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The Siam
5.0 of 5 Hotel   |   3/2 Khao Road | Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand   |  
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Bangkok, Thailand
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“Serene”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

Located in the bustling area of Bangkok but when you go inside the Siam, you can feel tranquility. The restaurant has a view of the Chaopraya river thus give you private ambiance with your friends or your love one. Antique Thai house standing among coconut trees renders authentic Thai cuisine savory. Absorb real Thai style here.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 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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Bangkok, Thailand
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62 reviews 62 reviews
28 hotel reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

What a Hotel....unbelievable.....a definite must see.

Went for afternoon tea and had a wonderful experience.The food was great, the service was great, the ambiance was great.

After afternoon Tea we asked if we could see one of the Hotel Rooms and they were very kind in taking us through a plush,elegant, luxury, unforgettable room tour.I am saving up(may take a year) to spend just a night here....simply stunning.

Then we hopped on their private boat for a beautiful 30 minute ride back to Silom Pier.

Wonderful afternoon....will be back!

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

This hotel is beautiful. The modern building has breathtaking antiques displayed in the public areas and in the rooms. It stretches right down to the river and that's where the bar is! What a wonderful place for a drink. It is small and peaceful - a true retreat from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok.

Room Tip: I cant imagine there would be a bad room in this hotel!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

The Siam, as expected - from other reviewers, write-ups, and its website - is a beautiful hotel. Its tasteful Art Deco style is brought out in the lamps, flooring, and even in the structure of the walls. the gems of antique curios littered throughout the hotel are delightful and cute. It felt like staying at somebody's house, a mansion of a very rich reclusive uncle of sorts.

We had the most basic room and even then, it was very large, a sitting room separated by a wall panel and heavy draperies to a large bedroom and then finally to the oversized bathroom. The bath fittings were Hansgrohe - no expense spared - the bath tub luxurious. Even the toiletries smelled wonderful.

So, it was a beautiful hotel, with good service throughout, very good food - at cafe cha (high tea set included very well made scones and real clotted cream) or at Chon the main restaurant (as breakfast was included, I tried a variety of dishes and all were delicious, especially the bakery basket, fried noodles, French toast), or at Art Deco bar, it was memorable, the free boat shuttle to central pier was convenient, the cooking class I signed up for was wonderful and fun (many thanks to Chef Thawachin and another female Thai chef). I particularly enjoyed the tableware - they were all carefully selected- and room service was efficient and quick and friendly. The fish ball noodles was light but very complex and sophisticated. Wish I could have it again. There was also free wifi, and good tv selection with free movies that encouraged lounging in bed and relaxing. While we didn't try the spa, it looked beautiful and I'm sure, very good (but costly).

But I wouldn't return again. The problem with The Siam is that there is no place to 'hang out'. Yes the room was large and I'm sure those pool villa suites even more so but still, I'd want a cafe that is air conditioned with at least a few other people around. But cafe cha was only open on weekends from 2pm. And only then, a very small section was air conditioned and the other parts with all tide beautiful hanging ferns were too damn hot. Chon was not air conditioned, at least not at ground level. Art Deco bar was, but as with all others, it felt so empty.

Perhaps it was the low season, and it might be a good thing if you were there having a torrid affair and want utmost privacy, but it felt almost soulless. And in a hotel like this, where I would love to hang out in, there was no place to as the corridors were too warm, the air conditioned cafe not open, many areas non air conditioned. But, heading out is no easy task as it's not exactly central (eg compared with the clusters of hotels like Hyatt, four seasons), and the boat ride to central pier was a good 35 mins in the blistering heat. The pool was also very small, so it wasn't a viable hang out option, with deck chairs a level below the pool so one couldn't simply slip out of the chair and slide into the pool easily.

Perhaps the management could glass off the ceiling in the central courtyard by cafe cha, air condition the entire area, and there, a cool oasis with hanging ferns and fountains and inviting tables and chairs. That would draw the crowds. Also, offer ice bottled water for guests taking the boat shuttle - shouldn't that be a given??

For the price we paid, I did expect a lot. Everything was marked up - from an iced tea to hiring a car to take us to the airport - all of which I don't mind as it IS a luxury hotel, but it didn't deliver what it promised to. I expected more.

It was en experience to have stayed at The Siam but If I could I would simply have an afternoon weekend tea and roam around the hotel and not even stay a night. BKK is v competitive with the range of hotels so net net, this was good, but not quite worth it.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

I recently had the pleasure of staying at the Siam for the second time. The first time was when they had just opened and not all areas were complete. Returning now in March was a true pleasure! Needless to say they remembered us and instantly addressed us by name, which is always special.

We stayed in one of the stunning pool villas, which are designed in a way - well you just dont want to leave. After a late night, we opted for room service breakfast which was beatifully served with many unusual little details. We enjoyed it on the large day bed just soaking in the atmosphere. The butler was very attentive and could read our mood for a relaxing day and just checked up on us on a regular basis - attending to our every need. We even had the charming general manager Jason passing by our window to make sure we were fine !

The restaurants and the pool area are so beautifully made and the staff are obviously very well trained and take great pleasure in what they do.

Yes, it is tru that the hotel is slightly far away from the buzz in the city, but the transport issues are easily overcome and the lovely boat ride to and from the hotel is charming and adds value to the Bangkok experience. It is truly a hotel to not just sleep, but to enjoy and take advantage of when visiting Bangkok.

We loved it and will be back - and will hopefully try out their Spa the next time, which looks amazing but we simply ran out of time.

Room Tip: Opt for a Pool Villa - they are unusual and simply stunning
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with friends
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

We stayed twice at The Siam the last two weeks of March and it was magical. From the moment you arrive and are greeted by the incredibly kind and attentive staff, you know this is no ordinary hotel. The architecture of the building is striking-- think a modern Asian take on the Musee d'Orsay! It is open, light and filled with the extraordinary Thai and Chinese art and artifacts collection of the hotel owners. Walking through the public spaces of the hotel is a joy, each time focusing on different pieces of wonderful art or appreciating the exquisite interior gardens. Being situated on the river is just delightful-- both to sit and enjoy a cool drink while the boats glide by and to hop on the hotel's boat service and avoid the impossible Bangkok traffic.

The rooms are spacious, well designed, comfortable and beautiful-- designed with a modern sensibility. Bathrooms are large and well laid out.

The food is fabulous. Since this was most in our family's first trip to Bangkok, we ventured out to some of the better rated restaurants and ended up finding the food at The Siam better than any we had outside. And sitting on the beautiful terrace and watching the river life pass by is just enchanting.

But, what truly distinguishes The Siam is the service. And, as everywhere, this begins at the top. The General Manager, Jason Friedman, is superb-- he seems to be everywhere, attending to each guest's needs and making sure that his/her experience is nothing short of perfection. He has trained his staff superbly and it shows! Our butler, Ahn, made our stay seamless and stress-free, carefully unpacking and packing our things , making sightseeing and dining plans and even arranging to fix one of our travel bags that had been broken en route! And, the hotel even offered kick boxing lessons in which our teenage sons participated and loved.

Having experienced the oasis that is The Siam, we would never stay anywhere else! Many thanks to Jason and all of the wonderful staff for a completely delightful and wonderful stay.

Room Tip: Any rooms from which you can see the river!
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled with family
    • 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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We have stayed twice at The Siam in the last 10 days and loved it. The room was large and well laid out and the bathroom expansive with a seperate shower and bath. The service was seriously attentive and pretty seemless. The restaurant on the river offered both al fresco and air conditioned dining and was excellent. Its location can be challenging and we used the river rather than roads and taxis. The biggest difference from our previous stays at the Peninsula and Oriental was scale and the absence of crowds in the lobby areas and bar/restaurants which resulted in a much more private experience. We are going back again next week after travelling in Burma and are already looking forward to it.

Room Tip: 308 had a river view but was quiet.
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  • Stayed April 2013, 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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Address: 3/2 Khao Road | Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
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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 #7 of 750 hotels in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Hotel Class:5 star — The Siam 5*
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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