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Capella Bangkok hotel review

A unique gem in the heart of the bustling Thai capital, Capella Bangkok boasts private villas, a dedicated ‘Capella Culturist’ and fine dining overseen by a Michelin-starred chef. From its breathtaking riverside location to the Villas’ private plunge pools, its blend of contemporary and traditional Thai charm will wow on arrival.

Traveller: Cathy Wagstaff
Room: Villa Three
Address: 300/2 Charoenkrung Road, Yannawa, Sathorn, Bangkok
Date: April 2024
Best for: Discerning travellers who appreciate refinement with a touch of SE Asian flavour

First impressions

Seeing a leafy garden Villa in the heart of Bangkok was such a surprise. Hugged within a sleek modern design, every hotel room has a river view, and even the entry level rooms are gorgeous across all 101 accommodations, including two-bedroom family suites and villas on the river’s edge. It is possibly one of the nicest hotels I have ever stayed at. 

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Hotel lobby with river views
The Lobby Tea Lounge is open for all-day drinks and afternoon tea © Capella Bangkok

Location

Nestled in the Charoenkrung district by the Chao Phraya River, you are near all the historical attractions like the Grand Palace and its sacred Wat Phra Kaew Temple. Nearby is Wat Pho Temple, which has the famous reclining Buddha. Charoenkrung is the city’s oldest paved road where historic neighbourhoods steeped in tradition are also home to trendy cafes, bars and art galleries.

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Hotel facade by river in Bangkok
By the Chao Phraya River © Capella Bangkok

The concept

Designed by architects Andy Miller and Richard Scott Wilson of Hamiltons International features sleek lines, glass facades, and open spaces that seamlessly integrate with the lush greenery of the surrounding gardens. Meanwhile, interior design by the tastemakers of BAMO and PIA Interiors, beautifully blends contemporary elements with traditional Thai charm, through subtle details like artwork, intricate wood furnishings, and plush silk textiles, adding warmth and cultural richness to the contemporary setting. 

The Signature factor

Upon check-in, I was asked whether I would like a bath prepared for me and it was such a luxurious surprise to walk in and see this waiting for me. This personalised touch is a testament to the exceptional service at Capella Bangkok. As a guest, you are treated like royalty, and with a ‘Capella Culturist’ at your service (more of that later), your every desire is met throughout your stay.

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The room

I stayed in Villa 3 on the riverfront with a private garden complete with daybed and chirping birds. A neutral colour palette is accented by vibrant Thai-inspired touches across 259 square metres of space. Using natural materials such as wood and stone further enhances the connection to the hotel’s natural surroundings. My bedroom featured a sliding mirrored wall so when you sat in the living room, the river was reflected. These could also slide back to give a full view of the private garden and villa. The view spanned out from the private garden to river views and across to the city skyline, creating a picturesque retreat in the heart of bustling Bangkok. 

Top suite

Capella Bangkok offers seven one-of-a-kind riverside Villas, the largest of which is the exquisite 595 square metres two-bedroom Presidential Villa with a private garden and unobstructed views of the Chao Phraya River. Access is via a private entrance, with all Villas featuring separate living and dining rooms, a master bedroom with a king-size bed, a large marble bathroom and an outdoor shower. A highlight of the Villas is the plunge pool flanked by lush private garden with a secluded Sala ideal for alfresco dining.

Villa 3 | Villa lounge | Private plunge pool © Capella Bangkok

On my plate

Côte by Mauro Colagreco is a Michelin-starred restaurant offering exquisite French and Mediterranean cuisine. On my second night, I was joined by my friend Donna Campbell, who lives in Bangkok, to celebrate my birthday with an eight-course meal in the restaurant’s sophisticated yet intimate dining room. The meal included signature dishes like the Brittany Brown Crab and Roasted Duck with red cabbage and pear, which are delicately prepared arriving on the plate like works of modern art.

Cote restaurant duck dish and chef at work
Côte by Mauro Colagreco is a Michelin-starred restaurant © Capella Bangkok

Spa life

The Auriga Wellness Spa offers a range of treatments inspired by traditional Thai healing techniques – I was treated to a 90-minute signature Auriga wellness massage which was utter bliss. The spa has seven treatment suites, including two couples’ suites, Water Therapy, a Fitness Centre and 24-hour gym, and a Wellness Pavilion. The infinity pool, surrounded by lush greenery and comfortable sun loungers is a tranquil oasis to unwind and soak in the scenic views of the river and city skyline.

Hotel pool with sunlounges
Infinity pool © Capella Bangkok

Staying in

Villa guests can access the Living Room for evening cocktails and a light all-day menu. For dining, Phra Nakhon offers authentic regional Thai cuisine with alfresco seating and romantic fairy lights adorning the trees by the river and a light-filled inside room, too. Côte by Mauro Colagreco is the one-Michelin-starred Riviera-inspired dining experience.

Stella is a glamorous riverfront bar that opens at 6pm. The centerpiece is a stunning white peacock as shown in the image below. This bar is one of Bangkok’s best. Tea Lounge is open for all-day drinks and indulgent afternoon tea served on Royal Doulton plates, cups and teapots, in the lobby. 

Capella Bangkok also caters to business travellers with state-of-the-art meeting and event spaces. And not forgetting, the ‘Capella Culturalists’ will provide hotel tours and tell you about the artwork on show.

Stella Bar | The Living Room | Phra Nakhon © Capella Bangkok

Stepping out

The hotel comes with a ‘Capella Culturist’ – Capella Bangkok’s tuned-in local experts who will look after every element of your stay. From arranging walking tours of Bangkok’s eclectic local café culture, reserving private meditation sessions with a monk of a 250-year-old temple, sharing the best dishes to order at Michelin-starred food stalls and give private tours of the hotels art collection. A complimentary shuttle boat service to IconSiam, Taksin Skytrain and Sathorn Pier for venturing further afield the departs hourly.

Royal palaces in Bangkok
Royal Bangkok © Alejandro Cartagena

Insiders’ tips

When you book a Villa you’ll receive return luxury airport transfers, daily breakfast, a wellness massage on arrival and a dedicated Capella Culturist. Plus, enjoy a daily ‘Apero’ service in The Living Room and a bottle of Capella Bangkok’s house champagne, and complimentary clothes pressing for five items per day.

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