13/3 S Sathorn Rd, Thung Maha Mek, Sathon, Bangkok
More a city resort than a hotel, the Sukhothai is the perfect Bangkok option if you want to spend most of your time by the pool, getting spa treatments or relaxing in your opulent room. And rooms here are quite stunning, especially the 84 suites (all of which boast either a private balcony or a sun terrace, and range in size from 66sqm to a palatial 198sqm).
The entry-level Superior Room is a decent 38sqm, which is actually more than enough room for most people, though for about 25% more in price you can snag a 78sqm Executive Suite featuring a massive living room and more bathroom space than you’ll know what to do with.
This is Thailand so service already comes with a smile, but at the Sukhothai it’s almost on another level.
One of the downsides to the property is the location, which is not really within walking distance to much. You’ll need to cab it to practically anywhere, as the convenient Sky Train is too far to walk in the Bangkok heat.
For a hotel restaurant, Sukothai’s award-winning Celadon features authentic and delicious Thai food—though at hotel restaurant prices. You also have a more casual dining restaurant, The Colonnade, and even Italian, at La Scala.
The hotel's 25-meter infinity pool has to be one of the best in Bangkok, especially when you factor in the surrounding lush green landscape and attentive poolside staff. Sukhothai's Spa Botanica is an exceptional hotel spa, but for Bangkok the prices are a bit high.
The Sukothai is not perfect—no hotel is— and the few faults we have to lay on the hotel are this: some rooms can have a musty or mildewy smell (due to some inferior or ageing plumbing), and the rooms overall could certainly be in line for a refresh. But at these prices, you really can’t complain! Just change rooms until you are happy.
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