If there’s a world capital where you absolutely must spend a night in a luxury hotel, it’s without a doubt Bangkok, for the pure and simple reason that the value is unbeatable! You can stay in one of the city’s most beautiful hotels for the cost of a decent room in London. Check out my list of the five best Bangkok hotels!
The Mandarin Oriental
It’s at the top of numerous international rankings: “best Asia/Pacific hotel” in some, “best service world-wide” for others. In short, everyone’s singing its praises! The Mandarin has been the gold standard for luxury accommodation in Bangkok for over 140 years, and that’s saying something!
Located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, this five-star establishment presents a classic look in its 324 rooms and 44 suites. No fewer than nine different restaurants are available for guests to try, providing a variety of cuisines (there’s of course a Thai restaurant, as well as Italian, Chinese…). And let’s not forget the wonderful afternoon tea proposed by the hotel every day, and the Bamboo Bar, which offers cocktails in a cozy environment.
Built on the riverbank opposite the Mandarin Oriental, the Peninsula is a haven of tranquility in boisterous Bangkok (don’t forget to check out my blog post about it here). Its trump card is without a doubt the fabulous 60-meter-long pool along the riverfront. There are 370 rooms which each have a view of the river and present an old-school style, with teak furniture, lovely woodwork, and Thai silk. In terms of gastronomy, the hotel’s breakfast is one of the best in the city: an abundance of options, excellent-quality food, and a view overlooking the river. It’s a perfect score!
Located a short walk from the most beautiful temples in the touristic heart of the city, the Siam is modestly sized, unlike the hotels I’ve previously mentioned; there are only 39 suites and villas with a pool available. Alongside the Mandarin Oriental, it’s one of the capital’s most expensive establishments. The Siam’s best assets would probably be the impressive experiences proposed to its guests: cooking classes, excursions, yoga… Every attempt is made for your stay to be as enjoyable as possible!
This luxurious hotel is situated right in the center of Bangkok, but manages to remain peaceful; it’s a veritable oasis in the middle of an urban jungle! Surrounded by ponds, trees, and birdsong, you feel cut off from the hectic city. The Sukhothai’s omnipresent Thai architecture, be it in the style of the buildings or in the rooms’ decoration, gives the hotel a very local feel. If you want to relax, you can indulge in the fantastic pool, as well as the Botanica Spa, which offers a variety of massages. For dining, don’t miss out on the Celadon, one of the best Thai food restaurants in Bangkok.
The St. Regis
This establishment’s best feature is surely the breathtaking view overlooking the Royal Sports Club, aside from everything else you would expect from a five-star hotel! The pool, the rooms, the bars, and the restaurants all benefit from this exceptional view. Here, the style is much more modern than in the other hotels I’ve listed, with the St. Regis ideally located just a few minutes from the most prestigious shopping centers in Bangkok.