The 10 Best Hotels in the Bangrak District of Bangkok

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.


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.

Recommended for Bangrak's Best Hotels because: For Bangkok's most unique stay, the Prince Theatre Heritage is a Hollywood-worthy attraction!

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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.

Recommended for Bangrak's Best Hotels because: For traditional Thai heritage and style in a cozy boutique hotel, the Siam Heritage is a great choice.

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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.

Recommended for Bangrak's Best Hotels because: For the best views in Bangkok and some of the city's most posh restaurants, the Lebua comes well recommended.

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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.

Recommended for Bangrak's Best Hotels because: With one of the top swimming pools and best riverfront locations in Bangkok, you are in great shape at the Royal Orchid Sheraton.

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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.

Recommended for Bangrak's Best Hotels because: For its innovative design and hidden gem feel in the heart of Bangkok, along with the stylish WOOBAR, the W is a great place.

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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.

Recommended for Bangrak's Best Hotels because: The Pullman Bangkok Hotel G is the latest hip and trendy spot for gourmet dining and cutting edge stays.

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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.

Recommended for Bangrak's Best Hotels because: For great views over Lumpini Park and stylish cutting edge urban design, the Sofitel is one of Bangkok's top accommodation choices.

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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.

Recommended for Bangrak's Best Hotels because: For its perfect riverside location and pedigree as one of Bangkok's finest luxury hotels, the Shangri La remains in the upper echelon of Bangkok stays.

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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.

Recommended for Bangrak's Best Hotels because: For a stylish place close to Patpong, night markets, and eating and drinking, Le Meridien is a great choice.

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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.

Recommended for Bangrak's Best Hotels because: For top class service, elegance, fine restaurants, and fantastic views, the Mandarin is the best in Bangkok.

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