If Bangkok embodies one of the most astonishing synthesis between tradition and modernity, few places in it do so as elegantly as the Muse. Near Lumphini Park, the massive building of 174 upscale rooms captures the rarified ambience of the court of Rama V the legendary ruler of the kingdom of Siam in the early 20th century.
The wrought-iron elevators, opulent paneling, crimson velvet, Thai objets d'art, and giant chandeliers evoke the unostentatious yet lush splendour of colonial travel. The comfort is perfectly aligned with the luxury standards of the very best establishments (the Muse is a good price alternative to luxury hotels like the Mandarin): spacious rooms, massage bathtubs, bedding that is among the best in the city, and cushions that can be embroidered in your name.
The restaurants are also on par with Tuscan cuisine and Canadian lobster among the fare on offer as is the 1920s-style terrace bar, where you can catch the sunset over Langsuan with a glass of Muse's own French champagne.
55/ 555 Lansuan Road
+66 (0)2 630 4000
Rooms: from 5,800 THB