Peninsula Bangkok – Surprisingly Convenient
As the credit crunch was starting to bite me in the butt we booked a 72 hour package to BKK rather than book flights and hotel separately as usual. I was a little apprehensive as for non-business travel I don’t like large hotels. Have to say that the package was very good value for money, and the Peninsula turned out to be a really good choice.
Rooms: Could do with an update, especially lacking in techno gadgets. Large, comfortable, clean but a bit tired round the edges and very early 90s pastels. Each room looks out across the River Praya and the views really are cool.
Service: Very good service, and the concierge was top notch. Pointed us to a couple of really good restaurants, booked cinema tickets for us, organised a boatman to take us on a trip round the klongs and then up to Suan Thip for lunch.
Price: Part of a package, and was good value.
Facilities: Nice gardens and pool, 5* so gym, business centres etc. I did get my legs waxed in the beauty salon and it was fine but massively expensive. Think I paid HK$600!
Restaurants/Bars: No interest in eating inside the hotel. Did go to the whiskey bar for a night cap one evening, pretty decent jazz singer, cosy etc.
Location: On first glance I though the location was going to be a nightmare. So far as I was concerned it was the wrong side of the river and too far south from all the locations I usually go to: Siam Square, Sukhumvit etc. In fact it was great. The Pen has a little boat that takes you over to the Skytrain on the opposite bank, and then the Skytrain takes you to within 10mins of most places you would ever want to go. Unless it’s late at night, it really isn’t worth getting a taxi in BKK, so your accomm does need to be very close to the Skytrains or underground to get about (or be wildly irresponsible and take motorbike taxis).
All in all, for a large hotel with little charm, it had top notch service, great views and convenient transport links.