5 Great Hotels in Bangkok Shopping Malls
The Ultimate Shopaholic Holiday
If you love shopping then bring an extra suitcase to Bangkok. The city deserves its reputation as Asia’s shopping capital, with so many malls, boutiques and markets that you could easily spend a year here and not have covered all of it. It can be hard to know where to start or how to fit the best of Bangkok shopping into your trip. To make things a little easier on shopaholics some of the coolest malls in Bangkok have fabulous hotels so close that you can go on a spending spree and be back in your hotel room in a few minutes or enjoying a drink by the pool. Our five great shopping hotels are all directly connected to some of the finest malls in the city, and offer some luxurious facilities of their own as well.
1. Centara Grand at CentralWorld
The 505-room five-star Centara Grand Hotel is decorated in rich purples and reds, with comfortable beds, floor-to-ceiling windows and all the latest mod cons. The hotel towers above CentralWorld, one of the most impressive shopping experiences in Southeast Asia with over 500 stores, 100 restaurants, a cinema and even an ice-rink. Once you have had your fill in the mall below, you can relax under the poolside palm trees or book some treatments at the Cenvaree Spa. If all this wasn’t enough, the hotel also comes with its own rooftop bar: Red Sky, so you can enjoy a cocktail whilst marvelling at the impressive views. The hotel is also located slap-bang in the middle of Bangkok’s mile of malls, five minutes to Siam Paragon and the warren of fashion boutiques at Siam Square and a five-minute walk to the BTS at Chit Lom.
- Location: Siam
2. Grande Centre Point Sukhumvit at Terminal 21
The new kid on the mall block is Terminal 21, Bangkok’s innovative shopping experience, where every floor is themed around a city or destination and there is a great variety of unique boutiques stocking both independent Thai labels and unusual international brands. The London floor focuses on menswear, Tokyo on women’s clothing and Istanbul is piled high with accessories. The Grande Centre Point’s 498 rooms all come with a small kitchenette, ideal for those with families or here on a longer stay, and the design is minimalist chic, with great views of lower Sukhumvit Road. On-site activities include a tennis court, gym, putting green and an infinity pool. As well as direct access to Terminal 21 shopping, Grande Centre Point Sukhumvit also connects to the MRT and BTS via covered walkway.
- Location: Sukhumvit / Asoke
3. Pathumwan Princess Hotel at MBK
Anyone who loves shopping and is visiting Bangkok will have heard of the legendary MBK shopping mall. With 2,000 shops packed in over eight floors, you are unlikely to walk away empty handed, whether you are looking for leather handbags, souvenirs or the latest gadgets and mobile phones. This shopping Mecca is full of bargains, and if you want to be so close you can smell them, Pathumwan Princess Hotel’s lobby connects directly to the mall. The hotel is decorated in warm tones and staff members are welcoming. Superior rooms come with a comfortable king or double bed, a daybed, satellite TV and a marble lined bathroom. The closest Sky Train is minutes away at National Stadium, and Pathumwan Princess Hotel is only a five-minute walk from Siam Discovery and Siam Center shopping malls.
- Location: Siam
4. Emporium Suites at the Emporium
Emporium Suites is the place to be if you want a five-star address and luxury shopping. The superior rooms are a spacious 55sqm and decorated in a temporary Thai style, with in-room cooking facilities. There is a luxury spa where you can enjoy being pampered with Thann products, a sauna and steam room, and the outdoor pool on the 7th floor is surrounded by trees and greenery. Once you are fully relaxed you can head down to Emporium shopping mall. The best of the best is on sale here from International designer brands like Chanel and Dior to more local names like Disaya who designed Amy Winehouse’s dress for the Back to Black cover, and Sretsis who count Michelle Obama amongst their fans. If high-end designers aren’t your thing then Thai brands like Greyhound and Ginger can also be found here.
- Location: Sukhumvit / Phrom Pong
5. Novotel Platinum at Platinum Fashion Mall
If you love extreme shopping and want enough of it to last a month then you will be at home in Platinum Fashion Mall, Bangkok’s air-conditioned version of the famous Chatuchak Weekend Market with over 1,300 shops and stalls. If you want to grab a bargain then this is a great place to come, with the focus being on ladies clothing and accessories. At first it can seem daunting even for shopaholics, but if you are willing to dig deep and get caught up in a crowd there are some gems to be found. Novotel Platinum has a direct escalator from the mall to the lobby, and a personal shopper to pick up your bags from Platinum and deliver them to your room. The spacious rooms are smartly decorated in cream and nude shades with free Wi-Fi, a desk, flat-screen satellite TV and tea and coffee-making facilities. Be sure to leave enough time for a sunset cocktail at the rooftop bar.
- Location: Pratunam