Following research, we loved what we saw about Shanghai Mansion and asked to drop by to take some shots. They were kind enough to provide us with accommodation, however all thoughts and opinions are – as always – formed independently and without agreement to be favourable.
Before we left Asia for a family emergency back in Italy we stayed at one of the best hotels in Bangkok, if not one of the best hotels we stayed in during our entire time in Thailand. Here’s a brief background on the history of the art-deco hotel, plus a review of our stay.
Built in 1892, the Chinese-Art Deco style Shanghai Mansion Boutique Hotel has a terrific history that covers the phenomenal growth of Bangkok over the past 100 years. Luckily, we were there in May 2013 to add our unique characters to the building’s life story.
Owned since it’s foundation by the Sarasin Dynasty – one of the oldest migrant families in Thailand – the building has been used as a successful trading house and a once highly successful opera house frequented by the Royal Family of Thailand. After the reduction of love for the opera began to dwindle, the life of the building was briefly lent to the textile trade just before it transformed itself penultimately into one of Bangkok’s most famous department stores – called Yaowarat Square – full on every level with restaurants and stores selling an assortment of Chinese Medicines.
Appearance & Style
Today, 479-481 Yaowarat Road see’s it’s life reborn as the 1930’s Shanghai-inspired art deco tinted boutique hotel.
Of the five different types of room available at this 76 bedroom hotel, we had the fortune of staying in one of the Ying Hua – Cherry Blossom Haven rooms, a spectacular and spacious bedroom complete with super-king size bed, chaise longue and terrace area at the entrance to the room where you can read & relax to the sounds of a guzheng.
Fresh fruit and a pot of Chinese tea await as you enter the room and the temperature is set just right, but what makes this room truly special is the design itself.
Bold & bright, misty & mysterious; the colours of the room are warm, welcoming & exciting. Fantastic photographs adorn the wall, grand portraits of Chinese ladies of luxury set the example for the possible relaxation and pampering that awaits you should you wish to pick up the phone and request one of the hotels many services such as afternoon tea on the terrace.
Separated by an open Chinese-style divide, a large raised bath and hot shower await you to clean up after a day out exploring the hotels fascinating Chinatown location.
The terrace area in front of each room is wonderful and rather cute, styled to match a row of Chinese houses with signs above the door & a set of tables and chairs to sit and perhaps challenge your neighbour to a game of Chinese checkers on.
Pride of place, however, is reserved for The Water Garden.
Sitting alongside the water, you can drift away in your thoughts of the elegance of the setting, that you may actually be under the lights and bright colours of a glamorous Shanghai town house during the jazz-infused 1930’s
Elsewhere in the building there are elegant seating areas where you can pass the time reading of the books in the modest in-house library. Also, in the lobby you can relax on beautiful leather seats as you wait for your companion or perhaps a new friend before climbing the spiral staircase to the music that awaits upstairs in the Cotton bar.
For ourselves, the best way to relax was on the second floor where further treasures await.
Located in house is the fantastic Cotton Bar.
Here you can enjoy a mixed Chinese & Thai breakfast selection prepared fresh by expert chefs, enjoy the cool refreshing air for lunch as you escape Bangkok’s midday heat, or, you can return for dinner when Cotton really comes alive as a showcase for some of Thailand’s finest jazz & blues musicians.
note – luckily for us, vegetarian options were available throughout the day on request
Location & Map
479-481 Yaowarat Road
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Telephone – +66 (2)221 2121
As our time in Thailand was coming to an end, I don’t think either of us could have wished for a better place to spend our remaining days.
Not only was our time magnificent because of the high quality of service, the welcoming nature of the staff; what makes the Shanghai Mansion truly special is it’s architecture, it’s incredible art & well immaculate design.
If you’ve always pictured yourself of more of a stylish-swinger of the nineteen-thirties than you’ve ever done in our current time, if watching Baz Luhrmann’s recent adaptation of Fitzgeralds ‘The Great Gatsby’ has you reaching for your best costume jewellery or that top hat & monocle you keep for special occasions – Shanghai Mansion is the place for you.
Would you stop by at Shanghai Mansion?