Chakrabongse House $$$$
Concierge.com's insider take:
This little-known waterside oasis hides in plain sight among Bangkok's top tourist attractions such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho. The accommodations are housed in three traditional Thai houses, constructed up-country then brought to the Chao Phraya riverbank for HRH Prince Chakrabongse in 1908. His heirs have lovingly maintained the buildings, making them comfortable for modern travelers with ornate beds piled with silk cushions, sparkling floors, and refined Thai details throughout. Each suite has a spacious balcony overlooking the well-tended tropical garden and the river. The Riverside Villa even boasts an unobstructed view of Wat Arun ("Temple of the Dawn") from the bedroom. Tall palms and tropical flowers encircle the swimming pool and there is a riverfront sala where scrumptious Thai meals are served upon request. A private tuk-tuk takes guests sightseeing around the old Rattanakosin quarter, and a motorized boat is available at the private pier. But don't expect typical hotel accoutrements here: Instead of business centers, plasma televisions, and concierges, you'll get smiling service that's more personal and less rushed.