Darren and I stayed at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Resort and Towers hotel for three nights during our honeymoon in May 2012, after deciding to try another Starwood hotel following our fantastic stay at Plaza Athenee.
We arrived at the hotel prior to advertised check in times, but were immediately taken to the club lounge on the 27th floor, and offered a drink to be checked in.
Our spacious room, the Club River View Executive Suite was situated on the 27th floor, (to date the highest floor we have ever slept in) with fantastic views through floor to ceiling windows of the Chao Phraya River. The room was very clean, with all the amenities you would expect from a starwood hotel including bathrobes and slippers. On arrival, we had a fruit bowl and chocolates left in our separate sitting area, as well as our first honeymoon cake.
Included in our room rate (approx £120 per night) was complimentary washing and pressing and internet access in the club lounge.
We spent our stay enjoying sunbathing around the garden pool, which had a swim up bar, set in a pretty gardens which even had a number of peacocks roaming the grounds. (There is a second terrace pool more suited to swimming laps)
In the evenings, we made use of the fairly quiet club lounge and enjoyed a few cocktails, overlooking the skyline of Bangkok. Here, I tried my first ever Bloody Mary (which has now instigated the start of my bucket list challenge to try each version of the St. Regis Bloody Mary cocktail)
We ate only breakfast at the hotel, twice at the main breakfast buffet, with a great spread of continental and full cooked breakfast options, where we sat outside on the edge of the Chao Phraya River, and watched the world go by, and once opting for the continental breakfast served in the club lounge. Afternoon tea and evening canapés in the evenings which were included in our room rate kept us from being hungry – it was pure laziness that kept us from venturing out for dinner, choosing instead to spend our evenings watching endless films and snacking on the minibar!
The hotel seemed to attract young honeymoon couples, (like us) many on multi centre packaged holidays. The vibe was quite friendly from this group of people, but I did sense an arrogance of some of the older holidaymakers in the hotel, and having recently broken my coccyx and slipped discs in my back, I found many people rudely pushing past me whilst I struggled to walk around the hotel. Staff however were very pleasant and helpful, and their conduct cannot be faulted.
The hotel does have a complimentary shuttle across the river, although we did not make use of it, and taxi’s are readily available.
We would return to the Royal Orchid Sheraton and recommend to all.
Also posted as a blog post in December 2014