What We Love
- Enormous, individually themed suites and pool villas with custom-made furniture, comfy beds, and antique furnishings
- Excellent food, from the generous alfresco breakfasts to delicious Thai curries
- Sunset cocktails at the bar on the private pier
What To Know
- It’s a half-hour boat ride to the closest Skytrain stop; best to try your luck with a taxi, but not during rush hour
- More suited to well-traveled couples eager to experience Bangkok’s slower side rather than late night party owls or shopping divas
- Floor butlers can be overly eager to please, but a gentle hint can set things right
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
Designer Bill Bensley and his team drew inspiration from Beaux-Arts architecture and the Jazz Age, creating a black-and-white palette and a soaring glass and steel atrium in the main residence. Meanwhile, owner Krissada Sukosol-Clapp scoured Bangkok’s markets and shops for antiques to fill the property, from the etched glass doors to the gym to the old movie cameras in the library. Bona fide artifacts (neolithic Thai pottery) and quirky relics (old movie ticket stubs, vintage sports trophies) fill vitrines and bookshelves throughout the hotel. The 39 suites are dotted around the courtyard beneath the atrium; doors are frosted glass, which means it never gets completely dark. All come with slipper bathtubs, cushy sofas and armchairs, and crisp bed linens, while most of the ultra-private Pool Villas have open-air terraces and pocket-size gardens. Three antique Thai houses salvaged by silk entrepreneur Jim Thompson make up Chon restaurant, where executive chef Blair Mathieson has put together an authentic (read: properly spicy) Thai menu of salads, curries and wok-fried dishes. Next door, Deco restaurant offers high-end comfort food (pork belly with polenta; gnocchi with spinach, gorgonzola and walnuts). Bangkok sophisticates gather for sundowners at the private pier, while Bathers Bar serves up poolside drinks and snacks. Opium Spa offers a wide range of treatments using chemical-free products by Australia’s Sodashi. Fitness fanatics should sign up for personal Thai boxing lessons; the small but well-equipped gym has a mini Muay Thai ring.
In the Area
Dusit is home to a few noteworthy historic attractions. A five-minute walk brings you to Vimanmek Palace, a 19th-century royal residence built without a single nail, while Dusit Zoo is a good way to spend the afternoon with the little ones. Just down river are some of the city’s best-known sights, such as Wat Pho and the Grand Palace (the hotel’s free speedboat can deposit you at the relevant piers). There’s little by way of formal dining in the area, but you’re in luck if you’re a street food fan: Across the street, next to Vajira Hospital, street stalls selling fruit, curries, and noodle soups line Sangkhalok Road from morning to late afternoon.
How to Get There
We were here two years ago but this high class Art Deco oasis is still breath-taking. Some distance from the airport but by the riverside (with its own complimentary boat service) and close to the royal palace and with a wonderful local street-food market in the street opposite ( a great morning walk). We had a huge Mae Nam suite although there are smaller rooms. The furnishings include a large number of genuine antiques, reflecting the interests of the Thai family owners.You are attached to a highly efficient butler who organises whatever you need and the staff are uniformly friendly. Nick, the excellent General Manager, is very much in evidence. The food in the restaurant is very good although it has to be said that twice we clearly ordered one thing and were brought another. Lost in translation ? it's also not this hotel's fault but Thailand has become very expensive because of the way the exchange rate has gone, dropping from 70 baht to the pound to under 40 in the recent past (and less than 30 baht to the dollar). This means many tourists may think twice before visiting the country but we went in October , not high season, and got a 3 nights for 2 deal. Wine remains ludicrously expensive (because of the government taxes), the mini-bar offering a very average Argentinian Chardonnay for the equivalent of 75 GBP. Still, there is always beer. but make no mistake, this is a very special hotel and it's well worth finding a way of getting yourself here.
This is a small boutique hotel not in the heart of the city. The rooms are spacious and the restaurant is lovely. There is a tiny pool on the river bank, and the staff is charming. If you want to be in the action then this is not your hotel. If you want a quiet lovely residence and don’t mind traveling to the sights os Bangkok, you will enjoy this property.
I recently enjoyed hosting my birthday party at the Siam Hotel.
My 40 guests and I will have memories forever.
The cocktail dinner on the lawn by the river then the After Party at the Deco Bar.
What a great setup!
The team was absolutely loving & caring; we felt very well taken care of.
The Thai food was excellent.
This hotel is the jewel of Bangkok right by the river.
I am looking forward to seeing the whole team there soon again!