One night (or several) in Bangkok can be enjoyed in luxe accommodations at a fraction of the price you'd pay in other capital cities. The Thai capital offers big-chain hotels, sleek designer digs and charming boutique properties throughout the city with an unparalleled level of delightful hospitality.
1. Mandarin Oriental Hotel
This elegant hotel on the banks of the Chao Phraya River can claim the honour of being on the site of the first hotel built in Thailand (back in 1876 the original structure opened as The Oriental). Today it's a Mandarin Oriental flagship hotel and offers faultless service and luxurious accommodations.
2. Siam @ Siam Design Hotel & Spa
Part of the growing trend of modern design hotels in Bangkok, Siam @ Siam Design Hotel & Spa has 203 rooms decked out with unique artworks and large picture windows to frame the city views. Located in central Bangkok, the hotel is close to a Skytrain station and MBK shopping mall. The infinity pool is hard to resist.
3. Pathumwan Princess Hotel
Shoppers love this hotel for its location next to MBK shopping centre, in the middle of Siam's countless stores and street stalls. Spa and fitness facilities are top-notch (tennis courts, a pool, a jogging track and a meditation room plus the usual gym machines and massage service).
4. Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort
Bangkok's frenetic pace will be forgotten when you check into this riverside idyll. Landscaped grounds and a fabulous big pool with spa jets are just some of the creature comforts on offer. There's also the award-winning Mandara Spa and 10 dining destinations. Regular boat transfers take guests to the Skytrain station.
5. Banyan Tree Bangkok
The city's only 5-star all-suite hotel, Banyan Tree is also one of the tallest properties. Enjoy the views from Vertigo, the glam rooftop open-air grill and bar, or take in a different view as you glide along the river on Apsara, the hotel's floating restaurant. Banyan Tree's award-winning spa is legendary, with treatments inspired by those enjoyed in royal Thai palaces.
6. Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok
Forget about ticking off your Bangkok bucket list: you won't want to leave the resort grounds. Shangri-La boasts 10 restaurants, a sublime spa, CHI, a 10,000-square-metre fitness centre and gorgeous river views. Traditional Thai decor (with modern conveniences) makes a nice change from the same-sameness of some hotel chains' bland design direction.
7. The Peninsula Bangkok
The "Pen", as it's affectionately known, sits regally on the banks of the Chao Phraya River and is a favourite with visitors from Asia. Restaurants include Mei Jiang, serving Cantonese cuisine, and Thiptara for authentic Thai dishes. The outdoor pool is surrounded by traditional Thai salas, the perfect spot for an open-air massage.
8. Oriental Residence Bangkok
Close to Lumpini Park, Oriental Residence Bangkok has a great location in the heart of the Sukhumvit neighbourhood. Siam Paragon Mall and Siam Square are an easy cab ride, as is the Patpong Night Market. 145 smoke-free guest rooms are lavishly decked out, and facilities include indoor and outdoor pools, plus a free area shuttle.
9. Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
Aptly named, this hotel is indeed grand and impressive. Located across the street from Central World in downtown Bangkok, it is also close by Gaysorn Plaza and dozens of top restaurants, bars and stores. Featuring one of the best international buffet spreads in the city, the hotel is the place to go for Sunday brunch, wine tasting and high tea.
10. COMO Metropolitan Bangkok
Sleek and refined, COMO Metropolitan Bangkok is a stand-out property with its minimalist-chic design and intuitive service. Home to one of the city's best Thai restaurants, nahm, the hotel also offers guests the services of COMO Shambhala Urban Escape Spa and serves healthy cuisine at Glow.