THE international plaudits awarded to Bangkok hotels tend to go to those commanding views of the Chao Phraya River. But for visitors prepared to consider other locations, the city offers a rich diversity of styles in different, and often equally attractive, locations. The Bangkok Hilton, adjoining Nai Lert Park, is one of the Thai capital's most pleasant oases. Set among magnificent landscaped gardens, its rooms are spacious and its style of service is graceful. The Hilton is currently undergoing a renovation programme in the run-up to its 10th anniversary. The more central Dusit Thani Hotel, near Lumpini Park, has now been in business for almost a quarter of a century, and is an established focal point of the city's social and business life. The Dusit Thani has 498 guest rooms and 32 suites. It is the group's flagship property, and Dusit also has hotels in Pattaya, Phuket, Chiang Rai, Hua Hin, Hat Yai, and Koh Samui. Just a few minutes' walk away, on Rajdamri Road, is the Grand Hyatt Erawan, next to the Erawan shrine. This 400-room hotel pulls out all the stops on luxury, and offers both comfort and character. Although a relatively new property, the Grand Hyatt's restaurants are established meeting places, and its well-equipped fitness centre is popular with both local residents and hotel guests. Almost next door to the Grand Hyatt is the Regent Hotel, now beginning to show its age but retaining its elegance. An impressive garden lobby features a ceiling of hand-painted silk, and the hotel's Spice Market restaurant serves some of the city's best Thai food. The nearby Meridien hotel has undergone some renovation work, and a major extension tower is currently under construction. A new and fashionably popular property is the Sukothai, a luxury hotel run by the Beaufort Group. Along the river itself, leisure and graceful living are the style of the 28-storey Royal Orchid Sheraton. Splendid views, two swimming pools and well laid out gardens are among the attractions of one of the Sheraton group's most individual Asian properties. Also relatively new is the 726-room Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza, which has two wings, the cheaper of which is a popular choice for tour groups, while the more expensive accommodation is favoured by business travellers.