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2018-07-31

Shanghai Mansion Bangkok - Be inspired To Thrive

Hundreds of boutique and designed hotels are scattered around Bangkok with inspiring themes and concepts alluring individual likes, tastes and preferences. For Thai people’s ingenious imaginative and innovative interior design, the sky is the limit and to bring Shanghai back to life in Bangkok’s historic Chinatown is no longer a dream but a luxurious notion of superiority. mylifestylenews writes.


China Town in Bangkok is centered on Yaowarat Road, and it has been the main centre for trading by the Chinese community since they moved from their old site some 200 years ago. Within reach of the city’s old world and modern transport via water taxis aka long tail boats, the historic canal, the underground MRT and the soaring Skytrain are all a short walk away.


During day time the street is the centre of the goods trade in the city while after sunset it becomes a vibrant street food venue. Thai and Chinese cuisine plus seafood is served at pavement restaurants along the 1km road. Location is a definite truism for Shanghai Mansion and this only concept designed boutique hotel in Bangkok’s China Town is as central as you can get.


Overcoming the limitation, Shanghai Mansion Bangkok unleashes its most visionary ideas with a nostalgic nod to the 1920s Shanghai effects reinvented and brings back the yesteryears of prosperity to life.  With Bangkok’s historic past and its electric present converging in China Town, it brings with it nostalgia, exoticism and boundless energy. Such a decisive force is truly mesmerizing setting places in regular shop houses in the rustic Yaowarat.


When you enter Shanghai Mansion through the bustling Yaowarat road, either day or night, you will be carried away by its high ceiling façade Shanghai Terrace’s Jazz Lounge that recalls the effusive mood and spirit of Shanghai occupying an open air terrace with a front row view of the energetic scenes in Bangkok’s China Town.


To enter the hotel, you need to cross the striking red cemented floored wooden bridge, the incessant sound of running water from the ceiling high wall-mounted waterfalls creates a calming effect, set in a superior old Chinese house’s landscaping that expresses the harmonious and peaceful elements before entering the mansion.


An over-sized painting portraying an elegant oriental woman greets you right into your eyes and also serves as a partition of the hallway that separates the mansion foyer where check-in formalities take place.


Behind the portrait hangs a gigantic wall clock with the background visual of The Bund in Shanghai – a famous pedestrian boulevard and landmark that fits perfectly well to the theme of the mansion. The imagination is unfettered by the laws of logic, hence the bold concept is revived and demands a broader approach and handled with an impressionist’s flair.


We were then being ushered to third floor checking-in to our room, upon stepping out from the lift and beyond what we saw next was totally unexpected. Another visual stimulation that we couldn’t help but use the word WOW rushed out from our mouth blissfully.


What sat in front of us is a soaring atrium with colorful lanterns and a water garden full of fish and greenery. At the end of the Lucky Fish Pond staged a small podium with Chinese day bed sitting on top of an eye-catching peony flower carpet, renowned for its sensual bloom and intoxicating fragrance complementing the dynamic yet zen ambiance that brings nature and whimsy indoors.


The interior design has certainly found new creative expression in a hybrid mansion that reflects in a concept like this that was a beautifully crafted aesthetic. While capturing the warmth of cozy surrounds, more than this, there are other playful elements of design that doesn’t seem to end even before we enter our room.


The Chinese wooden panel signage hanging above the entrance doors was supposed to signify the origin of your province and tell a story of your ancestral roots but when it fell to the hand of the design team, it was then turned into more meaningful phraseology that suits more for this boutique hotel’s perspective. Those wooden panels’ wording has been converted to Happiness, Good Luck, Prosperity, Wealth, Auspicious and Longevity.


Surreal and fun yet functional, the design has summed up the aesthetic, with gleeful vulgarity. The room door opens with a actual key, not magnetic key card and for the idea of coming home.


Our “Prosperity” cornered Mu Dan Suite is one of the largest rooms in Shanghai Mansion and exquisitely arranged to reclaim your Shanghai style of living memories though those films that have been made and watched in your past.


The suite is generously spacious including a sitting area, a plush daybed, classic style king size bed, a free standing bath tub and a sexy bathtub, making this an ultimate sanctuary. Traditionalists can opt for Mu Dan Classic’s old world flair, while modernists will enjoy Mu Dan Contemporary’s hip that takes on the vintage Shanghai style.


The name Shanghai Mansion fits in to the locale perfectly well. Exploring the boundaries between what is considered art and design, increases the design with a playful side and part of this heightened interest is down to the interior design team exploring the almost lost culture to liberate the building into such a concept and thematic mansion.


This secret hideaway mansion in the bustling Bangkok China Town offers a an absolutely oriental chinoiserie not only to excite your vision but also an experience to transfer you back to the vibrant life in the old Shanghai with art deco design and everything in Orient to pique your sentimental passion. With these qualities of playful design elements, such details bring back the bygone memories of a haute shanghai living.


Taking advantage of the Shanghai, China’s spiraling fascination with contemporary and thematic design and a new playful mood in general evoke a “new atmosphere and sensation’ that gives a fairytale dimension.


Boundaries are pushed in order to be more functional, the aesthetic is reverent and avant-garde and elsewhere expresses a new optimistic outlook that translates into a cool, confident stylish boutique hotel.


The space required a few grand gestures, clashing colors and patterns were fused with abandon to create an atmospheric charm with flamboyant furniture and almost a surrealist inspired objects to décor expressing a new playful and experimental mood in design. It is a careful balancing act.


When playfulness is the core mission in its interior design and décor, the Cotton Breakfast Restaurant is set in an airy dining hall with tall, arched windows overlooking the Yaowarat street featuring delightful semi continental buffet and all you can order from western and traditional Chinese a-la-carte menu.


The mansion also offers a guided walking tour to explore the old and historic China Town and delve into the city’s heritage and discover its decadent and fanciful present. Also, nearby are the busy Phahurat and Sampeng Markets - the biggest wholesale and clothing markets in Thailand.


A charming and sophisticated design to new heights with a romantic appeal, the bold  and beautiful Shanghai Mansion is truly an intriguing new addition to Bangkok China Town and expresses a profound sense of connection with the bygone Shanghai style -inspired luxurious deco and living.


It may not be a five-star standard with amenities and facilities provided, but they have outshone themselves for a design boutique hotel vista offering a stylish haven for dreaming, lounging and celebrating. People may not be attracted to dreamlike environments of sweetness and protection and they have created an island of comfort in a hostile world to enhance the sensibility to this kind of emotion for play, introspection, creativity and celebration. The guests need to be surprised and inspired to thrive.


Tried & Tested:
Location: 4.5/5
Design & Decor: 5/5
Room Amenities: 4/5
Food & Beverages: 3.5/5
Housekeeping: 3.5/5
Service: 4/5
Value For Money: 4.5/5
Experience: 4.5/5

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479-481 Yaowarat Road,
Samphanthwong, Bangkok
Thailand
Tel: +66 2 221 2121

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