Spread over 2.5 hectares, The Sukhothai is an oasis of calm – complete with gardens, ponds and courtyards – in the middle of one of Asia’s busiest cities. There are two wings – the old low-rise section with refined styling (think polished teak floorboards) and the new high-rise wing featuring state-of-the-art interiors and a club lounge with an all-day roster of complimentary food and drinks. While entry-level rooms promise all the modern comforts, check into one of the Club Wing suites with separate living and dining areas, deep baths and Bottega Veneta amenities for an all-out luxury experience. And don’t forget to drop in at award-winning onsite restaurants Celadon (for sensational Thai) and La Scala (for progressive Italian).
The hotel is a good one-hour drive from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport, about 10 minutes walk to Lumphini MRT Station and a short taxi ride to the heart of the buzzing Silom precinct.
The accommodation at The Sukhothai is a study in contrast. Rooms in the Main Wing capture timeless elegance, with teak-clad walls, courtyard views and a distinct old-world vibe; while in the Club Wing rooms are more modern, with gleaming bathrooms and sweeping city views. Our pick is the Club Wing, which gives guests access to the Club Lounge, with food and beverage offerings (including à la carte breakfast, afternoon tea and evening cocktails).
Food and drink
The hotel boasts a dazzling array of food and drink establishments – from award-winning Celadon restaurant for robustly spiced Thai to La Scala where guests can enjoy progressive Italian in a glamorous dining room. The high-ceilinged Colonnade restaurant is the spot for Sunday Brunch, the Zuk Bar is where you would head for pre-dinner cocktails and post-dinner aperitifs, while Thimian is the on-site bakery for fluffy pastries and delectable cakes. And if you have a sweet tooth, make a beeline for the Lobby Salon, which is renowned for its Chocolate Buffet on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
For business travellers
The Sukhothai boasts a full suite of facilities for the corporate crowd – from facilitating intimate meetings to hosting grand events accommodating up to 400 guests. The grand Ballroom is a great spot for lectures and launches, but the hotel’s biggest drawcard is the Garden Villa – 7000 square metres of lush gardens that make this in-the-heart-of-the-city location seem like a distant out-of-this-world oasis.
For wellness travellers
There’s a 25-metre outdoor swimming pool and a spacious gym equipped with both cardio and muscle-building equipment, plus a spa with trickling fountains and an exhaustive menu of body rituals.
The fab factor
The tree in the middle of one of the hotel’s courtyards. It’s a wonderfully serene setting, seems straight out of a postcard and makes you forget where you actually are – in the middle of Bangkok.
Best for: Luxury traveller
Number of rooms: 210
From: $248 a night
Wi-fi: Fast and free
Parking: Available on site
Address: 13/3 South Sathorn Road, Bangkok
Telephone: +66 2344 8888