The Hansar is the perfect blend of urban sophistication with green style. The elegant, neutral-toned decor is set off by walls of ferns and vines; the sleek, long infinity pool is bordered by fragrant plumeria trees; and many rooms enjoy a view of Lumphini Park, Bangkok’s biggest green space. These things make the hotel feel like a breath of fresh air, even though it's smack in the middle of the city's action. While the Hansar is housed in its own metal-and-glass skyscraper and is fairly large, it has a calming style and naturally lit spaces that lend a small and almost boutique feel. The building is built to maximize both energy efficiency and cooling breezes, making it easier to sleep in the plush beds at night, and the hotel’s many plants even sponge away some of Bangkok's exhaust fumes.
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The Hansar is in a fantastic location. Just half a step to the north is the busy shopping district of Siam Square, one of the most frenetic parts of Bangkok, clogged with traffic, business people, and shoppers. A few minutes' walk to the south, however, is Lumphini Park—an oasis from the chaos, full of health nuts jogging along the paths, practicing tai chi, or doing outdoor aerobics en masse like some performance art piece. And for access to the rest of Bangkok, the Ratchadamri Sky Train station is just minutes from the hotel.
Need to Know
Rooms: 94 suites; from $250. Check-in: 3 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: The Hansar has three excellent dining options: Eve by Hansar for fine French Mediterranean, Café Boca for more simple Thai and Western fare, and Rouge for light meals, espresso in the morning, and stylish cocktails at night. Spa and gym details: Luxsa offers a full range of luxurious treatments that focus on balancing the elements of water, fire, earth, and air.
Who's it for: Sophisticated couples or business travelers who like green luxury. Our favorite rooms: Every suite here is special, so it’s hard to pick a favorite. Vertigo suites have 270-degree views of the city, while the Urban and Edge suites have interior walls of live, tropical plants that make guests feel like they are in some plush jungle. Higher is better: For the best views, guests should request a suite as high up as possible and on the west side of the building.