Thailand

Hotels in Thailand

Thailand hotels include many, especially in Bangkok, from familiar luxury brands: there's the storied Mandarin Oriental, as well as a Four Seasons, the Peninsula, and Shangri-La. Many cater primarily to business travelers, but for leisure travelers they can provide a quiet retreat after a day of exploring exhilaratingly chaotic Bangkok. Though not cheap, these hotels in Thailand are often much more affordable than their counterparts in other capitals. For travelers on tighter budgets, the country abounds in hostels and guesthouses, while those looking for more local flair to their room for the night, new boutique hotels are giving Thailand hotels a stylish edge. On Thailand's islands, you can find options from resorts that offer villas with private pools to modest oceanfront beach shacks, while in the interior towns of Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai, many hotels are showcases of local handicrafts. The Four Seasons Tented Camp is among the best hotels in Thailand and has graced many a magazine cover, but there are also more reasonable and often just as charming options if that hotel is beyond your budget.

The Grand Millennium Sukhumvit is located on Asoke Road, one of Bangkok’s main thoroughfares. The 325-room hotel has a striking glass exterior and an eye-catching, modern lobby decorated in shades of brown with a glass reception desk.

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.

This trailblazing property recently added 39 airy, teak-floored villas set among trees on a hill overlooking a private beach.

This tropical resort on the Andaman Sea is about as far “away from it all” as possible, with 64 acres and a private island. 260 rooms make up the location, from small studios to a two-bedroom suite on Andaman Cove.

The property rests on the banks of the mighty Mekong River at the meeting point of Thailand, Myanmar, and Laos. The Zen-luxe retreat, near the Thai town of Chiang Saen, unabashedly makes the most of its location.

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.

Seclusion is one of the most attractive amenities at the resort, on a 237-acre island reserve 170 miles south of Phuket.

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.

If you fused the grandeur of colonial india with the simplicity of an African game lodge, the results would look much like the Eugenia.

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.

The beachside complex holds 50 suites and a saltwater pool.

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.

Housed inside a former YMCA building, the Metropolitan Bangkok has a refreshingly hip aesthetic. The hotel’s public areas and guest rooms are dominated by clean lines, dark wood furnishings, and cream-colored accents.