One of Bangkok’s finest hotels where the facilities and service are second to none. Perfect for those who want to stay in central Bangkok but still enjoy a little peace and tranquillity.
U Sathorn Bangkok
Located in a quiet neighbourhood in Bangkok's Sathorn business district, U Sathorn provides an escape from the skyscrapers and crowds of the city. The hotel is designed in a French colonial style and has a great sense of space with a stately drive leading to the entrance, an open courtyard at its heart and wide corridors winding through the buildings.
The hotel's 86 comfortable rooms are set in three low-rise wings that face onto the hotel courtyard which is lined with trees which surround a large outdoor swimming pool. The highlight of the hotel though, is the restaurant, a gourmet affair serving some of Bangkok's finest French cuisine. Menus are designed by Jean-Michel Lorain, a French chef who holds three Michelin stars, and reflect his superb attention to detail. A small cafe also offers snacks, afternoon tea and drinks.
In addition to the pool, the hotel has a gym and provides complimentary bicycles. Lumphini Park, Bangkok's largest inner-city park, is a short ride away, while a complimentary shuttle runs to the nearest BTS Skytrain station. As part of the U Hotel & Resorts Group, guests have use of their rooms for 24 hours from the time of arrival and can have breakfast whenever and wherever.
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The rooms are designed to resemble those in a French country mansion with pale linens and muted tones, classically elegant furnishings and large windows that open out onto a terrace or balcony. An array of empty white picture frames acts as a feature wall. The bathrooms are modern but compact and all rooms have air conditioning and complimentary Wi-Fi.
The hotel is set in a tranquil part of Bangkok's business district away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The area has a good selection of traditional restaurants but the main city sights such as the Grand Palace and Wat Pho are about a 20 minute taxi ride away. The nearest BTS Skytrain station is a 15 to 20 minute walk away but the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle every hour.
Food and drink
Diners come from across the city to eat at J'aime Restaurant, its menu devised by Jean-Michel Lorain who holds three Michelin stars. The menu is classically French but the gourmet dishes are served in typical Asian style as sharing plates. Expect haute cuisine of the highest calibre, immaculate presentation and faultless service. For more casual dining, the Library Bar serves a selection of simpler Asian and international dishes as well as afternoon tea.
Facilities and activities
The hotel's pool sits at the heart of the accommodation blocks and is surrounded by sun loungers. There's also a small children's pool, a well-equipped gym, a spa and complimentary hotel bikes for guest use should you wish to explore the local area.
The U Sathorn acts as a wonderful retreat from the noise and chaos of the city. We love its French fine-dining restaurant but if it's not to your taste then the nearby Thai restaurants Issaya Siamese Club and Baan Khanitha offer a good alternative.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favourite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
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The Chatrium Riverside is an apartment-style hotel in an enviable position on the river front, with sweeping views over Bangkok and the Chao Phraya River.
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Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Just across the Chao Praya River in Bangkok lies the city's secret garden — Bang Kra Jao. Only accessible by boat, you must cross the river on a small ferry to reach this beautiful area full of small villages, temples and tropical flora.
The Songkran Festival celebrates the New Year. They are colourful and lively celebrations, with music, traditional dance and, of course, water, which symbolically cleanses the body from the sins of the previous year.
You and your guide will walk you through the narrow streets to experience many local sights with various food tastings along the way. Try things like ‘kafae boran’, a classic Thai coffee, or the popular Thai dessert, 'Khanom Thua Paep' (mung bean rice crepe).
Jim Thompson's house is a real highlight of any trip to Bangkok. The house itself is beautifully decorated and preserved and provides a fascinating insight into the life of this mysterious man, who set up a huge empire trading in Thai silk before disappearing whilst walking in the Malaysian highlands in 1967.
An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual and avoid the crowds who arrive later.
An early start will get you to Wat Pho in time to experience the monks early morning chanting ritual. Later you will visit the temple grounds and the famous 45 metre Reclining Buddha, and The Grand Palace, Thailand's most important landmark.