7 Of Bangkok’s Most Shopper-Friendly Hotels

Anyone who’s jetsetted around the South-East Asian circuit will tell you that Bangkok is the place to go if you’re looking for great bargain shopping. From Pratunam and Pantip Plaza to Terminal 21 and Siam Square, the city is well-loved by tourists for both its glamorous malls and bustling local markets. But as every shopaholic knows, the difference between finding decent buys and striking fabulous bargains is rooted in one factor – Location! Location! Location!
And to help you along, Executive Traveller tells you which hotels in Bangkok offer the best routes to card-swiping, bag-toting euphoria.

Baiyoke Sky Hotel

Located smack in the middle of one of the city’s busiest shopping districts, The Baiyoke Sky Hotel, at 88-storeys, is the tallest in Bangkok. The large number of megamalls in the vicinity (including Platinum Fashion Mall, Amarin, Gaysorn Plaza, Siam Discovery and Siam Square) make this hotel a haven for shoppers who love big brands. The hotel offers rooms in a number of categories, and amenities include a pool, a fitness centre, a business hub and 24-hour service. And if you need to get to the airport in a rush, the nearby Airport Rail Link is the fastest and most direct route.


Grande Centre Point

With spacious rooms, furnished along understated, contemporary lines, the Grand Centre Point Hotel offers 24-hour service, Wi-Fi access, a business center with conference room and a number of fitness options including a gym, tennis court and a swimming pool. They even have a golf putting green that should help you score more than a few birdies on the course.  But the reason Grande Centre Point finds itself on this list is almost solely because of Terminal 21, a shopping mall attached to the hotel (some say it’s the other way around). Terminal 21, offers the shopper 55, 000 square metres of unadulterated retail therapy spread over nine levels. Each floor is themed to reflect the aesthetic sensibilities of an international urban space – Rome, Paris, Los Angeles, Istanbul and even old-world Kingston.


Centara Grand

The attached Central World Plaza lifestyle mall and a host of other snazzy features (including two tennis courts and nine restaurants and bars), make Centara Grand one of the most well integrated hotel/retail/entertainment structures in the world. Located in the beating heart of Bangkok at Phaholyothin Road, this hotel also boasts of 505 suites and rooms, a sparkling view of the Bangkok skyline and the ultra luxurious World Executive Club.


Kempinski Residences

Connected to one of Thailand’s largest lifestyle and shopping complexes, the 98-suite Kempinski Residences offer a welcome break from the ravages of city life. A garden courtyard delivers a much need shot of tranquility to the busy shopper’s day, while the adjacent Siam Paragon mall is best tackled with a comfortable pair of shoes and a friend to help carry everything you buy.

Once you’re done with your spree, relax at your hotel apartment balcony with a view of the garden or catch your favourite shows on the 42-inch flat-screen TV, complete with home theatre system.


Emporium Suites

Serviced apartments meet all the luxury of one of Thailand’s best urban hotels at the Emporium Suites, centrally located on Sukhumvit Road. Serving as the perfect base for those who love comfort as much as shopping, the Suites connect guests directly with Phrom Phong Skytrain station and maintain impeccable service standards. Feel like shopping in chauffeured style? Hire a stretch from the hotel’s 24-hour limousine service, and entertain your mates with a drink or two as the colorful streets of Bangkok whiz past you.
Arnoma Hotel

Just a stone’s throw away from many of the city’s most high-profile shopping centers and malls, the Arnoma Hotel is a pretty large hotel with just under 370 rooms. But as large as this establishment may be, it’s also the most economically priced destination on this list and offers Chinese, European and coffee shop dining options along with wireless internet. Perfect if you want to have the entire city at your fingertips without having spend half your funds on uber-luxury accommodation.


Pathumwan Princess Hotel

The Pathumwan Princess Hotel is one of Bangkok’s most acclaimed hotels and the winner of several hospitality awards. The hotel specializes in delivering a truly Thai experience with heavy doses of warm-hearted traditional hospitality. What’s more, rapid connectivity to the MBK shopping mall and the National Stadium Skytrain station, ensure that shoppers are never left in the lurch when they need to head out for a bout of soothing retail therapy.

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