The Hotel It is revenge travel to Thailand for me this year and having spent a couple of nights in Koh Samui, I visited Bangkok shortly after and my stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River is nothing short of amazing. The two years old property is located within Chao Phraya Estate, an exclusive riverfront development which also houses Capella Bangkok. While the hotel is not directly beside any BTS Skytrain station, it is minutes from Sathorn Pier, the Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain station and the Sirat Expressway, and a 40-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
I love the grand entrance into the Chao Phraya Estate, which houses both Capella Bangkok and Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River. Upon entering the entrance of the hotel, I like the subtle understated luxury vibes where the interior of the hotel’s lobby and walkways are designed in an elegant style.
The high ceiling, full floor to ceiling windows and ample natural light in the day are just some of the aspects I like.
I also get that strong sense of artsy element from the numerous paintings and art pieces around the lobby, as well as the walkway leading to the rooms. Other than comfortable seats to lounge around, the lobby level is also where guests can enjoy an Afternoon Tea session or some drinks from the open concept bar.
The Room There are a total of 299 guest rooms. I checked into the Premier River View Room which is located at the part of the building furthest from the reception, but also closest to the restaurant and riverfront pool.
I love the view from my room, a sweeping view of the Chao Phraya River in its full glory, as well as a view of the riverfront infinity pool.
At 50 sqm, the Premier River View Room is extremely spacious with an efficient layout. You get the huge bathroom to the left after entering the room, where the bathroom is accessible from two sides of the room. And needless to say, double vanity sinks.
There is a tub and a separate shower zone, which is huge. Great water pressure there, and the temperature setting of the water is easy and sensitive. I also love the Maison Francis Kurkdjian range of toiletries where the scent is aromatic.
My room comes with a king size bed, which is very comfortable as the mattress is quite hard, to my liking. There is also a mini bar where you can make your own cocktail in the room.
One of my favourite corners of the room is the lounge chair beside the window, where it is a perfect spot to gaze out and space out. There is also a round work desk should you need to catch up on some work.
The Facilities Should you wish to get out of the hotel, there is a private pier within the property where there is complimentary boat service to/from Icon Siam and Sathorn Pier.
Despite being a city hotel, the size of Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok is huge. The landscaping of the property is amazing with much greenery and plants throughout the property, along with plenty of corners to take a rest.
There are two pools here, the outdoor riverfront infinity pool, and a 30m lap pool right beside the fitness centre.
Go for the outdoor riverfront infinity pool as it boasts a beautiful view of the Chao Phraya River.
It is a very good size pool where there are jacuzzi spots, and you can also do laps here.
There are plenty of lounge chairs to suntan or relax as well.
The Fitness Centre is great for cardio or weights training, and is one of the best hotel gyms I have come across. I like how spacious it is where different machines are placed at different zones which give other guests a little privacy in their workout. There are also lounge chairs placed along the gym if you need to catch a rest, as well as cold towels.
Other notable facilities within the hotel include the spa, and an art space which is a mini art gallery on its own scale.
The Restaurants There are a couple of noteworthy dining concepts in the hotel, where Yu Ting Yuan is a One Michelin Star Chinese restaurant.
There is also Brasserie Palmier, a French restaurant by the riverfront serving brasserie classics alongside a variety of fish and seafood dishes. The vibrant setting features an oyster bar, tropical foliage and a choice of indoor and outdoor seating.
Daily breakfast is served at Riva Del Fiume Ristorante, an Italian restaurant with river views from four spacious terraces.
The breakfast spread is a mix of International and local Thai cuisine, though I wished that there are more Thai dishes being showcased.
Regardless, there is a good spread of bakes, juices, egg station, French toast, amongst others.
For drinks, I highly recommend BKK Social Club which is the spot for bespoke cocktails, craft spirits and cigars in a stylish setting. BKK Social Club is also most recently ranked Number 10 at Asia’s 50 Best Bars 2022, making it the highest ranked bar in Thailand.
For coffee or Afternoon Tea, there is the gorgeous Lobby Lounge to soak in the hotel vibes even if you are not staying as a hotel guest.
Rants The main pool beside the river could get quite crowded especially during late afternoon.
Overall Experience I enjoyed my stay thoroughly at the Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River. It is nice to return to the hotel every time after I was out in the city, as it feels so comfortable the moment I stepped into the lobby. Great service throughout the property, be it at the dining concepts, pool or lobby, and this is one which I will recommend if you are looking for a good stay in Bangkok.
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River
300/1 Charoen Krung Rd, Khwaeng Yan Nawa, Sathon, Bangkok 10120, Thailand
For more information, check out Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River Website.
Ranted by The Ranter