Looking up at The Continent, Bangkok — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
Sukhumvit Road is full of fancy hotels, with probably more places to stay per square inch than anywhere else in Bangkok.
Thankfully, The Continent Hotel offers a bit of fresh air – both from its position up above the city, as well as in its unique decor. The tall and thin hotel is almost easy to miss, set back slightly from the road just across from the Exchange Tower at the ultra-busy Asok intersection, right next to both the MRT subway and BTS skytrain stations.
The hotel is in a towering building, with 39 floors overlooking the city. And the panoramas you can see from the top-floor Axis & Spin Bar, as well as from the 35th-floor Medinii Restaurant, are just dazzling, making the hotel well worth a visit – whether you're staying here or not.
The view from above in the Axis & Spin Bar at The Continent — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
The owners of The Continent are travel-lovers, and their affections can be seen in the unique decor found throughout the property. Different rooms and floors have themes from around the world, ranging from landscape types (deserts, water and space) to different countries and continents.
Hand-painted walls in the hallways feature sand dunes, icebergs or whitewashed houses on Santorini, and it's quite marvelous to emerge from the elevators onto a new floor with a "guess where" theme.
There are also plenty of lines as part of the design throughout, intended to be axis lines as on a map or globe. Space and sky are also well represented, with large plate glass windows everywhere showing off the heavens above Bangkok, as well as stars that have been put onto the ceilings.
Fine dining at Medinii — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
The 153 rooms here are on the small size, but all feature amenities like iPod docks, bedside light and TV controls, work desks, LCD TVs, mini-bars, personal safes and free WiFi.
The hotel has a pint-sized but very cute swimming pool up on the 37th floor, plus there's a fitness center and meeting rooms for business travelers.
But perhaps the best features at The Continent are its outstanding food and beverage options.
Medinii offers all-day dining, from buffet breakfast, brunch and lunch to the popular Italian dinners, which have a free-flow pizza, pasta and wine offering every evening for only 999 baht, with superlative views of Bangkok below.
Blue hour over Bangkok from Medinii Restaurant at The Continent in Bangkok — Photo courtesy of Dave Stamboulis
The sights get even better a few floors up, as Axis & Spin Bar occupies the top two floors of the hotel and looks out across the city.
Upstairs is a glowing lounge area where live DJs spin tunes on some nights, while downstairs is a comfortable and intimate sitting area with large windows and a bar run by mixologists who whip up a long list of Prohibition-era and post-Prohibition-era signature cocktails, plus plenty more.
For a unique themed stay with a bar and restaurant that offer some of the best views in town, it's well worth traveling to The Continent in Bangkok.