With features such as these, it is no wonder that this is one of the top three Kempinski properties globally. Green is the keyword at this hotel. It offers a spacious resort-style garden courtyard complete with lawns, tree-shaded pathways and swimming pools. In fact, the gardens and surrounding grounds were once part of King Mongkut's Summer Palace. Aesthetics are at the fore, in the design of the hotel that merges classical European architecture with modern Thai. There are 303 guestrooms and suites, plus 98 recently-opened long-term residences. All boast the usual mod-cons - 42-inch flat screen LED TV, with a home theatre system and wireless internet - while seven rooms have relaxation balconies overlooking the gardens. Within the property, there exists an array of art. The 1,500 pieces include 200 paintings as well as sculpture, photographs, prints, installations, objets d'art and antiques. There is a modifiable 900-square-metre pillar-free grand ballroom, which has its own outdoor relaxation terrace, plus seven conference and banquet rooms, and a boardroom that accommodates 50 to 600 persons.