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We thought it’s time we take a look at some of the best design hotels Bangkok has to offer for this year and next.
What did we base these choices on? Good design, attention to detail, a different approach to the architecture or interiors. What we’re looking for is something a little out of the ordinary, a different experience, and a departure from the standard 5-star luxury hotel designs.
Bangkok is a very different city from ten or twenty years ago. It’s now full of very thoughtfully designed restaurants, bars, hotels, and galleries. It really is a wonderful destination for a short break before heading down to the islands or making for the mountains and hills of the north.
So here is our pick of hotels, ranging from the more expensive to the more affordable. Something for the design lover on any budget.
Located in the affluent Lang Suan area, Kimpton Maa Lai has quickly become a favorite with local celebs and social media influencers. With huge artworks decorating public spaces one can see why. Those who like luxury with minimalism will love their stay and if you’re a pet lover then this is one of the only luxury hotels in town that allows pets.
With 362 hotel rooms and a further 131 residences, there is plenty of choice, guests can also dine at any of the four restaurants and bars, from the uber-chic Italian restaurant Ms. Jigger to the huge Stock Room offering a variety of cuisines. For drinks head to the Hawaiin-inspired rooftop bar with incredible views over the city.
We love the interior of the Mustang Blu so much so that we wrote a whole piece on the design and build of this old historical building and its modern interpretation as a design hotel in the heart of Bangkok’s Chinatown. Surrounded by old traditional buildings, close to the river and the city’s main railway station Hua Lomphong, it’s a fabulous place to immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of this part of Bangkok.
Capella Hotel Bangkok is another new addition to the luxury hotel market in Bangkok. Opened in October last year the hotel has already established its self as one of the most popular design hotels in Bangkok.
“The esteemed location was selected due to its access to the storied Chao Phraya River and Charoenkrung Road, Bangkok’s oldest paved road, where tradition and cultural heritage meets the city’s trendiest cafés, bars and art galleries,” says general manager John Blanco. “The opening of Capella Bangkok is a part of a larger renaissance and revitalization this area of the city is experiencing.”
All of the hotel’s 101 rooms are facing the river and have floor-to-ceiling windows to enjoy the view.
Designed by KPF Architects the Rosewood structure was inspired by the wai. the Thai gesture when one meets someone. The building was created as an expression of the Thai spirit. Inside the building, water features pay tribute to Bangkok a city built on water. Having won several awards for its design this 159 room hotel provides an oasis of design in what is Bangkok’s central business hub.
This old converted factory is on the Thonburi side of the river and provides the perfect location for those wishing to get off the tourist trail and see a little more of the real Bangkok. At prices starting at less than 50 USD per night, it’s also friendly on the wallet. If you’re looking for plenty of charm and personality this is for you. The eclectic collection of ephemera, plants, and distressed walls provide a charming combination. This small hotel proves you don’t need to spend a fortune to experience design hotels in Bangkok.
The Sindhorn Kempinski Bangkok feels like a mix of styles, from the silvery mothership swimming pool which seems to have flown into the side of the building to the glorious brutalist arched concrete lobby. The hotel features both hotel rooms and serviced residences, all serviced with five-star facilities, restaurants, and bars. It is though the lobby area that really sets it apart and captures the imagination. Huge concrete arches, delicate tropical foliage, and a colonial vibe all synergizing as one.
From stylish and modern to quirky and unusual, these hotels offer something unique for everyone. Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, solo, or just want to relax on vacation by yourself-these hotels provide peace from the bustling city outside their doors while still giving easy access into central areas of town when desired. Check out some of our other articles below and don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter so that you can stay up to date on all art and design news in Asia.