Neon lights. Captivating culture. Delicious food. Overwhelming nightlife. Bangkok is the Las Vegas of the Far East and a popular tourist destination. The city is the gateway of the Land of Smiles and visited by millions annually. While the city can be done on a budget, to truly experience all that Bangkok has to offer — both good and bad — visitors need an exceptional hotel with a great location.
Tower Club at Lebua
With a large gold dome adorning the roof of the Tower Club at Lebua, this magnificent hotel is impossible to overlook in the Bangkok skyline. That domed rooftop is also the home of the Sky Bar, sometimes referred to as "The Hangover Bar" since appearing in The Hangover Part II. While the bar has become a popular tourist stop for a sunset view or evening nightcap, the hotel itself is often overlooked. Escaping the hustle and bustle of the city in elegance is what the Tower Club at Lebua is all about.
The Okura Prestige Bangkok
Located in central Bangkok, the Okura Prestige is an exceptional choice for anyone wanting to explore the city. Not only are there countless attractions and shopping destinations nearby, but the hotel is also located in the middle of Bangkok's Metropolitan Rapid Transit system (MRT), perfect for visitors that want to explore further. The hard part, however, will be leaving this immaculate hotel and its gorgeous rooftop infinity pool. Guests here are spoiled by the plush rooms, delectable food, all the modern conveniences including fast (and free) wifi, and of course helpful staff that cater to their every whim.
Riva Surya Bangkok
Picturesquely placed on Bangkok's riverside, Riva Surya is the ideal choice for those who want a view of the city that stands apart from all others. Its two restaurants in particular offer amazing views of the river and city life, and are a treat for both the eyes and the taste buds. River Surya is located near the Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha, two of Bangkok's most iconic and visited attractions. The hotel only has 68 rooms, making it considerably smaller than the others on this list, so be sure to book in advance.
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
The name Hyatt is synonymous with hotels and their Bangkok Erawan property is one of my favorites. Plush, spacious rooms that are magnificently decorated. Marble baths. Spectacular views. Indoor swimming pool. A grand ballroom that holds 1,500 people. A 7,000 square foot spa and fitness center. Nearly a dozen different restaurants, bars, and lounges located within the hotel. Yes, the Grand Hyatt Erawan truly has it all.
Siam Kempinski Hotel
Last but certainly not least is the exemplary Siam Kempinski Hotel, right in the heart of Bangkok. One of the most luxurious hotels in the entire metropolis, Siam Kempinski is ideal for the refined traveler that wants to experience nothing but the best. From ornate decorations to a spectacular spa, jaw-dropping rooms with spacious bathrooms and extraordinary views, and all the other modern conveniences that the discerning traveler has come to expect, there is no all around better hotel in Bangkok than the Kempinski.
What other hotels would you add to this list?
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