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    S31 Hotel *****

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    Housed in a triangular architectural stunner with 26 floors, the glassy S31 resembles an art museum. The effect continues inside the property and around its chic, urban-park-like grounds, which include a large turf lawn with massive colorful sculptures, a putting green, a hammock, and futuristic white chairs around a wooden picnic table. Inside, the lobby is open and airy, with soaring windows, fresh orchids, and a huge marble aquarium centerpiece with topiary touches. There are several casual leather sofas and armchairs clustered into private seating areas, and a few tour desks against the far walls. The wine bistro has spectacular, sweeping views of the city through glass walls, while the colorful pastries at 'S Cafe buffet resemble sculptures -- the cafe itself has a fun, trendy look, with Jetsons-esque white bucket seats. Even the outdoor pool is a work of art, with unique plexiglass walls that create underwater optical illusions, and immaculate blue water offset by views of the lawn and its multi-colored modern sculptures. There are guests of all ilk from all over the world --young couples, families, and businessmen drawn to the convenient location and eye-catching property.

    Location
    The S31 is located adjacent to Sukhumvit Road, which has bumper-to-bumper traffic throughout the day. There are many shops, restaurants, and street vendors surrounding the hotel, as well offices and residential buildings. The Prompong Skytrain Station is within a 10-minute walk, as are the EmQuartier and Emporium shopping malls, and Villa Market. Queen Sirikit National Convention Center is a 10-minute drive away. Attractions such as the National Museum, Wat Pho, and Grand Palace are within 40 minutes of the hotel via car or public transportation. Suvarnabhumi Airport can be reached within 40 minutes by car.

    Rooms
    There are several varieties of room at the S31 and all come with a number of winning features -- first and foremost, the custom-designed beds topped with crisp white sheets. Each room has at least one wall-to-ceiling window and some have incredible panoramic views of the city. Decor is minimalist and somewhat bland: dark wood, striped carpeting, and clean white bedding. Each room also has free Wi-Fi, at least one flat-screen LCD TV, a desk and office chair, and a sleek kitchenette with a small sink, microwave, coffee/tea facilities, and full-size refrigerator -- the top of which contains minibars items. Bathrooms are beautifully tiled in brown marble and are super-modern, with glass windows looking into the rooms (with shutters), and shower/tub combos. Plush bathrobes and slippers are provided. Duplex Suites are especially impressive, designed for larger groups and families, with two separate floors. The Family Residential Suite appears to be built for royalty with a massive wall of windows, contemporary chandelier, marble countertops, and a private saltwater pool. Bathrooms in suites have separate soaking tubs and glass-door rain showers. Guests note that some fixtures lack the polish expected of a luxury property.

    Hotel Features
    The S31 has a myriad of amenities that put it on par with Bangkok’s larger, resort-style hotels. Wi-Fi and tuk-tuk shuttle to public transportation stations are free. A huge buffet breakfast at 'S Cafe is included in most room packages, and the cafe also serves artistically presented international fare, buffet-style and a la carte, for lunch and dinner. The rooftop restaurant, 100M Wine & Bistro, serves local and international cuisine for dinner, and has incredible views of the city. Uno Cafe serves pastries and casual fare such as sandwiches and salads throughout the day. Room service is available 24 hours. The outdoor saltwater pool is free to guests, as is the modern fitness center, which is equipped with boxing rings. There's also a private yoga studio on the eighth floor of the hotel that is well-regarded. The on-site spa offers a variety of massages and treatments, as well as a sauna and steam room. There are a large business center and meeting space, and hotel staff can help arrange airport transfers, limousines, and laundry and dry cleaning services.

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    Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok *****

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    The Siam Kempinski is an over-the-top opulent hotel, from the statement lobby with palatial ceilings, large chandeliers, towering white marble columns, and an indoor fountain to the gorgeous grounds with lush gardens that surround a winding saltwater swimming pool. The property is both stylish and refined while at the same time giving off the feel of an island oasis retreat in the midst of the concrete jungle. The hotel is one of these rare city properties where guests will be excused if they never want to leave or go anywhere outside the four walls, but rather just stay in and enjoy the grandiose and lavish surroundings. If you are looking for an escapist resort in the middle of downtown, it doesn't get much better than this.

    Location
    The Siam Kempinski is located right in the epicenter of downtown Bangkok. The hotel sits hidden from view behind Siam Paragon, the luxury shopping mall, and even has its own entrance from the back of the mall. From the front door, it's a five-minute walk to the Siam skytrain station, giving access without traffic to the rest of Bangkok. Guests are in shopping heaven here, and there hundreds of dining and drinking options outside, both in Siam Paragon and around Siam Square. The only drawback to this location is brutal road congestion which can make driving and taxi rides a grueling process.

    Rooms
    The Siam Kempinski has 300 rooms and suites, all of them grandiose and stylish. Rooms feature spacious bathrooms and living quarters, with fine paintings, silk curtains, and views out to the lovely grounds and large pools. Some rooms give direct private access straight into the water, making the hotel feel far more like an island resort than anything in the middle of Bangkok. Room amenities include large flat-screen TVs, electric kettles, daily stocked minibars, laptop-size safes, large glass-topped writing desks, and bathrooms with separate soaking tubs and rain showers. Some rooms have balconies overlooking the pool. There is free Wi-Fi in each room.

    Features
    The Siam Kempinski is home to Sra Bua by Kiin Kiin, an acclaimed restaurant run by a Danish chef who specializes in molecular Thai gastronomy. In addition to this, there is the Brasserie Europa, which specializes in Sunday buffets with free flowing Champagne, and Niche, a casual gourmet dining spot that has burgers, sandwiches, and smoothies served throughout the day and evening. The hotel has a giant saltwater pool that meanders throughout the property. It also features a state of the art fitness center that has lots of cardio machines and is open 24 hours. The Kempinski Spa is also noted for its pampering signature massage and wellness treatments. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

    Pricing: 6.000 - 31.900 THB
    Address: 991/9 Rama I Rd, Pathum Wan, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330

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      Mandarin Oriental Residences *****

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      Despite being located in one of Bangkok's shimmering modern towers, the Oriental Residence Bangkok takes its style inspiration from a romantic vintage-chic with French countryside and vintage travel aesthetics. The entrance is a sleek wall of windows, but, inside, glass chandeliers, light paneled walls, vintage architectural prints, mahogany tables, and plush leather chairs prevail. The effect is pleasant and calming, like walking into an oasis. Next to the check-in desk a bright, windowed alcove has a couple of sitting areas with ostensibly mismatched leather and upholstered chairs and sofas in pastel colors. Outside, there's a small herb garden with traditional Thai herbs for the restaurants to use.
      The pool deck -- an open-air space on the fourth floor -- is similarly refined and elegant, with tan cabanas shading the lounge chairs that flank the 66-foot aquamarine pool and overlook the lush embassy gardens that surround the hotel. Stylized wicker sunbed tents offer more privacy. With its full bar and views, the Play Deck, as it's called, is a popular spot for guests to lounge throughout the day. The other two restaurants -- Savelberg Thailand and Cafe Claire -- both serve French cuisine, and Cafe Claire in particular has capitalized on the classic Paris bistro theme in its aesthetic, with wooden bistro chairs, mirrored walls, hanging ball lamps, and a marble bar. Thanks to its popularity with long-stay guests, the hotel often feels quiet and serene, which can a welcome change for many short-stay guests too.

      Location
      The Oriental Residence Bangkok is located on a quiet street in the Lumpini neighborhood, between the American and Dutch embassies. The large Lumpini Park is just down the street in one direction, and the nearest skytrain station and shopping centers are down the street in the other direction, all within walking distance. There are a number of good restaurants within walking distance, as well. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is a 45-minute drive away; Don Mueang International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. The closest skytrain station is within walking distance, but the hotel does offer a free shuttle service for guests. There's also free parking, and the hotel offers a limo service.

      Rooms
      The rooms at the Oriental Residence Bangkok are apartment-style residences, each with a fully equipped kitchen; so, the smallest Grand Deluxe rooms are roughly equivalent to a studio apartment in set-up and amenities. The largest rooms are three-bedroom suites, which can accommodate families comfortably for extended stays. All rooms are decorated in the same romantic, vintage-inspired style that prevails throughout the hotel. Dark hardwood floors and mahogany tables and carved chests reminiscent of old travel cases lend an elegance to the space, while tan patterned wallpaper, pastel teal and cream furniture, leather ottomans, and walls of windows lighten it up. Kitchens, in contrast, are sleek and modern, with shiny cream cabinets and electric panel stovetops. Bathrooms are large, tiled entirely in marble, with soaking tubs, a walk-in rainfall shower or two, bathrobes, slippers, and plenty of toiletries. All suites have flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers (espresso machines in some), free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour room service. Higher- floor rooms have the best views of the city's rooftops, although the quiet street means that even rooms on lower floors don't get much street noise.

      Features
      As a hotel that caters to both short- and long-term guests, the Oriental Residence Bangkok has a good range of features. There are three restaurants: Savelberg Thailand, the latest fine-dining French restaurant from Michelin-starred Dutch chef Henk Savelberg; Cafe Claire, the hotel's French bistro, serving classic dishes with locally sourced ingredients in a charming, Parisian-inspired setting; and the Play Deck, the full bar on the pool deck that serves drinks and snacks to lounge chairs and view-admirers. The pool itself is on the fourth floor, surrounded by lounge chairs and cabanas, as well as a kids' pool; it's worth noting that the pool is shaded by a ceiling, although the walls are open and some lounge chairs get direct sunlight. There's also a modern, fully equipped fitness center, with floor-to-ceiling views over the embassy gardens, although the room itself is small and might not have all the state-of-the art exercise machines. In addition to the kids' pool, kids' menus and babysitting services are available. Breakfast is not included in most rates. The hotel also offers extensive concierge services, as well as a shopping butler who can arrange luxury shopping experiences. The hotel also has a number of high-end conference rooms and a well-equipped business center. The 24-hour on-call doctor and in-house florist demonstrate the dedication to long-term guests. There's free Wi-Fi throughout.

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        Four Seasons @ Chao Phraya River *****

        Scene
        Designed by Belgian starchitect Jean-Michel Gathy, the hotel comprises a set of cascading buildings connected by bamboo-fringed courtyards. From the cavernous lobby to the double-height hallways lining the rooms, the space is bright and airy, making it feel more like a resort than a city hotel. While the marble-heavy design is decidedly contemporary, Thai touches can be found in the little details: terraced waterscapes in the main courtyard resemble the flooded rice paddies of rural Thailand, while wall-sized artworks commissioned to local artists by Gathy himself depict the folds of a monk’s robe. Restaurants up the fun factor with elaborate designs by AvroKO, and art-enthusiasts will appreciate the hotel’s private gallery, which showcases up-and-coming Thai talent in collaboration with Bangkok’s Museum of Contemporary Art.

        Location
        The hotel takes over the better part of the Chao Phraya Estate, a luxurious mixed-use development on the banks of the Chao Phraya river. It is an excellent base for sightseeing, with many of Bangkok’s postcard sights just a 15-minute long-tail boat trip away. A taxi from either of the international airports will take around 40 minutes.

        Rooms
        Compared to the maximalist restaurant designs and the colourful art-studded lobby, the hotel’s 299 rooms feel a little more sober. But that doesn’t mean they’re boring: the palettes of taupe and grey have been tastefully zhuzhed up with touches of faux ostrich leather, Thai silks and marble. Worth noting is that despite the riverfront setting, many rooms don’t have river views – they look out over the city or one of the hotel’s courtyards instead. The rooms that do face the river deliver, though: some come with floor-to-ceiling windows on more than one side to frame the mighty Chao Phraya in all its glittering glory.

        Features
        Mornings start at the riverside with a buffet breakfast that includes everything from Thai congee to hummus and excellent house-baked pastries. The fresh-from-the-oven egg pizza is a must order. That same oven doles out gourmet pizzas after breakfast, when the space turns into Riva del Fiume, an Italian restaurant focusing on house-made pastas and citrusy crudo. This is, for now, also the only place in Bangkok to eat butter-smooth Mayura beef from Australian wagyu fattened with candy and chocolate. Brasserie Palmier reimagines French cuisine from a tropical angle. At this indoor-outdoor restaurant with hand-painted floral murals, the menu is big on light, easygoing fare. Think top-notch oysters and towers heaving with fruits de mer, but they can whip you up a steak frites or onion soup, too – avec plaisir. Then there's Cantonese crowdpleaser Yu Ting Yuan, whose Michelin-starred chef moved his team from Guangzhou to Bangkok and flies in dumpling flour from Hong Kong to ensure that his dim sum tastes exactly like at home. Days end at BKK Social Club, a time warp to 1920s Buenos Aires with Cuban cigars and Bossa Nova beats. Spearheaded by Philip Bischoff (previously at the Singapore’s much-lauded Manhattan Bar), the drink list is inventive and heavy on the vermouth, but also draws on small-batch spirits and unexpected ingredients such as Yerba Mate. From the amicable pool staff delivering fizzy watermelon drinks to my (remarkably comfortable) lounger, to the chatty restaurant waitresses keeping my two-year-old entertained while I plucked another muffin from the breakfast buffet, service is by the book but also goes way beyond. The multi-tiered swimming pool along the river enhances the resort feel, as does the wellness centre with all the bells and whistles: there are high-tech anti-aging treatments and low-tech massages with bamboo sticks. Visiting therapists and wellness gurus offer everything from pranic healing sessions to astrology readings, and there’s a separate 30-metre lap pool for aqua aerobics and yoga on stand-up paddleboards.

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          The Sukhothai *****

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          Despite its size - the Sukhothai has 214 rooms and suites, a swimming pool, a gym, a spa - everything seems perfectly balanced. The lobby and salon are graced with ancient Khmer style carvings and the soothing sounds of a khim, a Thai dulcimer, drifts through the hotel’s corridors in the afternoon. A delightful garden with several lotus ponds provides both laid back ambience and a nice space to relax on bean bags when it’s not too hot.

          Location
          The Sukhothai is located downtown on South Sathorn, near Lumphini Park and the British Embassy. The MRT Lumphini underground station is eight minutes’ walk away, while the BTS skytrain station Sala Daeng is 10 minutes on foot. The Royal Palace can be reached by taxi in around 40 minutes.

          Rooms
          The very definition of old fashioned Far Eastern luxury. The large Executive Deluxe rooms feel like colonial-era suites in a royal guest house, furnished with teakwood and Thai fabrics and are just perfect for family holidays, honeymoon breaks or small business meetings. Large comfortable bathrooms with wooden floors and tubs round off the refined picture.

          Features
          The highly professional and well-oiled staff machinery is personal enough to make guests feel at home within minutes of arrival and will do their best, round the clock, to provide impeccable service. The Sukhothai is a tightly run ship, a real plus for visitors, especially families. The pool, surrounded by sun loungers and comfortable cabanas, is great for a swim and a lounge, and the 24-hour gym offers the latest in fitness and cardiovascular technology. The spa has several treatment rooms, some for couples, with whirpool baths and steam rooms.
          The sumptuous Celadon offers classic Thai cuisine served in a pavilion that floats in a pond filled with lotus flowers. The Colonnade is an international all-rounder and also provides a generous breakfast buffet. La Scala is an Italian fine dining experience with an open kitchen that will tax your budget more than your taste buds. The truffle risotto is a little bland, though the ravioli are very tasty. A good selection of wines is available at all three restaurants. The long-running Sunday brunch is popular with locals and advance booking is required.

          Pricing: 3,300 – 11,200 THB
          Address: 13/3, 28/1-4 South Sathorn Road, Thungmahamek, Sathorn, 10120 Bangkok, Thailand.

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          • #6

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            The Capella Bangkok *****

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            The Thai capital has no shortage of luxury hotels, but when Capella Bangkok opened at the end of 2020, it brought in a level of sophistication the city hadn’t seen before: rooms boast private plunge pools, there are villas on the riverside, plus a restaurant spearheaded by one of the world’s top chefs. Is it beautiful? Absolutely. There are marble floors and glittering chrome-and-crystal ceiling lights, Thai-inspired latticework, furniture upholstered in fine fabrics and a sprinkling of Asian antiques in the lobby. It’s all chic and high-design, but the boxy building misses the rooted-in-place ‘wow-factor’ the brand’s other properties (such as its tented camp in Bali and its French Concession abode in Shanghai) are known for. That's only a minor drawback, though, as the scenic river views, framed by floor-to-ceiling windows from every room and restaurant, more than make up for it.

            Location
            Capella Bangkok is part of the Chao Phraya Estate, a high-end riverside development it shares with the Four Seasons hotel and a residential skyscraper. Saphan Taksin, the gateway to Bangkok’s vibrant Old Town district, is a 10-minute walk away, and the hotel’s sleek Mercedes can whisk you from the airport to the hotel in 40 minutes.

            Rooms
            With just 101 keys, the hotel is an intimate affair. Two room categories stand out: the Veranda rooms open up to large balconies fitted with plunge pools, cosy daybeds and seating nooks, while the spacious Riverside villas—unique in Bangkok—have their own private pool-equipped gardens right on the water. Design-wise, they’re all sleek and streamlined, featuring hushed palettes of greys and beiges with touches of blonde wood and pale gold. Their bathrooms, bedecked in travertine marble, feel like mini spas with walk-in rain showers, enormous bathtubs and ultra-fluffy hooded bathrobes.

            Features
            Tip-top service is Capella’s trump card, and their Bangkok outpost is no exception. From the concierge crew greeting guests at the entrance to the chirpy check-in staff in the Living Room lounge (who will offer you a glass of Diamant Brut bottled exclusively for the hotel), everyone is exceptionally welcoming and assertive. A personal 'Capella Culturist' is on call throughout your stay, and will be in touch prior to your arrival to discuss preferences and activities – monk-guided meditations and trips to Michelin-starred street food joints among them. The swimming pool is a lovely spot to watch river life float by from under your blue-and-white parasol. For further relaxation, the Auriga Wellness spa draws on age-old Thai, Chinese and Indian healing rituals and medicinal herbs found in traditional apothecaries around the neighborhood. Taking over the rustic-chic dining room at the heart of the hotel, Côte by Mauro Colagreco is Capella Bangkok’s pride and joy. Deservedly so, because the Argentinian chef behind three-Michelin star (and World’s Best in 2019) Mirazur in Nice has done a stellar job transporting his signature, produce-driven Mediterranean flavours to a Thai setting. Whether you order the à la carte options or the nine-course ‘carte blanche’ tasting menu, you can expect fine, flower-flecked dishes featuring seasonal ingredients and top-quality seafood, optionally paired with one of the best natural wine selections in town. On the riverside, Thai restaurant Phra Nakhon delivers local family recipes that don’t shy away from chili, and evenings end with live music at Stella, the boudoir-like cocktail and ‘dessert omakase’ bar. Breakfast is served at the riverside and features a small buffet of house-baked pastries, fruits and Asian specialties alongside an extensive made-to-order menu. The ricotta pancakes with roasted vine tomatoes deserve a second order.

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              COMO Metropolitan Hotel *****

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              This hotel is a calm oasis in clamoring Bangkok, a quality that’s immediately clear upon pulling up to the modern building from the tree-lined street, and walking past the tranquil reflecting pond. Natural light floods the airy lobby, glinting off the polished Makha wood floors, while small seating areas with cream leather chairs, Asian accents, and bright orange carpets offer several inviting places to relax amid vases filled with tropical flowers. Antiques dot the common spaces, but the vibe is strictly contemporary. The Met Bar, which hosts DJs in the evening, gives a stylish place to grab a drink, with bright red walls; firework-inspired abstract art; a long, sleek bar; and overstuffed leather chairs. Nahm restaurant is consistently ranked as one of the Top 50 Restaurants in the World by William Reed, draws a mix of locals and jetsetters to its golden, rustic-meets-modern setting. The hotel is romantic, but guests here run the gamut from business travelers to couples and families.

              Location
              The Sathorn district—often called Bangkok’s financial district—is home to glimmering glass towers and squat night-market stalls. The area is rapidly shedding its once-staid image, though, and trendy restaurants, indie designer-packed shopping malls, gorgeous Lumphini Park, Patpong’s notorious night markets, and plenty of street food are all within a 20-minute walk from the hotel. The Silom Metro and BTS stops are both about 10 minutes away on foot and can provide access to farther flung destinations like the Chatuchak Weekend Market in about 40 minutes. The Rattanakosin district, home to the Grand Palace and Wat Pho, is most easily accessed by taxi (around 20 minutes) or using the metro to connect to the river ferry (approximately 45 minutes). Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport can be reached in about 30 minutes by cab, or in an hour to about 90 minutes using the metro and Airport Rail Link.

              Rooms
              Spacious, sleek, sexy -- the rooms here embody a wide range of superlatives and regardless of the size they are a classic respite from busy Bangkok. Dark hardwood floors and minimalist black furniture pop against the blaring white walls in all rooms. City Rooms start at 280 square feet while all other rooms offer at least 463 square feet of space. Thai artist Natee Utarit’s large botanical prints hang over extremely comfortable beds topped by duvets and silver throw pillows. Stylish, cozy window-side banquettes wrap around the walls, and all rooms have safes, minibars, Egyptian cotton bedding, bottled water, electric kettles with tea and coffee, flat-screen TVs, and a daily supply of fresh fruit. Metropolitan and Terrace Rooms have extra storage space as well as Ming-style chairs and tables set over gold velveteen throw rugs. The patios off the Terrace Rooms offer a private, stylish space with an outdoor shower. Each Executive Suite has a separate dining area. Bathrooms are large and bright, with COMO’s brand of toiletries, long vanities, and off-white, mosaic-tiled shower/tub combos (though we did notice some dirty grout when we visited). The COMO Suite is an enormous two-floored room that includes a full office, upgraded decor, and a luxurious bathroom.

              Features
              The hotel’s restaurants add to its high-end atmosphere, starting with the excellent breakfast served in the playfully modern Glow restaurant, though guests should keep in mind that breakfast is only included with certain bookings, and it's expensive otherwise. The restaurant also serves a casual lunch with an emphasis on healthy, locally sourced dishes, while Met Bar has DJs in the evening and a creative cocktail list. Nahm, the other on-site restaurant, serves contemporary twists on Thai classics and consistently ranks as one of the top 50 restaurants in the world, though guests will need reservations well in advance of their meal. Shambhala Urban Escape includes a bright gym with modern equipment, personal trainers, a yoga studio, hair salon, saunas, massage and spa services, a shop with health-conscious products, and an array of free activities in a beautiful, hardwood-lined, minimalist setting. The hotel’s on-site pool is huge, lined by a hardwood deck, plenty of lounge chairs, a small poolside bar, and a decorative stone pond -- the emphasis here is relaxing, not partying. The hotel has two contemporary meeting rooms with amenities like espresso makers, while a large on-site business center includes scanners and printers. Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, and rooms include digital newspaper access. The 24-hour front desk and concierge can arrange a variety of excursions -- from sightseeing to private shopping -- or provide restaurant and ticket bookings. For guests who don’t want to walk to the Silom Skytrain station, a free shuttle is available throughout the day on a limited schedule, and reservations are required

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                The Peninsula Bangkok *****

                Scene
                The Peninsula Bangkok is an elegant and happening spot that attracts business travelers and tourists who aren't put off by the high prices of rooms and services. Outside guests come here for fine-dining and spa pampering, and the large conference facilities attract Bangkok residents for weddings, business meetings, and seminars. The ambience is elegant, but not overly formal, and you'll see business suits, tuxedos, and even shorts here. Most guests hang out at the long swimming pool at some point during their stay, which has plenty of lounge chairs and a busy poolside bar. The high-ceilinged lobby restaurant, with its all-day dining, tea, and coffee, is also a very popular spot. Being on the river, there is less of a bustling business vibe than one might find elsewhere in town, and the riverside bar and creaking shuttle boat pier remind you that this is a place for slowing down.

                Location
                The Peninsula has a commanding position overlooking the Chao Phraya River that flows through Bangkok. All rooms have unobstructed river views, and as the hotel is on the Thonburi and not the Bangkok side of the river, there are great views of the dramatic Bangkok skyline. The only drawback of being on the western bank of the river is that getting to Bangkok proper by road is arduous. Fortunately, the hotel runs a free shuttle boat on the river, which drop guests at the Saphan Taksin Pier. From here, visitors can access both the river ferries as well as the BTS Skytrain to get around the rest of the city. The Peninsula does have a road entrance, far up a driveway from the main road, although its inconvenient for accessing any kind of local spots without a taxi. The airport takes 45 minutes to an hour by road, depending on traffic.

                Rooms
                The 370 spacious rooms and suites at the Peninsula are luxurious, but elegantly understated, with cream-colored walls, classic dark-wood furniture, elegant writing desks, and windows in the shape of an outward pointing V that look out on the magnificent Chao Phraya River below. The overall look may strike some as slightly dated, however, or at least a bit staid, and the V shape -- while allowing all rooms to have views of the river -- also means that some guests will be able to see their neighbors. Rooms come with extra high-end features such as bedside controls for dimming the lights and adjusting the volume on the DVD/CD players and TVs, and can even be used to close the curtains. The universal power outlets could be better placed and more plentiful, however. Elegant marble bathrooms are a highlight, and feature large walk-in showers with benches, green marble countertops in front of lighted vanities, makeup mirrors, hands-free phones, and deep bathtubs with mist-free TVs. Some of the fancier rooms -- such as the Grand Balcony Room -- feature outdoor balcony seating. Suites are enormous and have separate dining/living rooms and teak paneling.

                Features
                The Peninsula Bangkok is packed with plenty of features, including six bars and restaurants, plus room service. Mei Jang serves high-end Cantonese Cuisine and has a private chef's table room where guests can sit at a large table with views of the kitchen. The restaurant serves dim sum as well as signature dishes such as roast pigeon, lobster, and crab. Thiptara Thai is a classic Thai restaurant housed in an elevated traditional sala above a wooden deck over the river, where guests can sit on silk cushions and enjoy royal Thai cuisine. The menu features classic dishes such as tom yum goong, roast duck simmered in red curry, and som tam (green papaya salad). Thiptara also has locally inspired signature cocktails that use quintessentially Thai ingredients such as kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass to create drinks that pair well with the food. The hotel also features a lobby restaurant with high ceilings strung with chandeliers, where a buffet breakfast is served every morning. The restaurant also offers all-day dining, plus coffee, tea, and snacks served either indoors or in an outdoor terrace section. The hotel also has a large fitness center with weights, kettle balls, and Life Fitness-brand treadmills, stairclimbers, and elliptical machines with individual TVs. The swank locker rooms come with saunas, steam rooms, and hot and cold plunge pools, and there are lounge areas for post-workout relaxation. Guests can also get their exercise in at the on-site tennis courts on the ground-floor level, although the lack of shade at the courts may deter some guests from using them during the hottest parts of the day. The hotel also has a long, three-tiered swimming pool lined with lounge chairs and shaded traditional Thai salas. The pool looks out over the river and has its own pool bar. The Peninsula Spa is arguably one of Thailand's finest and is housed in a colonial building along the river. It has private suites with steam showers and whirlpools to go with signature spa treatments for men and women that include facials, traditional Thai, Ayurvedic, and Swedish styles of massage as well as a range of body treatments using high-end salts and oils. The Peninsula also features a range of 13 function and meeting rooms that can handle small groups and massive gatherings alike, making the hotel a popular spot for weddings, conferences, and seminars. The largest room, the Sakuntala Ballroom can accommodate up to 800 guests. if arranged reception-style.

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                  Mandarin Oriental Bangkok *****

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                  Despite being located in one of Bangkok's shimmering modern towers, the Oriental Residence Bangkok takes its style inspiration from a romantic vintage-chic with French countryside and vintage travel aesthetics. The entrance is a sleek wall of windows, but, inside, glass chandeliers, light paneled walls, vintage architectural prints, mahogany tables, and plush leather chairs prevail. The effect is pleasant and calming, like walking into an oasis. Next to the check-in desk a bright, windowed alcove has a couple of sitting areas with ostensibly mismatched leather and upholstered chairs and sofas in pastel colors. Outside, there's a small herb garden with traditional Thai herbs for the restaurants to use. The pool deck -- an open-air space on the fourth floor -- is similarly refined and elegant, with tan cabanas shading the lounge chairs that flank the 66-foot aquamarine pool and overlook the lush embassy gardens that surround the hotel. Stylized wicker sunbed tents offer more privacy. With its full bar and views, the Play Deck, as it's called, is a popular spot for guests to lounge throughout the day. The other two restaurants - Savelberg Thailand and Cafe Claire - both serve French cuisine, and Cafe Claire in particular has capitalized on the classic Paris bistro theme in its aesthetic, with wooden bistro chairs, mirrored walls, hanging ball lamps, and a marble bar.Thanks to its popularity with long-stay guests, the hotel often feels quiet and serene, which can a welcome change for many short-stay guests too.

                  Location
                  The Oriental Residence Bangkok is located on a quiet street in the Lumpini neighborhood, between the American and Dutch embassies. The large Lumpini Park is just down the street in one direction, and the nearest skytrain station and shopping centers are down the street in the other direction, all within walking distance. There are a number of good restaurants within walking distance, as well. Suvarnabhumi International Airport is a 45-minute drive away; Don Mueang International Airport is a 30-minute drive away. The closest skytrain station is within walking distance, but the hotel does offer a free shuttle service for guests. There's also free parking, and the hotel offers a limo service.

                  Rooms
                  The rooms at the Oriental Residence Bangkok are apartment-style residences, each with a fully equipped kitchen; so, the smallest Grand Deluxe rooms are roughly equivalent to a studio apartment in set-up and amenities. The largest rooms are three-bedroom suites, which can accommodate families comfortably for extended stays. All rooms are decorated in the same romantic, vintage-inspired style that prevails throughout the hotel. Dark hardwood floors and mahogany tables and carved chests reminiscent of old travel cases lend an elegance to the space, while tan patterned wallpaper, pastel teal and cream furniture, leather ottomans, and walls of windows lighten it up. Kitchens, in contrast, are sleek and modern, with shiny cream cabinets and electric panel stovetops. Bathrooms are large, tiled entirely in marble, with soaking tubs, a walk-in rainfall shower or two, bathrobes, slippers, and plenty of toiletries. All suites have flat-screen TVs, coffeemakers (espresso machines in some), free Wi-Fi, and 24-hour room service. Higher- floor rooms have the best views of the city's rooftops, although the quiet street means that even rooms on lower floors don't get much street noise.

                  Features
                  As a hotel that caters to both short- and long-term guests, the Oriental Residence Bangkok has a good range of features. There are three restaurants: Savelberg Thailand, the latest fine-dining French restaurant from Michelin-starred Dutch chef Henk Savelberg; Cafe Claire, the hotel's French bistro, serving classic dishes with locally sourced ingredients in a charming, Parisian-inspired setting; and the Play Deck, the full bar on the pool deck that serves drinks and snacks to lounge chairs and view-admirers. The pool itself is on the fourth floor, surrounded by lounge chairs and cabanas, as well as a kids' pool; it's worth noting that the pool is shaded by a ceiling, although the walls are open and some lounge chairs get direct sunlight. There's also a modern, fully equipped fitness center, with floor-to-ceiling views over the embassy gardens, although the room itself is small and might not have all the state-of-the art exercise machines. In addition to the kids' pool, kids' menus and babysitting services are available. Breakfast is not included in most rates. The hotel also offers extensive concierge services, as well as a shopping butler who can arrange luxury shopping experiences. The hotel also has a number of high-end conference rooms and a well-equipped business center. The 24-hour on-call doctor and in-house florist demonstrate the dedication to long-term guests. There's free Wi-Fi throughout.

                  Pricing: 6.800 -20.600 THB
                  Address: 662 Rama IV Rd., Silom, Bang Rak, 10500 Bangkok, Thailand

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                    Shangri-La Hotel *****

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                    The Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok is an elegant yet relaxed luxury property. Set in a tall tower, this large hotel gets a mix of returning guests and well-heeled travelers, as well as others willing to splurge for a stay at one of Bangkok's finest. Despite all the opulence, there's a pretty laid back vibe here, witnessed most at the happening main swimming pool out along the river, which gets crowded each day. Restaurants and bars are filled with guests as well as outside customers. The lobby is a grand space, full of marble and framed with an elegant chandelier. The Long Bar is a stylish spot with views of the river. Overall, the atmosphere is refined and upscale, though some guests may not be drawn to the large size of the property, which can give off an impersonal feel.

                    Location
                    The Shangri-La has a beautiful and prime location right on the edge of the Chao Phraya River. Much of the hotel looks out at the river, and it's a fabulous place to unwind and enjoy the sunset. While the property takes up a lot of space, encompassing several wings, guests can walk through the hotel to access the BTS Skytrain, which connects to the rest of the city, as well as use the resort's free river shuttle which ferries guests five minutes downstream to the main Saphan Taksin Pier for catching express ferries up the river to tourist sights. The hotel is also a few minutes walk from bustling Charoenkrung Road, which has a large department store, and literally hundreds of restaurants and street stalls to choose from. All in all, it's a wonderful and quite convenient location. The only downside here is that it is hard to find taxis that are willing to use their meters in this area, and much of the street transport is made up of overcharging tuk tuks. Best to let the hotel call a taxi for you.

                    Rooms
                    There are a wide variety of rooms to select from at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok. While the standard Deluxe rooms only have partial river views, all the others offer sweeping vistas of the Chao Phraya River. There are two wings in the hotel, the Shangri-La Wing and the Krungthep Wing, with the Krungthep Wing having some of the nicest rooms. All rooms are spacious and elegantly furnished with contemporary Thai decor. Rooms feature full size executive writing desks, minibars, electronic safes, flat-screen TVs, DVD players, and bedside control units. Other amenities include Shangri-La toiletries, bathrobes and slippers, irons, and electric kettles. Bathrooms here are large, and have a separate rain shower to go with a full size bathtub. All rooms come with free Wi-Fi. The standard rooms don't have balconies, but all the other categories do, with fabulous Chao Phraya views and a table and chairs from which to enjoy them.

                    Features
                    The Shangri-La Hotel has some of the top fine dining options in Bangkok, led by Angelini, which serves up outstanding Italian fare. There is also a lovely Thai restaurant, Salathip, housed in a traditional Thai teak home alongside the river. The hotel has one of Bangkok's finest Chinese restaurants, Shang Palace, serving Cantonese and dim sum. In addition to these restaurants, there's a Chocolate Boutique serving cakes, pralines, and pastries to handle anyone's sweet tooth. For drinks, there is a stylish new Long Bar overlooking the river, and the Riverside Lounge in the Krungthep Wing has live piano in a tropical garden filled lounge room.
                    Besides all the restaurants, the Shangi-La has a swimming pool in each wing. The Krungthep Wing pool is suitable for lap swimming, while the main pool is circular and large, best for families. The hotel has a full scale state-of-the-art fitness center, and is also home to the CHI Spa, which has won accolades and awards for being one of the best spas in all Asia. Wi-Fi is free throughout.

                    Pricing: 4,100 - 9,300 THB
                    Address: 89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, Bangrak, Bang Rak, Bangkok

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                      Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok *****


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                      Located right in the heart of the center of Bangkok’s booming Central Business District, the 380-room Grand Hyatt Erawan impresses in every aspect that a five-pearl business hotel should. One thing that particularly stands out in this Grand Hyatt is the way the hotel has made its interiors look authentically Thai. Hyatts are known for bringing an original, authentic touch of the local culture, food and customs into the mix - and this one is no exception. The Grand Hyatt is known as the Erawan because it's located right next to the Erawan Shine (Than Tao Mahaprom). The lobby is particularly grand, with ultra-high ceilings and a dramatic staircase with ivory-white balustrades leading onto a mezzanine, where guests can gaze down onto the bustling scene below. There are curves and arches everywhere, and trees have been brought inside to seamlessly blend the outdoors and indoors.

                      Location
                      The hotel has a great location, especially for shopping: The Siam Paragon, Siam Square, Narai Phand, The Platinum Shopping Center, CentralWorld, and Gaysorn Plaza are all within walking distance. The BTS Skytrain is minutes from the lobby door and is a handy metro line that can take guests all over Bangkok. For culture vultures, The Grand Palace and the Emerald Buddha are both about 25 minutes from the hotel on the bus. Superb street food can be found at Sukhumvit Soi 38 night market -- 30 minutes away on the sky train. The street is packed with hawkers selling local delicacies, such as mango sticky rice, pad thai, and fresh coconut water. Lumphini Park is a 20-minute stroll from the hotel and is a tranquil spot with trees, playgrounds, and an artificial lake where visitors can rent boats to sail across the water.

                      Rooms
                      There are numerous room categories here, but Grand Club rooms - located between the 16th and the 18th floors -are some of the most luxurious. These sit on the exclusive executive floors, which have their own express check in/check-out at the level 17 reception (which also houses the Grand Club). The Grand Hyatt is also the only hotel that has six Spa Cottages within it. These are six separate cottages set around a private courtyard that have their own bathrooms, steam rooms, massage tables, double beds, rainfall showers, grand living rooms, and even private patios set into landscaped gardens. The area is meant to be a retreat in the city - a calm oasis that also benefits from the close proximity to the hotel's swimming pool. The Spa Cottages also have automatic electric toilets with heated seats. The interior decor in all rooms features a blend of antique furniture with modern amenities, and all-marble bathrooms include luxe toiletries and extra perks like gloriously soft Thai silk slippers and silk bathrobes. Rooms have separate showers, walk-in closets, large desks with enhanced work lighting, free high-speed Wi-Fi, and king beds with luxury linens and plush duvets. Additional amenities include bottles of free mineral water, welcome fruit, fitness center access, and 24-hour laundry and valet service (for a fee).

                      Features
                      The Club lounge is worth checking out at the Grand Hyatt, although you have to be a paying member or your room has to be one of the Club house rooms in order to access it. The Spa Treatment and Gym area on the 5th floor is like a garden in the sky with its lush foliage and tropical trees. With 10 restaurants, bars, and cafes to choose from, guests have numerous options. Tables” on the fifth floor is one of the best, and serves classical European food, which chefs cook for diners alongside their tables.The swimming pool looks tropical and is surrounded by luscious fronds of tropical trees. It has smart wooden decking and black-and-white striped loungers, which look ultra chic. In addition to a beautiful spa and sauna, the hotel has an eccentric space called The Campus -- the decor of which looks like a university campus in America with its many rugby balls and table football machine. It offers multiple computers for guests' use.

                      Pricing: 2.600 THB - 10.400 THB
                      Address: 494 Ratchadamri Rd, Lumphini, Pathum Wan District, Bangkok 10330

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                        The Conrad Bangkok *****


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                        The renovations have done a good job of lifting the hotel to meet the growing competition from new openings around the city. This is especially visible with the lobby, which employs a lot of marble tiling on the floors and reception desks, giving the space a modern, stylish look. That being said, the hotel has retained some of its traditional features if you know where to look for them – a prime example being a huge, cylindrical wood carving in the lobby depicting traditional Thai buildings that, I’ll admit, I didn’t even notice until I saw it from the balcony after coming back from lunch at one of the hotel’s restaurants.

                        Location
                        In the city’s Lumphini business district on Wireless Road. The hotel is a 25-minute car ride from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport - at least, it was when I was picked up by a chauffeur from the hotel at around 11.30pm. Bangkok’s notorious traffic may make the journey far longer if you arrive earlier in the day. A large number of hotels can also be found in this area, with the most recent addition being the Rosewood Bangkok that opened nearby at the end of March. A lot of the foreign embassies are also located around this area, and connectivity to the city’s BTS skytrain system is offered via Phloen Chit station, a short walk from the hotel.

                        Rooms
                        Conrad Bangkok has 391 guestrooms and suites, ranging from the smallest Deluxe Room at 41 sqm to the largest 238 sqm Presidential Suite. I was in one of the hotel’s newly renovated Premium Rooms on the 24th floor. So new, in fact, that the plastic “guards” inside the room’s new universal electrical sockets had yet to be broken in – a task that, I’ll admit, took a fair bit of strength to accomplish. From an aesthetic standpoint alone, the new look is significantly more modern. Gone are the more golden hues of the older rooms, replaced by sleek greys. Sofas, chairs and tables are also more contemporary in design. At 53 sqm, this is a sizeable room. The open-plan design of the wardrobe area - located to the side when you enter the room and featuring a safe, ironing board, hangars and drawers, and a place to pop your luggage - helps the room feel spacious, as do the floor-to-ceiling windows. At night, the lights provide ample illumination and are thankfully easy to control with a few pre-set options, a dimmer switch and a large “master” switch all located beside the bed. Power outlets, HDMI and USB ports are also available by both bedside tables. The bed is sizeable and thoroughly comfortable. Indeed, the four pillows are so voluminous that I often found sleeping on just one to be more than sufficient. Next to the bed is an armchair and a small sofa that surround a coffee table, upon which was placed three desserts, two mandarin oranges and a pack of ginger rice crackers from Asian Artisan. The bathroom is also spacious, and is separated from the main room by a sliding door. Chrome metal, marble table tops and light brown tiling give the room a modern edge, while the wooden window shutters above the bath are curiously resort-like - a pleasant touch. A separate shower is in the corner with both regular and rainfall settings, and amenities are from Shanghai Tang. An interesting addition to the rooms following the renovation is the sensors that detect when you enter the room and return the lighting and blinds to their original settings. This was nice when I came back to the room, though on one occasion I did have the issue where the lights turned themselves off and the blinds began to lower after I’d been sitting at the desk working for about 30 minutes. I had to get up and wave my arms about a bit until the sensors rediscovered my presence and once again brought everything back to life.

                        Features
                        Like the rooms, the hotel’s Executive Lounge on the 29th floor is spacious with seating stretching around in a sort of “U” shape. The setting was calm despite being reasonably busy when I headed down at 10am for breakfast on a Tuesday. There’s a good spread of dishes on offer with a pleasant mix of hot Asian dishes, dim sum, cold cuts and cheeses, fresh fruit and bread, and western breakfast options, as well as a live egg cooking station – an uncommon feature in club lounges. I often find myself recommending guests go to the lounge for breakfast if they want privacy and the restaurant if they desire a good feed, but in this instance the spread was impressive enough that I’d happily have all my morning meals at the lounge. The shape of the lounge means that a lot of the tables are positioned right by the windows and I recommend trying to grab one of these so you can enjoy a pleasant city view with your breakfast. This is an area where the Conrad Bangkok certainly shines. Top of my list of recommendations has to be the hotel’s Japanese restaurant Kisara (open 11.30am-2.30pm; 6:00 pm - 10.30 pm) on the third floor, which offers individual tables, live cooking stations with bar-style seating, and traditionally styled private rooms. The dishes served here are authentic and, in some cases, elaborate but are well worth trying if you’re not too pressed for time. The hotel’s main F&B offering, however, is all-day-dining restaurant Café@2 (6:00 am-10.30 am; 11am-10.30pm) on the second floor. This has a similar spread at breakfast to the executive lounge, albeit with slightly greater breadth of options such as a live pancake and waffle station. Other eateries that I didn’t get a chance to visit include Cantonese restaurant Liu (also open 11.30 am - 2.30 pm; 6:00 pm - 10.30 pm) on the third floor; the more casual Deli by Conrad café (open 10:00 am - 8:00 pm); and the poolside City Terrace-Pool Restaurant (open 7:00 am - 9:00 pm); and the first-floor Diplomat Bar (open 7:00 am - 1:00 am most days; 7:00 am - 2:00 am Fridays and Saturdays), which features live music every evening. The hotel’s seventh floor is home to the Seasons Spa, the Bodyworx gym and the outdoor swimming pool. The spa features 11 different rooms and offers a mix of Eastern and Western treatments, as well as an Express Menu for guests who just want a quick session. The fitness centre has a good number of machines, especially treadmills and ellipticals, and was seldom busy when I visited in the evenings. There’s also a studio inside the gym for classes such as yoga. The hotel also has a tennis court and rooftop running track, though I used neither during my stay.

                        Pricing: 1,700 -18,900 THB
                        Address: 87 Wireless Road, Pathumwan, 10330 Bangkok,

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                        • #13
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                          Anantara Siam Bangkok *****

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                          One of the city's most famously luxurious hotels, the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel impresses upon arrival. The lobby has soaring ceilings, contemporary furniture, and fresh flower arrangements, and Thai decor can be found throughout in such accents as the hand-painted silk mandalas on the ceiling. Both the lobby lounge and koi pond courtyard are popular spots for guests and well-heeled locals to relax over a refreshing drink, while the many restaurants - including the Italian Biscotti, with its open kitchen, and the sushi bar Shintaro - are lively and trendy spots. The hotel primarily attracts wealthy tourists and business travelers, in addition to its eateries' local clientele.

                          Location
                          The Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel is located in a well-heeled residential neighborhood in the heart of the city, across from the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. There are other hotels nearby, and it’s a two-minute walk to the nearest skytrain station. It’s less than a 10-minute walk to a luxury shopping district with several malls, including CentralWorld and Gaysorn Shopping Centre. It’s a 10-minute walk to lush Lumpini Park, with its jogging paths, playgrounds, and lake. The hotel offers free parking.

                          Rooms
                          Rooms at the Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel are classically elegant, with heavy wooden furnishings, light wallpaper and carpeting, and traditional Thai murals over the beds. Cabana rooms are a bit brighter, with hardwood floors, white walls, and orange accent fabrics. Floor lamps, floor-length curtains, and upholstered chairs only extend the luxury chain aesthetic. Bathrooms are notably spacious and luxe, with marble floors and walls, glass bath scales, separate soaking tubs and walk-in showers, and toiletry kits with L’Occitane bath products, razors, and toothbrushes; bathrobes and slippers are also provided. All rooms have fully stocked minibars, coffee and tea facilities, flat-screen TVs, and DVD players. Some rooms overlook the neighboring golf course, and Cabana rooms have private entrances and outdoor dining areas off the pool. Wi-Fi is available for a fee.

                          Features
                          The Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel has 11 eateries, including three lounges. In addition to the Italian restaurant, Biscotti, and the Shintaro sushi bar, there are Madison, an elegant restaurant serving US prime and Wagyu beef, and Spice Market, a Thai eatery. Mocha & Muffins sells colorful macarons and chocolates, as well as soups, sandwiches, and culinary gifts, like bottles of wine. Pop-Up Wine & Charcuterie sells hams, salamis, and chorizo at a long bar. The decadent Sunday brunch is served between among several spaces, and features dishes from a few of the hotel’s restaurants, as well as cooking stations and buffet items. There's also a luxurious spa that offers a full range of spa and salon treatments, which can be ordered in the spa, in-room, or poolside. The 24-hour fitness center offers yoga and aerobic classes. The outdoor pool has an adjacent lounge area with all-day dining. Guests staying in Executive rooms have access to the Executive Club, which includes a free breakfast buffet, all-day snacks, and evening canapés; for all other guests, breakfast is only available for a fee. There are several spaces available for private events and meetings, and the hotel has free parking.

                          Pricing: 3,300 - 6,700 THB
                          Address: 155 Rajadamri Road, Siam, Pathumwan, Bangkok

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                            The Waldorf Astoria Hotel *****

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                            I've long been an admirer of the talented young designer Andre Fu, who designed the luxuriant, wonderfully calming interiors at The Upper House in Hong Kong and The Fullerton Bay in Singapore, so I was expecting big things here. However, this property is far less eye-catching, in a safe palette of white, cream and sea greens, with bronze accents so subtle, they're easily missed. The high quality of the materials and furnishings are obvious, but there's an international chain hotel, could-be-anywhere feel.

                            Location
                            In Siam, one of Bangkok's busiest neighbourhoods, stacked with mall after interconnected mall, street markets, massage studios, nail salons, restaurants, cafés, dessert bars and rooftop clubs. With Erawan Shrine and Lumpini Park also nearby, you will not run out of things to see and do. The main drawback is the horrendous traffic in this part of town – expect the cab ride from the airport to take 90 minutes – but both the Siam and Chitloem Skytrain stations are close by, making getting around relatively easy. thereafter.

                            Rooms
                            Each of the 171 rooms, located between the sixth and 15th floors, is shaped slightly differently due to the unusual architecture. Upstairs, the hotel's unremarkable colour scheme continues: magnolia walls, cream marble, bleached woods, greige fabrics and no distinguishing features. The strange layout didn't work in my entry-level King Deluxe room either, which had a sofa and coffee table squeezed in at the bottom of the bed, making the space feel cluttered, while an odd corridor led to an unnecessarily large bathroom.

                            Features
                            From the video welcome message on an iPad in the limousine (THB 1,200), to the cheerful doormen and knowledgeable waiters at every meal, the sure-footed, smartly dressed staff are a delight. The highlight of the hotel’s facilities is the teardrop-shaped rooftop swimming pool, set on a podium on the 17th floor with heart-thumping 360-degree city views - it's open until 10pm if you want a memorable after-dark dip. Another high point is the spa, offering a tempting range of traditional and modern massages, scrubs and facials performed by tip-top therapists. There's also a small but well-equipped 24-hour gym. Even if you're not staying at the hotel, you should come to dine at Front Room, helmed by Thai chef Rungthiwa Chummongkhon, who has returned to the city with the intention of earning a Michelin star after 12 years in Denmark honing her skills at the likes of Kokkedal Slot and Noma. I would put my money on her swiping at least one star, possibly two, with some of the most exciting dishes I've seen in this food mad city – crab meat salad with curried hollandaise in a crisp celeriac cup; juicy deboned chicken wings spiced, stuffed and served with buttered riceberry puree; and basil ice cream with white chocolate mousse and mango. My only quibble: the unflatteringly bright lighting. Breakfast, taken in the sunny all-day dining restaurant The Brasserie, is divine – piles of tropical fruits, pastries, cold cuts, dim sum, sushi and chili-topped noodles on the buffet, plus a decadent à la carte selection. Try the silky truffle cream poached eggs. A separate lift on the other side of the lobby leads to the 56th floor, where the Bull and Bear steak restaurant and two elegant city-view bars are located.

                            Pricing: 8,300 - 49,000 THB
                            Address: 151 Ratchadamri Road. Lumpini , Pathumwan, Bangkok

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                            • #15
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                              Centara Grand @ Central World *****

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                              In one of Bangkok’s most visually distinctive skyscrapers, this hotel makes a big first impression. The white marble lobby has soaring floor-to-ceiling windows that flood the space with natural light. A hardwood-and-glass staircase swoops around the interior, encircling delicate strands of crystals that descend from the light fixtures above, while water spills down two slate waterfalls. Sleek neutral-tone sofas and banquettes line the space, though it’s not the most intimate place to linger, and there are plenty of other places in the hotel to relax and enjoy a coffee or drink, including the Lobby Lounge, filled with striped chairs around a grand piano. There are several dining and drinking options on-site, the standouts being rooftop Red Sky, a sleek and sexy hardwood space with jaw-dropping views of Bangkok, an outdoor terrace, and a huge, decorative wine vault. Ginger and Fifty Five both draw crowds from around Bangkok, as well, for business lunches and dinners in their equally stylish settings with dark leather, sleek wood, and floor-to-ceiling windows. Hotel guests include business travelers and tourists, including families and couples.

                              Location
                              The hotel is located within the Central World complex, which includes one of the world’s largest malls. There are hundreds of designer shops within CentralWorld, but for more shopping options, high-end Siam Paragon is only four minutes away on foot, while the massive MBK Center is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. The area is filled with upscale hotels and the restaurants and bars in the area reflect that, with dozens of international options in every direction. The Siam Skytrain station is an eight-minute walk from the hotel and trips to Lower Sukhumvit’s wild nightlife and trendy bars take about 15 minutes. The temples and sights around the Grand Palace are up to 30 minutes away by taxi, while Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi International Airports can both be reached in 30 to 50 minutes by cab depending on traffic.

                              Rooms
                              With rooms starting on the 28th floor, one of the main features here are the views of Bangkok, which are exceptional regardless of room category. Guest rooms are large, starting with Superior World Rooms, and while the color schemes vary a bit from room to room, most rooms have similar decor. From the patterned-carpeted floors to the simple but contemporary chairs, dark wood furniture, and light wood veneer accents, the rooms are modern and inviting, if not exactly cutting edge. All rooms have air-conditioning, wall-mounted flat-screen TVs, safes, desks with retro-futuristic chairs, minibars, electric kettles with coffee and tea, and comfortable double or king beds with duvets and bed runners. Decorative folded-screen headboards with mirrors add artsy flair and the illusion of depth to the rooms, while padded leather wall panels soften the atmosphere. Bathrooms are large, with mosaic-tiled walk-in showers and separate bathtubs, large marble vanities with contemporary sinks and fixtures, and a complete set of toiletries. Premium level rooms have love seats near the windows and the hotel offers a wide variety of room sizes, including suites that can accommodate several guests. Guests should also keep in mind that World Club level bookings enjoy a host of additional amenities and services

                              Features
                              The hotel’s dining and drinking options are extensive, though guests should be warned that the views at venues like rooftop Red Sky come with a steep price tag. Red Sky has an array of western-style dishes that pull a crowd from far and wide, though the best options here are the cocktails and happy hour deals. Ginger offers a casual blend of Japanese and Chinese buffets or a la carte dishes with chefs preparing dishes at live-cooking stations. Fifty Five offers an international menu and astounding 360-degree views in a slightly more formal atmosphere than Ginger, while The World is open 24 hours and, as its name implies, serves a wide selection of meals, while Zing serves light pastries and coffees. A breakfast buffet with extensive hot and cold options is served daily, though the selection can vary depending on the venue, and it is only included with some bookings. World Club bookings have exclusive access to the 51st-floor Executive Club with free breakfast, tea service, all-day snacks, and free cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in the evening as well as in-room benefits, like limited laundry service and butlers. The hotel has a luxurious, marble-lined SPA Cenvaree, a juice bar, and a 24-hour fitness center with several cardio machines and weights as well as yoga and pilates classes. The hotel’s outdoor pool could be in a resort and is lined by a palm-fringed brick terrace and plenty of lounge chairs, a bar with poolside drink and food service, and a modern indoor hot tub. There are also two on-site tennis courts for guests looking to mix up their fitness routines. The hotel includes the Bangkok Convention Center, with space for up to 7,000 attendees, a 1,000-person ballroom, and up to 17 individual event suites with catering, audiovisual, and event planning services. Airport transfers and car services can be arranged by the concierge, who is also available for any off-site bookings. Babysitting and laundry services can be arranged, Wi-Fi is free throughout the hotel, and there is a small business center on site.

                              Pricing: 1,800 -12,600 THB
                              Address: 999/99 Rama 1 Road, Pathumwan,Bangkok,

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