The lobby at U Sathorn Hotel — Photo courtesy of U Sathorn Bangkok
U Sathorn Bangkok is a snazzy new boutique hotel set in the heart of Sathorn Road, home to plenty of fine dining. It's located in a quiet neighborhood near the central business district of Bangkok, close enough to the Skytrain and metro for public transport and easy access to the rest of the city.
The hotel features 86 low-rise rooms that are set around a courtyard with a swimming pool, and the hotel is done up in French Colonial style, with plenty of contemporary decor.
The architecture was inspired by the influential Asian architect Geoffrey Bawa, and the hotel feels like an oasis in the midst of urban and chaotic Bangkok.
U Sathorn, by night — Photo courtesy of U Sathorn Bangkok
The hotel is quite cutting edge in some of its policies, such as 24-hour stays, meaning one gets a room for 24 hours from the time of check-in, not conforming to the usual 2 p.m. check-in and 12 p.m. check out strictly adhered to by most hotels.
Additionally, guests can choose to have breakfast at any time they wish in a 24-hour period, making this a great choice for those who want to stay up late or sleep in.
Guests also get to select what type of soap and pillow they'd like when they check in, and rooms all have a choice of king or twin beds.
Each room features rain showers and in-room entertainment systems with flat-screen televisions, plus mini-bars, safes and free WiFi. The suites are the best rooms, as they offer 72 square meters of living space and look out onto the courtyard.
A room at U Sathorn — Photo courtesy of U Sathorn Bangkok
In addition to the nice swimming pool, there's also a fitness center for those who want to workout, plus free bicycles for guests to use around town.
The resort's elegant J'Aime restaurant was created by Chef Jean-Michel Lorain, the lead man at the Michelin-starred Côte Saint Jacques. The menu here at J'Aime features some mighty fine French fare, such as oyster terrine, snails with tomato fondue and beef bourguignon, all accompanied by a fine wine list to pair with the food.
While it's a good 15-minute walk to reach the nearest MRT metro station, the hotel does provide a free hourly shuttle, and a taxi will only cost a few dollars to get one into the heart of Silom Road, where there are countless dining, drinking and shopping options.
This stylish resort is a hip and happening new option, and it provides a great mix of peace and quiet to go with the dapper lodgings and gourmet food on the premises. U Sathorn is a most welcome addition to the Bangkok hotel scene.