MANDARIN ORIENTAL BANGKOK
Every hotel could learn something from this one. Staying here is an experience not to be missed. The oldest hotel in Thailand, it’s on the Chao Phraya and has a colonial Authors’ Wing, a contemporary River Wing, and a Garden Wing overlooking the pool. “It’s a beautiful location, with views of the river and its fascinating life.” All rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows and are decorated with teak and Thai silk upholstery in deep blue, purple, and red. “It feels like home every time…and oh, the shampoos and pedicures!” “Staff are friendly and helpful.” Lord Jim’s has a seafood buffet lunch and a 52-foot aquarium.