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Six enticing hotels, for every type of traveler.

Hotel Muse: Crystal chandeliers and black-and-white marble floors evoke a fin de siècle French château at this chic property in the leafy Langsuan neighborhood. At night, head to the hotel’s Medici Kitchen & Bar, one of the city’s hottest tables. Best For: Scenesters looking for stylish affordability. 55/555 Langsuan Rd.; hotelmusebangkok.com. $

Mandarin Oriental: This grande dame on the Chao Phraya River just got a face-lift. Tech amenities such as iPod docking stations and flat-screen TV’s were added, along with such delicate touches as hand-tufted rugs and teak writing desks. Best For: Traditionalists and sophisticates. $$$

The Peninsula: The W-shaped design of this landmark tower ensures uninterrupted vistas of the river and city skyline beyond. Its rooms—some of the largest in Bangkok—are accented with Thai silk fabrics and plush carpets. Best For: Those who covet space and knockout views. $$$

The Siam: Thai rock star and actor Krissada Sukosol Clapp can now add hotelier to his résumé. His 39-suite property is like a living museum, filled with 19th-century maps of Siam and Asian curios from his extensive art collection. Best For: In-the-know globe-trotters on the hunt for gems. 3/2 Khao Rd.; thesiamhotel.com. $$

Sofitel So: High design meets cutting-edge technology at the Asian debut of Sofitel’s contemporary brand, So. A colorful mobile of fantastical animals created by fashion designer Christian Lacroix dominates the slate-colored lobby. The rooms are themed around the Chinese elements and decorated by local designers. Best For: Business travelers with an interest in pioneering design. 2 N. Sathorn Rd.; sofitel.com. $

The Sukhothai: Looking for a hidden sanctuary in the heart of Bangkok? This is it. Housed on six acres of lush gardens, the renovated property is done up in an earth-toned palette with chenille canvas wall fabrics. Best For: Privacy seekers who still like to be close to the action. $$$

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