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If you’re planning a trip to Bangkok in the near future—and we hope that you are—it may seem overwhelming to choose just one hotel to stay in during your trip, because there are a lot. Like, over 10,000, according to the Bangkok Post. So we’re here to guide you through the selection process.
When it comes to luxury accommodation, Bangkok does it right, full stop. You can find upscale boutique properties and legends in hotel-form in this lively Thai city—and in addition to comfortable rooms and chic decor, you can also look forward to some of the best food in Southeast Asia. While the below certainly aren’t the only terrific hotels to book, we recommend them as some of Bangkok's very best.
The selections below offer something that goes above and beyond. From private Thai boxing classes to proximity to the Chao Phraya River and sacred temples, attentive concierges to private butlers, the options below will surely enhance the experience you have in Bangkok (which, we reckon, will be one for the books).
Our top Bangkok hotel picks, below.
If you want the creme de la creme of timeless luxury experiences in Bangkok, look no further than the brand’s iconic output: the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok, an American Express Fine Hotels & Resorts property. Located on the edge of the Chao Phraya River, MO Bangkok has just undergone a massive renovation, and will officially reopen it’s River Wing on Nov. 11. Aside from the unique experience of staying in Bangkok’s oldest hotel, guests can book private Thai boxing classes at the gym, enjoy a two-hour Thai massage, and dine at multiple restaurants. You’ll enjoy a two-level, apartment-style accommodations complete with elegant antiques and a beautiful marble bathroom.
Known for being one of the most luxurious addresses in the entire city, a stay at The Siam guarantees the ultimate dose of relaxation—the hotel aptly calls itself an “urban sanctuary.” Here, you can tap into tranquility within an often chaotic city. Book a Pool Villa Riverview for your very own private pool and a stunning sheltered terrace that overlooks the storied Chao Phraya River below. Expect lots of greenery, an Art Deco-inspired bedroom, and—of course—butler service. Afternoon tea, Thai massage or boxing, and a traditional Thai cooking class are just some of the on-site experiences offered.
Grand Hyatt Erawan
Located directly next to the Erawan Shrine in the city’s buzzing commercial district, the Grand Hyatt Erawan is one of the premier five-star hotels in the city. For anyone in search of high-end accommodations (pro tip: opt for the Grand Executive King Suite on the 18th floor) that offer plant-based food, this is the hotel for you. Three of the hotels eight bars and restaurants now serve the famous Beyond Burger, in addition to cuisines ranging from Italian to local Thai fare. Don’t miss dining al fresco at the Breezeway, which sits adjacent to the i.sawan pool deck.
The Cabochon Hotel
Elegance in old-world white and green is the first thing guests will notice upon arrival at the Cabochon Hotel. Located within a refurbished colonial-style building, this hotel harkens back to another era, one of luxury travel and decadence, both inside and out. French doors, antique decor, vintage furnishings, stunning architectural features like columns, and a palm-filled courtyard yield an aptly named property; Cabochon means "polished gem."
This boutique hotel located just off the fashionable Sukhumvit Road was originally built in 1941, the hotel was once considered to be on the outskirts of the city, but Bangkok pushed east, the villas are now right in the heart. Redone in 2008, this is a terrific option for those looking for small-scale luxury (there are just 24 guest rooms) and an authentic Thai experience (guests will find Thai silk drapes and teak flooring, for example). The restaurant on-site does not serve meat (only fish and vegetables), and there is a tranquil meditation hall for all to use.