Wat Arun, the temple of dawn, is a few minutes further; across from it is Wat Pho, an ornate complex of temples and spires that houses a 46-metre-long reclining Buddha. The dazzling Grand Palace is nearby. (Incidentally, The Siam, the only other hotel that was recommended to me time and again, is another 15 minutes upstream.)
They’ll all be familiar to frequent visitors to Bangkok, but the hotel also allows for easy access to less obvious sites. The city’s Chinatown is nearby; at the colourful 24-hour flower market nearby, garlands of orange marigolds, considered auspicious, overflow from traders’ stalls like spills of lava.
Charoenkrung is one of the city’s emerging creative districts, home to an increasing number of independent galleries, converted shophouses and independent bars.
But despite all that, many of the hotel’s guests elect to remain on site. Afternoon tea is an institution and the spa is renowned – it was the first city spa to open in Bangkok (back in 1993) and its Thai massages, in particular, are highly recommended.