There’s a heated debate in Bangkok around the best hotels--and it often centers around the riverside properties vs. the Ratchadamri ones. Both arguments for supremacy have their own merits, but if the centralized group needed a boost, it definitely comes in the form of the Anantara Siam. Housed in the former Four Seasons spot, this five-star gem has quickly grown into an ‘it’ spot for Bangkok’s HiSo (high society) crowd with elegant afternoon teas, savory restaurants, and in-demand nightlife. The hotel itself is an elegant ode to the best of Thailand in its style, comfort, and service, and whether you’re part of the society crowd or not, you’ll appreciate this hotel’s attention to details.
There is an array of room types here but generally all feature hardwood floors, in-room espresso makers, complimentary water and fruit, and regal views of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club. Some rooms even have live Thai fighting fish if you want a pet during your stay. We’d recommend the Garden Terrace rooms by the pool with private entry, your own pond, and an escapist feel.
Want your Wi-Fi on the go? The Anantara is one of the few hotels (for now) that provides guests with a smart phone that you can take anywhere in the city to keep you connected at all times.
If you stay in the Garden Terraces you’ll be provided with L’Occitane products, while standard rooms use Anantara branded fare. Marble floors are typical for all, as are black sinks, large tubs, and separate showers.
A gorgeous lobby is decked out with fresh flowers, and Thai art and artifacts in open display cases and shelves. The hotel’s famous afternoon tea is served here among the vast selection of seating options. Make sure you look up as not to miss the meticulous hand-painted silk ceilings.
The huge pool is very lap-friendly and surrounded by comfy loungers and large umbrellas. There's a bar that serves food and drinks throughout the day and massage tables give guests an outdoor option for relaxing indulgences.
Bring your kids out here, there’s a playground that can occupy a LOT of their time.
Anantara Spa is complete with seven treatment rooms and offers everything from massages and wraps to nail care and waxing. There are several signature massages that are must-tries--go for the Siam 2482. On the Thai calendar, BE 2482 is when the country changed its name from Siam to Thailand.
There’s a ton of space at this gym and it's made up of Cybex machines, free weights, and areas for classes that include Thai boxing, yoga, spin, and more. The lockers have steam rooms and hot tubs to soak those muscles post workout. If you want some competition in your workout, they also have a squash court.
There are 10 different dining options in the hotel, many award-winning, and most in a lush courtyard area with huge overhanging trees and a koi pond. Biscotti (Italian) and Shintaro (Japanese) are arguably the two best outlets, but the steakhouse and Thai restaurant are close runner-ups. There’s really something for any taste and style.
There’s a lobby where you can get craft cocktails, but the true hotspot inside is at Aqua--a buzzy bar where reservations are required and where Bangkok’s HiSo come to drink. Cocktails here are second to none.
Aqua has a Sunday Brunch that’s regularly considered the best in Bangkok.
You’re only a 2-minute walk from the Ratchadamri BTS Skytrain station and a 5-minute walk from the Chit Lom BTS station. It’s easy to fetch a taxi on this road, but you’ll usually encounter traffic at most hours of the day. Luckily, you’re close enough to walk to just about anything you might want/need.
If you’re looking for a second Japanese outlet, head next door to The St. Regis where Zuma (2-minute walk) will blow you away with its fresh fish and sake selection. Indian food lovers can’t pass up on a night at Gaggan (3-minute drive), one of the highest rated and most innovative Indian restaurants in all of Asia.
If you eat at The St. Regis, stick around and head upstairs to the St. Regis Bar & Drawing Room, where you’ll find unbeatable craft cocktails. Another gem is at the Conrad Hotel, where the Diplomat Bar (5-minute drive) hosts the city’s foreign service workers who come to blow off days of diplomacy from nearby embassies.