When it comes to Bangkok, there are luxury hotels everywhere! The Thai capital has some of the best hotels in the world, but since the start of 2020, there’s a new destination in town: Capella Bangkok.
Capella isn’t your average flashy luxury hotel; this vibe is instantly noticeable when you arrive at the front door. Instead, the property oozes sophistication and exclusivity. If Four Seasons next door is first class, Capella is the private jet. Guests here don’t want to be “seen”; they enjoy the luxury of privacy and understated elegance.
The design of Capella Bangkok, conveniently located on the Chao Phraya River, is muted and elegant, with lots and lots of marble.
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How to book Capella Bangkok?
Capella is best booked via Virtuoso, which means you will enjoy additional benefits and upgrades! As we work closely with Capella, you can book your stay via Flight Hacks to receive the following benefits:
- Daily breakfast for 2
- US$100 hotel credit for F&B and spa use
- Upgrade subject to availability
- Early check-in and late check-out subject to availability
- Pay at the hotel when you check out
- Free cancellation up to 2 days before arrival.
To book, email: [email protected]
We do not charge service fees and can provide you with free quotes! Note: prices start around $600-700 a night.
Capella Bangkok Location
On the former site of a fish market, Capella Bangkok commands premier waterfront views on the Chao Phraya River and is part of an estate that it shares with the Four Seasons hotel (same owners). Depending on traffic, the airport can be reached in about 30-40 minutes, and Old Town Bangkok is a stone’s throw away.
Arriving at Capella Bangkok, we were whisked away to the private lobby; at Capella, one doesn’t stand in line waiting to get checked in. Instead, we were seated in the arrivals lounge with a glass of sparkling wine in hand, waiting for the formalities to be completed.
Capella Bangkok Rooms
We were staying in the entry-level room, which by any other hotel standard, would classify as a junior suite. Rooms at Capella start at 61sqm, with every room featuring floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the river. You won’t be looking out over the car park here!
Each room also has a private balcony with loungers to enjoy the balmy Bangkok weather.
As expected, every detail in the room is outstanding, and the beds are some of the most comfortable you will find. Every room is controlled via a tablet, from which you can essentially do anything; this includes chatting with the front-of-house team for those last-minute requests.
Capella bathrooms are almost as big as the room, with a soaking tub, double vanities and views over the river.
Considering this a base room, wait until you see the waterfront villas and suites with private plunge pools!
Pool, Gym & Spa
Talking of pools, heading back down, you will find the Capella pool, clad in marble and with comfortable sun loungers and private cabanas. Unfortunately, the pool isn’t a few meters higher as the waterfront Capella villas do obstruct the view slightly.
Heading one level lower, you will find the spa facilities, which are extensive! Hotel guests can make free use of the sauna here; all you have to do is ask.
There’s also a gym, which I found on the small side. Personally, I liked the gym next door at Four Seasons, which offers complimentary workouts such as Thai boxing etc. That said, most people probably don’t come here to work out!
Food & Beverage
All Capella guests enjoy complimentary cocktails and canapés each evening at the hotel’s cocktail bar, “Stella”. The bar and cocktails are designed after the female warriors from the east; you’ll find pages dedicated to key historical figures from India, China, Japan, and Thailand. Each cocktail is carefully curated to each character’s stories; for example, the Japanese cocktail is inspired by 12th-century samurai Tomoe Gozen with Japanese vermouth, gin and flower syrup.
Capella also has a riverfront restaurant Phra Nakhon which focuses on traditional Thai cuisine; if you’re hunting for Michelin stars, you can find that upstairs at Côte by Mauro Colagreco.
Breakfast is served at the Phra Nakhon and offers both a buffet and anything you feel like from the a-la-carte menu.
Capella Bangkok is an absolute must for the ultimate luxury experience with a touch of privacy and low-key elegance. However, if you’re after a more flashy experience, I recommend the fantastic Four Seasons next door; or try both!
Full disclosure: My stay was hosted by Capella Bangkok, words + pictures are my own.