Family travel can be a mixed bag, ranging from memorably rewarding to crazily frustrating. The hotels on this cherry-picked list, though, are sure to smooth the way by everyone in your entourage, from jet-lagged elders to energetic kids. The options here all have upscale amenities and stylish accommodations, but also go the extra mile to make family groups feel especially welcome. Some offer special perks like larger-than-average rooms and menus that (unlike many local Thai eateries) won’t turn your kids into fire-breathing dragons. Others provide special spa and child-care services for stressed-out couples, or activities that multi-generational guests can enjoy together—like computer-simulated golf lessons, kid-friendly swimming pools.
The Sukosol Bangkok
A stay in one of the family rooms at The Sukosol will let your kids develop a love for the hotel life early on. At check-in they’ll be given special gifts, including an elephant keepsake, activity books and pint-size slippers and robes to match mom and dad’s. Activities like Thai cooking classes are open to kids, and there are complimentary swimming lessons hosted at the rooftop pool each Saturday.
Sukhumvit Park, Bangkok
These Marriot executive apartments give families plenty of space to spread out; the largest apartment here has three bedrooms. Active families will enjoy the rooftop tennis, golf simulator, mini golf and a kids’ pool; they can also rent a paddleboat at nearby Lumpini Park. Bonus: the hotel’s large tuk-tuks make getting to nearby attractions easy.
This modern boutique hotel is set right along the river and near some of the city’s top attractions. There’s a spacious waterfront swimming area, where grownups can sip cocktails on the bed-style loungers, and kids can splash in a special children’s pool. Families needing extra space should book Premium Riva rooms for their adjoining doors.
Grande Centre Point Hotel Ratchadamri
Surrounded by the best malls in the city, this hotel is loaded with children’s amenities: a swimming pool just for them, a playroom with games, and a home theater well-stocked with kids’ DVDs. The large in-room kitchenettes are great for families who want to stock the fridge with their own snacks and drinks.
Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square
Both check-in and check-out keep families in mind at this centrally located hotel. Kids get special welcome gifts on arrival; check-put isn’t required until 5 pm (a great help when rounding up little ones and their gear). There are also as special kid-friendly menus here listing less-spicy dishes; babysitting is available on request.