Tried & Tested

Hotel review: Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River

8 Dec 2023 by BusinessTraveller
Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River (credit: Ken Seet/Four Seasons)

Background

This property first opened its doors in late 2021 – unfortunate timing for the long-awaited addition to Bangkok’s luxury hotel landscape. Since then, however, its popularity has skyrocketed.

This marks the fourth hotel for the group in Thailand; its portfolio includes a resort in Koh Samui, a tranquil escape in Chiang Mai and the Tented Camp Golden Triangle in Chiang Rai. It’s also a homecoming of sorts for the brand after the former Four Seasons Bangkok was rebranded as the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel and Spa in 2015.

Where is it?

Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the hotel is housed within the Chao Phraya Estate, a luxury mixed-use development that’s also home to the 73-storey Four Seasons Private Residences and Capella Bangkok.

The 5.6-hectare site lies within the Charoenkrung area, the former centre of commerce and now a creative district with new bars, restaurants, galleries and a short distance from shopping mall ICONSIAM. It’s easily accessible from Saphan Taksin BTS Skytrain station or via boat from Sathorn pier.

What’s it like?

The hotel offers 261 rooms and 38 suites across 12 floors. Architects at Hamilton International designed the sleek space with pockets of greenery and water features extending an open-air feeling throughout the property. Interiors are the vision of renowned designer Jean-Michel Gathy of Denniston.

Rooms

With a starting size of 50 sqm, all rooms boast floor-to-ceiling windows, which frame life on the river or capture the hotel’s manicured gardens. Signature suites also boast private balconies overlooking the river.

My Premier Riverview room was every bit as luxurious as you’d expect, with tributes to traditional Thai culture throughout.

Mod cons included bedside charging stations, an in-room tablet for hotel services and a Nespresso machine. Additional amenities included a complimentary shoe-shine service and daily newspapers.

The spa-like bathroom featured a plunge bathtub and rain shower, while eco features included bottled filtered water and bamboo bathroom amenities. While there was no dedicated work desk, there was a glass table and chair positioned near the window, with fast wifi and accessible charging points.

Food and drink

The hotel boasts six diverse F&B offerings. Its Cantonese restaurant, Yu Ting Yuan, obtained its first Michelin star in 2023. Dramatic interiors give way to an open kitchen, offering a glimpse into the creation of refined Cantonese cuisine. Riva del Fiume offers Italian cuisine reflecting the best in seasonal produce.

French eatery Brasserie Palmier has a tropical design with a menu of fish and seafood dishes. The vibrant indoor dining room features an oyster bar, and opens on to an al fresco area. In the midst of it all lies The Lounge, the perfect place to while away a morning or indulge in an afternoon tea, while Café Madeleine offers freshly made sweet treats and baked goods.

After dark, the BKK Social Club comes to life. Taking inspiration from its Argentinian sister spot, creative cocktails like the Evita (rum, Italian bitters, citrus, bay leaf and cinnamon) shine in this Art Deco-themed establishment that was crowned Thailand’s best bar in 2023.

Four Seasons Hotel Bangkok at Chao Phraya River (credit: Ken Seet/Four Seasons)

Meetings

The hotel has 3,823 sqm of events and meeting spaces. The Grand Ballroom is a riverfront function room that opens on to an outdoor terrace and has its own separate entrance. Elsewhere, the Conservatory Floor offers a second ballroom and four separate meeting rooms.

Leisure

The Urban Wellness Centre features a 50-metre outdoor lap pool and a gym, where you’ll find a pair of gym shoes in your size. The spa has six single treatment rooms, two couples’ rooms, one suite, a vitality pool and indoor garden. There is also a barber shop, nail salon and hair salon.

Verdict

This hotel is an urban sanctuary perfect for both tired travellers in search of well-earned respite, and intrepid types looking for a luxurious base to experience this dynamic city.

FACT BOX

  • Best for Luxurious stays and riverside views in the heart of Bangkok
  • Don’t miss Wellness offerings such as floatboard yoga at the Urban Wellness Centre
  • Price Internet rates for a flexible midweek stay in February start from THB29,425 (£666) for a Premier Riverview room (THB25,306/£572 for entry level)
  • Contact 300/1 Charoen Krung Road, Sathorn, Bangkok, 10120; +66 2 032 0888; fourseasons.com/bangkok

Words: Amanda Sheppard

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