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The Peninsula Bangkok, Bangkok

$400 or more
Editor's Pick
Bangkok, Thailand, Asia: pool at the Peninsula Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand, overlooks the Chao Phraya river and is
333 Charoennakorn Road
Thailand 10600
Tel: 866 382 8388
Tel: 66 2 861 2888's insider take:

Another of Bangkok's riverside bastions of luxury, this Peninsula stares down its rivals—the Shangri-La and the Oriental—across the Chao Phraya from the Thonburi side. Of course, that's the Peninsula's one drawback: everything worth seeing in Bangkok lies on the other side of the river. The hotel makes up for this failing by outstripping the Oriental in sheer style (that, and ferrying guests across the river all day from 6 a.m. until midnight, a lovely way to commute). It's also not far from the Skytrain. It was designed so that all 370 rooms and suites get the coveted water view, especially valuable at night when the city skyline is lit up. The spacious rooms have a distinctly Asian flair, right down to the contemporary art. Even the least expensive rooms have teak foyers, silk-covered walls, and marble bathrooms kitted out with mod fixtures and TVs. The 2006 addition of a spa gives guests the option of Thai, European and Ayurvedic-inspired treatments. Among the five restaurants, Jesters is tops for food—haute Pacific Rim (think wild Australian crocodile served up ceviche-style)—but its modern style can't hold a candle to the ambience of Thiptara, where guests enjoy traditional, home-style Thai dishes like grilled prawns dipped in tamarind sauce under salas (traditional, open-air, pagodalike teak structures) with live khim music in the background.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Overall Score: 95.4
  • Design: 96.2
  • Food: 94.7
  • Location: 91.5
  • Rooms: 97.5
  • Service: 96.9
Located on the Chao Phraya, "across from the heart of Bangkok," this tower has a W-shape, giving all rooms a river view. Decor incorporates teak, silk, and Asian antiques. Rooms with "huge marble bathrooms" include the 4,000-square-foot Peninsula Suite. Visit Thiptara for home-style Thai food (like fried fish cakes) served in pavilions by the river. "The service is remarkable—they know how to treat guests."

(370 rooms)
—2011 Gold List

Amenities: Pool, Spa, Tennis

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