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Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok, Bangkok 

89 Soi Wat Suan Plu New Road
Thailand 10500
Tel: 866 565 5050
Tel: 66 2 236 7777
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Stretched out along the banks of the Chao Phraya River with easy Skytrain access, the Shangri-La ranks among the world's top luxury hotels. The decor is mostly modern, though there are some nods to old-school Asia in the wall art and standing sculptures. Of the 799 rooms, those in the posh Krungthep Wing, with balconies overlooking tropical gardens and the river, are on average larger than ones in the Shangri-La Wing. Guests in this exclusive part of the hotel also enjoy extras like 24-hour butler service, complimentary pressing (two garments per guest), and evening cocktails and canapés delivered to their door nightly. Facilities include two pools, outdoor tennis and squash courts, a health club and the recently expanded Chi spa offering Thai massage and holistic healing. Among the multiple cafés and restaurants—specializing variously in Chinese, Italian, Japanese, and international cuisines—Salathip stands out for its traditional Thai food served in a little house by the river. Try the Yam Som-O, a typical Thai creation of shredded chicken, pomelo, and water chestnuts that chef Sumalee Boon-ek sprinkles with grated coconut and lime juice and serves in a Pomelo shell.

From the readers of Condé Nast Traveler:
Thai motifs and plenty of plants set the tone at this two-tower riverfront mainstay. Several rooms are "lovely with a balcony overlooking the Chao Phraya," beige walls highlighted by purple floor rugs, and Asian paintings. "Breakfast in the interior courtyard is wonderful." The spa uses Himalayan barley in its Mountain Tsampa Rub. "The amenities are outstanding, the service unrivaled."

(801 rooms)
—2011 Gold List
Overall Score: 93.4
  • Design: 92.1
  • Food: 93.0
  • Location: 93.5
  • Rooms: 92.6
  • Service: 95.8

Also appeared in the Gold List in 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005

Amenities: Pool, Spa, Tennis

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