The Luxe List 2010, Thailand: Siam Kempinski Hotel Bangkok, Bangkok



Smack in the middle of Siam Square and connected to the behemoth Siam Paragon shopping complex, this dramatic property greets guests with a grand, 15-meter-high lobby featuring swaths of Italian marble, alabaster feature walls, and a gallery’s-worth of sculptures and paintings by local artists like Watcharaporn Yoodee and Pichet Piaklin. The 303 rooms and suites offer a subtler palette of gray and beige, with silk walls and lotus photographs that nod to both Thailand’s Buddhist heritage and the hotel’s location on a former estate of the Thai royal family (one of the princesses lives next door). All nine room categories have balconies overlooking an oasis of greenery; book a duplex suite for more space and direct access to one of the hotel’s three saltwater swimming pools. Complimentary Internet access, mini-bar, and recent-release movies are welcome bonuses. While in residence, don’t miss dinner at Sra Bua, a fine dining Thai restaurant by the owners of Michelin-starred Kiin Kiin in Copenhagen.

991/9 Rama 1 Rd.; 66-2162-9000; kempinski.com; doubles from US$257

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