Bangkok’s Best Hotels

Whether it’s a heady buzz of a well-crafted martini from one of its many  starlit bars or a gentle hum of an early morning floating market, the Thai capital is like a chameleon that bends to the whims of both visitors and residents. It’s also a metropolis with some of the most gracious hotels in the world, some of which have become destinations in themselves, beloved of the world’s international cognoscenti. In a metropolis that – almost – never sleeps, the following properties have perfected  quintessentially Thai hospitality.

1. The Peninsula, Bangkok

The Thai capital possesses a substantial pocketbook of charms, and it’s at The Peninsula, Bangkok where those qualities are most abundant. Start from the award-winning spa, a triple-level colonial-inspired building where guests may opt for the Simply Peninsula Royal Thai massage. The Thai cultural immersion continues with a tour of local markets and a hands-on cooking lesson by the hotel’s chef of Thai cuisine Chamnan Thepchana. At the end of a productive day, retreat to the 370-room property’s only classically Thai suite, a veritable space of calm and sophistication, swathed in a burnished gold and rich brown colour palette: teak flooring, exquisite metallic silk upholstery, and gorgeous wood carvings.

2. Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok

Across the majestic Chao Phraya river is the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok that nods towards both aesthetics and hospitality of the Thai capital’s heritage. The designs of all the 802 rooms in this storied hotel pay homage to traditional Thai arts and crafts. The walls of rooms, for example, are adorned with emblematical framed silver bullet coins, delicate betel leaf holders as well as festive art works depicting the popular annual Loy Krathong festival. But while the hotel’s numerous objets d’art might have ancient origins, its rooms and amenities are thoroughly up-to-date. Meanwhile, at Salathip, the hotel’s Thai restaurant, celebrated Chef Tussanee Putkaew has crafted dishes like nuea ka ta roan – sizzling beef tenderloin – as well as her zesty version of som tum, papaya and carrot salad served with tender pork shoulder.

3. The Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel

The Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel capitalises on its central Rajadamri location, providing guests with insider know-how and cultural cachet, the latter of which includes a Buddhist merit-making ceremony at the lobby just before sunrise. The hotel also showcases, amongst its many services and amenities, a shopping concierge facility – dedicated shopping gurus, whose retail knowledge stretches far and wide. After flurrying at the shops, retreat to the hotel’s Aqua bar, one of Bangkok’s most popular watering holes. The hotel’s Sunday brunch is also a popular social event, showcasing Japanese, Indian, Italian, Chinese Thai cuisines, a foie gras corner, the freshest seafood and carvery sections, as well as tempting cocktails ranging from martinis and mimosas to quintessentially Thai chilli bloody marys.

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Published 4th March 2016