Shanghai Mansion Bangkok hotel is a love letter to Shanghai’s golden age – a celebration of the Chinese city’s heyday in the roaring pre-war thirties. The classy, stylish hotel with plenty of history is located right in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown.
Located right on the main thoroughfare of Chinatown, lined with shops and restaurants, the hotel is right in the thick of it yet retains a peaceful air inside. Of an evening, the road comes to life with countless street food vendors offering a variety of tasty treats. It’s a 10-minute walk to the Chao Phraya River, from where a river ferry will take travellers to the Royal Palace in 15 minutes.
The Chinese styling is felt everywhere in the hotel, yet it manages to do so without being kitschy. Chinese lamps, era-appropriate antiques, ubiquitous red drapery and furnishings, dragon motifs, and elegant wooden partitions create this Shanghainese masterpiece. In the rooms, the 30s period is evoked through four-poster beds and deep maroon curtains with atmospheric lighting. The rooms are generally spacious, while the bathrooms are intelligently compact. There are mod cons, including air-conditioning and flat-screen tv, while the minibar’s contents come free with the room. A coffee-maker and a Chinese tea set are also available for guests.
The Red Rose Restaurant within the hotel serves excellent contemporary Chinese dishes while guests can enjoy breakfast in the Cotton Club. Everywhere, the endless attention-to-detail means you never escape the 1930s décor. For drinks, the Shanghai Terrace is a trendy bar serving various cocktails – head there to relax and listen to live jazz most nights of the week.
For a trendy, inner-city hotel, the service here is surprisingly friendly, and the staff do their best to offer guests a personal touch.