One of Bangkok's leading hotels for many years, the Four Seasons attracts local society for morning coffee and afternoon tea in the formal lobby, where a string quartet often plays. There are plenty of shops off the courtyard, and what is arguably the city's best pool. The large rooms are decorated with silk-upholstered furniture. The best rooms overlook the racetrack, but ask for a high floor so that the Skytrain doesn't block the view. The quartet of pricier "cabana
rooms," with private patios that look onto a small garden with a lotus pond, are exquisite. Be sure to indulge in the signature fragrant-oil massage while you're here. Rates fall dramatically outside of peak times.