Rip-roaring Thanon Sukhumvit, Bangkok’s great boulevard of dreams and schemes is the city’s longest thoroughfare. In fact, Sukhumvit Road stretches 490 km from the Thai capital to the Cambodian border, making it one of the longest roads in the world. Its first few hyperactive miles, where most visitors stay, are a glorious overload of humanity, traffic, shops, flaming woks and optional insomnia.
In a city that has no clearly defined centre, the stretch of Sukhumvit between the BTS SkyTrain stations at Chidlom (aka Chit Lom) and Thong Lor (Thong Lo) is a highly convenient base for both business and leisure visitors. You’ll find plenty of quality beds here, including many major international brands, but don’t overlook some excellent lesser-known boutique options. Here are our top picks of the best Sukhumvit hotels.
1- Hyatt Regency Sukhumvit
One of the very newest kids on a busy block, the Hyatt Regency Bangkok Sukhumvit has direct access to Nana BTS station and sits amid night markets, bars and tailors.
With a large Regency Club Lounge, the omniscient 29th-floor Spectrum Bar, a large outdoor pool and excellent feasting in the Market Cafe, this 273-room hotel has thrown down the five-star gauntlet.
Each guestroom is semi-open plan with walk-in closet and a spacious work area, 55-inch UHD TV, as well as a bathroom with shower and separate bathtub.
Individual suite categories include King Deluxe and the one-bedroom Regency Suite with Regency Club Lounge access.
The StayFit gym is open 24 hours and overlooks the city.
Hyatt Regency Sukhumvit is at 1 Sukhumvit Soi 13, Nana, Bangkok.
2- Rembrandt Sukhumvit
This independent, mid-city retreat is a four/five-star delight.
Calm and cool (without being hip and sniffy), it is conveniently located about two hundred meters down a quiet side street, Sukhumvit Soi 18 and just a short walk from Asoke BTS and Sukhumvit MRT metro stations.
Its 223 rooms and suites come in six configurations from Premier Rooms through two-bedroom Grand Suites and upwards to a penthouse.
The Rembrandt also specialises in long-stay occupancy.
There’s a good rooftop pool and in general, the higher you go the better things get, especially in the smart Executive Club floors with Lounge access.
Dining happens in the Red Pepper Thai and Da Vinci Italiano restaurant, and most notably at the top-floor Rang Mahal which offers some of the finest Indian dining in Bangkok.
Rembrandt Sukhumvit is at Soi 18, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok.
3- Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit
The Bangkok Marriott Sukhumvit near Thong Lor BTS station is not to be confused with the long-established JW Marriott hotel, also on Sukhumvit, at Nana.
Your five-star stay at this new property puts you in one of the city’s most chic and energetic districts.
The city’s prime shopping, dining and entertainment are either at hand or just a short SkyTrain ride away.
When you’ve shopped and bopped to exhaustion your respite at the Marriott Sukhumvit is in a well-appointed room or suite with marble bathroom and a view, plus-plus.
The 10 accommodation categories range from Deluxe and Premier Deluxe rooms to luxury one-bedroom suites and a spectacular presidential suite that’s large enough to get lost in.
The superior categories enjoy access to the Executive Lounge.
Take a dip in the aptly named Azure Pool and at dusk hit the Octave Rooftop Lounge & Bar for cocktails and a panoramic view of the city skyline.
Follow up with dinner at the award-winning steakhouse, The District Grill Room.
Bangkok Marriott Hotel Sukhumvit is at 2 Sukhumvit Soi 57, Klongtan Nua, Bangkok.
4- Cape House Hotel
This discrete retreat is part of the Cape & Kantary family of tropical Thai resorts, with Cape House as the collection’s city pied-à-terre, so to speak.
It is conveniently located just five minutes’ walk down Soi Langsuan from the Chidlom BTS station on Sukhumvit Road.
The suite options range from studios to one- and two-bedroom accommodation, with floor spaces from 42 to 87 sq metres.
Standard features in all include a living/dining area with dining table, well-equipped kitchenette, washing machine, bathroom tub and much more, making Cape House an excellent choice for longer-stay business and leisure guests.
There’s a compact outdoor pool, plus sauna and fitness centre, and the Executive Lounge is a perfect retreat for afternoon tea or cocktails.
Meanwhile, Cape House also hosts one of Bangkok’s best Italian restaurants, the No.43 Italian Bistro.
Importantly, in line with Cape & Kantary’s support of the prevention of cruelty to animals, shark fin, bird’s nest or foie gras is not served in any outlet.
Cape House Hotel is at 43 Soi Langsuan, Ploenchit Road, Lumpini, Bangkok.
5- Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit
With a super-convenient sky bridge that connects the hotel to the Asok SkyTrain and MRT Sukhumvit stations as well as to the huge Terminal 21 shopping mall, the Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit is an excellent base for either going everywhere or hardly leaving the neighbourhood.
With five-star luxury that aims to blend the two ephemeral notions of “Frenchness” and “Thainess”, there are plenty of touches of multinational art and culture to relish here by simply staying indoors.
The names of the hotel’s multiple food and beverage outlets tell their own story — Club Millésime, Belga Rooftop Bar & Brasserie, Voilà! Restaurant, Le Macaron Parisian café, Liquide Pool Bar, Le Bar de L’Hôtel and Wine Boutique.
You’ll never go hungry or thirsty here, and you’re not in Kansas.
Needless to say, there is also le spa, le pool and le fitness centre, plus svelte rooms and suites.
Sofitel Bangkok Sukhumvit is at 189 Sukhumvit Road Soi 13-15, Klongtoey Nua, Bangkok.
6- Cabochon Hotel
The white-suited Cabochon tucks itself discretely away on Sukhumvit Soi 45, oblivious to the restless boulevard at the end of the lane. Located in the Walpole Building and designed by Taiwan’s Eugene Yeh, the Cabochon has four large suites (some with balcony) and four studios, all of which — along with its restaurant, library and bar — tip their panamas and fascinators towards wicked, between-wars Shanghai.
The décor is an exercise in postcolonial sampling, sans nostalgic kitsch — wickerwork, teak flooring, retro light-switches and antique bedsteads.
Just add (as they have) free WiFi, cablevision, aircon and phones.
Downstairs, you dine in the Thai Lao Yeh restaurant where the food philosophy is “authentic local”, as are the bentwood chairs, tiffin holders and abacuses.
After which, browse a book and a nightcap in the intimate Joy Luck Club’s library-lounge-bar.
‘Arrive as a guest, leave as a friend’ is the Cabochon aspiration and is well achieved.
Note: the hotel is temporarily closed during the Covid-19 virus period.
Cabochon Hotel is at 14/29 Sukhumvit Soi 45, Klongton Nua, Bangkok.
When the original Ariyasom villa was built in 1941 it stood on the outskirts of Bangkok.
Today it is near the heart of thriving downtown Sukhumvit.
However, sheltered at the end a long, quiet soi, it seems miles distant from the city’s hubbub.
Shade trees and tropical gardens, and the adjacent Saen Saeb canal add to the impression.
AriyasomVilla opened its doors in 2008 when a new wing of 24 luxury guestrooms was added to the original villa, along with a swimming pool and spa.
Its four categories of accommodation include rooms and studios in both deluxe and executive configurations.
Ariyasom’s restaurant, Na Aroon, which specialises in vegetarian and seafood cuisine, is in the original family mansion.
Enter it and you step back into pre-War Bangkok and a time of polished timber floors and high ceilings with slow fans and equally leisurely afternoon teas.
This small, luxury boutique hotel is conveniently located near to Bumrungrad Hospital.
AriyasomVilla is at 65 Sukhumvit Soi 1, Klongtoey Nua, Bangkok.