The Siam Hotel a different Bangkok | Bangkok, Thailand | One of the many jewels of our last visit to Bangkok, was without a doubt our two nights stay at the picture perfect The Siam Hotel. A hotel which holds a very special feeling to me, having seen it evolve from day one till final completion and full operation, and know many of the people involved in the project. But still I went through our stay with a very critic and avid eye, true to my commitment to all of you my followers. The first question I think raises when you even think to stay at this property, is WHY should I stay at a hotel located so far from the traditional attractions and happening of Bangkok. And to my surprise this exact question is the one the management use as their strength, The Siam brings to you a different Bangkok. Serene, lush in natural beauty, yet quite simple are the nouns to describe this hotel.
Let’s begin from what I love about this property. First of all the hotel has been designed and curated to perfection. From the furniture, textures, scents, art and concept to the mere detail. The Siam is the newest addition to, and crown jewel of, the growing portfolio of independently owned and operated properties that make up Sukosol Hotels (part of the Sukosol Group). The concept was created together with globally acclaimed architect and interior/landscape designer Bill Bensley, one of Architectural Digest’s ‘Top 100 Designers and Most Creative People’. Muted colour scheme of black, white, cream, grey and neutrals has been combined with natural textures such as wood, weave, leather and stone, not to mention sprawling gardens and verdant shrubs throughout.
This hotel gets together many key and well respected names in the Hospitality Industry, Sukosol Family, Bill Bensley and the globally renown for his successful proven background Jason Friedman – General Manager. Imprint you can sense, see and experience during your stay.
The outdoor pool at The Siam Hotel, the Riverside-Infinity-Pool, with luxuriant sex-appeal invites you after a day exploring the “City of Smiles” to a dip in their 22m x 3.5m infinity pool overlooking the Chao Phraya, River of Kings.
We were hosted at one of the 16 spacious Siam Suites feature oversized King beds, double wardrobes, luggage racks and sinks, deep bathtubs, separate walk-in showers plus Art Deco-style living rooms ideal for leisurely breakfasts and afternoon tea. All uniquely themed Siam Suites are located on two floors in the Main Residence adjacent to the spa, with convenient access to our gym, library and meeting room. Ideal for solo travelers or couples and anything but ordinary. Suite Rates are inclusive of: Breakfast in the restaurant (which during our stay wasn’t and it felt like a trap, thus hotel location, so glad they modified this). Complimentary WiFi property wide. Butler service. Private boat shuttle between hotel & Saphan Taksin central pier. I must emphasize that the mattresses are beyond words, rivaling the so renown Four Seasons ones.
You may also opt to stay at one of their Pool Villas or for the ultimate in memorable experiences, succumb to the Siamese charm of their unique abode, Connie’s Cottage.
The Spa was not yet fully operational, so unfortunately we were not able to experience this. The Opium Spa, features a Hamman and exclusive Sodashi therapies and spa products that not only regenerate the skin, but also impart a profound sense of wellbeing to spirit and mind. The fitness center is state-of-the-art which even embraces the traditional Thai sport “Muay Thai”.
Breakfast and lunches outdoors set within a cluster of three, century-old Thai teakwood houses which were once part of antique dealer and OSS agent Connie Mangksau’s home, was always a treat, overlooking the Chao Phraya River. Tthis hallowed venue entertained global glitterati the likes of Jackie Kennedy, John Rockerfeller, Roger Moore, William Holden and Henry Ford to name but a few. Now dinner at the Chon Thai Restaurant, was not right for us. We found the food to be soulless, the menu to be overpriced and away from the traditional, home-cooked Thai cuisine style they promote.
Now you will say, Carlos, you haven’t answered the initial question yet… Location Location Location. Well it took me a while to process and get my own point straight. As many of you know, I am not stranger to Bangkok, and thus I truly appreciated being remote, secluded in relaxation. We were not the typical tourist looking to go to the Grand Palace, nor Patpong, China Town, etc… we were happy to stay at the hotel to relax and be pampered, and for that we enjoyed it, BUT the fact that we didn’t enjoyed the restaurant was an issue, bringing us to areas like Silom every night, fact that not even with their schedule luxury speedboat to the BTS Skytrain at Saphan Taksin Bridge, just 25 minutes away, could solve.
The Siam is located on the Bangkok side of the Chao Praya River, at the base of Krung Thon Bridge in historic Dusit district. This area is home to all of Bangkok’s must-see cultural sights. Vimanmek Teak Palace Museum and Dusit Zoo are 5 minutes away by car and a boat ride to the Grand Palace takes just 15 minutes. So if you chose to experience this, or take a slow pace visit to Bangkok, then you will be right in heaven. Ideal for those looking to relax, for those looking to guard their privacy. Now if you are a first timer to Bangkok, well then make a list of your priorities and if staying at small luxury property which reflects the period of Bangkok’s greatest grandeur, under King Rama V, with Art Deco accents is one of them, then you are on the right path to a great experience.Carlos Melia Luxury Travel Curator – www.carlosmelia.com
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