The previous generation of Bangkok luxury hotels produced examples on a level with the best in the world. They’re still fantastic hotels, but a lot has changed in hospitality — not only has the explosion of boutique hotels introduced a wealth of new styles, but the advent of apartment-sharing has breathed new life into extended-stay and apartment-style hotels. 137 Pillars Suites & Residences is a luxury hotel of the new breed, which has taken all of these lessons on board. In fact 137 Pillars is, in some ways, two hotels in one — this listing is for 137 Pillars Suites alone. (The Residences are available on this page.)
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Guests of the Suites get an experience that’s more akin to a traditional luxury hotel, one with 34 exceedingly well-appointed suites, all of them with marble baths, massive plush beds, and either full-length windows or balconies looking out over the Bangkok cityscape. Of particular note is the spectacular panoramic rooftop pool, to which Suites guests have exclusive 24-hour access, and the afternoon tea, presented by Michelin-starred pastry chef Roger van Damme, is a highlight of a diverse and high-quality dining lineup which includes a handful of very worthwhile restaurants and bars.