Shanghai Mansion, Chinatown, Bangkok

This 76-room hotel on Yaowarat Road in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown — the world’s largest — is the real thing.

Built in 1892, Shanghai Mansion has been a Chinese opera house, stock exchange and textile trading house, and since 2006, a luxurious, character-loaded boutique hotel.

Shanghai Mansion

Throughout its public areas you’ll find checker-board tiles, plush sofas, Oriental screens and lanterns, and a water garden, all paying tasteful homage to Deco-decadent 1930’s Shanghai.

The hotel’s acclaimed Red Rose Restaurant features outstanding modern Chinese cuisine, including of course Peking Duck, but go for the signature dish, Monk Jump Over Wall, aka black chicken soup, plus the house’s exotic Chinatown Cocktail.

Shanghai Mansion

Surrounded by so much Orientalism, Shanghai Mansion also encompasses a balancing dose of Occidentalism at its friendly, street-front jazz bar, Cotton Club, with live performances six nights a week. After which, it’s time to head to your themed room or suite — there is a good range — each one appointed with chinoiserie a-plenty, not to mention satellite TV, big bath, complimentary WiFi and more.

Shanghai Mansion

You may not want to leave Shanghai Mansion but when you do, this unique retreat is just a 10-minute walk from the MRT subway and Hualamphong central railway station.

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