Concierge.com's insider take:
Only the Sukhothai can come close to vying with the Four Seasons for the position of most luxurious in a city known for its ultraluxe lodgings. Even standard accommodations here start at a roomy 430 square feet, among the biggest in the city, and you'll find a mix of graceful teak furniture and cheery Thai silks, along with high-tech perks like 42-inch plasmas and Wi-Fi. The cabana rooms overlooking an inviting outdoor swimming pool and traditional lotus pond offer a sylvan escape from the city's frenetic pace. The elegant lobby is an equally civilized space where well-dressed guests and local businesspeople meet for tea or predinner cocktails to a soundtrack of live jazz and clinking crystal. On-site restaurants include the Spice Market, one of the best places in the city for high-end Thai food, and the more casual Shintaro, which serves healthy takes on Japanese fare. First-time visitors to Bangkok might want to opt for the Four Seasons for its ability to offer a taste of home while still incorporating distinctly Thai elements into nearly every facet of your stay. It's also an excellent pick if you plan to visit the chain's properties in Chiang Mai, the Golden Triangle, or Koh Samui, as staff will take care of transferring your baggage, confirming flights, and more. Traveling with the family? Bangkok-reared Zachary Kypfer, the 14-year-old teen concierge, can give you suggestions for kid-friendly activities.