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Comparing Bangkok's best hotels

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THE PENINSULA BANGKOKTHE ORIENTAL BANGKOKTHE SUKHOTHAIFOUR SEASONS HOTEL BANGKOKSHANGRI-LA HOTEL BANGKOKAddress333 Charoennakorn Road, 011-66-2-861-2888, www.bangkok..48 Oriental Ave., 011-66-2-659-9000, www.mandarinoriental.com.13/3 S, Sathorn Road, 011-66-2-344-8888, www.sukhothai.com. 155 Rajadamri Road, 011- 66-2-250-1000, www.fourseasons.com.89 Soi Wat Suan Plu, 011-66-2-236-7777, www.shangri-la.com. Doubles as low as$244$269$241$195$200LocationWest side of Chao Phraya RiverEast side of riverMidcityMidcityEast side of the riverNearby siteBoat trip on Chao Phraya to the Temple of DawnBeautifully restored O.P. Place for upscale shoppingLumpini Park and the junky but fun Suan Lum Night BazaarErawan shopping and hotel districtSkytrain Saphan Taksin stopIn a few wordsElegant, classyOpulent, historicCool, high-poweredPolished, palatialBig, busySpa** * ** *** * *Memorable eatsThiptara, alfresco ThaiRiverside Terrace with its amazing buffetCeladon's elegant atmosphere and inventive nouvelle Thai menuSpice Market for such classics as satay and pad ThaiSalathip for Thai cuisine by the riverPure delightsThe long, beautiful, riverside poolHigh tea in the white wicker Authors' LoungeExcellent king-size beds$40 Thai massage in the health club (not the spa)The Best Salon in the shopping arcade where I got a haircut and blow-dry, nail-polish change and eyebrow shaping for $50Best for freeRiver shuttle boatsMandarin Oriental lotus and ginger toiletriesStunning Thai sculpture in public areasPeople-watching in the swanky lobbyCostumed dancers at SalathipNothing's perfectCramped, crowded locker rooms at health clubI failed to specify and ended up in a smoking roomUn-air-conditioned corridorsCaters to cruise groupsUneven accommodations; different wings, different rooms, different experiences -- Susan Spano

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