The Mandarin Oriental Bangkok’s River Wing will start seven months of renovations in March, including all rooms and suites, the lobby, swimming pools and the restaurants Lord Jim’s, the Verandah and Riverside Terrace.
The historic Authors’ and Garden wings, both restored in 2016, will remain open, including the two-Michelin-star Le Normandie, the Authors’ Lounge, the Bamboo Bar, Ciao Terraza, Sala Rim Naam, Terrace Rim Naam, the China House and the Ballroom.
In addition, the hotel’s spa and fitness facilities will remain fully operational. As both swimming pools will undergo renovation, alternative arrangements will be made for guests wishing to swim.
A major component of the River Wing work will be to enlarge the guestrooms. The overall number will be reduced from 338 to 301, while the number of suites will increase from 30 to 46. All rooms will have views of the Chao Phraya River.
Award-winning designer Jeffrey Wilkes of Design Wilkes is in charge of the interiors, which will feature updated amenities, bespoke Thai fabrics, skilfully crafted furniture and beautifully reconditioned artwork from the hotel’s collection.
The River Wing will reopen in October, in time for the start of the high tourist season in Bangkok.