Hotels in Bangkok
Ten years ago, most Bangkok lodgings were either big luxury hotels or grimy backpacker dens. Things have changed, thanks to a string of new small-scale properties. Seven, one of the latest, occupies a town house on a quiet street in the happening Sukhumvit neighborhood.
This small, boutique hotel on Khao San Road houses only 76 rooms in two styles, standard and deluxe. Each room is furnished with Thai antiques and has natural wood accents. The property includes a rooftop pool and bar, a fitness center, and both a sauna and steam room.
French colonial hotel with gardens, hand-painted silk ceilings, and the city’s largest lap pool.
24-story hotel with plush interiors (etched mirrors; floor-to-ceiling bedroom windows; Thai sculptures) off ritzy Silom Road. The December 2008 addition is a refreshing change from the flashy, rough-silk décor common in Thai hotels.
All-suite skyscraper that’s also home to the popular 61st-floor Vertigo Grill & Moon Bar and a signature spa.
370 rooms appointed with teak floors, silk-covered furniture, marble bathrooms, and high-tech control panels, set within a 37-story tower that overlooks the Chao Phraya River. The hotel's spa was revamped in 2007 to an impressive 21,000 square foot space.
391-room hotel conveniently located in the central business district, near major embassies and the Bangkok Transit System.
Room to Book: The 570-square-foot Deluxe Corner rooms are practically all windows. Even the free-standing bathtubs have views out to the city.
This modern-Oriental-style guesthouse, in a former office building near Silom Road, is entered through heavy wood doors that lead to a glossy bi-level reception hall.
The lavish 227 guest quarters are studies in painted teak and marble, but unrivaled service sets the property apart. Our favorite space: the sleek, gray-on-white room 2102 on the 21st floor.
Colossal riverfront hotel located in the commercial district, a short boat ride from the Grand Palace and adjacent to the city's largest antiques shopping mall.
At the ultra-exclusive Ma Du Zi Hotel, located in Sukhumvit, guest security and privacy is top priority. The 40-room hotel has a gate (closed 24 hours) and employs a reservations-only policy, prohibiting walk-in guests.
The 517 rooms are small but make up for it with private balconies and views of nearby Lumpini Park.
Room to Book: Deluxe rooms facing the park have the most interesting views.
Doubles from $160.
In this legendary 1876 hotel and modern tower, many of the 393 rooms now have floor-to-ceiling windows, with spectacular views of the busy Chao Phraya River. Book one of the split-level Premier Rooms, for traditional sophistication or Authors' Suites, for opulent Thai style.
Black marble high-rise with a full roster of business amenities and a prime location on Bangkok’s main shopping drag.