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
- 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
If you want to get away from the hustle of Bangkok this is the place to go. An amazing hotel, full of even more amazing antiques everywhere you turn. We were upgraded to a huge suite with everything we could possibly need. Even a cell phone to take with us on our daily excursions! Right on the river, they have their own boat to take you wherever you want to go.
We booked far in advance and secured the "3 nights for 2" deal and even then were still pushing our budget but Wow! was it worth it.
This is, without a doubt, the most beautiful hotel we have ever stayed in. My partner referred to it as a 'James Bond experience'. Our wood paneled room with vintage movie posters, a double height ceiling, separate bar/seating area, huge bathroom with free standing bath, was just breathtaking. It was the biggest and most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. It was an incredible experience - I still pinch myself.
The breakfast choice was huge and absolutely delicious. The hotel restaurant and bar area little pricey but entirely within keeping with a hotel of this standards BUT the mini bar prices were surprisingly reasonable.
We never saw any of the housekeeping staff yet the room was always so beautifully made up, clothes folded, luxurious bathrobes rehung, toiletries replenished .... and in the evenings the bed was turned down, the drapes closed and slippers and a fresh glass of water appeared at our bedside. We even had a lovely 'butler' Tam who took care of everything. We felt so very spoiled..
We made full use of the complimentary boat, a great bonus, to take us to the main sights and into the busier area of town.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel.
One night stay to celebrate friends birthday.
We arrived at The Siam by the hotels boat and as soon as we stepped on board the boat from the city centre wharf the impeccable service commenced.
On arrival we were given welcome drinks and check in was a breeze. We were escorted to our suites by our butler. The rooms are breathtaking, extremely large and well designed. The bed was in the centre of the room and was extremely comfortable. A large writing desk with all essentials was located behind the bed. The bathroom had a large soaking free standing tub and large shower area.
In front of the bed was a lounge and bar area. All aspects of the room were outstanding and we ended up spending a lot of time relaxing and chilling out in the room.
The hotel grounds are very unique. We loved exploring and using all of the facilities. After dinner we chilled out in the common lounge and library area and really enjoyed the movie room.
The restaurant went above and beyond to organise a cake for my friends birthday and I can’t express my gratitude to the hotel for organising this and making my friends birthday such a special treat. The food and service was excellent.
The spa was also well designed and the staff very attentive and gave quality service.
Every aspect of my experience at The Siam was amazing and my only regret was that we did not stay longer.
Make sure you experience this hotel and it’s amazing staff.
One of the best hotels I have stayed at.
When people here say it is the best hotel in the world, I 100% agree. The traditional mixed with modern decor is just so relaxing, you feel just completely at home. I would say the service is the best I have ever had, thanks to Paul and the entire staff. The service at the restaurants rivals what I have experienced at some Michelin starred establishments. The food is truly outstanding, i will be craving those dishes for years to come. The care and thought provided goes beyond what you could imagine. Use of the river taxi takes you to many destinations, turning busy commutes into relaxing cruises. Paul helped us plan our days, thinking of ways to improve our stay and even saved us from wasting time going to places that were closed. Spa is beautiful and treatments are fantastic. If you find a finer hotel anywhere, please let me know cause I would like to go there! Many thanks to the entire staff, you made a huge impression, and I know I will be back to visit someday in the future.
The Siam is hands down one of the most beautiful, magical, and unique hotels I have ever had the privilege of staying at. The hotel is located in the heart of the city, but immediately upon entering you feel like you’re in a different world. The whole place is Art Deco perfection, and nothing I could ever write would do it justice. My very favorite part of my stay was exploring every nook of this splendid hotel as it’s almost like a museum. Every detail was crafted meticulously.
Room: We stayed in room 207 (Mae Nam Suite) which overlooked the courtyard. The room was bigger than my Boston apartment and was one of the most incredible rooms I’ve ever seen. The entranceway was a hall of mirrors, the bathroom was a design masterpiece, and there was separate living area decked out with relics from the past. The rooms had clearly been updated with usb chargers, universal plugs, and they even gave you a free cell phone to use if you want to leave! The room was absolutely incredible and the bed was one of the most comfortable I’ve ever slept in.
Food: Breakfast was included and consisted of a la cart and buffet items. Though it was complimentary, they didn’t skimp at all. Breakfast was lavish, we enjoyed each dish and there was a ton to choose from. We ordered room service one night and though it came very quickly, we were a bit let down here. I asked for my burger well done and it came practically raw. We also didn’t love the salad we ordered but this could have been a personal preference.
Staff: Though we had little interaction with the staff, the interactions we did have were impeccable. I was blown away that everyone addressed us by name and remembered our room number. Our butler was incredibly sweet and front desk staff were extremely accommodating.
This hotel is an absolute, hands down must see. I would travel to south east Asia for one night just to stay at this hotel again. What an incredible place!