An urban resort and sanctuary on the Chao Phraya River, an art studded Zen, sophisticated lobby, surrounded by water features and open terraces. After a six year hiatus from the Thai capital, the new Four Seasons Bangkok is certainly back with a bang! It opened in 2020 in the middle of the pandemic, and is finally in full swing.
The hotel is tastefully decorated, the atmosphere gives you the feeling of interior as exterior. Large picture windows, surrounded by pools and greenery inside and outside.
Some people like the busy urban feel of the Sukhumvit area, I prefer being on the river, the lifeblood of Thailand. There is a water taxi stand right on the property and the newest and one of the top malls, the ICONSIAM, is a short, free water taxi ride across the river. If you need to venture further, a taxi or “Grab” are plentiful and inexpensive. Because the hotel is inset from the road, you can’t hear any street noise, and the hotel is a welcome, and serene oasis in the heart of the city. It is an excellent base for sightseeing, or relaxing by a multi-tiered swimming pool along the river.
The 299 rooms are large with their smallest being 538 square feet. Done in palettes of taupe and greys, with details like faux ostrich leather, Thai silks and marble. Our room was a breathtaking suite directly facing the river. I believe it was about 1300 square ft. It featured a powder room, a full bathroom, a spacious living and dining area as well as a bar and small kitchenette. My one complaint about this stunning room was lack of drawers. Two miniature drawers in the walk in closet couldn’t fit anything and I had to use the empty cupboards in the kitchen.
The service and facilities were top notch. Service here goes beyond many hotels and the Four Seasons brand can learn a thing or two here from what I like to call the Four Seasons 2.0. There were 3 pools, one being a 30 meter lap pool. You can order a cocktail, a freshly squeezed watermelon juice, a snack or full lunch at the pool. Every hour or so, they bring around a small drink or treat.
There is a wellness center, a state of the art gym, a kid’s club, an in house hair salon, barber shop and a few first class restaurants. Yu Ting Yuan is a Michelin Star Cantonese restaurant. There is also a lovely French brasserie called Palmier and an Italian restaurant called Riva Del Fiume, where they also serve a large breakfast each morning. There is also an all day café located between the hotel and residence. The lobby bar also serves food as well as drinks. After hours, the award winning BKK Social Club is a great place to hang out and test the amazing mixologists skills. There is a 1920’s Buenos Aires vibe, spearheaded by the affable Phillip Bischoff. His drink list is inventive and extensive.
The crowd who stays or visits is international, chic, and elegant. I didn’t want to leave, so you can tell I enjoyed my stay. From the exceptional design of the property, to the premium amenities, to the quality of food and beverage and the fabulous facilities as well as wonderful service, I would highly recommend a stay here.