A Unique Luxury Hotel in Bangkok
As much as I love Hong Kong, sometimes I’m dying to escape for a change of scenery. It might not seem like everyone’s first choice for a ‘relaxing’ break, but I decided to swap the crowded streets and skyscrapers of Hong Kong for those of Bangkok.
Bangkok, the heart and hub of Thailand, works at its own frenetic pace. The clogged roads, bustling markets, streets lined with hawker stalls and busy canal network can be equally as exhausting as Hong Kong. But all of that fades as soon as you step foot into the white washed, marbled entrance of The Siam, Bangkok.
Away from the main hustle and bustle, The Siam is situated along the Chao Praya river and is the only hotel in the same district as the Grand Palace. Owned by an incredibly talented rockstar Thai family, The Siam is seeped in history yet remains the epitome of modern luxury. The family’s antique collections and one-of-a-kind vintage knick knacks are clustered throughout the hotel, and the Chon Thai restaurant is proudly set in a century old Thai teakwood house (which used to belong to antique dealer and OSS agent Connie Mangksau).
With it’s own shuttle boat service up and down the river, this unique hotel offers a completely different kind of stay in Bangkok. If you’re looking for an oasis in a busy city that’s only a hop, skip and jump away from Hong Kong… I’ve found the perfect place.
This luxury hotel has only 39 rooms, designed by Krissada Sukosol Clapp and globally acclaimed architect and designer Bill Bensley. The Main Residence houses the Siam Suites and the Riverview Suites, and I was lucky enough to bag a stay in a Siam Suite. In the centre of the Main Residence is an almost architectural display of stunning, tall palms, with leaves that reach up to the second floor, giving the sleek white and black decor a burst of colour and an almost greenhouse feel.
Each room is exquisitely designed at The Siam, blending East and West aesthetics to create a uniquely elegant, modern Thai feel. The tall ceilings in my Siam Suite along with the dramatic details such as the hanging light shades and the old wooden Thai signs made for a truly spectacular space.
The room included a little reception area with a TV, a giant (super comfy!) bed, a desk, wardrobe space and at the back was an enormous bathroom. Centre of the bathroom was a grand bathtub which was a real treat to use (especially as I don’t actually have a bath in Hong Kong…) and an epic rain shower. Heaven.
I also had a sneak peek at the pool villas, which were jaw-droppingly stunning. Imagine your own villa complete with a mini pool, terrace, huge bathroom and bedroom! Luxurious is an understatement. In the past, famous figures such as Henry Ford and Jackie Kennedy frequented The Siam, and these days it’s loved by world renowned chefs, pop-stars and actors (not naming any names… but let’s just say this place has had some very famous faces strutting around!).
The Siam has a number of places to dine, including the Chon Thai restaurant, the Deco Bar & Bistro, the Bathers Bar, Cafe Cha and of course, Room Service is available. Expect a mix of classic Thai dishes and Western favourites that are sure to sate any cravings.
All the dining venues are relaxed yet stylish, and you never feel rushed. As for the food itself, the breakfast that we had included with our room was substantial (you can choose one main and from a small buffet bar with cereals, pastries, yoghurt and fruits) and the pad thai was solid, delicious Thai comfort food that I could have eaten every day!
The Siam boasts a special service where each guest is assigned their own butler. The purpose of the butler is to be on call and to help with any request, whether it’s to do with your stay at the hotel or your itinerary for your trip in Bangkok. The butlers try to get to know each of their guests, making time to create a personal connection so that you feel comfortable asking them anything and seeking advice. I couldn’t believe how helpful and thoughtful our butler was even though we were only there for a short stay – he made so many recommendations based on our preferences, and was earnestly trying to make sure we had the best experience possible.
The butlers can arrange all kinds of outings for you, helping you to make the most out of Bangkok. Expect hand-noted maps, well-thought out routes, restaurant reservations and bookings on The Siam shuttle boat. It was incredible service that brought a new meaning to the word attentive and each butler was so kind and polite.
After one night at The Siam I was feeling incredibly relaxed and a world a way from the fast pace of Hong Kong. The gorgeous infinity pool by the river, the turkish-bath style Opium Spa, the timeless feel of the library and the state of the art gym are just some of the wonderful facilities on offer. This hotel is truly spectacular and manages to achieve what so many hotels hope for. The beautiful design of the hotel, the peaceful atmosphere, the accommodating staff – everything was the best of the best, and I would highly recommend The Siam if you are looking for a little slice of heaven in Bangkok. Perfect for those returning to the city a second time and are looking for a more relaxing, luxurious stay, The Siam is a real hidden gem that’s worth finding.
The Siam, 3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand, www.thesiamhotel.com