The Peninsula Bangkok
Hotel Grade: Deluxe
If you really want to treat yourself and enjoy an opulent city stay in Bangkok, book the Peninsula, which has firmly established itself at the top of the tree. Its riverside location offers a great vista and a feeling of a city retreat, away from the hustle and bustle, but with easy access to the excitement of the city. All in all, the best address in Bangkok.
Not strictly a facility but a real godsend, the hotel owns its own river ferries, making navigating through traffic soaked Bangkok a pleasant experience. Relax by the beautiful pool overlooking the Chao Phraya River, work out at the state of the art fitness centre and indulge in a variety of therapeutic treatments at the world class spa. At River Café & Terrace either dine al fresco or in air conditioned comfort watching river life pass by; Mei Jiang’s specialises in Cantonese cuisine and Thiptara in home style Thai cooking in an intimate garden setting by the river. Guests in a hurry can also use the helipad to escape the traffic to / from the airport.
The hotel’s thoughtful wavelike design allows each room to have a panoramic view of the city and cleverly creates a living space that boasts the most up-to-date technology whilst retaining classical Thai appeal. Rooms are amongst the most spacious in the city with beautiful marble bathrooms, air conditioning, mood lighting, internet access, minibar, safe, sofa, LCD TV’s and walk in closet.
Hotel Grade: Medium Class Boutique
In the heart of the city yet on a quiet street you’ll find this boutique modern hotel that’s bold in design with fashionable adjoining restaurant and bar. Phrases like “urban sanctuary” and “street-savvy will be bandied around, but enter and you’ll find an imaginatively designed hotel that doesn’t play totally safe yet succeeds in delivering an enjoyable place to stay that’s a little bit different to the cookie cutter norm.
Free WiFi is offered throughout the hotel and there’s a small pool, gym, bar, restaurant and CD/DVD library. They offer a free shuttle bus to the skytrain.
The 79 rooms are light and airy, more like small apartments, with sitting room, kitchen, bathroom and balcony. All rooms are en suite with air conditioning, large flat-screen tv, preloaded iPod, minibar, safe and Nespresso coffee machine.
Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort
Hotel Grade - First Class
Few places are a manic as Bangkok and if whilst staying here you’d like a little bit more space and tranquillity then the Anantara Riverside is the perfect choice. The classical Thai styled resort is surrounded by spacious lush gardens that lead down to the Chao Phraya River. The city centre is just on the other side, easily reached by the regular complimentary river boat transfer, it offers the best of both worlds.
The 408 rooms and suites offer superior comfort and feature a host of amenities and private balcony or terrace. All rooms are en suite with air conditioning, flatscreen tv, complimentary WiFi, tea / coffee making facilities, separate bath / shower, hairdryer and safe.
The centrepiece is the resort’s swimming pool, one of the largest in Bangkok, more of a resort pool complete with swim up bar. The Mandara Spa offers a range of treatments in tropical garden settings. When it comes to dining, you’re spoilt for choice with a selection of 10 restaurants available serving everything from Japanese to Thai to Italian dishes. Relax with a signature cocktail at the waterfront terrace overlooking the River of Kings or sample Asian delights at Traders Vic where Thai entertainment compliments your meal. If you’d like to learn a bit more about Thai cuisine, Spice Spoons offers a range of informal courses.