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
My husband and I stayed 3 nights at The Siam at the end of April. Wow, what an experience! From check-in, our own personal butlers (Gub and Serat were amazing! Our every need and inquiry was seen to!), the breakfast, the spa, the location - all incredible. You were made to feel pampered and in the lap of luxury. Apart from the high-level of customer service, the best thing about The Siam is it's location. Do no hesitate to stay here - the water taxis are FAR preferable to sitting in Bangkok's atrocious traffic. Just hop on one of their many boats and see temples, the market, restaurants, etc. We had one of the best rooms facing the pool - comfortable, private plunge pool, spacious. We'd highly recommend a stay at The Siam.
I had the opportunity of staying at The Siam this time for work and really loved my stay. The staff were very hospitable and the garden suite was stunning. The spa as wonderful and for the first time in my life, I actually fell asleep during the massage. From breakfast to their little cozy cafe and the breathtaking rooms, this place is a must visit when in Bangkok. Little gem away from the chaos of Bangkok.
Impeccable service. Before, during and after my stay. I have visited the Siam several times in the past and they have always been good experiences. On my last visit on a work trip, I had left a camera lens behind - the picture perfect hotel calls out to be photographed and I had been running around taking some photos. I hadn't realised it but had left a camera lens not in the room but somewhere on the hotel grounds. I did not realise this until almost 2 weeks after my visit when I was looking for the lens. It could have been anywhere but I thought I'd try contacting the hotel too. Within minutes, they confirmed that they had found a lens but did not know who it belonged to and were waiting for someone to claim it. They made arrangements for it to be returned to me and in time for my next shoot too! Truly a testament to how amazing Nick and his team at the Siam is. A great hotel with a wonderful heart.
It is well worth a trip to Bangkok in order to stay at this hotel.
From the greeting and pick-up at the airport, the reception upon arrival, to every detail of our three day stay, was impeccable. Friendly, elegant, relaxed and gracious. Stunning interior, an immense and broad collection of art, from antiques to artifacts. We never had to get in a vehicle again, after arrival. We were able to take their private boat to the main tourist sites. We were provided with a cell phone that had much useful information while we were out, and with which we easily called the hotel when we wanted to be picked-up.We were with our teenage son, who had a great time as well. He had his own room and we took a splendid room with a private pool, where we all hung out together. I can't wait to go back.
The staff and management at this wonderfully curated hotel worked seamlessly to look after our every need and exceeded all our expectations. There is a level of attention to detail, thoughtfulness and graciousness in the Siam team that you rarely, if ever, observe elsewhere. Truly impressive service and an impeccable property. Without peer in Bankok.