Oriental Residence Bangkok: A Haven in the Heart of the City

Bangkok is a lively city and at times it can feel a little overwhelming. Choosing the right place to stay can make all the difference to your overall experience and that’s why we particularly appreciated our visit to Oriental Residence Bangkok.

First Impressions of Oriental Residence Bangkok

The Oriental Residence Bangkok is truly a hidden gem. It’s popular with diplomats due to its location between the American and Dutch embassies on Wireless Road. In fact many of the rooms overlook the beautiful embassy gardens. Security is excellent, with a guard on the gate. Stepping inside, you’ll immediately appreciate the feeling of light and space. The stylish decor looks straight out of the pages of a magazine. Pride of place is given to the guest book, revealing the emphasis placed on customer service here.

oriental_residence_guestbookCheck in at Oriental Residence Bangkok

The friendly staff offered us a refreshing drink and cold flannels as they swiftly checked us in. We were shown to our suite and settled in to enjoy the facilities. Take a look at Paul’s video for the full tour:

Accommodation at Oriental Residence Bangkok

The same attention to detail that I’d noticed in the lobby is carried through to the rooms. I loved the geometric bedroom wallpaper and the vintage style chest in the lounge area. When considering where to stay in Bangkok, we’d found that many hotels have sumptuous communal areas but rather bland bedrooms. We chose Oriental Residence Bangkok partly on the basis that their rooms have real personality.

oriental_residence_bedroomOur one bedroom park view suite felt very spacious with 70 square meters. It had superb views over the embassy gardens from the bedroom as well as the living room balcony. It was extremely peaceful and thanks to the comfy bed we got an excellent night’s sleep.

The marble bathroom had his and hers vanity units on each side of the room, always a plus!

oriental_residence_bathroomThere was a large bath and separate power shower.

oriental_residence_bathThe living area had a cosy atmosphere thanks to the steamer trunk and comfortable sofa. There’s a handy desk area and iPod docking station.

oriental_residence_loungeAn added bonus was the fully equipped kitchen and dining area, with a microwave, washer-dryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Although we preferred to eat out, this would be a real plus for anyone staying for a while. In fact, Oriental Residence is more than just a hotel – many guests stay for extended periods, and there are 46 private residential units.

oriental_residence_dining_roomFacilities at Oriental Residence Bangkok

Another reason for us choosing Oriental Residence was its fantastic Play Deck – a sizeable outdoor swimming pool. with an adjacent bar, only open to residents. The pool itself is uncrowded, nicely heated and bordered by funky pods and comfy sun loungers.

oriental_residence_poolYou can catch the sunset from the loungers at the far end.

oriental_residence_swimming_poolThere’s an adjacent well-equipped fitness centre with TechnoGym equipment.

oriental_residence_fitness_centreDining at Oriental Residence Bangkok

Café Claire is a casual but chic eatery on the ground floor that specializes in French bistro classics. It’s also a great place for afternoon tea. Many of the fresh ingredients come from the hotel’s rooftop kitchen garden.

oriental_residence_herb_gardenWe enjoyed a relaxing dinner there on one evening, starting with a wonderful scallop salad with a caper and raisin emulsion and caramelized cauliflower.

For our main course, we savoured a tasty honey roasted duck breast with stuffed tomato and spinach pancakes.

Dessert was a real treat – a chocolate cake with coconut sorbet and raspberry coulis with a crispy tuile. It’s definitely one of our favourite places to eat in Bangkok.

cafe-claire-bangkok-dessertBreakfast is also served at Cafe Claire and there’s an excellent buffet with many hot and cold options. We ordered from the a la carte menu and savoured an omelette and Eggs Florentine that were cooked just right.

oriental_residence_breakfastWithin the grounds of Oriental Residence, there’s also Savelberg Thailand, whose chef Henk Savelberg held multiple Michelin stars in his native Holland. It focuses on French cuisine and is very highly rated by food critics and locals alike.On the 2nd floor of Oriental Residence, there’s the intimate Oriental Bar with low lighting, decorated in gold and red. We hear that the cocktails in here are legendary!

For a home from home atmosphere with the very best service, Oriental Residence Bangkok is the perfect choice. We particularly liked:

• Personality of the rooms and the staff
• Location in a safe, quiet yet central area
• Casual yet refined dining

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Oriental Residence Bangkok, 110 Wireless Road, Lumphini, Pathum Wan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand