10 Best Hotels in Bangkok's Pathumwan Area

While Pathumwan is not on the Chao Phraya River, it is an extremely popular spot to stay in due to its proximity to so many places in Bangkok (it really is the epicenter of town), great public transport access, along with being surrounded by the best shopping in the city. All this, combined with the fact that Pathumwan is home to some of Bangkok's most regal residences make it an excellent choice when staying here.

Many of the city's top luxury properties are located here, such as the regal St. Regis, which overlooks the Royal Bangkok Sports Club and Lumpini Park, where rooms come with a personal butler and you sleep in complete elegance. The nearby Siam Kempinski Hotel is practically inside the glitzy Siam Paragon Mall, and houses the unique Thai molecular gastronomy restaurant, Sra Bua. Occupying the site of the former royal Four Seasons, the Anantara Siam Bangkok is the latest player on the high end Pathumwan hotel scene, and every bit as good as its predecessor.

Other fancy properties include the boutique hotels Hansar and Siam @Siam, the latest in chic urban design. and while they are not new, longstanding players in the high end property market like the Grand Hyatt Erawan or Conrad continue to be favorites of high ranking diplomats and other VIP visitors due to their combination of location, service, facilities, and a pretty stout track record.

One thing is for sure, you will not be having a bad night's sleep at any of our listings for Pathumwan on 10Best.


The Centara Grand, located in the prestigious Central World Shopping Center in the heart of Bangkok, is one of Asia's largest hotels, boasting over 500 rooms, 9 executive floors, and a convention center modeled on a blooming lotus, all of which have dizzying views of the Bangkok skyline and cityscape. The Deluxe and Premium World rooms come with 35 and 54 square meters of spacious luxury respectively, with all amenities one could want, while the Premium World rooms and those above it come with Executive Lounge Club privileges. The hotel boasts an outdoor swimming pool, tennis courts, the Cenvaree Spa for pampering massage and health treatments, along with a state of the art fitness center. Eating and drinking options in the Centara include the upscale Fifty Five steakhouse along with the dramatic Red Sky Bar, perched on the 55th floor with incredible panoramas of Bangkok.

Recommended for Pathumwan's Best Hotels because: For elegance in every category, and for its jaw dropping views over downtown Bangkok, the Centara Grand at Central World is a winner.

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The Anantara Siam Bangkok is basically the elegant Four Seasons Hotel that has been taken over by Anantara management. Return guests need not fear, as the hotel is still much the same, with over 350 plus rooms and suites, and a grand lobby featuring silk ceilings, an outdoor swimming pool, beautiful lush gardens, and a staggering array of fine restaurants and bars to choose from. There's also a 24 hour health club, a pampering spa, and a Kasara lounge with free canapes, cocktails, and more privileges for guest members.Throw in the fact that it's a ten minute walk to Central World and Gaysorn shopping plazas, plus the skytrain less than 5 minutes away, and you've got one of Bangkok's most perfect stays.

Recommended for Pathumwan's Best Hotels because: For elegance and beautiful grounds, the Anantara Siam is an excellent downtown choice.

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Designed by acclaimed architect Calvin Tsao, The Swissotel Nai Lert Park feels like a true retreat from the hustle and bustle of modern Bangkok. The low rise resort is set on expansive landscaped gardens, with spacious guestrooms overlooking all the greenery. A lovely swimming pool is also set amidst all the vegetation, and the well equipped Amrita Spa and Fitness Center provides packages for all your health needs. Also on premises is Genji, one of Bangkok's top Japanese restaurants. Despite being located in the heart of central Bangkok, just minutes from the skytrain and shopping mecca of Central World, the Nai Lert Park feels worlds removed and is one of Bangkok's most rejuvenating and relaxing high end properties.

Recommended for Pathumwan's Best Hotels because: For its lush tropical gardens and oasis like feeling, the Swissotel Nai Lert Park is a proven winner on the luxury property scene.

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The Okura Prestige occupies a high end spot, starting from the 24th floor of the Park Ventures Ecoplex Building, where the beautiful lobby looks out at the Bangkok skyline. The Okura offers 240 5 star rooms and suites to choose from; all of them have mesmerizing city views through triple-glazed, tinted panoramic windows that insulate against both heat and noise. Rain showers, separate bathtubs, coffee machines, bedside control panels and 40-inch flat-screen televisions with pay-per-view movies are just a few of the features that will pamper guests, and. the swank Premier Club rooms come with complimentary laundry and pressing services, as well as access to the exclusive Club Lounge. Okura also is the only hotel in Thailand offering Japanese-style bidets and the most hi tech state of the art toilets. In addition to the elegant rooms, The Okura Prestige features outstanding dining choices. The foodie lovers' Elements - inspired by the Michelin-starred Ciel Bleu restaurant in Okura Amsterdam - serves gourmet offerings described as "modern logical cuisine," and for Japanese lovers, the award-winning Yamazato serves high-end traditional Japanese "kaiseki" haute cuisine dinners. The bar here has an outdoor terrace where you can enjoy fresh oysters on ice, while sipping your favorite cocktail and listening to soothing tunes from the in-house jazz trio that plays regularly.

Recommended for Pathumwan's Best Hotels because: From high tech toilets to superb dining, the Japanese styled Okura Prestige is one of Pathumwan's coolest hotels.

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A big player in the conference and convention travel scene, the Conrad is a luxury hotel that has been around for awhile, yet keeps its standards high and is always innovative. Its executive deluxe rooms and suites overlook the Bangkok skyline, are spacious, and have large bathtubs and comfortable furnishings. The Conrad features some of Bangkok's best restaurants and bars, most notably Kisara, a fine Japanese dining experience, and Liu, a classic Chinese offering Shanghai, Cantonese, and Szechuan dishes. The Conrad is located in the heart of the city near the US Embassy, and is a short walk or free shuttle ride from the Ploenchit Skytrain Station, meaning you can be almost anywhere in Bangkok within 20 minutes.

Recommended for Pathumwan's Best Hotels because: For great location and continued refinement, the Conrad is a top choice.

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The Grand Hyatt Erawan is indeed opulent, with its guestrooms featuring plush beds, large work spaces, and adorned with artwork and carpets. Located above the famed Erawan Shrine, one of Bangkok's landmarks, you are well positioned here to get around, as the hotel is connected by a skywalk to BTS skytrain stations and is a short stroll from the city's most popular shopping destinations like Central World, Gaysorn Plaza, or Siam Paragon. The Grand Hyatt Erawan is also home of the renowned Spassos Italian restaurant and happening bar/nightclub and there is also the elegant Erawan Tea Room and a boutique mall on the 2nd floor. You wont be hurting for comfort at this classy spot.

Recommended for Pathumwan's Best Hotels because: The Grand Hyatt Erawan features a super central location and all 5 star amenities, not to mention great Italian food at Spassos.

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As their moniker says, "not just a hotel," and indeed, Siam@Siam prides itself on being different, as it adds bold and modern innovative design to first class amenities and emerges as one of Thailand's most hip stays, more akin to spending the night in an art gallery rather than a hotel. Rooms, which are divided by Leisure Class and Biz Class, have high ceilings, large picture windows, and plenty of color and bold modern design. The aptly named Party House One restaurant and bar is one of the city's most happening spots, offering up juggling bartenders, live music, and plenty of ongoing events to keep the hip and chic young urban professional crowd excited. There is never a dull moment at this vibrant spot, and it is located in the heart of the city as well.

Recommended for Pathumwan's Best Hotels because: For its cutting edge design and uber-hip atmosphere, the Siam@Siam is a real innovative player on the local hotel scene.

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Hansar Bangkok Hotel
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The Hansar prides itself as an urban boutique oasis. Set right in the heart of Bangkok, just steps away from the shopping meccas of Siam Paragon and Central World, and easily accessed by the Skytrain, the hotel is awash with convenience. Chic and modern, the 94 room suites all have free-standing terrazzo bathtubs and feature vertical gardens just outside. Each suite includes a complimentary mini bar, free wifi, and huge 50 inch flat screen televisions. Even the smallest suites in Hansar are enormous, with 59 square meters of living space, and despite the middle of downtown location, the nineteen floor hotel is tucked away in peace and tranquility. This brand new hotel is yet another fine addition to the choice of upscale pampering available in Bangkok.

Recommended for Pathumwan's Best Hotels because: The Hansar's chic boutique feel and convenient location make it one of Bangkok's top chic luxury stays.

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Sophisticated and extremely stylish, the Siam Kempinski is located in the heart of central Bangkok right next to the luxurious Siam Paragon Mall. Tucked away in a peaceful niche, the Siam Kempinski has refined suites and serviced residences surrounded by landscaped tropical gardens and cascading water fountains and pools, making it a real oasis in the heart of town. The 303 rooms here are spacious, and most offer balconies with garden views. The hotel is full of modern art paintings and sculptures, features a 900 square meter Grand Ballroom, and is home to one of Bangkok's most innovative restaurants, Sra Bua by Kin Kin, brainchild of the Michelin winning Danish chef Henrik Yde-Andersen, which offers molecular Thai gastronomy, the first of its kind in Thailand.

Recommended for Pathumwan's Best Hotels because: For total pampering, the feeling of a private oasis, and the innovative Sra Bua restaurant, Siam Kempinski is a cut above.

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The St. Regis Bangkok
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Not only are the 227 guest rooms elegantly decked out in exquisite contemporary furnishings, all featuring giant windows with wide city views, many of them come with personal butler service, making sure you get down to the afternoon high tea or to sample a Siam Mary, signature drink of the bar here (where they continue the St Regis world tradition of champagne sabering each evening at sunset). The infinity edge pool sprawls along much of the 15th floor, and the upper floor rooms come with tremendous views of the sunset, the city, as well as the horse races from the Royal Bangkok Sports Club across the way. Add the outstanding JoJo's Italian restaurant into the mix, and you can see why the St. Regis leaves no stone left unturned in their pursuit for the perfect hotel stay. Needless to say, the St. Regis is well recommended.

Recommended for Pathumwan's Best Hotels because: Everything about the St. Regis, from rooms to service to food to the views make it one of Bangkok's absolute best.

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