There are some pretty epic hotels in Bangkok, the capital of Thailand.
So each visit to this city tends to turn out exciting in some way.
It happened again the time when we discovered Shanghai Mansion Bangkok, the only boutique hotel in Bangkok China Town.
Their “traditional Chinese design meets modern Art Deco” style, their attention to details, 100% authentic Shanghai atmosphere and the huge bathtub in the room are just a few things that I still think about whenever Bangkok comes up in a conversation.
I will just say it straight up – this is one of the coolest hotels I’ve stayed at and can’t wait to go back again and again. Now that I’ve said it, I ’ll explain why…
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Shanghai Mansion Bangkok feels like the refreshing oasis in the middle of what feels like Bangkok’s busiest and the most lively streets. Being the first boutique hotel in the biggest Chinatown in the world, Shanghai Mansion really stands out!
At the very first moment, you arrive at the entrance of Shanghai Mansion you’ll be amazed by the gigantic, black and red decorations, that makes a powerful first impression of the place. Moving further to the reception you’ll notice a huge painting with a little Chinese girl looking at you, as well as different Chinese Ceramics.
All of that is the perfect mood setter for what’s to come next, as it only gets better from there. Right after entering the hotel I even forgot I’m in Bangkok and was convinced I’m somewhere in China. That’s how good it is!
You can really feel that this building has experienced a lot, as now it’s a significant historic landmark of the city. It first opened all the way back in 1892 as a trading house and later transformed into the Bangkok’s first Chinese opera house. As the building was an interior design masterpiece and home of Chinese theatre, Thailand’s Royal Family were a frequent guest here. That’s the biggest honor a place can have here.
The next hundred years transformed Shanghai Mansion building into a stock exchange bureau, a textile trading center, and even a popular department store. That’s until 2005 when it turned into the Shanghai Mansion we know today, reflecting the stylish mood of Shanghai. The modern mix of “East meets West” allows you to enjoy the perfect combo of heritage and modern day living.
This time at Shanghai Mansion Bangkok the room itself was just as memorable as the whole hotel experience altogether. The authentic Shanghai spirit in the combination of the modern Art Deco design made this hotel feel like a home away from home.
The main reason for that is the level of comfort in the room. With the big bathtub for relaxation, coconut scented bath products, comfy bathrobes and the set of delicious Chinese tea that you can make yourself in the room, it’s a lovely set up for a relaxing evening.
Shanghai Mansion offers a choice of 3 different rooms types – Mei Hua Superior, Ying Hua Deluxe and Mu Dan Suite. The rooms mainly wary in size and style of decorations, so you can pick the one that will fit perfectly for your trip, to have a comfortable stay.
Our recommendation from the experience – the suite with the separate living area and a full bathtub was very comfortable for relaxing as well as getting some things done on the computer.
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One of my favorite parts of a hotel experience is the breakfast. A rich breakfast buffet with Thai, Chinese and Western cuisine elements is exactly what you’ll find.
So whether you’re in a mood for some fried rice, a dim sum or the classics like scrambled eggs, you’ll find it all there. The breakfast restaurant setting maintains the chic Shanghai design, allowing you to start your day in style.
During the daytime and evening, you can enjoy the variety of flavors at the Red Rose Restaurant and Jazz Bar. And given the location in the heart of Bangkok Chinatown, you’ll find an incredible variety of tastes in the huge night market that takes over all the Chinatown every evening from 6 PM till late evening.
There it’s possible to taste everything from most loved Thai dishes, a variety of Chinese food, fresh fruit, colorful desserts and basically something for every taste.
Shanghai Mansion is located right in the epicenter of Bangkok Chinatown, setting the perfect mood of the hotel not just from the inside, but outside as well. It’s well connected with the nearby airports and the rest of the city.
The hotel is approximately 45 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport and approximately 30 minutes from Don Mueang International Airport by taxi.
Shanghai Mansion Bangkok is accessible via public transportation including the Bangkok MRT (Metro) and Bangkok Sky Train (BTS).
The Hua Lamphong MRT Station is a 10-minute walk or 5-minute by tuk-tuk or taxi. Hua Lamphong MRT is two stops away from the Silom MRT station, where you can connect with BTS.
Only 20-minute walk away or 10 minutes by tuk-tuk is the Ratchawong Pier where you can catch the famous water taxi.
Ratchawong Pier is one of the stops on the Chao Phraya Express riverboats, which takes you up and down the river, stopping by The Grand Palace, Wat Pho and other notable places in the city.
The journey itself is well worth taking to get to know the water roads of Bangkok and see the life around them.
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Our favorite things to do around Shanghai Mansion was to explore the labyrinths of Chinatown markets during the daytime and eat our way around the nightly food market just outside the hotel. The area is packed with different other restaurants, temples, shops and so much more.
Yaowarat road is the main street crossing Chinatown and it’s packed with different cafes. You’ll find friendly prices and a huge variety of Chinese food.
We loved taking the water taxi to move around the city and explore all the temples on the way. The water taxi takes you all the way up to the famous Khao San Road, which is a street food and party central of Bangkok.
The hotel offers also a tour desk, where people are able to arrange different other activities around the city and outside.
If you’re heading to Bangkok soon, make sure to read our ultimate guide about Bangkok, to find all the stylish things to see and do in Bangkok. And if you plan to travel outside Bangkok to explore other parts of Thailand, which you totally should, discover much more of what to do in Thailand here.
THE WOW FACTOR
When thinking back to our stay at Shanghai Mansion Bangkok, there are two things that really stand out and made me go “WOW”. I couldn’t pick just one! The first time I said “WOW” was when I saw the area where the hotel is located. The Bangkok Chinatown and the building of the hotel is something so epic, really embracing China vibes all the way.
The second thing is the design of the hotel. Wait until you’ll the authentic zen water garden in the center of the hotel and the 3-story interior courtyard overlooking the water garden. It’s such a nice place to just be sitting there and looking at it. You’re suddenly transformed from Thailand to China in your mind, and that’s an unforgettable feeling.?