Bangkok is a fantastic city to visit with kids, it’s colourful, spiritual and full of family friendly things to do. If you’re looking for a family friendly hotel, Bangkok has so many options. Back in 2015, my daughter and I stayed at the Anantara in Sathorn. We liked it so much, on our recent visit to Bangkok with friends we opted to stay there again. Read on to discover why I think it’s the best place to stay in Bangkok with kids.
Style of the Anantara Sathorn
The 5 star Anantara is clean and contemporary by design. All dark wood and modern features. It has a few nice Thai touches, native flowers and original artwork and would suit families and business travellers visiting the city.
The Pool at the Anantara Sathorn
Of course the rooftop pool was the kid’s favourite part of the hotel. Located on the 19th floor, this is a 32 m pool with a small, separate area for toddlers. It was never too busy when we were there. Although there weren’t heaps of loungers, we always found one to sit and watch the kids play.
Eating at the Anantara, a family friendly hotel, Bangkok.
You’re not going to go hungry staying at the Anantara, there are so many places to grab a bite to eat or just enjoy a drink.
We took breakfast on the 38th floor and were totally blown away by the choices. Every style of cuisine seemed to be covered. Each morning we were able to fill up on full, cooked breakfasts with freshly prepared omelettes and my favourite thing about hotel breakfasts – cakes for breakfast pudding! This meant we only needed little bits of street food to see us through the day before dinner. Although it was busy, the many, many staff seemed to keep everything moving well.
Zoom Sky Bar
This is the place to see and be seen. Zoom Sky Bar located on the 40th floor is an amazing rooftop bar and restaurant with a DJ booth and phenomenal 360 views of Bangkok. It’s open from 5.30pm until 1 am and is the perfect place to treat the kids to a fancy desert while us grownups enjoyed the view and a cocktail. We headed up to Zoom for a nightcap each evening and, although we were never there very late, it never felt busy.
Food and drinks are, as you would expect wildly overpriced for Thailand but just enjoy the view – it really is worth it.
100° EAST family friendly bar in Bangkok
100° EAST was another of our favourite places to eat at the hotel. It’s located right next to the pool and serves the most amazing Thai Green Curry. The menu is a mix of International and Thai and they have plenty of options for kids. I loved that all kids dishes came with a free scoop of ice cream and a drink.
For vegans and vegetarians, many dishes on the menu can be adapted to suit and we had no trouble requesting this from our waiter.
Again, meals are pretty expensive – the kid’s options are £7 and mains range from £7 – £10. Thai choices on the menu tended to be a bit cheaper.
You can also order poolside snacks here which again, whilst pricey were totally delicious.
We grabbed some Thai Tapas style bar snacks from Zin Bar, next to the lobby whilst waiting for Mr AWTYK to arrive from a late flight. These were very tasty and plenty big enough. This is also the place for a posh morning coffee or fancy milkshake to treat the kids. Zin bar also had a happy hour offering buy one, get one free between 9pm and 11pm, bringing the drinks prices slightly more in line with the rest of Bangkok.
Rooms at the Anantara Sathorn
Rooms are pretty large with big comfy beds and all the amenities you’d expect from an international hotel. There was plenty of complimentary water, coffee and tea making faciities and loads of space for storage including a safe that fit my laptop in.
We opted for an entry level Premier Room which perfectly suited our family of three and was way bigger than many other city centre hotels. Our teeny, tiny balcony overlooked the pool which was lovely.
Features we particularly loved were the bathrobes, sculpted flannels and the huge rainfall shower.
Location of the Anantara Sathorn
For me, the Anantara is in a perfect location for exploring Bangkok with kids. It’s just off the Sathorn road, in the business district of Bangkok. Meaning it’s away from the craziness of areas like the Khao San Road and never feels too busy. Sathorn is a fantastic area of Bangkok to visit with kids. It has a good blend of high end luxury with some traditional Thai aspects.
There are plenty of small grocery stores within walking distance to the hotel along with cafes, Thai tailors and day spas. You’re also unlikely to stumble across any of Bangkoks red-light districts. Sathorn is home to many glitzy rooftop bars which come alive with DJs and fancy cocktails at night but are a lovely place to take the kids for desert and to watch the sun set over the city.
It’s a very short walk to Chong Nonsi BTS station making it easy to explore the city. From here, you can pick up the skytrain down to Riverside and try one of the amazing Bangkok River ferries. A guaranteed kid pleaser!
Special features for kids
The hotel has an onsite kids club although we didn’t use it. I can’t imagine coming to Bangkok and not taking Piper out exploring or playing in the pool.
Getting to the family friendly Anantara Sathorn hotel in Bangkok
One of the best things about the Anantara Sathorn is it’s proximity to public transport. It’s a fairly easy walk from Chong Nonsi station – although I would recommend taking a taxi the short distance if you’re traveling with lots of luggage and kids.
You’ll want to take the Airport rail link from the airport to the city centre. It leaves every 15 minutes and takes less than half an hour. The ticket is around £1 per person. Depart the train at Phaya Thai, hop on the BTS on the light green line. You’ll need to change trains at Siam to the dark Green Silom line, exit at Chong Nonsi station and it’s around a 10 minute walk from there. If you’re choosing a family friendly hotel, Bangkok’s BTS should be one of your top priorities.
If you want to take a taxi all the way from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, it will take you anywhere from 45 minutes to 1 hour 30 depending on the traffic. It will cost you around £10 and try to make sure you have some of the smaller Baht notes just in case the driver doesn’t have change.
If you hire a car then the hotel has free parking. The first time we visited Bangkok, we hired a car but did not use it to drive around the city – it’s just not worth wasting time in the crazy traffic. We did however use it to drive down to Hua Hin making it worth the rental.
How much does it cost to stay at the Anantara Sathorn
The Anantara Sathorn is a really affordable luxury hotel in Bangkok. Our room for the three of us was just £75 a night which included the amazing breakfast. If you want a larger room then a one bed suite will set you back around £85 per night.
Cons of staying at the Anantara Sathorn
The location is a little out of it so if you’re looking for somewhere slap bang in the centre of the action then it might not be for you. I actually prefer that, it’s a little quieter, Bangkok is such a crazy busy city, it really is lovely to find a bit of peace after a day exploring.
There’s not much greenery about, this is an area full of office blocks and sky-scraping hotels, although it will take only 30 minutes to walk to the beautiful Lumphini Park.
Roads surrounding the hotel can get very busy so if you’re using taxis – be prepared to get stuck in some of Bangkok’s famous traffic jams. And always keep your eyes on the kids near the roads.
Info about the Anantara Sathorn
36 Naradhiwas Rajanagarindra Road,
We absolutely loved our stay at the Anantara in Sathorn, it’s friendly, modern and a great place to stay in Bangkok with kids. If you’d rather stay in another part of Bangkok, the Anantara group also has a hotel in Riverside and one in Siam.
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