7 March 2016

Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok completes renovation of Authors' and Garden Wings

A view of the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. The Authors' Wing at dusk.
Source: Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok. The Authors' Wing at dusk.
Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok has completed a comprehensive renovation of the historic Authors’ and Garden Wings. Designed to significantly enhance the facilities and services of this award winning hotel, the renovation has restored the historic heart of the property to its original splendour. The project comprised a room reconfiguration resulting in the creation of new spacious suites, including a Grand Royal Suite in the Authors’ Wing and twelve suites with balconies in the Garden Wing.

The six-bedroom, 600 sq m Grand Royal Suite is Bangkok’s grandest presidential suite and occupies the entire first floor of the renowned Authors’ Wing, which was the original Oriental Hotel, built in 1876. The suite has private elevator access and incorporates the one-bedroom, 315 sq m Royal Suite and the adjoining 165 sq m Ambassador Suite with two bedrooms, as well as three further separate guest rooms for an entourage.

The Ambassador's Suite.
Source: The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok.
The Ambassador's Suite.
There are ample stately meeting and hosting spaces, including a formal lounge, a second living room, a study and a dining room for twelve guests with a fully equipped kitchen and a bar pantry. A light-filled Victorian-inspired glass conservatory offers further dining for six guests and relaxed lounge seating. The 140-year-old building’s restored original open balcony affords stunning vistas over the tropical gardens of the Authors’ Wing and the River of Kings.

The new 80 sq m Garden Suites, some with split level layout, all boast floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river and gardens and include a lounge, dining room, pantry, powder room and a balcony. The bedroom features a large marble bathroom with separate bathtub, a walk-in shower, double vanity and a walk-in closet. The suites’ contemporary interior design combines the hotel’s unique colonial inspired heritage and Thai culture.

The Le Normandie French fine dining restaurant has also been rejuvenated with a contemporary interpretation of its original grandeur. The new interior preserves the classic elegance of one of Asia’s best loved French restaurants, together with striking new features such as handcrafted chandeliers.

The Authors’ Lounge, a favourite traditional destination for afternoon tea, society weddings and elegant events – has been restored to its classic late-nineteenth-century design and has been further extended to flow seamlessly through to the hotel’s riverside terrace and gardens via four salons named after famous authors who were guests of the hotel: Joseph Conrad, Somerset Maugham, Noël Coward and James Michener. Here the hotel’s longstanding affinity with the literary world is exemplified with images of these literary greats juxtaposed with scenes taken at the hotel during those eras, quotations from their books, and in some cases, signed books on display.


Celebrate Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s 140th anniversary in 2016 in Oriental style with an exclusive two-night consecutive stay that includes luxurious accommodation with personal butler service, daily buffet breakfast for two at The Verandah, and afternoon tea for two at the historic Authors’ Lounge. Guests will also receive Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok’s commemorative homemade jam in 140th anniversary packaging. Make a booking