Grand Hyatt Erawan
A fantastically central location and a foliage-strewn plush lobby mark this city hotel. The design has a touch of opulence, with huge columns and staircases. The hotel provides a calm escape from the clamour of the streets outside, and the spa cottages promise the ultimate escape. The spa itself covers an entire floor and there are six onsite restaurants.
The Big Chilli is as chaotic and noisy as it ever was, but throwing itself headlong into the 21st century. Sky Train and metro developments have eased transport problems though it’s still fun to take a tuk-tuk. See the Imperial Palace, giant Buddhas and the canals before a long, cheap Thai massage to ease yourself into some heady nightlife.