From Sukhumvit to the shores of the Chao Phraya River
Picking the right hotel in Bangkok is important. Thailand’s capital is hot, sweaty and always congested with traffic and crowds – and that’s exactly why we love it. Still, it’s important to have a homey place to return to and relax. That’s why we’ve rounded up the best 10 hotels in the city, from Sukhumvit to the shores of the Chao Phraya River.
For nearly 50 years, this bespoke hotel has been an institution of Bangkok accommodation. Its main draw is a wide selection of gourmet restaurants, catering to a variety of styles and tastes. The most-buzzed about right now is Benjarong, serving contemporary Thai cuisine and helmed up by one of David Thompson’s prodigies.
This boutique hotel on the Chao Phraya River is upscale and intimate. There are only seven rooms from which you can watch the hustle and bustle of the water barges while getting ready for the day. It overlooks the famous tourist attraction Wat Arun, or in English, the Temple of Dawn which of course looks amazing during sunrise.
The Peninsula’s view of the Chao Phraya River is bar-none, and starting the morning with a fruit smoothie and a coffee here is in full order. The dining is top notch, especially its contemporary Cantonese restaurant Mei Jang.
If you’ve come to Bangkok to party, then this is the perfect accommodation. W Bangkok’s rooms are luxurious, modern and artsy, and its downstairs Woo Bar is where the local hip and posh crowd loves to meet for drinks.
Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Shangri-La’s the epitome of Thai opulence and class, with rooms finished in silk and teak overlooking the beauty of Chao Phraya River. For those that want to get a more personal experience on Bangkok’s barges, you can get aboard one of the hotel’s nightly riverboats for a stunning dinner cruise. The Shangri-La’s signature Cantonese restaurant, Shang Palace, is also famous amongst locals for its fancy, delicious dim sum.
This prestigious riverside hotel has been a staple of Bangkok accommodation for over 100 years. From Bill Clinton to Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger and more, this is where the stars come to stay and indulge in elegance in the Land of Smiles.
Grand Hyatt Erawan
If you’re in Bangkok to shop, then Grand Hyatt Erawan is exactly where you need to make home base. It’s just a few steps away from Bangkok’s most popular malls like Siam Center and Siam Paragon. After a full day of carrying shopping bags, the resident spa i.sawan is the perfect place to unwind.
There’s nothing like drinking up the city’s grandiose landscape from floor-to-ceiling glass windows in Banyan Tree’s signature rooms. Its located in Sathorn, where Bangkok’s nightlife is quickly up-and-coming, and the sky bar Vertigo is a much-beloved destination for sunset cocktails.
This hotel is for those who are seeking an authentic experience in Thai elegance, from décor to top-notch service. The property is so lush with greenery, flora and fauna, you’ll hardly believe you’re smack dab in the middle of Bangkok.
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Have you seen the Hangover 2? This is Lebua’s claim to fame, the sky bar Sirocco where the Hollywood blockbuster was filmed. Unlike the movie’s antics, Lebua is extremely classy in comparison with exquisite details like Bulgari amenities and Egyptian cotton in its rooms.
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