Bangkok: Oriental Residence Provides Alternative to Hotels

  • Cafe Claire.

    Cafe Claire.

  • The lobby.

    The lobby.

  • One Bedroom Suite - bathroom.

    One Bedroom Suite - bathroom.

  • One Bedroom Suite - dining area.

    One Bedroom Suite - dining area.

  • One Bedroom Suite - living room.

    One Bedroom Suite - living room.

  • The pool.

    The pool.

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Open since January, the serviced apartment Oriental Residence Bangkok is proving to be a valid alternative to hotels. Available for both nightly and long-term stays, the property occupies a 32-story building located on Wireless Road between the U.S. and Dutch embassies.

The advantage of a serviced apartment, of course, is that you get the perks of a private residence combined with the 24-hour services of a hotel. All the units here come with a fully equipped kitchen, living and dining areas, and cozy furniture from the Thai retailer Chanintr Living. They also feature dark hardwood floors and marble bathrooms, and some sport private balconies overlooking the gardens of the surrounding embassies.

Room types available for rent include 41 Executive Deluxe rooms, 70 One-Bedroom Suites, 30 Two-Bedrooms Suites, and four Three-Bedroom Suites. (The upper levels include 46 private ownership condominiums.)

The lobby is elegant but not over-the-top, the staff friendly but not overbearing. On the fourth floor is an open-air recreation area called Play Deck that feels a bit bare at the moment but features a fitness center and a 20-meter pool surrounded by cabanas, as well as a room with a foosball table and other games. A bar opening in month or so should liven the place up a bit.

For those on business, the property offers three meeting rooms ranging in size from 16 to 145 square meters, with capacity to accommodate up to 100 people.

The location is not quite walking distance to the city’s shopping mile or nearest Sky Train station (Ploenchit), so the property offers a frequent shuttle service, though hailing a taxi on the street outside isn’t too difficult.

À la carte breakfast is served until 11 a.m. in the chic Cafe Claire, which offers all-day dining and serves a variety of Western dishes. Try the fresh salads, hearty soups, and the chef’s creative take on the French classic croque madame. The coffee-infused Venetian tiramisu works well for desert, as does the TWG tea. The service here seemed a tad confused at times, but we were generally pleased with the quality of the dishes.

Around June the property will open Mandopop, its signature restaurant serving Cantonese, Sichuan, and Hakka dishes with a contemporary twist.

The company behind the property is ONYX Hospitality Group, which is also behind the Amari brand of hotels and resorts.

110 Wireless Road, Lumpini Patumwan; 66-2/125-9000; rates range from around US$171 to $381 per night.

See also: A Video Tour of the Oriental Residence Bangkok

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