The 5 most elegant stays in Bangkok

1) Mandarin Oriental

The Grande Dame of all Bangkok stays, the Mandarin Oriental oozes colonial charm. Somerset Maugham, Graham Greene, and Joseph Conrad stayed here, and the setting overlooking the Chao Phraya River is as romantic as it gets. The classy restaurants, bars, and superlative service put it ahead of all the others.

interior of suite at the mandarin oriental

48 Oriental Avenue, Silom/Bang Rak

+66 (0)2 659 9000

http://www.mandarinoriental.com/bangkok

2) The St. Regis

Private butlers and a view of the horse races at the Royal Sports Club across the way are just some of the perks at this swank downtown hotel, along with a century-old champagne sabering tradition at the bar each night, and other regal offerings.

interior of a suite in the St. Regis

159 Rajadamri Road, Pathumwan

+66 (0)2 207 7777

http://www.stregisbangkok.com

3) Siam Kempinski

Set behind Bangkok’s most glitzy mall, Siam Paragon, the Siam Kempinski has crystal chandeliers and marble floors, yet the hotel feels more like an island escape, with rooms with direct pool access set around an enormous free-form set of swimming pools.

hotel lobby of Siam Kempinski

4) The Siam Hotel

Set away from the crowds in historic Dusit, the Siam is Bangkok’s most expensive stay. Catering to the 5-star traveller who wants privacy and exclusivity, its hidden Old City Chao Phraya location makes it the perfect choice for those seeking solitude. It is impeccably run by a well-heeled family of noted Thai musicians and actors.

interior of a bathroom at the Siam Hotel

5) Shangri-La

Long considered one of Asia’s best stays, the Shangri-La takes you back to the city’s ‘Venice of the East’ days, with tranquil gardens and dazzling views right at the city heart of the Chao Phraya River. Its spa has won awards worldwide, and the swimming pool is one of Bangkok’s largest.

room of the Shangri-La Bangkok

89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, Silom/Bang Rak

+66 (0)2 236 7777

http://www.shangri-la.com/bangkok

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