Hotel Review: Capella Bangkok At Chao Phraya Estate | Riverfront Premier Room Stay, Understated Luxurious Hotel

The Hotel After staying at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River a few months ago in August, I really love the Chao Phraya Estate development and I managed to check in to Capella Bangkok in my recent Bangkok trip this month. Capella Bangkok is located right beside Four Seasons Private Residences Bangkok and is a much more exclusive hotel property as compared to Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River with only 101 accommodations. 

The lobby of Capella Bangkok is elegant and its interior and design is quite an understated luxury for me. In the day, there is nice natural light in the lobby, and it boasts views of Chao Phraya River as a backdrop. 

I was ushered by the friendly staff to The Living Room, an exclusive lounge area only for hotel guests for the check-in procedures. A welcome drink is also offered where you can choose to have coffee or tea at The Living Room all-day as well. 

This is a quiet and comfortable space to relax in the day if you need a caffeine boost. 

Look out for the Capella Culturist here if you need any guidance on your itinerary in Bangkok where the team is able to curate personalized activities along the River be it Art, History, Culture, Entertainment and Cuisine. 

In terms of privacy, I really like how there is a separation of zone between the common lobby area, and The Living Room along with the hotel rooms and facilities which requires a guest access card in the form of the room card.

The ground of the property also spots a beautiful seamless, elegant and minimalist looking aesthetic, which I really like.

The Room The 101 accommodations span across rooms, suites (including 2-bedroom family suites) and villas, all with a view of Chao Phraya River. The suites and villas typically come with either a private balcony or a verandah with jacuzzi plunge pools. 

I checked into the Riverfront Premier room category which is located from the fifth to the tenth floors.

I was assigned level ten, the highest level in the property and probably the floor with the best view of the river. 

I love how spacious the 61 sqm room is and mind you, this is the smallest room size in the property. As I stepped into the room, the spacious walk-in wardrobe is on the right which also comes with a proper dressing table. The open concept wardrobe space is big enough to fit two luggages at least, and there are plenty of hangers. The room also comes with complimentary 5 pieces of courtesy pressing. 

The entrance of the room also leads to the main bedroom area, a wide configuration which frames up the panoramic view of the river.  

It is really quite relaxing to simply gaze out at the endless stream of boats on the busy river. 

A nice mini living room section with comfortable sofa and coffee table overlooking the river, as well as a spacious work desk with power points should you need to catch up on some work.  

The mini bar area comes with daily complimentary non-alcoholic beverages, along with a Nespresso coffee machine and a selection of teas specially curated for Capella. 

Each side of the king size bed also comes with power points, which is great for me as I do have quite a fair bit of gadgets to charge. The bed itself is very comfortable, where the mattress firmness is quite hard to my liking. 

One of the features of the room I appreciate is the automated double layer blinds which ensure the room is completely blacked out as I am a light sleeper. There is also a tablet for room control and guest assistant request for convenience. 

On to the bathroom, it is very tempting to find an excuse to take a shower since the bathroom is so spacious as well, with double vanity sinks.  

The marble bathroom comes with a separate rain shower and a huge bathtub, and it looks out to the balcony and river as well. The water control for the rain shower is sensitive and the pressure is strong as well, something I look out for whenever I stay in a hotel. The walk-in shower is so spacious that it even fits a wooden bench. 

The balcony comes with a sofa bed and is a great space to chill if you need some fresh air, and it looks out to the river and an aerial view of the main swimming pool. 

The Facilities I spent a fair bit of time during my stay at the main Swimming Pool, where the pool attendants are very attentive and are more than happy to help set up the pool chairs with towels, along with cold water or juices, and a wet towel.  

There are also cabanas if you prefer a shadier and more spacious area to lounge in the whole day. 

The Fitness Centre is quite well-equipped, perfect for me as I do need my workouts (don’t double how much I eat) to stay sane. Daily classes are available for guests to sign up, so do check the daily activities schedule. I was happy to do my weights training, and there are also various cardio machines. 

If you are in for a pampering treatment, Auriga Wellness is an award-winning spa with seven treatment suites including two couples’ suites. I did not manage to book any spa treatment during my stay, but nonetheless every guest should make a visit to the spa for its facilities, complimentary to all guests. 

I love how sleek the changing room is, which has a proper dressing table, numeric code lockers and Aesop bath and grooming products.  

There is a sauna and water therapy zone, as well as a jacuzzi for some water therapy. For a hotel spa facility, it is quite impressive.

Post spa relaxation? There is a cosy and dimly lit relaxation lounge within the male and female changing room if you need to rest a little. 

If you need to head out of Capella Bangkok, there is a complimentary resort boat shuttle to IconSiam and Sathorn pier. 

The Restaurants Breakfast happens at Phra Nakhon, an Authentic Thai restaurant located right beside the river.

The best tables in the morning are the outdoor ones where there is a nice and cool morning breeze.  

Other than a selection of buffet items, one highlight of the breakfast is the unlimited orders from the ala carte menu where there is a good variety of Thai and International dishes, prepared ala minute. The Naked Coconut juice is definitely one of the most unique coconut I have seen as it is just the coconut skin, without the hard shell.

I highly recommend the Unagi Benedict from the ala carte menu, a unique twist of the typical eggs benedict. Interestingly, there are quite a couple of Japanese influenced dishes here such as the grilled salmon served with Japanese pickles and tamago (egg). 

My favourite Thai dish is the fluffy Thai omelette, fried to a crispy texture. 

Post breakfast, Phra Nakhon serves lunch and dinner where there is a wide selection of Thai dishes, including Khao Soi, a Northern Thailand curry noodles dish. 

For a fine-dining meal, I recommend checking out Cote by Mauro Colagreco, a one-Michelin-starred and elegantly decorated Riviera-inspired dining experience. There are various set menus for lunch and dinner, where lunch offers the best value. The dishes are conceptualized by Three-Michelin star chef Mauro Colagreco. 

Tea Lounge at the lobby area is the space where you can enjoy some tea, and it also offers the Capella Signature High Tea curated by their award-winning Executive Pastry Chef, Sylvain Constans, which comes with a beautiful tea trolley and dessert trolley. 

I tried the afternoon tea during my stay, and it was a lovely experience, as I really love every detail from the design of the cutlery to the presentation of the tea and dessert. The tea selection is amazing, and includes local Thai tea varieties such as their Dong Ding Medium Roast Oolong which hails from Chiang Rai province, from the high hills of Mae Chan. 

For a truly indulgent experience afternoon tea in Bangkok, the Tea Lounge also presents Capella Bangkok Signature Diamant Champagne, bottled exclusively for the hotel by the Vranken Pommery house. 

There is also a bar concept Stella, which is the spot to be for the daily complimentary Cin Cin hour between 5pm to 6pm for all guests where you can enjoy cocktails, wines and canapés.  

Post Cin Cin hour, Stellar serves up crafted cocktails and bespoke patisserie. It is a totally different vibe from BKK Social Club at the Four Seasons, as Stella exudes a live music and lounge ambience. 

Rants If you are planning most of your meals or activities around Siam, the property’s location is about 30 minutes away by car if the traffic is smooth. Bangkok’s traffic can be notoriously bad.

Overall Experience I really enjoyed my stay at Capella Bangkok and after being in Bangkok on numerous occasions, I had not much motivation to head out as I just wanted to relax in the hotel. Watching the sunset views of the Chao Phraya River from the comfort of the room is memorable, and the friendly service from the staff throughout the property makes me feel very welcomed. I cannot wait to return for another stay. 

Capella Bangkok 
300 2 Charoen Krung Road, Yan Nawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand 

For more information, check out Capella Bangkok Website.

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