Where to sleep in Bangkok

The hospitality chain all over Asia is likely to be the most benchmarked in the world. The level of discreet sophistication and attention to details are premises of which they proudly master. Quality is also always taken to the top and often comes with a surprise touch: from wonderful and unexpected amenities to delicate although impactful decor or incomparable food flavours. These concepts altogether not only draw attention to the world's hotels industry but also please even the most experienced travelers and demanding clients.

In my stories about Thailand I told how much I loved visiting this country and how I marveled at their culture, lifestyle, gastronomy and people. I do know, as well, that part of my worthwhile experience in this land was also graced by the places where I spent some precious moments both day and night.

Bangkok is brimming with spectacular hotels and it would be unfair to point out just one as the best or affirm that I possess the list of the best hotels in town. Furthermore, there are still so many options where I haven't been to yet and can't wait to discover them. On the other hand, I truly believe that the following brands can guarantee you a memorable stay and probably will arouse inside of you a slight feeling of "I need to come back soon!".

View of the Chao Phraya River from above at the Shangrila Hotel Bangko
Lobby at the Anantara Siam Hotel in Bangkok


When I entered my room, I couldn't decide what impressed me the most. There was an impeccable silk robe placed on my bed. By the side of this was a delicate bird-origami accompanied by a little box with a tutorial kit (what a bright idea to encourage guests to learn the secular Japanese art of folding papers!). On a workstation table, a set of handmade painted macarons made me want to leave them there, instead of eating, just to keep admiring their beauty. But the tea set, discretely hidden behind the TV compartment, has certainly made a point of how Japanese style goes hand in hand with functionality. Apart from the box of surprises in my chamber, a few more highlights must be mentioned: the rooftop infinity pool, the assortment of whisky labels and the private Japanese breakfast experience are something out of this world. Daily rates from $200.

Rooftop swimming pool at the Okura Hotel in Bangkok


The whole concept comes perfectly together: the enticing swimming pool, the high-quality Spa treatments, the most diverse breakfast I've ever had (including an ice-cream parlour!). Not to forget the always smiley staff in every corner of the hotel. But there is one highlight in particular that I dare to say that prevails over these outstanding features: the breathtaking view from my room's window facing the Chao Praya river. P.S.: try to book and stay on a high floor as this will guarantee you a perfect panorama of the city. Daily rates from $112.

Swimming pool at the Shangrila Hotel in Bangkok

Anantara Siam

I immediately knew this is not just a place to sleep over. There are some hotels in the world that are conceived to cater to local dwellers' social habits and not only to travelers. They are designed with an appealing lobby which has size enough to carry meetings and passersby but at the same time holds the sense of staying to cool off and have a drink. This is the case of Anantara: it offers a wonderful and stylish lobby where I could spend hours. The hotel's chain is also famous for exceptional Spa treatments that crown off the experience. Daily rates from $165.


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