Bangkok luxury hotel suites fit for a rock star
For libidinous rock stars, multi-millionaire moguls or heads of state used to the finest things in life, regular rooms in Bangkok's luxury hotels just don't cut it.
When in the Thai capital, rock icons, global leaders and the just plain filthy rich stay in these notoriously fancy suites.
St. Regis Royal Suite
Though nobody will publicly admit it, there's credible evidence that both Lady Gaga and Ryan Gosling stayed in the St. Regis Bangkok's Royal Suite when they visited this year.
The 250-square meter suite overlooks Bangkok's Royal Bangkok Sports Club and is equipped with amenities like a guest powder room, wine cooler, reading area, 50-inch TV with home theater system, 300 thread-count linens, a dining area for six and a pantry.
Rack rate: 200,000 baht (US$7,466) per night.
159 Rajadamri Road; +66 (0)2 207 7777; www.starwoodhotels.com
The Oriental Suite
Who wouldn't want to shower in a bathroom once used by Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, John Cusack and Owen Wilson? (Not all at the same time, of course.)
Located on the top floor of the Mandarin Oriental Bangkok's River Wing, the Oriental Suite has two bedrooms, a sitting room, dining room, pantry and mini-library.
Though recently renovated, the historic interiors are intact, including antiques, Thai artwork and timber walls.
Rack rate: 150,000 baht per night
48 Oriental Ave.; +66 (0) 2 659 9000; www.mandarinoriental.com
Four Seasons Explorer Suite by Jim Thompson
One of the newer suites on this list, the Four Seasons Bangkok's Explorer Suite by Jim Thompson used to be the general manager's penthouse.
Can't imagine what he/she did to get the boot from this magnificent space.
Named in honor of the American silk legend's creativity and commitment to Thai industries and arts, this suite is full of traditional Thai antiques and has paneled walls, teak floors, fine textiles and Ed Tuttle-designed furniture.
There are two bedrooms, one with a king-size bed and one with two double beds, two-and-a-half bathrooms and a large living/dining room and a study overlooking the golf course of the Royal Bangkok Sports Club.
Rack rate: 70,000 baht/night
455 Rajadamri Road; +66 (0) 2 253 9195; www.fourseasons.com
The Sukhothai Suite
On the ninth floor of Bangkok's Sukhothai Hotel, with views of the Sathorn Road financial district, the Sukhothai Suite is more than 198 square meters big.
There's even a lounge area with a grand piano, private dining room, fully equipped kitchen, study, bedroom with dressing room and grand bathroom more.
Extra touches the privileged take for granted include a remote control Bang & Olufsen flat-screen TV.
Rack rate: 82,000 baht per night
3/3 South Sathorn Road; +66 (0)2 344 8888; www.sukhothai.com
Shangri-La Presidential Suite
The Shangri-La Hotel’s 235 sqm Presidential Suite is actually a suite within a suite, with a master guest room area featuring its own private living room, master-sized guest bedroom, oversized walk-in closet and double bathroom. That's for guests of guests.
Don’t want to kick out your party, but want to hit the sack? Retire to your spacious master bedroom suite within the Siam Suite and let them keep on till the break of dawn.
Rack rate: 110,000 baht per night
89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, New Road; +66 (0)2 236 7777; www.shangri-la.com
The Peninsula Suite
Across the Chao Phraya River from the Oriental and Shangri-La stands the The Peninsula. Its massive Peninsula Suite covers the entire 34th floor, a space of 364 square meters.
It has a master bedroom, guest bedroom, formal living and dining rooms, private living and dining rooms, study, private gym, butler and pantry. There's even a private helicopter landing pad on the roof for those who want to fly in on their chopper.
Other stellar features of this Bangkok luxury hotel suite include a master marble bathroom with a whirlpool tub, custom-designed armoire with a sound system and an entertainment center with a 41-inch TV -- perfect for a rock star to throw down the stairwell in a drunken rage.
Rack rate: 120,000 baht per night
333 Charoennakorn Road, Klongsan; +66 (0)2 861 2888; www.peninsula.com