The Best Family Hotels in Bangkok
Bangkok is the kind of city that draws in a fairly diverse mix of visitors. And although in some ways it’s not the most family-friendly place in the world, a lot of it depends on the area that you stay in the Thai capital, and of course the hotel plays a big part.
There is a very wide range of accommodation in Bangkok, but if you’ve got kids in tow it pays to stay somewhere in an area that is not too far from some of the best amenities that the city has to offer.
As the Bangkok traffic congestion is world-famous, it might be an idea to be somewhere close to a BTS sky train stop for a bit of quick city-hopping. Being at least somewhere near to one of the fantastic, green and spacious parks in the city would definitely help to break up any spells of concrete-trekking in this baking city too.
There are some great options here to choose from, in areas of the city that are nicer than a lot of others, and they are also close to places that may be of interest to anyone with a family.
The Phrom Phong neighbourhood on Sukhumvit for instance (where you’ll find the Emporium Suites) is a much nicer stretch of the central Sukhumvit region that you might find even just a couple of BTS stops down at Nana.
You’ll have a choice of at least 2 seriously impressive shopping malls, as well as a park with plenty of green space and a little skate section near the back.
A bit further along the road from this neighbourhood is Asok, where you’ll find the Grande Mercure. This is a slightly more downscale area than Phrom Phong but still has some decent attractions like the huge Terminal 21 shopping complex. Here is also a choice of either the BTS line or the MRT subway from the interchange station at the Asok junction, next to the hotel. This means you can get pretty much anywhere you want across the city from here.
Some of these top Bangkok hotels are ideal for kids, like the Anantara Riverside which has a huge pool and plenty of green space to run around in, right next to the Chao Phraya River. This gives any younger kids the feeling of having a bit more freedom, with the possibility of finding a few new playmates.
So despite the fact that Bangkok is all about congestion, both on and off the road in the urban density, there are still plenty of family friendly spots to seek out in Bangkok, starting with the hotel and the location.
So let’s take a closer look at a selection of some of the best family hotels in Bangkok, in no particular order.
Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort
You can escape Bangkok’s concrete and humid chaos and bustle in the impressively-landscaped grounds of the Anantara Riverside.
This is a great spot overlooking the Chao Phraya River, which means you’ll get some impressive and authentic Bangkok views. The hotel has a fairly huge outdoor pool, complete with spa jets, which gives you some idea about what to expect from the rest of the hotel.
The rooms are spacious, and the style is very art deco Thai-style, with nice fabrics and furnishings. You’ll also find massive, flat-screen TVs in the rooms here, as well as a very modern feel and lots of dining options. There are over 10 choices for cuisine, including seafood barbecues by the river on the hotel’s riverside terrace. Thai and Japanese dishes are just some of the other available options.
You can indulge yourself by getting a relaxing massage in the Anantara’s tropical garden spa, and if that sounds good you’ll be delighted to know that the hotel has various activities for kids at the Chang Noi (little elephant) Kids’ Club. There are also tennis and table tennis facilities, as well as a fitness centre.
If you can drag yourself away from this place and fancy venturing out into the city, the Saphan Taksin BTS station is literally 5 minutes away, and a private shuttle boat runs guests across there. The hotel is also a great location from which to explore via the riverboats, and is a 45-minute drive from Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
Chatrium Hotel Riverside Bangkok
Also to be found along the banks of the Chao Phraya River is the Chatrium Hotel Riverside. Here you’ll find more top-notch rate amenities including a great outdoor pool, a spa and a fitness centre. Needless to say there are some impressive views to be had from this hotel on the river, along with easy access to some of Bangkok’s other prime attractions.
The spacious rooms have modern, dark wood furnishings and a private balcony. You can expect spacious en suite bathrooms and huge flat-screen TVs, and you can even prepare your own snacks and meals if you want in the fully-equipped kitchenettes and dining areas.
You can indulge yourself and relax with a choice of the hotel’s spa, sauna, or beauty salon, and if you enjoy dining outdoors then you’ll love the hotel’s menu choices and seating options at both Pier 28 and a River Barge.
The hotel provides a shuttle to the nearest BTS station if required, which is Sapahn Taksin, and the airport can be reached by road from this location in just over half an hour.
Emporium Suites by Chatrium
Emporium Suites by Chatrium is on a great stretch of the central Sukhumvit Road region, which means that you could easily get around on foot for a large part of the time to explore the immediate vicinity.
The hotel is connected to the station on the Sukhumvit BTS line as well though, which means you can reach virtually any of the main destinations across the city quite easily from here.
The residence offers high-end accommodation, and the rooms include floor-to-ceiling windows with impressive Bangkok City views from atop the Emporium Shopping Centre, where this establishment sits, overlooking Benjasiri Park.
Each suite has its own fully-equipped kitchenette, dining area, and en suite bathroom, and the establishment only recently underwent refurbishment back in 2019.
The Emporium Suites are 20 km from Suvarnabhumi Airport, and the amenities include a landscaped garden, a pool, a pool bar and lobby, a fitness centre, and an outdoor hot tub.
The establishment has its own restaurant which features both Asian and Western options.
Centara Grande at Central Plaza
Located in an area out of the main tourist regions but still with plenty to offer is the Central Plaza Shopping Mall & Bangkok Convention Centre. This is an award-winning hotel right next to a huge shopping mall by way of Central Plaza, in the Lad Phrao district of Bangkok.
The hotel is connected to both the shopping centre and a BTS sky train station, and the residence is also situated very close to the famous Chatuchak Park and Weekend Market, which is one of the largest in the world. The hotel even provides a free, scheduled shuttle service to Chatuchak Market at weekends.
Each room has impressive views of the Bangkok skyline as well as lush greenery which is partly due to the 3 parks in the area that are within walking distance.
Each air-conditioned room includes an en suite bath and shower, and a satellite TV with pay-per-view movies. Amenities include 9 different dining options, a spa and a swimming pool, and a fitness centre and hot tub.
The Akyra is located in another one of the more pleasant regions of Bangkok’s central Sukhumvit regions, just 1 km from Thong Lor BTS Station. Thong Lor is an upscale, trendy stretch of the city that has a great and modern range of restaurants and bars. This spot is just under 20 km from the airport.
The Akyra residence includes a pool with some amazing views overlooking the city. It also offers spa services, a fully-equipped fitness centre, and even a library.
Self-catering suites are available at the residence, and they also have impressive city views from their over-sized windows. The suites include large lounge areas with a comfortable sofa, a large flat-screen TV, and there is also a washing machine provided.
Cape House Langsuan
Cape House Langsuan is an upscale residence offering serviced apartments, in an area close to Bangkok’s famous Pratunam Market, and 500 metres from the equally well-visited Erawan Shrine. This spot is about 20 km from the airport.
The spacious, en suite rooms in the residence include well-equipped kitchenettes and a large lounge area. They are furnished with modern white-washed interiors and earth tones, and include a large flat-screen TV. The bathrooms are spacious and comprise separate bath and shower areas.
The amenities include an outdoor pool, a fitness centre, and sauna and steam baths. Other facilities include massage rooms, meeting rooms and a business centre, as well as 24-hour concierge services.
The restaurant in the residence offers an excellent selection of Italian cuisine, and a minimart with basic groceries is available onsite.
Grande Mercure Asok
Right in the heart of the city in Bangkok’s Sukhumvit on the Asok intersection, is the Grand Mercure.
This residence offers 5-star luxury by way of a rooftop swimming pool, a fully-equipped fitness centre, and sauna facilities. Both the huge shopping mall Terminal 21 Shopping Mall and the Asok BTS Sky train Station are well within walking distance.
The modern and spacious suites with dark wood furnishings have their own private balconies offering quality views of the city. They all include well-equipped kitchenettes, cable TV, and a safe.
Novotel Bangkok Siam Square
If you and your family are not averse to the odd bit of shopping, then you could do worse than staying in the Siam Square region of Bangkok. This is shopping central, and there are more huge shopping complexes in this one spot alone than you could ever hope to get around in a mere day.
Novotel Bangkok on Siam Square is literally a 1-minute walk from Siam BTS Skytrain Station, and it is minutes away from some of Bangkok’s main shopping centres such as MBK, Siam Paragon and Central World.
Some of the malls – in particular Siam Paragon, also have lots of other activities ideal for kids like playgrounds, aquariums, cinemas, and learning facilities. In terms of the accommodation, at the Novotel you can indulge in spa pampering, sunbathing next to the pool or sampling the impressive cuisine options, and all this with so much activity on your doorstep.
The hotel features a large outdoor pool with a sauna room and a day spa, and the rooms include a plasma TV, a large seating area, a minibar, and 24-hour room service. The fitness centre at Novotel Bangkok is quite impressive in that it offers various activities by way of yoga and Thai Boxing sessions.
The cuisine options within the residence include international favourites, and delicious Chinese cuisine.
Centre Point Chidlom
Centre Point Chidlom is just along from the Novotel, still within the boundaries of the famous Bangkok shopping district but this time closer to Central World, Central Embassy and Central Chidlom Department Store.
The hotel is a 5-minute walk from Ratchadamri BTS Sky train Station and Chidlom BTS Station is close to that, which means getting around is not going to be a problem. Guests can actually get a free tuk-tuk shuttle to the BTS station. The lovely green space of Lumpini Park is also quite nearby and is less than a 10-minute walk.
The residence offers spacious rooms and suites furnished in a modern and comfortable style, and they include a flat-screen TV and an en suite bathroom.
You’ll find the indoor swimming pool refreshing in that it is a salt water swimming pool, and the fully-equipped fitness room is open 24 hours. There is also a sauna, a library, a restaurant, and a business centre as well as a 24-hour front desk and security service. Those with younger children will be pleased to know that there is a kids’ club here with various activities to help give the parents time out if need be.