Our Guide to Bangkok’s Best Hotels for a Staycation

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Published: January 8, 2021

Planning a Bangkok staycation? With so many hotel options in Bangkok and so many deals at the moment, choosing the best hotel for a staycation will open a wide debate. Is it purely about luxury or the experience or is it simply about the best deal?

In this article we look at a range of options and asked some local experts to choose their picks for the best Bangkok Staycation hotels. Of course, we also hope you not just stay in the hotel and may even explore Bangkok a bit more!

Note regarding COVID-19: While we do try to keep our content up to date, please be aware that due to the impact of COVID-19, restrictions may impact our recommendations, and businesses may temporarily or permanently close. Please double check.

Why Take a Bangkok Staycation?

The Trend For Staycations

With travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the concept of a “Staycation” has become the latest trend. However, please do note that changes in restrictions may change this.

While some people define a staycation as a holiday within your own country, we prefer to classify it as a holiday within the city you live.

Practically every single hotel in Bangkok is offering staycation packages at the moment as they fight to target the domestic market. For some hotels it is purely about offering a low price, whereas others it is all about maintaining their price but including A LOT of add-ons (e.g. early check in / late check out, food credits, spa treatments, experiences…..).

Reasons to Take a Staycation in Bangkok

Spending money to sleep in a hotel in the city where you already have a house or condo may seem a waste of money, but there are many reasons why people are staycating.

  • Staycations provide a great opportunity to explore a new part of the city, especially when the city is as big as Bangkok! Now is a perfect time to spend time explore the Chao Phraya River, the historic Rattanakosin area or Chinatown.
  • It is an opportunity to stay in a luxury hotel that you always dreamed of! We are talking the likes of The Siam, The Mandarin Oriental, The Peninsula, or even the New Capella Hotel. While some have great offers others are still very expensive!
  • You can get away for a 1 night stay without spending hours travelling AND you don’t need to spend money on flights.
  • For Thai citizens you can take advantage of the governments “We Travel Together” scheme and get 40% of hotel room subsidised PLUS get spending money!

Where to Stay for a Bangkok Staycation

We asked some local experts for their opinions on the best places to stay if staycating in Bangkok. To get a range of options we split it into 3 price categories

  • Pure Luxury (Don’t consider if you worry about the price)
  • Affordable 5 Star Hotels (Sometimes have had deals for under 6,000THB)
  • Great Value Staycations: Under 2,500THB per night

What follows is our list of the best Bangkok staycation hotels.

All prices mentioned are taken from hotels website at time of writing and are subject to change.

Pure Luxury Bangkok Hotels

The hotels mentioned in this category may come as no surprise as they have all built a reputation as the leading hotels in Bangkok (if not the world)! However, with several new ultra luxury hotels recently opened, there is more options than ever before.

The Siam

Pool Villa Courtyard at The Siam Hotel in Bangkok. The perfect staycation
Photo Credit: The Siam Hotel

When it comes to luxury boutique hotels, The Siam is the place in Bangkok. While it is a little out of the centre, it is nicely located next to the river and you actually feel you have escaped Bangkok! Designed by the famous hotel designer Bill Bensley, it is a hotel like no other. Combining pure elegance and Thai heritage, yet it feels relaxed and friendly.

All rooms are either suites or villas. Pool villas are incredible but even the basic suites are something special. Plus you get butler service for each room!

Rates from THB 8,900++ per night – Visit their website for all their current staycation offers & promotions

You can also read our review of The Siam hotel and why we think it is one of the best hotels in Bangkok.

Recommended by Jenny (Little Wandering Wren) + Lenny (Expat Holidays Thailand) + Simon (Expique)

Anantara Siam Bangkok

Photo of the lobby at Anantara Siam Bangkok
Photo Credit: Anantara Siam

This hotel built its reputation in its previous life as The Four Seasons hotel, but when it re-branded as an Anantara hotel a few years ago it maintained its reputation. The hotel has maintained its high level of excellence but gained a new sense of friendliness. Unlike the other hotels in this category it is based very close to Siam making it a perfect hotel for anyone wanting to combine shopping into their stay.

Plus, one should not forget the excellent range of food outlets and legendary brunches. One could even call it a “gourmet” hotel due to its string focus on food and pop up culinary events.

Rates from THB 4,381++ per night – Visit their website for all their current offers and promotions

Recommended by Andrea

The Mandarin Oriental

The iconic photo of the original building of The Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok
Photo credit: Mandarin Oriental Bangkok

Known by some as “The Grand Dame”, Bangkok’s most famous hotel and also the first luxury hotel (opened in 1876), can’t be omitted from this list. Not only is it a historic hotel, The Mandarin Oriental has built its reputation based on service excellence and attention to details. Whilst the price makes it out of reach for many, if you have been dreaming of staying here, then now is the chance.

While prices are still 15K+ THB per night, many of their deals include significant food credits. However, with an amazing range of food and beverage outlets to choose from, having credits is not a bad thing. These include the 2 Michelin Star “Le Normandie”, and the legendary “Bamboo Bar” which was just nominated as the only bar in Thailand in the World’s Top 50!

Visit their website for all their current promotions

If you can’t justify this, you could just settle for afternoon tea!

Recommended by Soonie (Blackrice Travel)

The Peninsula

Photo of The Peninsular Bangkok at night
Photo credit: Peninsula Bangkok

The Peninsula recently opened again post COVID on November 1. Recently named the #1 hotel in Bangkok by Conde Nast magazine. The Peninsula offers world-class service with great views overlooking the river. Although the hotel has a deserved reputation, the real reason it makes this list is because it has some really amazing deals at the moment to celebrate reopening.

They currently have a truly amazing deal! Rates from 3900 net per night (based on deals being offered in December). This is one of the best deals we have seen and includes early checking / late checkout (1 night = 36 hours at the hotel), full breakfast, and 500THB of resort credit. If a Thai national is booking they can use Rao Tiew Duay Gan scheme and it will only costs 2,300THB!!!!!!!

Visit their website for all their latest offers and staycation packages

Recommended by Lenny (Expat Holidays Thailand)

Affordable 5 Star Hotels in Bangkok

Within this category it honestly is a really tough choice as there are so many great hotels who are all offering a great selection of deals at the moment!

The Shangri La Bangkok

Photo credit: Shangri La Bangkok

The Shangri La hotel Bangkok combines high quality with an amazing location. Located on the river and next to Saphan Taksin BTS station, this really is the best place to stay if you want access to explore the whole of Bangkok.

That’s said, simple exploring the surrounding areas of Bangrak (with great local food options), The Creative District and Talad Noi make this a great staycation location. It is one of the biggest hotels in Bangkok, but with size comes great facilities.

The hotel has also been known to have some great deals recently.

Rates from THB 3,900++ per night – Visit their website for all their current deals and promotions

Recommended by Simon (Founder of Expique)


Photo credit: Lebua Bangkok

The Lebua at the iconic State Tower, is a great pick due to the beautiful river view balcony, sky bar and the complimentary cocktail and canapés happy hour and great location to explore older parts of Bangkok.

Rates from THB 2,973++ per night – Visit their website for all their current deals and promotions

Recommended by Lenny (Expat Holidays Thailand)

Kimpton Maalai

A newcomer which is located within the Sindhorn Compound, conveniently located near to Lumpini Park. Providing spacious room with warm and homey feel. In the centre of Bangkok but with great manicured landscaped garden, and wide selections of food outlets both at the hotel and in the neighbourhood (just 1 minute walk to Velaa Sindhorn Village).

They have a wide selection of suites if you want to splash out, but we personally think their Grand Premium Room is good enough (unless there are a lot of you!)

Rates from THB 5,500++ per night. – Visit their website for all their current staycation offers and promotions

Recommended by Soonie (Blackrice Travel)

W Bangkok

One of Bangkok’s trendiest large hotels, and is a great option for a staycation. We love the location as super convenient for exploring the whole of Bangkok, but we are a bit biased as it is in our neighbourhood. With one of the best breakfasts in town that is a reason in itself.

However, at the moment there have some truly great offers and if you get lucky it is a real bargin! If you want to spend more you can get a (party) huge suit!

Rates from THB 2,500++ per night – Visit their website for all their current staycation offers and promotions

Recommended by Simon (Expique)

Anantara Riverside (When it is not an ASQ hotel)

Under normal circumstances the Anantara Riverside would be the first to mind as it is one of the true resort like hotels in Bangkok. At the moment however it is solely being used as an Alternative State Quarantine (ASQ) hotel. Keep it in mind for 2021.

Great Value Staycations in Bangkok

This category has such a wide range of options and even many 4 star hotels now fall into it! If you are really on a budget you can also check in at one of Bangkok’s many hostels! Reality is most small businesses need your support.

Prince Theatre Heritage Stay

Princes Theatre Heritage Stay in Bangrak
Photo credit: Princes Theatre

Great experience at a great price! Located in an old cinema in Bangrak, this hotel incorporates heritage and culture. For us the best thing about the hotel is the food! They simple promote the many amazing old school food vendors situated around the hotel. Either eat the food at the hotel or explore on your own. Or you could even combine your stay with our breakfast tour which starts nearby!

Rates from THB 1,200 per night (inclusive)- Visit their website

Recommended by Jenny (Little Wandering Wren)

Sindhorn Midtown

Rooftop pool at Sindhorn Midtown
Photo Credit: Sindhorn Midtown

This is a great choice for those who want good value for money combined with an urban escape. Perfect if you don’t plan to spend much time in the hotel, but they do also have a great rooftop pool!

Located in the heart of the city and close to many shopping malls and the Langsuan vibe with after dark hangouts. If you have kids there is also a Harborland play centre next door!

The also have a great in-house Thai restaurant in Tr.Eat (sister restaurant of Sanae Chan, Michelin Star award Winner – yet more affordable) and its relaxing pool.

Their staycation deals have been known to start at under 2,000THB per night. If you are a family then their 2 bedroom suites are really great value.

Visit their website for their latest promotions

Recommended by Soonie (Blackrice Travel)

Asai Bangkok Chinatown

This is another new kid in town and the first hotel in the new “Asai” brand by Dusit. The hotel describes itself as a “Lifestyle hotel connecting curious travellers through local experiences”. It is close to the heart of Chinatown and uses this point to promote with concepts of “Unique Gastronomy |Diverging Cultures | Historic Treasures”. With great deals available it is worth a try.

Rates from THB 1,175 per night (inclusive) Visit their website

Recommended by Jenny (Little Wandering Wren)

River Arun

View of Wat Arun from Riva Arun Hotel
Photo Credit: Riva Arun

With rooms starting at under 2,000THB this is a great riverside hotel to stay if you want to spend your staycation exploring Bangkok Old Town. Of all the hotels with a view of Wat Arun, this is probably the best value for money.

Rates from THB 1,530++ per night – Visit their website for all their current staycation offers and promotions

Recommended by Simon (Founder of Expique)

Bonus Staycations: The Newest and Most Luxurious

There are 2 new ultra luxury hotels in town and they are next door to each other. Both are getting much attention!

Capella Bangkok

View from the river of the Luxury Capella Bangkok Hotel
Photo Credit: Capella Bangkok

Opened in October and whilst ultra luxury it has an unpretentious resort feel to it. The hotel is also making an impact on the Bangkok foodie scene with the opening “Côte” by Mauro Colagreco (a three-Michelin star chef).

With 8am check-in and 8pm check-out you can get a full 36 hours there by booking just 1 night!

Rates from THB 18,500++ per night (but includes 8,800THB hotel credits) – Visit Capella’s website for all their latest offers and staycation packages

Four Seasons Bangkok

Next door to Capella is the new Four Seasons, which opened in December 2020. With several new restaurants and bars it is a destination to check out and we will update more once we have.

Our Maybe Just Do a Daycation!

Another word which started trending Post-COVID lockdown was “Daycation“. As hotels looked at how to attract the local residents many have launched day passes where you can use the facilities for the day. Many of the above hotels offer some form of Daycation package and in the more expensive hotels they will sometimes give Food & Beverage credits to the value you pay for one of their Daycations!

But please do not forget

Don’t just stay in the hotel – Explore Beyond The Hotel!

About Our Experts

Jenny from Little Wandering Wren

Jenny is a Bangkok based travel writer who loves wandering around Thailand. While Jenny enjoys luxury she is never afraid to experience all budgets in the travel spectrum. This year Jenny has done over 50 Staycations and is becoming an expert when it comes to Thailand Staycations. You can read about her own recommendations for The Best Staycations in Bangkok.

Lenny from Expat Holidays Thailand

Lenny is a Bangkok based travel agent who over the past 5+ years has been focused on delivering amazing experience to Expats in Thailand and the. region. You can check out his own list of amazing Staycation Deals in Bangkok

Soonie from Blackrice Travel

Soonie has worked as Product Manager for many of Thailand’s largest inbound tour operators and now runs her own boutique tour agency focusing on providing exclusive travel and experiential journeys throughout Southeast Asia.

Andrea from Mid Life Adventuring

Andrea is an American expat in Bangkok, who is currently living life to the fullest with endless weekend trips around Thailand and in Bangkok.

Have You Experienced a Great Staycation in Bangkok?

If you have any great suggestions please do let us know and we may add it here.

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