These two prominent landmarks are four minutes’ walk apart. At one end, Central World is a massive shopping complex and entertainment hub. One of the largest malls in Southeast Asia, it has a wide range of shops, including international and Thai brands, luxury boutiques, electronics stores, fashion outlets, restaurants, cinemas, event spaces and an ice rink. At the other end, on the Ratchaprasong Intersection is the Erawan Shrine. This is also known as Thao Maha Phrom Shrine, dedicated to Brahma, the Hindu god of creation. A place of worship, it is believed to bring good fortune to those who visit and make offerings. Whether here for the shopping or the Shrine check out our favourite luxury hotels in this area of contrasting culture.
Waldorf Astoria Bangkok
The famed Waldorf Astoria hotels began life in New York in the late 1800s and since then the group has built a reputation for top service and sumptuous elegance at locations around the globe – and the Waldorf Astoria Bangkok is no exception. Architect André Fu designed this hotel with bronze accents and soaring ceilings, reflecting the opulence and grandeur of the original Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City and cleverly blends Thai charm with luxurious comfort throughout the iconic hotel. Rooms are sumptuous and offer park or city views, indulgent relaxation facilities including a spa and an incredible Instaworthy outdoor pool are available for each guest to enjoy while the culinary fare and its glamorous sky bar attract visitors on their own merit. Located in the Siam Ratchadamri area of Bangkok, on the ultra-modern Magnolias Ratchadamri Boulevard, this is a great base for business and leisure travellers alike.
The St Regis
Located on Ratchadamri Road, The St Regis Bangkok, offers easy access to the Skytrain meaning exploring local attractions is quick and easy. And this splendid five-star hotel is the perfect place to retreat after exploring the city. Warm hues and Thai-inspired interiors create a sophisticated sense of style that echoes throughout guest rooms and suites, all of which have 24-hour personalised butler service – something that has been offered for over a hundred years. Dining here is a gastronomic delight, with eight restaurants to choose from including the fine dining experience at the Michelin-starred restaurant, IGNIV, and signature buffets, brunches, handcrafted cocktails and a dedicated menu for younger palates. Guests can be pampered at Clinique La Prairie Longevity Hub, or relax at the hotel’s 15th-floor pool deck. For those who embrace timeless elegance, The St Regis is the place to be.
Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel
Found conveniently centrally in the Ratchaprasong neighbourhood, this is Anantara’s flagship urban resort. All of the rooms — from deluxe to club level — feature Jim Thompson fabrics, while suites bring Kasara Executive Lounge privileges. Book the Presidential Suite for your own private garden entrance, outdoor space, a massage room, a formal sitting room, dining for 12 and powder rooms, as well as many complimentary experiences. The resort includes a spa, a leisure club, cafes, restaurants, a secret garden bar, a patisserie and a terrace. Cooking classes, cruises and many other activities are offered.
Grand Hyatt Erawan Bangkok
This five-star resort is found in the downtown Ratchaprasong area, linked to Chidlom BTS SkyTrain Stations and close to shopping malls. Bedrooms feature Hyatt Grand Beds™, Balmain bath products, a mini-bar and a pillow menu, while those staying in Club rooms and suites benefit from use of the Grand Club Lounge with complimentary breakfasts and cocktails. The hotel’s amenities includes a spa, a fitness centre, an outdoor free-form swimming pool, a 24-hour business centre and babysitting services. Nine restaurants and bars provide everything from private dining experiences, to international buffets, afternoon teas, French patisserie and Thai style hot chocolates.