Best Views from Hotels on Bangkok's Sathorn Road

While neighboring Silom tends to get a bit more press, Sathorn Road is home to some of Bangkok's most dazzling hotels. There's a lot of cutting edge elegance here, with urban chic architecture on display at the cool Sofitel So and down the road at the W Bangkok, or at the new U Sathorn. The Sukhothai and Banyan Tree are here on Sathorn as well, both with longstanding excellent track records in elegance, and the Banyan Tree is home to the sky high Moon Bar, which has possibly the best views in the city up on the 68th floor. Further tucked away, the Metropolitan is one of Bangkok's premiere lodgings, and has the added benefit of being home to Nahm, Chef David Thompson's restaurant that has been listed as one of the top 50 in the world! If one is staying in town for awhile, Sathorn is also a good choice for setting up shop, as there are several executive residences here like the Marriott's Sathorn Vista, where one can have serviced apartments complete with kitchens and all the amenities of home with 5 star hotel facilities and service as well. Whatever you choose, this handy list can help you chart your course along Sathorn Road.


The Chatrium Residence gives an excellent retreat from the chaos and din of central Bangkok. Central to the sleek residence is its large free form swimming pool that is set surrounded by tropical greenery. Rooms and suites here come with views of the surrounding cityscape or else the manicured gardens below, and with almost 600 rooms, one can choose from a small studio to a deluxe three bedroom suite. Even the smallest rooms come with a kitchenette and microwave, along with a DVD Hi-Fi stereo system and large LCD TV. In addition to the swimming pool, the Chatrium also has a spa, fitness center, and even recreation room with billiards, snooker, and more, to ensure that there is plenty of down time to be had.

Recommended for Sathorn's Best Hotels because: For a peaceful oasis away from the city hubbub, the Chatrium gets high marks.

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The U Sathorn is the latest 5 star player to grace Sathorn Road. The hotel is a bit different than most of the other fancy digs that you will find around here in that it is a low rise property with only 86 rooms set in French colonial style buildings designed by Sri Lankan Geoffrey Bawa,one of the most influential Asian architects of the 20th century. The hotel houses a fancy French restaurant created by a Michelin starred recipient, and the U Sathorn has a unique set of perks for guests that range from 24 hour stays from time of check in to all day/night breakfast, plus pre-selected soap, pillow, and tea options.

Recommended for Sathorn's Best Hotels because: For novel guest perks and amenities, U Sathorn stands alone.

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The Aetas has a longstanding reputation as one of Bangkok's classiest establishments, with several other properties nearby, and the Aetas Lumpini continues the trend. The deluxe rooms here feature high ceilings, plenty of space, and excellent views of Bangkok and the verdant Lumpini Park. Facilities in the Aetas include an executive club floor, a state of the art fitness center and a splash pool bar. There is also a fabulous sky high bar, the One 80 Wine Bar, up on the 26th floor, with views over the city. For fine dining, try the East-meets-West Hourglass Restaurant, which serves an international buffet created by a five star chef, with delights ranging from fresh seafood to sushi, Parma ham to dim sum, as well as various Asian and Western dishes topping off an extensive selection.

Recommended for Sathorn's Best Hotels because: For fine dining and sophisticated sleeps right next to public transportation, the Aetas Lumpini is one of Sathorn's best.

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The Eastin Grand offers extremely convenient 5 star splendor along Sathorn as it is one of the only hotels in Bangkok to have access into it directly from the BTS Skytrain. The hotel is huge, and the 390 luxury rooms have stunning views of the Chao Phraya River or Bangkok skyline and come with plenty of amenities like large LCD televisions, cable and satellite channels, fully stocked mini-bars, along with some nice benefits for guests, like free cancellation until 6pm on arrival days. The Eastin also boasts a swimming pool and fitness center both with fabulous city views, and there are three restaurants on premise, upscale Italian, Cantonese, and seafood buffet for all your dining pleasures.

Recommended for Sathorn's Best Hotels because: For its convenient skytrain access, the Eastin Grand is in the company of few.

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Taking its cue from the royal former Thai capital of Sukhothai, this hotel of the same name outdoes itself with pampering and pleasing design and service. Everything from the architecture to the replicated pagodas or statues found throughout the hotel are pleasant to the eye, and the charming contemporary Thai villas and suites overlook lotus ponds and courtyard gardens, making the entire property feel like a complete urban escape. The Sukhothai also is home to the award winning Celadon Thai restaurant, along with fine Italian cuisine at La Scala, and the hotel features one of the best Sunday brunch buffets to be found in the city.

Recommended for Sathorn's Best Hotels because: One of Sathorn's longest running 5 star hotels, the Sukhothai continues to deliver top stays.

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The Metropolitan is a sleek and sophisticated luxury hotel that is also home to the award winning Nahm Restaurant, listed in the prestigious World's 50 Best Restaurants guide. The 169 rooms at the Met are an aesthetic blend of East and West, contemporary Thai with urban style, and feature Thai Markha wood, limestone bathrooms, warm lighting, and unique artwork in each room. The spacious sunny pool and deck are a popular afternoon hangout, and the Shambhala Urban Escape Spa on premises offers fantastic rejuvenation treatments. The Metropolitan is located in a quiet lane set back from Sathorn, the perfect combination of city and escape all in one.

Recommended for Sathorn's Best Hotels because: For stylish and exclusive treatment, plus the access to Thailand's award winning Nahm restaurant, The Metropolitan is a leader in luxury.

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The Anantara Bangkok Sathorn is a pretty swank spot. 310 rooms and suites featuring panoramic city views on the upper floors, plus some superb facilities, make this one of the better places to call home for some nights on Sathorn. The hotel has an infinity edge swimming pool, a tennis court, fitness center, and pampering spa, and a great selection of restaurants to choose from. The rooftop ZOOM bar has incredible skyline views of Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River, and rooms come with private balconies, rain showers, and luxury linens with a choice of duck down and synaptic fibre pillows. The hotel is slightly hidden off the main road, making it a peaceful urban escape.

Recommended for Sathorn's Best Hotels because: For one of Sathorn's best roof bars and city view rooms, Anantara Sathorn is superb.

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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 Sathorn's Best Hotels because: For ultra chic boutique sleeps for hipsters, the W is a cutting edge property.

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Banyan Tree Bangkok
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You will feel very high for most of your stay in the Banyan Tree, as everything in this luxury property is set way way off the ground. Elevators whisk you up from the reception to rooms up to 60 floors above the ground, and the Moon Bar and Vertigo Restaurant are perched up on the 68th floor rooftop, Asia's highest alfresco eatery. Even the sundeck and its relaxing whirlpool are up on the 53rd floor, and the views from atop the Banyan Tree take in a 360 degree view of all Bangkok which will take your breath away. If you show up here in September, you can try running up all these floors during the hotel sponsored --Vertical Marathon,-- which raises money for HIV education.

Recommended for Sathorn's Best Hotels because: The panoramic views across Bangkok and one of the city's best bars make the Banyan Tree a perennial favorite.

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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 Sathorn's Best Hotels because: For its stunning views of Lumpini Park alone, the Sofitel So is worth a stay.

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