Bangkok is a huge city both in population and in physical size, to the surprise of many first-time visitors. There are over 1,000 hotels in the city, which are spread through over a dozen different districts. If you are planning a short visit to Bangkok as part of a trip to Phuket or elsewhere in Asia, the Sukhumvit area is ideal in many cases.
The main tourist attractions are close to the river, but there aren’t many international-quality hotels in that area so most Western guests prefer this neighborhood because it’s very modern and tourist friendly. This is also where most of the Western expats live, at least those who work for foreign companies in Bangkok, so it’s a nice mix of tourists and new locals who speak English.
The western part of the Sukhumvit district is especially convenient because it’s close to the main shopping malls in the Siam Square area just up the road, as well as the nightlife districts. If this is your first Bangkok visit you’ll be happy to know that the adult-oriented nightlife is within walking distance to this area, but it’s also somewhat shielded from sight, so you can join the fun or not even know it’s there.
Best 5-star hotels in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit district
Sheraton Grande Sukhumvit – 5 stars
With 420 guest rooms, this luxury chain hotel is very popular for its convenient location as well as its reasonable rates. The hotel itself faces the heart of Sukhumvit and is a short walk to either the Skytrain or the subway, so you can cover much of Bangkok in a short time without having to worry about the notorious traffic in this area.
The hotel is also a short walk to the infamous Soi Cowboy nightlife district, but even closer to many other restaurant and entertainment options.
- High season from US$194 per night
- Low season from US$194 per night
JW Marriott Hotel Bangkok – 5 stars
This 441-room luxury hotel is located near the western edge of the Sukhumvit district, within walking distance of two different Skytrain stations. There’s a swimming pool, a fitness center, and all the luxury amenities you’d expect from a prestiguous member of the upscale JW Marriott chain.
For those who want to do some sightseeing during the day and have access to the best modern entertainment options at night, this is a perfect location and hotel.
- High season from US$185 per night
- Low season from US$179 per night
Maduzi Hotel – 5 stars
This 5-star boutique hotel is ideal for those who don’t need all the business services and extra amenities of a business hotel, and who prefer something small and stylish.
The location just a short walk down Sukhumvit Soi 16 puts it a close walk to the Skytrain and subway, as well as to a great number of tourist-oriented restaurants and bars. The room rates here are also very appealing compared to the chain hotels.
- High season from US$142 per night
- Low season from US$142 per night