The Bangrak District, which stretches from the Chao Phraya River to bustling Silom Road, is home to some of the best hotels in Bangkok. Style and elegance are the catchwords here, with plenty of fantastic properties to choose from. For sheer class and elegance, the Mandarin Oriental continually sets the bar for high end Bangkok hotels, and the neighboring Shangri La has been one of Asia's most noted properties for years. Nearby, the newer Sofitel So combines jaw dropping views over Lumpini Park along with award winning cutting edge urban design. Nearby, the W Bangkok is pretty futuristic and high tech. Further upriver, the Royal Orchid Sheraton has a wonderful location, with a huge pool perched right on the river's edge.
Silom Road is home to the entertainment district and night market of Patpong, and is also one of the most vibrant and chic spots to wine and dine in the city. Spots in this area to spend a night in are plentiful, with the classy Le Meridien heading the list. The Siam Heritage Hotel is also located here and is an excellent boutique option.
For something way above the crowds and clouds, try the fancy Tower Club at Lebua, site of Bangkok's highest sky bars and restaurants, and famed for being featured in the Hollywood Blockbuster Hangover 2. A suite at the Tower Club gives you your own birds-eye view of the City of Angels.