The Oriental Residence Bangkok

by Joe Kelly
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The Oriental Residence Bangkok

A stay at The Oriental Residence came just at the right time as we were winding down our exhausting trip around Thailand with two short days in Bangkok. We’d been on the go for three weeks non-stop and still planned on cramming temples and city skyline views into our limited time. Therefore, we needed somewhere accommodating to our tired needs.

The Oriental Residence in Bangkok, Thailand made life very easy for us, even before we got to the hotel when we were stranded on the wrong side of the road with all of our luggage. Normally this wouldn’t be a big deal but with Bangkok traffic, opportunities to cross are scarce, however, the luxury residence’s able security noticed our plight and stopped oncoming traffic to bring us into the 5-star hotel’s lofty grand lobby.

Our Grand Deluxe accommodation had a fully equipped kitchen so we had a choice of eating in or going out – ideal after indulging so much prior to our stay.

Due to the Oriental Residence’s location on Wireless Road, the Phloen Chit BTS monorail station was just a short 10-minute walk away so getting in to a plethora of shopping centres at the heart of Bangkok in Siam is extremely easy. Plus, there are lots of cafes, restaurants, supermarkets, and shopping centres in the vicinity.

If you’re looking for good coffee, you don’t have to venture far. The onsite Café Claire is modelled on an old-fashioned Parisian bistro that serves excellent artisan coffee, which we couldn’t help but have two cups of each and every morning. The breakfast buffet spread that’s laid out was extensive and impressive, from a variety of healthy choices like homemade yoghurts, granola and fresh fruit, or indulgent fare like meat loafs, spicy sausages and gooey French cheeses. Naturally a bit of everything ended up on our table along with some selections from the ala carte menu.

Full to bursting on breakfast, traipsing around the massive city might not sound so appealing. The pool offers a pleasant skyline view of Bangkok that harks of New York ’s Central Park. The lush treetops from the nearby parks give the impression of a concrete jungle and the poolside bar proved to be a popular lunchtime spot for residents and visitors.

The Oriental Residence is best suited to long term staying guests who are staying in Bangkok for an extended period of time that would find a prolonged hotel stay rather stifling. It’s also a good hotel choice in Bangkok for the independent traveller who wants flexibility of where they eat and a hassle-free freedom to explore the city.

Tip: The Oriental Residence is NOT the same as the Mandarin Oriental. On two different occasions we were brought to the Mandarin Oriental, though we’re not certain if it was truly by mistake or if a taxi scam to heighten the fare. Either way, when you get in to your taxi, use the address card that The Oriental Residence kindly provide in an effort to avoid this mistake.

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