The Siam Hotel offers a private speedboat shuttle service that takes guests to nearby attractions such as the Grand Palace. // © 2015 The Siam Hotel
Feature image (above): The design of the hotel’s Atrium was inspired by Musee d’Orsay in Paris. // © 2015 The Siam Hotel
The Siam Hotel was an immediate breath of fresh air after traveling in Bangkok’s bustle. This luxury resort excels at transporting guests to a different reality for the following six reasons.
Butlers Are There for You
Guest arrivals are planned well, starting with a welcoming committee that greets guests by name and an introduction to a private butler.
The absence of checking in at the front desk was a welcome change. Siam butlers whisk guests to their rooms while luggage is delivered and cold drinks arrive.
The Siam butlers are like caring personal assistants. They intuitively appear and disappear and are available 24/7, from the first greeting until departure. Butlers oversee every detail of the trip, taking on both concierge and traditional butler roles. Each guest has a morning and evening butler.
Classic and Contemporary
This hotel gem is a part of Sukosol Hotels, a group owned by the Sukosol family. Known for their success in the music and hospitality industry, members of the Sukosol family are also avid curio collectors. Sharing their treasures for guests to enjoy creates a sense connection between the family and their guests as well as an introduction to Siam history and culture.
The result is interesting. I found myself wandering around to take in the fantastic collection including regional Thai antiques, Han dynasty pottery and 18th- and 19th- century curios. Vintage cocktail and travel posters, gramophones, cameras and travel trunks are a few of the cues I found to old-world glamour, the age of jazz and art deco panache.
Plus, the hotel is a beautiful mixture of dramatic and serene, thanks to work by venerable designer Bill Bensley. Verdant ferns, lush landscaping and sprawling gardens are combined with natural wood, leather and stone textures.
There are a total of 16 Siam Suites located in the Main Residence. Suites are spacious with an art deco-inspired living room with minibar, set-up for coffee and tea, a flat-screen television and a large bedroom featuring vaulted ceilings, double wardrobes, luggage racks, an oversized king bed, a sitting area and a desk. Double doors leading to the bathroom showcase a dramatic freestanding bathtub, and there’s also a shower stall with a rain shower and hand-held showerhead.
Another potential splurge is selecting a Pool Villa, which has a private plunge pool, rooftop terrace and courtyard garden. Art and history buffs would appreciate Connie’s Cottage, a 100-year-old house formerly owned by famed curio collector Connie Mangskau and silk merchant Jim Thompson that was transported down the river and reassembled for a unique and private retreat option.
As for Wi-Fi: It works everywhere, quickly and perfectly.
Well positioned along the Chao Praya River, The Siam is near the Grand Palace, administrative buildings and university. The hotel features its own private pier and a luxury speedboat shuttle service. Guests can enjoy stylish commuting to the Grand Palace, the flower market and Wat Pho Buddhist temple all within 20 minutes. The Siam speedboat is a fantastic way to see the city while also avoiding city traffic and taxis. Just five minutes by car are the Vimanmek Teak Mansion and the family-pleasing Dusit Zoo.
Curated Experiences Onsite
The Siam offers a number of curated Thai experiences. Foodies will love the Cooking School, while fitness buffs will be delighted with the luxury gym featuring private lessons in a Muay Thai boxing ring. History lovers can spend countless hours perusing the rare books, art prints and memorabilia in the library. For movie lovers, there’s a private viewing room with retro cinema seats that can be booked privately. Guest can watch vintage Thai films or current movies and order popcorn or a cheeseburger.
For highly personalized beauty, health and wellness services, Opium Spa offers an extensive menu of facials, massage and body treatments. Book some time with globally renowned health expert, Dr. Adrish Brahmadatta, for personalized guided meditation or a yoga session.
Peace and Quiet
Previous guests who reviewed on TripAdvisor who had previously stayed at Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok and The Peninsula Bangkok noted that the biggest difference was the “scale and the absence of crowds in the lobby areas and bar/restaurants, which resulted in a much more private experience.” In my short 48 hours, I felt as if I was visiting old friends in a home filled with beautiful things and a host that offered the best of everything.