Shanghai Mansion

We have mentioned elsewhere in this site the strong cultural connections between Thailand and China. It should not come as a surprise that Chinatown in Bangkok has one of the best Chinese themed hotels in the world. It is called Shanghai Mansion.

The hotel re-creates the feeling of Shanghai in the 1930s. The city at the time was the hub of commerce and culture for the South Pacific region. Many immigrants had fled from Russia in the 1920s to Shanghai. The architecture and design of Shanghai in the 1930s reflected both Chinese and Western sensibilities, as is apparent in the art deco pieces of the time made there.

Shanghai Mansion recreates the style and ease of this period. It has plenty of authentic furniture pieces, a strong color motif of Chinese red and art deco flourishes. There are two room choices – Chinese and contemporary. The Chinese rooms feature four-poster beds, dark wood and paper lanterns. The ground floor features an indoor water garden, a restaurant and bar featuring regular jazz performances. As you can imagine they serve some great Chinese food in the restaurant.

The hotel has been mentioned in countless travel publications and in 2010 won the Sunday Times Travel Award. Shanghai Mansion doesn’t have a swimming pool or spa and an indoor shopping mall, but it does provide a boutique holiday experience. Rooms start at just $80.

The hotel is in a busy area of Chinatown in Bangkok. It is near plenty of shopping, eating and drinking options as well as Hualamphong Train Station and the adjacent metro line.

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Other articles looking at the relationship between Thailand and China:
Chinese Temples in Thailand
Chinese Culture in Thailand

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