
As my ride (a swanky Jaguar XJL!) passed a spurting fountain reminiscent of a big bird bath and pulled up to the hotel, the first thing that struck me was the wonderful sense of light and space. Although the lobby boasted elegant chandeliers, it was the brilliant sunlight streaming through the louvered and glass windows, dancing on the petals of fresh flowers that provided the cheery illumination.
This stylish hotel is designed with plenty of tall glass windows that offer superb city views and let in sunshine for a clean, natural feel. This design sense was evident in the spacious guest rooms, from the 45 sq. metre Grand Deluxe room to the 70 sq. metre one-bedroom suite and 160 sq. metre three-bedroom suite, which is perfect for family groups. The interior design by renowned Thai home furnishing and interior design brand, Chanintr Living, was inspired by the residence of the ambassador of the Netherlands, which I could see from the window of my one-bedroom suite. Its pale pea green walls were reflected throughout my room, from the elegant wainscoting to the heavy drapes and cushion covers that blended well with the calming colour palette of white and beige, and dark hardwood floors. Even the octagonal pattern of the wall paper was derived from the architectural lines of the diplomatic residence. But, my favourite design element by far was the ‘travelling trunk’ motif seen in the rivet detailing and leather strap handles on storage units.
My one-bedroom apartment offered separate living room and bedroom spaces with white sliding doors leading to a voluminous bathroom with shower stall, bath tub and large vanity for preening. All rooms come with a kitchen equipped with refrigerator, microwave, toaster and stove so guests can cook in their rooms without the hassle of washing up after, as this is done by that wonderful department called Housekeeping – the very same people who set my dining table with cutlery and napkins, and a welcome basket containing that quintessential Thai dessert – mango sticky rice. How’s that for hospitality? The hotel also has a herb garden where guests can pick aromatic dill, holy basil and other greens to flavour their cooking.
Of course, if you’d prefer to have your food cooked for you, head over to Café Claire, reminiscent of an elegant French bistro. Currently, the hotel’s only restaurant, this charming all-day-dining establishment boasts natural lighting and crisp, white table linen contrasting with dark leather sofa booths, chairs and bar stools. Globular lamps suspended from the ceiling add a warm glow while the tarnished mirrors that surround the dining hall create the illusion of a bigger space while entertaining with quotes like one from Mark Twain that says: “Nothing helps scenery like bacon and eggs”. The menu here serves up a mix of Western and local dishes from black crab salad and duck confit to fragrant tom yam soup served in a young coconut with a large river prawn that looks like it’s trying to claw its way out! If you can get past a crustacean glaring at you, the soup with its slivers of coconut flesh imparting a delightful sweetness, is superb!
If you’d like to indulge, opt for the High-Tea, or better yet, the Champagne Tea! Both offer a decadent platter of goodies with a selection of finger sandwiches like smoked salmon with mascarpone, and grilled vegetables and pesto, served alongside freshly-baked scones with homemade jam and clotted cream, and the usual suspects you’ll find at a proper English tea including cheesecake, chocolate cake and fruit tarts. The best thing on the platter had to be the macarons, divine rose-perfumed orbs of perfection.
The hotel also offers a beautiful pool with relaxing cabanas, a gym and a complimentary shuttle to the Chidlom BTS station. With a central location, wonderful rooms and stellar hospitality, Oriental Residence Bangkok is a great base for a fun vacation in Bangkok.
ORIENTAL RESIDENCE BANGKOK
Address: 110, Wireless Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
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