A quick guide to the coolest design hotels in Bangkok. These are the go-to hotels for Bangkok’s cool crowds with regular events, maybe a pool party or two, and of course regular listings of international DJs and clientele of models and local celebrities. This list fits all budgets and covers varying tourist areas of Bangkok. As expected hotel prices will reflect the sophistication of nightlife and clientele. Here are our top 5 coolest design hotels in Bangkok, where the hotel is the party. (Check here for our top ten design and boutique hotels in Bangkok).
Sofitel So is one of Bangkok’s newest and trendiest, themed design hotels inspired by the Five Elements of Water, Earth, Wood, Metal and Fire. Primarily geared towards the young and trendy of the city Sofitel So has quickly become the new happening hangout for Bangkok’s ‘Hi-So’ and middle class cool crowds. The stylish Park Society rooftop bar, and monthly So Kool Pool Party at the Water Club Pool Bar, are just some of the stand-out events which make this trend setting hotel one of the coolest design hotels in Bangkok. With a high-rise, urban location Sofitel So sits opposite, overlooking Lumpini Park and a short walk finds the convenient Subway and Skytrain lines (MRT: Lumpini, BTS: Sala Daeng).
The ‘W’ Hotel remains relatively low-key in Bangkok, however the brand itself is iconic worldwide, lauded for modern luxury decors and its loyal following of young and whimsical clientele. W Hotel Bangkok is the newest addition to this brand, a haven of Asian chic in the the city’s urban centre of Sathorn. A design hotel set to welcome the ‘ambassadors, jet setters and fashionistas’ of the city. W Hotel is a somewhat psychedelic experience; indulge in world-class restaurants or mix and mingle in the vibrant Living Room. The creative, infused cocktails of onsite Woobar are alone worth the visit. The W Hotel is our newest addition to this list of coolest design hotels in Bangkok and is found in Sathorn’s commercial district, a short taxi from the Chong Nonsi skytrain.
For the hip traveller. Out of our boutique picks Muse Hotel Langsuan wins hands down for interior design and décor. This elegant urban-residential accommodation gives a devotion to ‘turn-of-the-century grandeur. The on-site food and drink venues are equally as distinctive with the Speakeasy Rooftop Bar, set in 1920’s US prohibition attire, quickly becoming one of Bangkok’s hip hot-spots to be. Hotel Muse is found in the central Langsuan area if Bangkok, a short walk from Chit Lom skytrain station (BTS) and a quick stop from Central Siam shopping district. Two stops in the opposite direction will also find Sukhumvit’s top nightlife and entertainment areas.
Experience a whole new vibe with loft-inspired designed, tech-savvy rooms and a great social scene. This surreal and hypnotic experience brings a playful blend of new design to local culture. Set in the heart of Bangkok’s likely Sukhumvit 11 street Aloft is just steps away from some of the city’s trendiest nightlife and coolest bars, yet for much of it you don’t even need to leave the building. Aloft plays host to many of these hip and happening hot spots including the W XYZ cocktail bar and Levels Nightclub. On the surroundings street is not only nightlife but many of the area’s top restaurants and boutique spas, and a short walk finds Nana Skytrain (BTS) for those inclined to venture further. For a more affordable option on Suhumvit 11 check out the the nearby Le Fenix with the onsite Nest rooftop bar.
A smaller boutique outfit centred round an ultra-chic pool lounge experience. The Ocean brings beach life to the heart of urban Bangkok with primary focus on its poolside entertainment with lounging cabanas, exciting cocktails and regular pool parties. Expect weekly events, international DJs, bikinis and cocktails, it is no doubt for the young, or young at heart. In surrounding streets of Sukhumvit are lines of neon lights and infamous massage parlours but to escape the it all it will only take a quick walk to the nearby Phrom Pong skytrain station. As Ocean is a smaller hotel, the nightlife maybe hard to escape. For a quieter, more relaxed night I suggest staying nearby at the minimal haven of S33 Hotel.