There is nowhere else in Bangkok quite like the Siam Hotel. For starters, it’s owned and run by a Thai rock star, Kamala Sukusol, and her son Krissada. The boutique property includes mid-century timber buildings built by the legendary silk baron Jim Thompson, as well as open and modern structures, with a focus on harmony and comfort, designed by one of Asia’s best-known architects, Bill Bensely. But beyond the glamorous background, it’s the design of the Siam that makes it stand out the most. There’s a 1920s jazz theme mixed in with some Asian colonial flair; the result—with lots of open spaces, natural light, antiques, potted plants, and a black-and-white palette—is simply beguiling. The views of the river here lack temples or interesting landmarks, but it’s a lazy spot to watch boats go by, which adds to the relaxing atmosphere. Service is personalized and extremely professional, as you'd expect from a property of this caliber. In all, this is the closest thing one can find to a resort in Bangkok, and it is one of the most stylish accommodation choices to boot.
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The Siam is situated in the historic Dusit area, which was a favorite getaway location for King Chulalongkorn around the turn of the 20th century. Although today it's not the most scenic section of the Chao Phraya River, there are a few fine buildings in the area—most notably the Vimanmek Teak Mansion, an expansive former royal palace that is just a five-minute walk from the hotel. The popular Dusit Zoo is also close. Around the hotel are a few local food stalls serving cheap noodle soup and the like for breakfast and lunch. The hotel has its own dock, though it’s a 25-minute boat ride to Bangkok’s main pier. Taxis and cars are, of course, another option, particularly during less busy times.
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Rooms: 39 rooms; from $430. Check-in: 2 p.m.; check-out: noon. Dining options: Chon Thai, with its classy Thai dishes, is the standout of the hotel's handful of dining options, and also includes a Thai cooking school. The setting is in three traditional teakwood houses built for 1960s socialite Connie Mangskau, whose guests in these very buildings included Jackie Kennedy, John Rockefeller, and Roger Moore, among others. Spa and gym details: Opium Spa uses ethically sourced oils and herbs to create its sublime treatments. Unusual offerings include treatments designed specifically for kids and teens. Meanwhile, the gym—which overlooks a Thai monastery—features yoga, tai chi, and Thai boxing.
Who's it for: Lovers of design, luxury, and peace and quiet. Our favorite rooms: Connie’s Cottage is over 100 years old and was once the home of socialite and curio collector Connie Mangskau. The home was moved downriver for the hotel, and has been beautifully refurbished to retain the historical charm while ensuring modern comfort. Getting there: Most taxi drivers won’t know where the Siam is, so make sure you discuss travel arrangements with the hotel prior to arrival.
38 individually designed and curated suites. Themed oriental artwork and antiquities. Deep tubs and walk-in showers. Art Deco-style living rooms with lush furnishings.
Meeting Room—private and corporate events space for 30, 1300 square feet. LCD Projector, AV Screen, and TV. Video-conferencing and independent telephone lines. WiFi internet access.
Fully equipped gym with Life Fitness and Octane equipment. Private Muay Thai boxing ring. Yoga and Tai Chi lesson on adjacent roof terrace. Daily complimentary personal training sessions. Gym overlooks a peaceful monastery. Riverside infinity pool. Jacuzzi beds. Children's splash pool.
Opium Spa—features full-service treatments using Sodashi natural products. Bath House—mosaic and marble clad, hot and cold hammam-style plunge pools. Steam and sauna rooms. Full service salon.
Period-style library featuring a collection of rare, first edition books. French-inspired cinema and private screening room. Private pier, deck, and a floating pontoon over the Chao Praya river. Cooking School—Chef-lead classes in the Chon restaurant's teaching kitchen and include a market tour. Curated antique gift shop and art gallery.
Complimentary Butler service. Limousine service. Tours by Bangkok’s finest private guides. Private boat shuttle between hotel & Saphan Taksin central pier.
The 16 spacious Siam Suites feature oversized King beds, double wardrobes, deep bathtubs, separate walk-in showers, and Art Deco-style living rooms. Suites are all uniquely themed and located on two floors in the Main Residence adjacent to the spa, with convenient access to the gym, library and meeting room. Ideal for solo travelers or couples.
Mae Nam Suite
The 6 bright Mae Nam Suites offer views over the hotel grounds with glimpses of river life while being spacious enough for families. Suites are all uniquely themed and located in the Main Residence adjacent to the spa, with convenient access to the gym, library and meeting room.
Top floor Riverview Suites afford the best views of the river. The 6 suites feature ultra high ceilings and are perched atop the Main Residence with convenient access to the spa, gym, library and meeting room.
Pool Villa Courtyard
Six Courtyard view Pool Villas are scattered throughout the gardens. Every villa features a private swimming pool, internal gardens, and open-air roof terrace.
Pool Villa Riverview
Four Riverview Pool Villas are on the riverfront. Every villa features a private swimming pool, internal gardens, and open-air roof terrace.