The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok has welcomed guests to the banks of the Chao Phraya River for over 135 years. To keep up its esteemed reputation, the hotel embarked on a renovation project in May that’s expected to last seven months (during low season). The work is concentrated on the Authors’ and Garden Wings, which are closed for the duration of the renovation. The hotel’s main River Wing is unaffected by the work.
Le Normandie restaurant and the Author’s Lounge are closed, along with the Authors’ Wing boutiques-- and they will reopen in December 2015. An alternative destination for Afternoon Tea is the Lobby Lounge, where it is offered from 12 to 4 pm upon reservation. The renovation will bring enhanced facilities, including 14 new suites with balconies. As reported by The National, the hotel seeks to “attract big-spending guests through a new strategic marketing program that would focus on suites rather than normal rooms because of the high demand for such accommodation from international markets.”