Housed in a renovated old Bangkok cinema, this heritage stay is certainly unique. The Prince Theatre began in 1912 as a casino and Chinese opera hall, and then became a silent movie theatre. Years later, it showed Hollywood blockbusters and was one of the city's most popular cinemas, but then fell prey to the arrival of multiplex and mall theatres. Eventually, it became a porn cinema, but this also didn't last with the arrival of videos and the internet, and the old building fell into ruin. Today, it has been returned to its former glory, and is now a heritage stay. Rooms are themed after the various incarnations of the Prince; from Chinese opera to naughty flicks, and black and white movies are shown on the original giant screen in the lobby each night. The Art Deco stained glass window and original theatre sign have been preserved, as has the old projector, and lovers of old buildings and classic film will find plenty of nostalgia here. Fittingly, the Prince is located in one of Bangkok's oldest communities, and there is an incredible array of award-winning street food, Chinese medicine shops, and other shophouse stores just outside, making for one of Bangkok's most atmospheric venues.
The Siam Heritage is a stylish boutique hotel located in the heart of Bangkok's bustling Silom neighborhood, and is a perfect location for those who want fine dining and nightlife options just minutes from their door. The 73 rooms here are individually furnished and decorated in traditional Thai style by the attentive owners who are very proud of Thai heritage, and the rooms also offer all modern amenities and conveniences. The Siam Cuisine Restaurant on premise serves up Royal Thai recipes in a homey environment along with international menu items as well. The Siam Heritage also has a relaxing Heritage Spa which offers pampering massages and body treatments done by well trained practitioners.
The Tower Club at Lebua commands a place in the clouds. Located on the upper floors of the golden domed Lebua State Tower, the balcony views from the suites here are beyond staggering, as it is the highest spot for miles. The sweeping views of the Chao Phraya River and Bangkok skyline are worth the hefty price tag. Additionally, Tower Club guests have their own private lounge offering complimentary drinks and food throughout the day. The Lebua is also noted for having some of the swankiest bars and restaurants in Bangkok up on its roof, with Sirocco and Mezzaluna heading the list. The Distil Bar was featured in the Hollywood Blockbuster Hangover 2 and is a big draw come sunset time.
The Royal Orchid Sheraton occupies a prime piece of real estate, with a gorgeous Chao Phraya Riverfront location, along with two marvelous swimming pools to enjoy set right out on the river. The rooms offer commanding views of the Chao Phraya and Thonburi district, and the hotel is well known for its knockout buffet meals, upscale Italian restaurant Giorgio, and nouvelle cuisine out on the river at Sambal. The Royal Orchid is connected to the shopping and dining plaza of River City by a glass walkway, and the hotel's private shuttle boat will whisk you downriver to the Skytrain station and Saphan Taksin ferry pier throughout the day and evening.
The newest of Bangkok's finest lodgings, the W is all about fashion. Traditional Thai is combined with cutting edge art and architecture to create a very trendy and chic establishment that features a stylish cocktail bar just next to the lobby with hipster DJ's and creative signature drinks. The rooms here are not classified as deluxe or superior, but rather as Wonderful, Marvelous, Spectacular, or Extreme Wow (which features 215 square meters of space, a 55" flat screen TV, along with expansive city views). The W also features the award winning Kitchen Table restaurant, where the international food servings are even more innovative and impressive than the suave design and surroundings.
The Pullman G is one of Bangkok's newer classy and trendy lifestyle hotels, perched up above the Bangkok skyline on Silom Road. This highrise hotel has almost 500 rooms, ranging from Deluxe to Suites, with floor to ceiling windows showing off the awesome views, and featuring pillow menus, iPod and iPhone docking stations, and high speed internet. There is an outdoor swimming pool, state of the art fitness center, and the hotel boasts several great cutting edge restaurants that have become immensely popular with the young hip crowd. 25 Degrees is a chic gourmet burger and wine bar, and Scarlett, up on the 37th floor, is a tapas, fine cheese, and vintage wine bar/restaurant.
The Sofitel So Bangkok is an elegant urban oasis that sets out to combine every aspect of the Bangkok experience. Designed by an elite group of Thai architects and interior designers, overseen by French haute couturier mogul Christian Lacroix, the hotel features rooms and public spaces designed around the theme of five elements. The rooms feature complimentary Apple Mac Mini's, and there are a staggering range of fine dining and drinking options on premises, including the Park Society and Hi So bar and restaurant, which offers moonlit cabanas and a glittering city view by night over Lumpini Park. The Sofitel So is minutes from the MRT subway Lumpini Station, giving easy access to all the shopping, dining and nightlife districts of central Bangkok.
The Shangri La rivals the Oriental as Bangkok--s best known and notable place to stay, also located on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. From its awe inspiring lobby to the luxury rooms in the Krungthep Wing with balconies overlooking the river, along with a real showpiece pool and terrace surrounded by tranquil gardens make this another excellent option for a splurge. The hotel has recently opened a new Long Bar out along the river, as well as a fine chocolate confectionary to compliment its already fine selection of top restaurants. As the Shangri La sits right next to the Saphan Taksin Skytrain station, there is no need for river shuttles or other time consuming transport connections.
The Le Meridien is an extremely stylish and chic large luxury hotel with 282 rooms and suites all decked out in modern furnishings and earth tones, famed for its top notch personalized service. Perfectly situated near the Jim Thompson House and Patpong Night Market and entertainment area in the Central Business District along Silom Road, Le Meridien offers great city views, a beautiful outdoor pool, state of the art fitness center, and top notch spa treatments among its other amenities, as well as a signature buffet breakfast that is among the best you will find in Bangkok. Consistently voted by Conde Nast and Travel and Leisure as one of the top hotels in the world, it is hard to go wrong with the location, service, and style of Le Meridien.
This hotel on the Chao Phraya River remains Bangkok's classiest place to stay. The riverside setting is fantastic, the elegant suites all look out on the length of the river, and the amenities here are all top notch, from the gigantic lap swimming pool to the world class Normandie French, Sala Rim Nam Thai, and China House dim sum restaurants. Service is unparalleled, and the free shuttle boats to the skytrain station and Saphan Taksin Pier are a nice touch. If you can afford the price tag, this is THE place to stay in the City of Angels and well worth the splurge.