If you have a penchant for the lush and plush, enjoy the pampering that comes with silver service, and absolutely insist on the finest things life has to offer while you’re away from home – from the origin of the marble to the thread-count of linen – the Thai capital will not disappoint. These five-star sanctuaries hold their own against the best in the world, and there’s a very good reason – or reasons – they’ve made our Top 10 list… Our panel of hotel experts had a tough time casting their votes, of course, but in the end the result is a list that would make any city swell with pride!
1. Peninsula Bangkok
In the few years since the hotel opened, the luxurious riverside Peninsula Bangkok has quickly established itself as one of Bangkok's finest hotels, winning many awards and accolades, including "World's Best Hotel" in 2003 by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine and recently by Conde Nast Traveler (USA) 2006 Gold List No. 1 in Bangkok for the forth consecutive year by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine.
Thanks to its unique waved-shape design and location on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, The Peninsula Bangkok is a stunning, 37-storey hotel offering uninterrupted panoramic views of Bangkok from every one of its large, luxurious guest rooms and suites.
The Peninsula Bangkok is within easy access of the business and shopping districts of Bangkok and is close to several of the city's numerous attractions. Adjacent to the Saphan Taksin Station of the Bangkok Sky Train (BTS), The Peninsula Bangkok is also 50 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Airport and 35 minutes from Don Muang Airport
2. The Sukhothai Bangkok Hotel
An oasis in the heart of Bangkok, is surrounded by lush, tropical gardens and decorative pools.
Bangkok, is perfectly located for shopping, entertainment and historical sites, and is only 45 minutes from Suvarnabhumi Airport by chauffeur-driven limousine. The Sukhotahai features 210 contemporary Thai guestrooms, three world-class restaurants, a swimming pool, Health Club and Spa.
The hotel will be continuing with its Superior rooms renovation work from mid May to mid September 2010. The refurbishment work is isolated into two specific areas of the hotel and will not affect other guest rooms and suites or the overall guest experience.
3. Le Meridien Bangkok
Le Méridien Bangkok reaches 24 storeys into the City of Angel's skyline, towering in contemporary five-star luxury at the head of the pulsating Silom commercial district and just metres from the energetic Patpong Night Market.
Each of the hotel's 282 subtle yet modern guestrooms and suites captures the colourful views unfolding in Bangkok and the Silom area below through floor-to-ceiling windows. Two innovative five-star restaurants, a bar and a stylish lounge entice guests with menus introducing stimulating cuisine, creative cocktails and an international range of coffee blends.
For five-star business events in Thailand, Le Méridien Bangkok offers two stylish meeting rooms, two VIP boardrooms and a private foyer, perfect for intimate corporate and social functions. The entire sixth floor of the hotel is dedicated to pursuing a unique luxury lifestyle experience, including SPA inspired by the rich tradition of European spas, a Technogym-equipped fitness centre featuring upbeat urban music and an outdoor pool to chill out with cool drinks and cocktails.
4. Siam Kempinski Hotel
Located just steps from Siam Paragon shopping mall and offering the finest new rooms, suites and serviced residences, Siam Kempinski Hotel is a luxurious oasis in the heart of Bangkok. Unique landscaped gardens with multiple swimming pools and outstanding water features await. Offering a 900 m2 Grand Ballroom, kids club, exclusive spa, health club, seven food and beverage options and extensive meeting facilities.
5. InterContinental Bangkok
LUXURY HAS A NEW EXPRESSION Bangkok, the “City of Angels” is known to appeal to both business and leisure travelers. InterContinental Bangkok is situated adjacent to the Chidlom BTS sky train station, walking distance to the central district famous for its lifestyle shopping and business precincts.
Our desire is to help guests make the most of their time, whether it is learning about the Buddhist culture at the 150-year old Pathum Wanaram temple nearby the hotel or top tips shopping success.
We connect our well-traveled guests to what’s special about Bangkok, by providing our local knowledge so they enjoy authentic experiences that will enrich their lives, broaden their outlook and go home with more to share.
6. Shangri-La Hotel
This five-star luxury Riverside hotel features 799 well-appointed and equipped rooms, each adorned in a Thai-inspired theme, featuring soft furnishings from silk and awe-inspiring views of the Chao Phraya River. Adjacent to the hotel is Saphan Taksin Skytrain station and Sathorn Pier, from where it is easy to reach many popular areas in the city, as well as exploring the riverside where many of Bangkok’s classic attractions are found.
Its well-equipped business centre is popular with executives, and for those needing a base while holidaying in Bangkok, the hotel has an abundance of recreational choices like a fitness centre, Tibetan spa, and gorgeous outdoor pool area set in a tropical garden. Numerous dining options excel in providing mouth-watering cuisine from around the globe, popular with guests and visitors alike.
* The hotel is renovating Horizon Club Lounge from Now until 31 October 2010. The working time is daily from 09.00 a.m.- 06.00 p.m. These alternative benefits are available as follows;
* Complimentary daily breakfast at Next2 Cafe during 06:00-10:30 hrs. or In-room Dining, from 06:00-11:00 hrs.
* Complimentary afternoon tea at Angelini bar, upper level from 14:00-17:00 hrs.
* Complimentary cocktails and canapés at temporary Horizon lounge in Angelini Bar, upper level during 17:30-19:30 hrs.
* Complimentary pressing of one suit upon arrival per person.
* Complimentary Internet usage at Angelini Bar, upper level.
* The dress code for Angelini’s bar is Smart casual. Shorts, collarless T-shirts, bathrobes, and flip-flops are not permitted. Some flexibility is allowed for informal shorts and T-shirts until 5:00pm only.
7. Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit, A Luxury Collection Hotel.
Modern elegance flawlessly combines with rich woods, marble and Thai silks to create the stylish atmosphere of this Luxury Collection property. Featuring a Business Centre and Library with wireless Internet throughout, the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit was named ‘Best Business Hotel in Thailand 2004’ by Business Asia and ‘World’s 500 Best Hotels’ by Travel + Leisure magazine.
Its convenient location on major street, Sukhumvit, is enhanced with a direct skylink bridge from the lobby to Asok Skytrain and only a few steps from the Sukhumvit Subway station, facilitating access to the business district, shopping centers and tourist attractions.
Each of the 420 spacious guestrooms boasts LCD TV’s and DVD players, walk in closets and four piece bathrooms. Enjoy views of Lake Ratchada from our 36 Grande Suites or immerse yourself in a Thai Style suite complete with private garden. Around the clock Butlers are on call to pamper you with warm Thai hospitality and the luxury amenities of the Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit.
The renowned in-house Spa, the Grande Spa, features unparalleled personal service and treatment rooms richly decorated with Thai silks. Indulge in the spa’s exclusive line of natural products, made from indigenous ingredients including Thai herbs, spices and plants. Experience the free-form swimming pool, one of the best in Asia, set in the midst of a tranquil garden. Savour the cuisine of our award-winning Italian and Thai Restaurants and listen to world class Jazz artists at the Living Room.
8. lebua at State Tower
lebua at State Tower, the latest small luxury hotel and all suite property in the heart of Bangkok with breathtaking views of the Chao Phraya.
At every juncture of the lebua all-suite luxury accommodation in Bangkok, you will find this desire for excellence reflected. The exotic interiors at our 5 star Bangkok Hotel give you a glimpse of the most dramatic views of Bangkok. Our warm, modern décor infuse restful relief from the hot glare of the city.
A unique feature is the special in-room service offered from The Dome, where all our fine dining restaurants, congregate under one roof. The Dome’s gastronomic adventures are reputed to be quite the talk of the town within just a few years of their inception.
Even our Chefs offer service beyond any other. On special request, our Condé Nast Traveler awarded chef from The Dome takes a moment to cook in your suite to make parties and events that much more memorable.
Each day you stay at the 2 - 3 bedroom suite at the lebua, a special 5-course fare greets your table for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and even cocktails.
In the mini bar, luxurious French Petrossian amenities are offered in every suite.
Attention to the minutest detail underlines every nook and corner including the silkiest bed sheets, softest towels and top quality hygiene products fit for a king.
Without doubt, each moment at our 5 star Bangkok Hotel defines distinction in the truest sense of the word.
9. Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel
Get away to one of the premier Bangkok luxury hotels - Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong. Rising over the city's finest shopping and business district, this luxury hotel in Bangkok is perfect for weekend getaways and business travel. A unique 200-meter-long landscaped driveway with water features provides an unforgettable arrival experience. Inside, this luxury hotel's Bangkok accommodations feature artfully balanced guest rooms with oversized windows, plush bedding and state-of-the-art amenities.
In addition, guests will find a world-class spa, fitness center, business center and eclectic dining options - all just steps from their door. For those planning a business meeting or social celebration, our luxury Bangkok hotel also includes 19,999 square feet of sophisticated event space, on-site catering services and dedicated event planners to coordinate events from start to finish. With easy access to BTS station Chidlom and its sky walk, Gayson, Zen, Central World and Siam Paragon are only a stroll away.
10. Dusit Thani Bangkok
For over 36 years, the famed Dusit Thani Hotel has been a 'social and business' landmark in Bangkok. Its international standards delivered with distinctive Thai artistry and graciousness personify the earthly manifestation of its name which means in Thai, a town in heaven. Ideally located in the heart of the 'City of Angels', it sits opposite Lumpini Park with its broad boulevards and expanse of lakes.
The hotel is adjacent to both the sky train and subway systems within easy proximity to major business, shopping and entertainment centres. Dusit Thani's 517 rooms and executive suites are sumptuously appointed with distinctive Thai inspirations and well-designed facilities. The Dusit Grand Rooms offer 60 square meters with a separate bedroom, living area and larger bathroom, the 'Thai Heritage Suites' are each inspired by the characters and touches of ancient Thai cities.
Complementing the excellent accommodation is an unrivalled choice of eight signature dining experiences, whilst the Devarana Spa and DFiT offer state-of-perfection facilities ready to help you wind down or wind up. Throughout the hotel you will find the 'gifts of heaven' whether it be a flower, fabric or a smile, used to create an experience of heaven on earth.