Seven Hotel, Bangkok
Tel: 662 662 0951
From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:
The Thai capital is awash in hotels of all shapes and sizes, but tucked into a cul-de-sac off Sukhumvit Road, this town house turned B&B will satisfy hotel-design fans, with original Asian-themed wall graffiti in each of the six guest rooms and polished salvaged-wood floors. Guests cross over a ruby-red-bottom koi pond on weathered planks to take refuge from Bangkok's heat-soaked days inside the lobby lounge. The indefatigable staff are ever on hand to help with luggage, arrange around-the-clock wake-up calls, and suggest the neighborhood's best dining options. All guest rooms have flat-screen TVs with DVD players, iPod docks, AC, soft cotton robes, high-thread-count bed linens, and offer great value: Room rates include local calls and the complimentary use of a mobile phone. Every guest can access the panoramic rooftop as well as a mezzanine patio strewn with puffy cushions.2008 Hot List
When to go: Cool mornings give way to bearable swelter from November through April.
Which room to book: The Green Room is a leafy haven with twin beds and a private garden. Pink and Purple have king-size beds; the latter room is optimally placed to enjoy evening birdsong rarely heard amid Bangkok's urban drone.