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.

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.

This centrally located hotel is a top see-and-be-seen spot in the city. Rooms favor a clean and modern vibe instead of excessive oriental accents. Hotel amenities include a yoga studio, and packages with dinner for two at the hotel’s—and Thailand’s—star restaurant, Nahm, are available.

One of my top recommendations in the city is Hotel Muse. The hotel accommodates nearly 200 rooms and suites, but still manages to feel moody and intimate like a favorite boutique.

Just steps from Lumpini Park, you’ll find one of oldest luxury hotels in the city. The 517 rooms are on the smaller side, but their smart design is equal parts elegant and classic.

Owned and operated by the same family since the 1940s, the 25 rooms here are filled with a well-curated collection of Thai antiques. And despite the close proximity to the non-stop action on noisy Sukhumvit, rooms are surprisingly quite.

Once a private home to noble Thais, the renovated waterfront mansion is only accessible by boat, and very close to Bangkok’s famous temples. The beautiful exterior looks more like an Italian villa, but step inside, and you’ll find 17 rooms that feel classically Thai.

The Zen atmosphere at this downtown Bangkok hotel is anything but cookie-cutter, and the six acres of lotus ponds and gardens seem more temple-like than standard hotel.

Make a reservation for dinner aboard the hotel’s private riverboat, the Horizon Club, and sail past beautifully illuminated temples as you eat. Then, exit the boat and you’re back at the charming and affordable (especially when compared to rates at neighboring properties) Shangri-La Hotel.

The Siam is a beautiful, amenity-rich hotel designed by Bill Bensley that is equal parts compound and oasis on the river. During your stay, watch a movie at the private cinema or explore the hotel’s antiques collection.

Located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, the spacious rooms at The Peninsula (especially those on higher floors) offer guests stunning views of the River of Kings and the Bangkok skyline.

This world-famous 1876 hotel featuring stunning views of the Chao Phraya River has a long literary history, a 1930s-style restaurant, and beds adorned with Thai silk. Its garden pool and spa are a short ferry ride away.

All six rooms of this tucked away Portuguese river house have stunning and uninterrupted views of Wat Arun, one of Bangkok’s most iconic temples.

This lush tree house located in the heart of Bangkok’s “green lung” and is accessible only by boat or foot. The ‘nest’ accommodations range from a form of glamping (private roofs and luxe beds) to simplistic (an open-air room without electricity).

Start off your stay at The Eugenia with an airport pickup in a vintage 1953 Benz or a 1965 Jaguar. The luxury cars will take you to the centrally located, colonial-style mansion where the rooms are furnished with antiques.

Located in the heart of Bangkok’s bustling Chinatown neighborhood, this 76-room hotel is a former Chinese opera house. Despite the chaos of the neighborhood outside, the hotel is tranquil, and the rooms have beautiful canopy beds and bright accents.