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The Eugenia, Bangkok 

267 Sukhumvit Road
Soi 31
North Klongtan, Wattana
Thailand 10110
Tel: 66 2 259 9011
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From the vintage cars that can pick you up at the airport to the handbeaten copper tubs in each bathroom, Old Siam elegance permeates this colornial-style 12-room gem. The Taiwanese owner generously filled all three floors with more than 300 of his personal antiques, including a fully intact crocodile skin that inhabits the second-story landing. Bangkoks most romantic beds—four-poster and covered in crisp Belgian linens—are the centerpiece of the spacious suites. Snag room 302 for the best views of the pool and palms. Thoughtful complimentary conveniences like the minibar, Wi-Fi access, and even international phone calls make this a homey alternative to larger luxury hotels like the nearby Sukhothai and Four Seasons Bangkok. Trendsetting locals snuggle among the overstuffed couches and daybeds in Zheng He Lounge's warren of intimate rooms while the smiling bow-tied waiters serves European cheeses and charcuterie. A celadon-tiled courtyard pool has an old-world elegance and the traditional Thai sala offers the perfect spot for yoga or meditation.

From the editors of Condé Nast Traveler:

In the Sukhumvit area, this modern manor in the colonial style artfully incorporates hundreds of antique pieces from the owner's collection, from four vintage cars for airport transfers (a Jaguar, two Mercedeses, and a Daimler limousine), to four-poster beds, to exotic taxidermic specimens that fit naturally throughout the warren of intimate rooms. Daybeds with earth-hued pillows offer the most relaxed position for nibbling on cheeses and charcuterie delivered by a bow-tied waiter. A sizable celadon-tiled pool under the palm trees takes the edge off Bangkok's swelter, and a traditional Thai sala offers an ideal spot for yoga or meditation. Hand-beaten copper bathtubs, vanilla candles, reproduction lamps imported from India, and other items in the 12 guest rooms can be purchased. Mini-bars, Wi-Fi, and international phone calls are all complimentary, and a tuk-tuk is on hand to whisk guests to nearby designer shops or the neighborhood spa, which extends a 20 percent discount to hotel guests.

—2007 Hot List

When to go: Bangkok is at its coolest November through April.

Which room to book: No. 302 for top-floor pool views.

Amenities: Bar/lounge, Pool

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