Our Guide to Bangkok’s Best Hotels for a Staycation

Written by: Simon Philipp | Published: February 5, 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?


With travel restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the concept of a “Staycation” has become the latest trend. 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.

We asked some local experts to choose their picks for the best Bangkok Staycation hotels under a range of categories.

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.


The Best Hotels for a Bangkok Staycation are….

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.

Deal of The Month: Staycation @ The Peninsula Bangkok

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

Recently named the #1 hotel in Bangkok by Conde Nast magazine, The Peninsula Bangkok offers world-class service with great views overlooking the river. Although the hotel has a deserved reputation, the really amazing deals they are offering at the moment, makes it a hotel not to miss. We ourselves checked it out and was overwhelmed by the service and the attention to detail.

They currently have a range of truly amazing deal! Rates start from 3900 net per night for weekend stays (INCLUDING TAX!) . 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!!!!!!!

They also have weekday deals where you get a lot more included (e.g. dinner or massage….). Prices 3,999THB for Superior Room or 5,999THB for a beautiful Deluxe Suite.

–> Visit their website for all their latest offers and staycation packages

Recommended by Lenny (Expat Holidays Thailand), Simon (Expique)

Also see below for Asai Bangkok Chinatown for another option with incredible deal


Unique Boutique Hotels

For a staycation you might as well stay somewhere different. In this section you will find some of the most unique small hotels in Bangkok, which are sure to be an experience.

The following have all been recommended by our own customers and inspected by us.

Chakrabongse Villas

Old Thai houses at Chakrabongse Villas
Photo credit: Chakrabongse Villas 

Set on the bank of the Chao Phraya River in the heart of Old Bangkok, Chakrabongse Villas was built as a retreat from palace life by Prince Chakrabongse in 1908. His granddaughter still lives in the main house but the grounds and surrounding buildings have become an incredible and intimate boutique hotel.

For the most unique experience we would recommend the River View Suite.

Currently they have many deals, with or without meals. Visit their Facebook Page for all their current promotions

Praya Palazzo

Outside at Praya Palazzon
Photo credit: Praya Palazzo

Praya Palazzo is another small boutique hotel by the river with a Royal heritage. In fact, this hotel is only accessible by boat from Phra Atthit Pier. The hotel also has a great Thai restaurant with a real authentic Thai Royal Cuisine menu.

Prices from 2,200THB per night. Although we would recommend the Chao Phraya Suite, which will not cost you too much more if you can take advantage of “We Travel Together” program. Visit their website for all their current promotions

Bangkok Publishing Residence

Photo credit: Bangkok Publishing Residence

The former printing house of “Bangkok Weekly” has been lovingly restored into an exclusive bed & breakfast. This boutique heritage hotel even contains its own museum. They call it a “residence” as their focus is on privacy. They have a lovely rooftop with jacuzzi, which to maintain their exclusivity and privacy they reserve for one booking at a time.

Whilst officially their rates start at approx THB 7,000 net, promotions are not all published so we suggest to contact them direct for all their current promotions.

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. The 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, but includes 3000THB of dining credit – 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 (even with promotions) makes it out of reach for most, if you have been dreaming of staying here, then now is the time.

Starting at THB11,999 ++ for Deluxe Premier Room. However, they are currently promoting heavily for their current “Return to the Legend – All inclusive offers” campaign, where they are offering suites starting at THB19,999++ but includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

With an amazing range of food and beverage outlets to choose from, having credits or meals included 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)

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)

Lebua

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 2,657++ 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 5,000++ 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 “pop-uo” offers and if you get lucky it is a real bargin! If you want to spend more you can get a (party) huge 215sqm Extreme Wow suite!

Published rates from THB 2,5800++ per night or 3999++ for suites – Visit their website for all their current staycation offers and promotions

Recommended by Simon (Expique)


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.

Asai Bangkok Chinatown – BEST CURRENT DEAL

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 850THB per night (Including Tax). 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 about THB 1,500 per night (including tax). If you are a family then their 2 bedroom suites are really great value and they have a package that includes Harborland.

Visit their website for their latest promotions

Recommended by Soonie (Blackrice Travel)

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.

Note: This hotel is now mainly being used as long term residence for people who work nearby.

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

Recommended by Jenny (Little Wandering Wren)


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 17,500++ per night (but includes 8,800THB hotel credits and a bottle of champagne) – 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 checked it out!

Rates from THB 8,000++ per night (but includes 8,800THB hotel credits and a bottle of champagne) – Visit Four Season’s website for all their latest offers and staycation packages


Why Take a Bangkok Staycation?

There Are Some Great Deals!

Practically every single hotel in Bangkok is offering staycation packages at the moment. 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…..).

Some hotels have many different and constantly changing packages as they aim to meet the interest of many groups of people. It is best to check direct with the hotel for the latest deals.

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!

Discover and Dream in Your City

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.


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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