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The Sukhothai, Bangkok 

13/3 South Sathorn Road
Thailand 10120
Tel: 66 2 344 8888
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"Sukhothai" means "dawn of happiness," and the Sukhothai period (1238–1376) was the golden age of Thai art and architecture. The Zen atmosphere at this refined 210-room hotel draws on both definition and history. Low pavilions, designed in a clean, angular style that would have impressed the staunchest Bauhaus devotees, are separated by pools with lotus flowers floating on the surface and tropical gardens. Accommodations are equally tranquil with Thai silk fabrics in airy silvers, golds and greens, teak paneling, and huge mirrored bathrooms. All 82 suites are technologically tricked-out with iPod connections, Wi-Fi, and flat-screen LCD TV's. The hotel's well-regarded Celadon restaurant specializes in Thai cuisine, like Yam Huaplee, a banana blossom salad that the chef tosses with poached prawns and serves with a side of jasmine rice. In 2006, designer Ed Tuttle came back to give the Colonnade restaurant, known for its international and Asian cuisine, a modern facelift with high ceilings, smooth lines, and large windows overlooking a shallow pool with stupas. There are also international and Italian restaurants on-site and the Lumpini station subway is within walking distance.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Named for a former Thai capital, "this peaceful hotel" on six acres of gardens and lotus ponds is somewhat removed from the city's main tourist attractions. Thai architectural details are "a welcome change from the pedestrian interiors of most city hotels." "Staff are discreet and friendly." At Celadon, "the Thai food, presentation, and service are of the highest quality." "The Sukhothai is the paragon of understated elegance."

(210 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 88.6
  • Design: 92.9
  • Food: 95.2
  • Location: 66.7
  • Rooms: 95.2
  • Service: 92.9

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006

Amenities: Pool, Spa, Tennis

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