Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok
is a five-star hotel
owned in part and managed by Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group
. Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River
, the original structure was the first hotel built in Thailand
when it opened as The Oriental in 1879. Today, the hotel is one of two flagship properties of Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group and is known for service, which consistently places it among the world's best hotels (see Awards
opened to foreign trade after the signing of the Bowring Treaty
the sailors that manned the ships which conveyed this trade though Bangkok required accommodation on shore. To meet this demand, Captain Dyers, an American and his partner J.E. Barnes opened a hotel called the Oriental Hotel. This burnt down in 1865.
Several years later a partnership of Danish captains opened a replacement hotel. In the 1970s the board of the Oriental Hotel decided with the opening of the new River Wing, upon 1876 as the official establishment date of the Oriental Hotel.
H. N. Andersen
In 1881 29-year-old Hans Niels Andersen
, a Danish businessman, bought the premises. His various business ventures led to him becoming a much respected member of the Western community in Siam. Andersen identified a need for a respectable hotel with good accommodation,... Read More