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“Modern Art Deco/ traditional Thai boutique hotel, but not for first timers to Bangkok”
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The Siam
Ranked #1 of 889 Hotels in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 1 July 2013 via mobile

The building itself is impressive - it is new and modern with an Art Deco and traditional Thai twist. It also feels a bit like a museum with antiques all over the hotel displayed in style. The room is beautiful, large, modern, high ceiling with a Thai style look roof.

As for service, I was supposed to be picked up from the Mandarin by boat but they didn't come and told me to wait another 1.45 hours. I ended up going by taxi. They managed to redeem themselves with the excellent service over next couple of days , including giving me a complimentary massage to compensate. The Spa is beautiful and the muay thai massage very good. The butler service was excellent - I couldn't find kettle and coffee in the room and they delivered an espresso machine, I asked for sewing kit to sew back a button and they offered to do it for me.

I would not recommend this hotel for first timers to Bangkok. It is far away and not close to BTS. But if u want to chill in a stylish hotel and stay away from the crowd, it is perfect. The swimming pool is a bit small though. It is a lap pool that fits 2 ppl doing laps but it's a boutique hotel and not crowded at all. The Thai restaurant was fantastic.

  • Stayed: June 2013
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5  Thank le_petit_poisson
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Reviewed 25 June 2013

It's a vastly different hotel from any others in bangkok, a combination of resort and city hotel. It's located next to the river, on the side where you can still easily access to other parts of the city. Without traffic, you can easily get to the town center in 15mins by cab.

We were treated like a king the moment we stepped into the hotel. Staff were extremely friendly and seem to be always around to cater your needs without being too intrusive. Tried the spa there and the experience was divine. Gym was well equipped with good outdoor lighting and contemporary decor. we also had dinner at Chon restaurant and everything was delicious. The restaurant is inside a small hut with nice river view. Good atmosphere and our dinner time passed by quickly. The food was so good that we were glad we took the cooking class the next day to learn the recipe of couple dishes.

The architecture and interior are one of its kind. I would probably say it's a mixture of colonial influence and Thai substance. Unlike other hotels in Bangkok, all the details are finished with good quality and taste.

To sum it up, we were blown away by the food, facilites, decor and service. what more can we ask for? We wanna try the villa next time with a private rooftop, sound awesome right?

  • Stayed: May 2013, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Stephen T
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Reviewed 24 June 2013

Outstanding service, amazing food and beverage. Some of the BEST THAI food, I have had in Bangkok. Difficult to find but once there, all worth the effort. I am proud to be living in a city with a hotel of this caliber. We have only stayed there one weekend but dine there frequently. The bar on the pier is so relaxing and so BANGKOK and they open as long as you drink! No closing hours. A real treat for someone that gets off of work late. Don't miss the hamburgers also!

Room Tip: Get a pool villa!
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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2  Thank theoysterking
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Reviewed 20 June 2013

This property is a dream, the taste is amazing, the service excellent, the rooms are vast and each different, all is perfect, you are in a mini paradise, where the house of Jim Thomson has been rebuilt in the river front and is a cosy restaurant, there is a cinema, a magnificent spa, not sure you should try the elephant dung coffee. It is a great place where you feel out of Bangkok, and you are still in .... We loved the pool that is so elegant !

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Thank polyakov123
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Reviewed 19 June 2013

After visited more than 20 luxury hotels in Bangkok in the past 10 years, I really expect the visit of the Siam could be extraordinary, and honestly speaking, I'm satisfied with it, but not completely prefect.

The hotel itself is absolutely the best in current Bangkok, the room, the breakfast, the service, so I'll only tell the cons.

The greatest problem of the Siam hotel is transportation. It is too difficult to come and go at daytime. we tried to move from Okura Prestige Bangkok in Chitlom to the Siam and waited taxi for more than 30 minutes but no drivers wanted to go there, too heavy traffic jam. Finally the hotel staff suggested us to take BTS to a nearer station (Victory Monument) and transfered by taxi, but it still made us to stuck in the traffic jam for almost one hour(but if no traffic jam, just 10 min taxi drive). It means that it will be very difficult for guest to go anywhere else in Bangkok at day time. Although hotel provides alternatives : shuttle boat to Saphan Taksin Pier, it takes 30 min to get there and the last boat leaves hotel at 1920 and returns at 2000 PM, too early for any evening activities.

There are some minor imprefections which I'd like to mention: first, although the Siam has complimentary wifi, the speed is extremely slow (slower than airport free wifi). Second, there is NO audio system, although hotel have good music choices, they only let music come out from TV. And there are NO complimentary minibar or local calls. The Siam charges one coke for 170 Baht (which just cost 20 Baht at 7-11)! Also we were charged 10 Baht each for 5 local calls(make massage booking), it seems cheap, but if you ask hotel staff to call for you, it's free. We called ourselves just because we don't want to bother hotel staff, but then we have to pay, isn't it rediculus? . The Siam is the most expensive hotel nowadays in Bangkok, 9000 Thai Baht per night plus service and tax, however, nothing is free and you have to pay extra even just a coke.

One other thing I'd like to remind other guests, the hotel is full of antiques everywhere even in the rooms, and the bedroom is too large with photos and exhibition cabinet, guests might have a feeling that was sleeping in a museum.(if you are afraid of that, don't stay here). I have to admit the first night I didn't sleep very well because I had watched many Thai ghost movies before.

The Siam is a resort type hotel, only suitable for those who had visited Bangkok many times and prefer to stay at hotel only but not go anywhere. If you are a new visitor to Bangkok, there are many more appropriate choices.

Room Tip: The basic Siam suite is good enough, the so-called "riverview pool villa" is too expensive...
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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank ricky9301
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Reviewed 17 June 2013

We recently visited the hotel and were bowled over as we arrived via a private houseboat. It truly is a wonderful getaway from the frantic pace of Bangkok. We arranged to be picked up by the hotel boat and enjoyed a relaxing tour of the river on the way to the hotel. On arrival at the private pier we realised that this hotel was something very special. Set back in surrounding gardens, the hotel presents itself very well. As you enter the courtyard, you are instantly aware of the beautiful artefacts around the hotel. The antique pieces are amazing! The place is meticulously maintained with cosy corners everywhere to relax and find a privacy seldom available in the larger chain hotels. We had a traditional Thai lunch in the dining room with excellent views over the river. Food was well prepared and very tasty. As we walked around, we came across so many wonderful nooks. This was only a short visit for us but the friendly staff, the ambience, serenity of the place plus well furnished comfortable rooms and cosy areas within the grounds of the hotel, and an excellent lunch definitely would encourage us to return and enjoy the full facilities. Wow! It really is an amazing break from the hectic pace of Bangkok! By all means enjoy the busy bustling city but take time to relax and enjoy the comforts and welcome of the Siam. We were not staying there on this occasion but definitely would choose to stay there on any visits back to Bangkok.

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with family
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1  Thank B J
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Reviewed 14 June 2013

My stay at the Siam (three nights) is arguably the most incredible hotel experience I have ever had. My wife and I celebrated the final leg of our honeymoon here this week, and our three nights were fantastic.

Pros: The room (a pool villa) and the hotel are impeccable and reflective of a significant investment in quality and service - the room was one-of-a-kind (my own private pool and sunbathing area, exquisite fixtures) and the amenities (pool area, gym with a thai boxing ring, etc.) were absolutely incredible. The highlights of the hotel include the personal butler to help you with any of your travel needs (advice on sightseeing, making restaurant reservations, booking cars). Another highlight is the hotel complimentary boat that can take you to a variety of locations around the city. The breakfast (included in our hotel rate) is all-you-can-eat but also made-to-order and consisted of unmatched quality (for example, the delicious french toast made with truffle honey which trumps any other hotel breakfast I have ever had). Most importantly was the stellar service level; I wanted the final few days of my honeymoon to be unforgettable, and the staff worked tirelessly to add magical moments to our stay. For example, they notified restaurants about our special occasion, they decorated our hot tub with rose petals on our final night for a romantic bubble bath, they offered us a complimentary massage, and they packed a breakfast box in advance of our 6AM flight back to the US. To sum it up, this place is absolutely gorgeous, offers countless services and the staff will do everything possible to make it a perfect stay.

Cons: I can only think of one (very minor) issue with the hotel; becuase it's a new hotel with a limited number of rooms, local taxi drivers are not all familiar with the hotel. As a result, we would have to keep a small card with directions in thai for the drivers to read. I expect this issue to resolve over time, however, and this minor setback is easily outweighed by all of the advantages listed above.

You should DEFINITELY stay at this hotel if it fits within your budget!

  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled as a couple
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Address: 3/2 Khao Road | Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Dusit
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre 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 Airport Transportation
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Ranked #1 of 889 Hotels in Bangkok
Price Range: £330 - £894 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Siam 5*
Number of rooms: 39
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Set on 3 acres of verdant frontage along the city side of the Chao Praya River, The Siam is a private urban luxury resort located in Bangkok's Royal Dusit district. The Siam features 39 of the capital's most spacious suites and pool villas as well as a uniquely historical Thai House, Connie's Cottage. All rooms are outfitted with plush furnishings, super-sized king beds and lofty ceilings. Each suite is individually designed with original turn of the century oriental artwork and antiquities and is catered for by a personal butler. Complimentary WiFi is available property-wide. Guests have an array of superlative amenities at their fingertips: restaurants, cooking school, bar, café, Opium Spa, gym, yoga terrace, Muay Thai boxing ring, beauty salon, library/cinema, infinity pool, gift/antiques gallery, conservatory and traditional Thai houses. The Siam is a member of Preferred Hotels & Resorts. ... more   less 
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