Enormous, individually themed suites and pool villas with custom-made furniture, comfy beds, and antique furnishings
Excellent food, from the generous alfresco breakfasts to delicious Thai curries
Sunset cocktails at the bar on the private pier
What To Know
It’s a half-hour boat ride to the closest Skytrain stop; best to try your luck with a taxi, but not during rush hour
More suited to well-traveled couples eager to experience Bangkok’s slower side rather than late night party owls or shopping divas
Floor butlers can be overly eager to please, but a gentle hint can set things right
Parking on site
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Art Deco good looks and Colonial charm combine at this riverside retreat in Bangkok's Dusit neighborhood
Designer Bill Bensley and his team drew inspiration from Beaux-Arts architecture and the Jazz Age, creating a black-and-white palette and a soaring glass and steel atrium in the main residence. Meanwhile, owner Krissada Sukosol-Clapp scoured Bangkok's markets and shops for antiques to fill the property, from the etched glass doors to the gym to the old movie cameras in the library. Bona fide artifacts (neolithic Thai pottery) and quirky relics (old movie ticket stubs, vintage sports trophies) fill vitrines and bookshelves throughout the hotel. The 39 suites are dotted around the courtyard beneath the atrium; doors are frosted glass, which means it never gets completely dark. All come with slipper bathtubs, cushy sofas and armchairs, and crisp bed linens, while most of the ultra-private Pool Villas have open-air terraces and pocket-size gardens. Three antique Thai houses salvaged by silk entrepreneur Jim Thompson make up Chon restaurant, where executive chef Blair Mathieson has put together an authentic (read: properly spicy) Thai menu of salads, curries and wok-fried dishes. Next door, Deco restaurant offers high-end comfort food (pork belly with polenta; gnocchi with spinach, gorgonzola and walnuts). Bangkok sophisticates gather for sundowners at the private pier, while Bathers Bar serves up poolside drinks and snacks. Opium Spa offers a wide range of treatments using chemical-free products by Australia’s Sodashi. Fitness fanatics should sign up for personal Thai boxing lessons; the small but well-equipped gym has a mini Muay Thai ring.
In the Area
Dusit is home to a few noteworthy historic attractions. A five-minute walk brings you to Vimanmek Palace, a 19th-century royal residence built without a single nail, while Dusit Zoo is a good way to spend the afternoon with the little ones. Just down river are some of the city’s best-known sights, such as Wat Pho and the Grand Palace (the hotel’s free speedboat can deposit you at the relevant piers). There’s little by way of formal dining in the area, but you’re in luck if you’re a street food fan: Across the street, next to Vajira Hospital, street stalls selling fruit, curries, and noodle soups line Sangkhalok Road from morning to late afternoon.