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“Unique hotel on the river” 5 of 5 stars
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The Siam
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3/2 Khao Road | Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #5 of 781 Hotels in Bangkok
Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Unique hotel on the river”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012

My husband and I stayed here in a riverview room in Sept 2012. It is a lovely new hotel that strives to provide a high level of service and excellent food in a beautiful and unique setting. This is not your standard hotel. The main building is reminiscent of a1940's Colonial style black and white home. At the back of the main building are a series of villa type rooms. Our room enjoyed a second floor balcony with a view up and down the river- delightful at night- when Bangkok always looks a bit prettier! We enjoyed drinks on the dock in the evening and a terrific lunch in the Thai style house on the property. Love the kitschy 1940's style decor and the music- Chattanooga Choo Choo was playing while we ate lunch- so cute! Food and drinks were tasty- service unobtrusive yet attentive. The only downside to our experience was the time it took to wade through Bangkok's notorious traffic to get to the central area. Had the river been open (closed because the royal family was cruising the river) the night we were there, I am told we could have taken a boat and avoided the traffic altogether. Regardless, we would happily go back to this little gem in a heartbeat.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    5 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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117 reviews
30 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2012

I have just spent 2 nights at the Siam and Rae it one of the best hotels I've visited. Service was flawless and very friendly. Rooms are large and really well appointed. We used the hotel limo both evenings. Used the pool, spa/massage and ate in for breakfast. The hotel arranged for a long tail boat to take us on a river cruise and had beers on ice in the boat and gin and tonics waiting at the dock when we arrived back. Will return and use this as my base whenever in BKK

Stayed November 2012, traveled on business
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Amsterdam
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16 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2012

On our 3rd visit to bkk, we found this hotel through he slh.com website! After our flight from Amsterdam we're picked up by the hotel driver from the airport, which secures you with a hassle free arrival to the hotel.

Being very warmly welcomed by the front office staff, and than the butler with the inroom check in is very comfortable. The hotel is just gorgious; the decorum modern luxury with decorations of a rich historical past...

When it comes to the looks this hotel certainly has the wow factor we look for while traveling!

The old traditional thai houses in the riverfront with the restaurant is fabulous, quality of the food, the kitchen staff & waiters...

Writing this on a sunbed at the riverside next to the pool of the hotel, I could ask myself...Need anything else???

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

Rarely do I give such high scores to a property. The hotel is first rate, overseen by our 2 butlers, Vit and North, and the restaurant was fabulous thanks to Nat. I loved the location of our room 101, the F&B options, the private taxis on the water, the Spa options (except: no reflexology!) and more. I think that the hotel being up and out of the way far makes up for the extra time it takes to persuade a taxi driver to make the journey. Contact me for any specifics.

Room Tip: Room 101 is our favorite.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Battambang, Cambodia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2012

Forget The Oriental! If you want Bangkok's finest, this is the place. Brand new, and a true luxury experience in the heart of Bangkok's administrative capital. It's as much a museum as a boutique hotel, as the owner extensively collects bric a brac from both Parisian and Bangkokian flea markets, and everything in mint condition. Add to that, paleolitic urns from Ban Chiang, a massive Han dynasty coach and horses (about 1 metre square!) gracing the lobby, Ming dynasty figurines, ancient Buddhas in antique French vitrines, and you get the picture: An ecclectic masterpiece. "Standard" (ultra deluxe) rooms are fine enough and at 72 sq m v spacious, but I suspect river view rooms are even more delightful! Only 39 rooms in all, so anything here is intimate, and 4 staff per room ratio. There's a hammam, plus day spa, Thai kick boxer practice in gym, something for everyone. (We took in the cooking class.) More a destination, than a mere roof over the head. Plan to stay in and enjoy the gallery in all its nooks and crannies, and treat it as a resort.

Room Tip: Fourth floor has gabled ceilings, while third floor ceilings lower but intimate.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled on business
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

In an otherwise frenetic city, one of the newest luxury hotels in Bangkok, The Siam, on the riverside is a calming oasis. From the minute you arrive at the elegant front door you are transported into another era of charm and graciousness, the staff are both elegant and informed, we arrived late in the evening, nothing was too much trouble, we were settled into our beautiful pool villa effortlessly by our butler. The bed was sumptuous, the most comfortable bed we have slept in for a long time. Breakfasts arrived on time and were delicious, all beautifully served, the in-villa dining was so good, we actually only went once to the Deco restaurant. Like the rest of the hotel interior, the design and decor are both fascinating and interesting, modern colonial chic, with so many interesting pieces to look at, it is like being in someone's elegant home with their favourite pieces oom display. The villa included a spiral staircase to the riverview deck, we viewed some lovely sunsets across the river, the river offers a gentle reminder that this city never sleeps, but very relaxing to enjoy drinks and chill out. A lot of thought and insight has gone into this hotel, the style is gorgeous, the staff make you feel very comfortable, leaving was a wrench to the senses, facing up to the world again, but we definitely left feeling refreshed and eagerly look forward to staying again and exploring more of this very unique hotel.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Paris, France
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34 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

Bragging rights to all of us who forever more get to call ourselves among the first guests of Bangkok's new and completely out-of-this-world hotel. Just 39 high ceilinged guest rooms and ten drop dead Deco inspired villas smack on BKK's Chao Praya River a few miles north of the royal palace, this is THE place to stay whether its your first trip to the Thai capital or fifty-first. Staff trained at swanky Thai addresses like the Chedi Chiang Mai and Four Seasons Tented Camp, so service was seamless from the first days. The food is sublime and incredibly authentic, even the bagel tasted more Brooklyn than Bangkok while the Thai food had to pass muster with the Thai high society owners, so I am told. Save room in your schedule to mingle among the other guests over sunsets on the boat landing lounge. We met such interesting sorts on our first visit in July, and can't wait to see who checks in next time that we do. What was not ready will make it worth another visit, from the cake shop to the Thai boxing excursions. BIG kudos to the absolutely adorable GM Jason Friedman and his perfect staff especially Nawee who kindly gave me a bit of a behind the scenes tour so I could peek at the new cinema, future mani-pedi room, old fashioned barber shop and conference room currently being used to store countless antique treasures. Oh and the spa is not to miss, well priced for talented insightful therapists and all natural Sodashi products. I was skeptical anyone even someone with Friedman's impressive resume (Four Seasons, Aman, Raffles) could up the ante in Bangkok's super indulgent hotel market but The Siam more than proved me wrong, and I loved every minute of it.

Room Tip: History buffs should consider Connie's Cottage, brought from the ancient capital but silk king J...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 3/2 Khao Road | Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 781 Hotels in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Siam 5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Along the River of Kings, nestled amongst Bangkok’s historical palaces, temples and museums, a lucky few will happen upon our boutique gem, The Siam.Set on 3 acres of premium river frontage, our privately owned and operated 39-room luxury retreat will transport you to a bygone serenity suffused with priceless antiquities, oriental allure and contemporary comforts.Conceived by Krissada Sukosol Clapp and globally acclaimed architect and designer Bill Bensley, The Siam features Bangkok’s most spacious suites and is the kingdom’s premier urban resort offering intimately private pool villas with open-air roof terraces.For an unforgettably unique experience, relish the exclusivity of dining or staying in one of four traditional Thai teakwood houses sourced by silk tycoon, Jim Thompson, and former socialite owner, Connie Mangskau. In these homes, Connie hosted an array of cosmopolitan characters including Jacqueline Kennedy, Henry Ford, John Rockefeller and Roger Moore.An irresistible array of bespoke cultural amusements awaits you at The Siam: explore Bangkok by boat from our private pier; indulge in pampering at our seductive spa; explore the grounds and discover a veritable treasure trove of curios or simply unwind with a sunset cocktail at our riverfront bar.Whatever your desire, we await you with delight… ... more   less 
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