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10 Most Romantic Bangkok Hotels to Pamper Yourself In



Bangkok features a wealth of romantic stays. While the streets may be chaotic and traffic-filled, you can retreat to your quarters along the Chao Phraya River and somewhat imagine why the city was called Venice of the East. Many of the most posh stays are to be found here, and most of them are oozing charm. For a real splurge, try the intimate Siam Hotel, located up in old Dusit, well away from the tourist crowds. The Mandarin Oriental remains a top favorite, with opulent suites looking out at the river and fantastic personalized service wherever you turn. You'll also find the small Chakrabongse Villas located here, former home to a prince and truly worthy of a royal romantic stay. To really escape the crowds, try to uber-romantic Praya Palazzo, housed in a gorgeous Thai-Italian Paladio-style mansion that dates from the 1920s. Access here is only by the hotel's private river barge. Far away but still on the Chao Phraya, the unique Bangkok Tree House offers funky rooms built right next to a car-free bicycle path, above the river, and surrounded by the city's largest open green space.

Romantic sleeps are not only restricted to the water. Inland, you will find the St. Regis, where suites come with a personal butler, giant bay windows with city views, and luxurious furnishings. Just around the corner is the cutting edge Sofitel So, where you can choose an elements-based room type that looks over Lumphini Park, and engage in fois gras fine dining at Park Society, the hotel's upper floor restaurant that overlooks the park and cityscape. The nearby Siam Kempinski also makes the list for top romantic stays, with rooms that access directly into the hotel's immense free-form swimming pool, feeling far more like a Samui resort than a city stay, and giving easy access to the molecular gastronomy offerings over at Sra Bua, the hotel's romantic restaurant. 

Even over on busy Sukhumvit Road will you find hidden charms. 137 Pillars offers amorous suites with jacuzzi tubs and a gorgeous rooftop infinity pool, perfect for a romantic city escape, while the lovely Ariyasom Vila offers an intimate tucked away escape at the end of a dead-end alleyway. 


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For something truly unique, try this hidden away charmer across the Chao Phraya River in Bang Krachao, Bangkok's largest open green space. The hotel really does resemble a tree house, set just off a bicycle path and nestled right against the river. The "View With a Room" features an outdoor rooftop bed with a mosquito net, so you really will be in the great outdoors, and the cozy dining area is a great place to relax and watch the river life go by. Given that there is no road outside (although taxis can drive in and park about 5 minutes away, although you are better off coming here by boat) and that you are surrounded by serene greenery, this is as about as romantic as you'll find in the metropolis.


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Photo courtesy of courtesy of Ariyasom Villa Bangkok

Ariyasom Villa is a family run luxury boutique hotel, themed on Bangkok in the 1940's and 50's, and makes for a charming and romantic intimate stay. The current owner's grandfather, Khun Phra Chareon, was an engineer who designed the National Stadium in Bangkok, along with the first runway at the international airport, and the first underwater pipe to send water from Bangkok across the Chao Phraya River. He lived in the villa during WWII, which he built himself. Today, the Ariyasom features teak wood floors, antique furniture, and silk drapes, as well as beautiful lush tropical gardens along with all the modern amenities expected at a boutique resort. Ariyasom is cozy and intimate, with 25 rooms and suites, all with LCD television, DVD player, and WiFi internet access, with easy access to the outdoor swimming pool and Jacuzzi. The on site Na Aroon Thai restaurant and Som Sen Spa are both known for their quality and service, and the hotel is conveniently located in the heart of central Bangkok.


Where else in Bangkok can one have a direct entrance into the swimming pool from one's terrace? Only at the Siam Kempinski, located just steps from Bangkok's most fashionable mall, Siam Paragon, yet a hidden away world of its own, and a great choice for a romantic treat. Tucked away in a peaceful niche, the Siam Kempinski is sophisticated and extremely stylish, with 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 ultra 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. Easy access via Siam Paragon into the Siam Skytrain station ensures a holiday in which Bangkok's legendary traffic will not be around to trouble and travail.


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Photo courtesy of Courtesy of the St Regis, Bangkok

With a location set right in the heart of central Bangkok, overlooking the Royal Sports Club, the Starwood's St Regis Hotel sets a new mark in elegance and is a great place to treat your loved one to a romantic stay. All rooms are elegantly decked out in exquisite contemporary furnishings and feature giant windows with wide city views. The infinity edge pool sprawls along much of the 15th floor, and the 12th floor Regis Bar also gives tremendous views of sunset, the city, as well as the horse races from the Sports Club! The private butler service will leave both of you pampered to know end, and he/she will even escort you to Jo Jo's, one of Bangkok's most romantic restaurants, serving fine Italian cuisine in an intimate setting.


Just perfect for an urban romantic weekend, 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 extremely romantic 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.


For upscale romantic luxury on Bangkok's east side, 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok is unrivalled. The elegant hotel's sister property in Chiang Mai has received worldwide acclaim for its design and detail evoking Thailand's storied past, and this new Bangkok property continues in the same tradition. There are 34 stylish suites here named after great royal periods in Thai history, and all are incredibly regal. Ranging from 64-125 square meters, the suites feature plush bedding, wood-panelled walls with modern artwork, spacious balconies with traditional rocking chairs, and marble-floor bathrooms with double vanity setups. You'll soak to contentment in the large stand-alone circular bathtubs that look out at the city, and there are plenty of ultra-modern perks like Japanese electric toilets (with heated seats!), espresso machines, touchpad mood lighting, iPod docks, huge digital IPTVs with Bose sound systems, and the 24-hour private butler service completes one terrific package. There are also 179 residences at 137 Pillars, ranging from studios to two-bedroom, offering an array of amenities suitable for both short and longterm stays. Even beyond the rooms, it's all about great visuals and superb service here. The hotel features two knockout infinity pools, one of which is only for suite guests up on top of the roof. There is also a private check-in lounge for suite guests, which also serves breakfast and does high tea as well as complimentary happy hours each evening. For dining, Nimitr restaurant is one of Bangkok's most astounding fine dining experiences, combining cutting edge Oriental cuisine with a bit of molecular-style magic, in a setting overlooking the cityscape, and upstairs from here, the Jack Bains Bar provides a classy setting for cocktails, cigars, and more. The neighborhood around the hotel is filled with an array of boutique shops and restaurants, and while the BTS skytrain station out on Sukhumvit is a bit of a walk (15-minutes), guests can avail themselves of the complimentary London cab shuttle service that the hotel offers. Those looking for an intimate and romantic city escape will feel well at home here.




This hotel on the Chao Phraya River, popular with visiting celebrities, just oozes atmosphere and romantic charm, and it still sets the bar for high-end Bangkok accommodations. The Authors Residence suites, made famous by visiting luminaries such as Somerset Maugham, Noel Coward, and James Michener, are opulent and elegant affairs, with huge writing desks that look out upon the Chao Phraya. The spa across the river is a great place to get pampered and one of Bangkok's most romantic spots to share a couples' massage. The sumptuous breakfast buffet out on the riverfront will leave you hard pressed to eat more, but make sure to enjoy the onsite China House, Le Normandie, and Sala Rim Naam restaurants, all amongst the most romantic in town. If your pocketbook can manage it, easily Bangkok's most romantic place to stay.


If a romantic hideaway worthy of royalty is what you are after, then by all means head straight to the Chakrabongse Villas. When we say that this is a hotel fit for a prince, we are not bluffing, as the Chakrabongse Villas were indeed the former residence of HRH Prince Chula Chakrabongse, whose daughter has transformed her father's home into a magical boutique lodging. Comprised of just 3 marvelous elegant villas, the Chakrabongse features traditional Thai homes that were transported to this exquisite early 1900's residence that sits right on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, looking out on Wat Arun, the beautiful Temple of Dawn. A wonderfully tranquil oasis in Bangkok, but book early, as few rooms and such a wonderful ambiance mean for minimal vacancies.


For the ultimate in luxury pampering, try a romantic splurge at the Siam Hotel. Paying homage to the post-colonial early 1900's era of King Rama V, this ultra-luxurious boutique hotel is a design-lover's dream, and Bangkok's newest spot to lodge in sheer elegance. Vintage clocks, steamer trunks and straw fedoras are just some of the quirky antiques that grace the private villas that come with plunge pools and rooftop terraces. There's even a completely restored century-old teak pagoda-topped cottage that is the star piece of the resort. Everything here feels secluded and pampered, from the the first luxury Muay Thai gym in Bangkok to the Opium Spa with Sodashi therapies, to the gorgeous Chon Thai restaurant, which is set in old teak houses along the river. The Siam is the most expensive hotel in Bangkok, but you get what you pay for here; privacy, exclusivity and plenty of opulent charm.




One of Bangkok's most romantic hidden gems, Praya Palazzo is accessible only by boat (the hotel has its own private barge, which serves guests around the clock, making for easy access to the rest of the city), and is tucked into a lovely tranquil garden on the Thonburi side of the Chao Phraya River. The elegant hotel was a former nobleman's mansion, built in 1923 in Thai-Italian Palladian architectural style, and looks like a private exclusive retreat when viewed from across the river. There's a soothing riverside lap swimming pool, small garden to relax in, and superb hard-to-find Thai dishes dating from the royal palace recipes are served in both the retro-colonial dining room and al fresco on the banks of the river. Managed by the Montana Hospitality Group (which owns the swank Trisara Resort in Phuket), this is Bangkok's most serene stay, perfect for romantic escapes from the crowds and hectic pace of the city, yet never far enough away to miss any of its amenities. With only 17 rooms, there's plenty of privacy, and with the lack of roads and traffic, sweet dreams are guaranteed.


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Dave Stamboulis is a travel writer/photographer based in Bangkok. Born in Athens, Greece and growing up in the U.S., Dave first discovered Bangkok while on a 45,000-kilometer bicycle trip and...  More About Dave

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