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The Siam
Ranked #1 of 862 Hotels in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Palm Desert, California
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“Exceeded Expections”
Reviewed 7 May 2014

This was our first trip to Bangkok and we were undecided between staying at the Mandarin Oriental or The Siam. At the strong urging by our travel agent, we chose The Siam. We were certainly not disappointed. After flying a total of 22 hours from South Africa, we were looking for some peace and quiet. We found it at The Siam.

When our van arrived at the hotel, we were greeted by a smiling and bowing staff of 6-8 people. At this point we met our butler, "Mac" who quickly became our best friend. During our 4 days Mac always seemed to appear just when we needed him while never being intrusive. He seemed to be everywhere. He even came into the hotel to see us off at 4:30am, and provided us with a beautifully bagged continental breakfast to take with us in the taxi. If we could ever import anything from Thailand our first choice would be Mac.

Before arriving we had indicated that we would like to take part in a 1/2 day Thai cooking class. A month before our trip, we were sent an extensive list of dishes that we could chose from for our class. After spending an hour with the chef in a local market selecting ingredients, we were taken to a beautiful small indoor/outdoor room that was set up for our class. There were 3 identical cooking stations along with a beautiful table set for the two of us. We were given printed copies of the dishes selected. The chef described the first dish and then cooked it at her station. We tasted it so we would know the right way to do it. Then it was our turn to each prepare the same dish at our own stations. Of course, Mac was right there with us to answer any questions. He also likes to cook and had spent time in the US, so he was very helpful in recommending ingredient substitutions we could find at home. We repeated this process for our 3 chosen dishes. We have taken many cooking classes all over the world, but never have we had such an elegant and interesting experience.

Our River-view suite had river view, but only from quite a distance. If a river view is important, we would recommend springing for a villa. The room was huge and very comfortable with just about every amenity anyone might want, including many English TV stations and a large inventory of free in-room movies. The entire hotel is home to a very impressive collection of art. Just walking to our room or breakfast we really enjoyed the beautiful and peaceful surroundings. We used the complimentary boat transportation provided by the hotel to visit other parts of the city, including time spent at the Mandarin Oriental. In retrospect, we believe we make the right hotel choice.

Room Tip: If we return we will stay in a villa.
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 May 2014

This was my first trip to Bangkok and this hotel was recommended by the travel agent for luxury and for getting away from the crowd. She was right!! The hotel property was impressive and tastefully decorated. It felt a bit like being on a movie set with all the antiques displayed nicely around the hotel property. The rooms were equally impressive and large. Tons of closet space and a sitting area, comfy large bed, and a more than generous bathroom space. What impressed me the most though was the service by the staff. No grumpy faces, just a bunch of genuinely happy workers who all remembered my name. I remember the spa staff (who got to now me quite well over the two days I stayed here) and I especially remember Jill since he showed me to my room and made recommendations for activities. I had a tour guide (arranged separately) for activities around Bangkok and Jill had the presence of mind to call the tour guide and ensure that I set aside some time before I leave to enjoy a complimentary massage that was arranged when I booked my room. That's service for you, when the hotel staff ensures you take advantage of their complimentary services! The hotel is a bit of a distance out from the city and I never utilised their personal ferry since I had access to ground transportation. I also stayed one night at the St Regis which was easier for getting back to the airport. Overall I would highly recommend The Siam. I got my money's worth and received top class treatment in the process.

  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with friends
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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2014

This is a very special hotel. As others mention it is a boutique with only 39 rooms. We were fortunate enough to stay in on of the villas. Just prior to Easter.

Overall the hotel has a rarely achieved understated elegance , the villas are huge with external courtyard, second floor sunbathing deck, 20 plus foot ceilings in bed and bathrooms. There is extensive attention to detail in design and service nothing is missed here. I have to congratulate the team I have been fortunate enough to stay in some fantastic hotels and as a city escape this beats them all.

Pool and gym are amazing and the service is better then other leading hotels in Bangkok including the oriental and Peninsula.

The hotel had a huge collection of curiosities and antiquities woven into the design so take the opportunity to explore the library and other common areas.

Location is commented on by some and this hotel is not as central as others but has a regular river boat shuttle and taxis are readily available. My view would be it's not the hotel for a first time stay in Bangkok or those simply wanting a one night shopping stopover. However if you want a luxurious escape sting striking distance of the action , a first leg of a honeymoon, an indulgent recluse or simply a more personalised standard of everything then this is your hotel.

My only suggestions for improvement, and it was hard to think of one, was I struggled to control the air conditioning in bathroom independently of the bedroom. Minor but when you see the enormous bathroom you will understand why you may want to regulate separately

Congratulations to the team well done

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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 19 April 2014 via mobile

This hotel has all the right reasons to call itself a 6 star hotel. The rooms are amazingly big for a city hotel. The only hotel with pool villas in Bangkok. If you like peace and exclusivity, the Siam is definitely the place to stay. The big difference between The Siam and other big chain hotels (Peninsula, Mandarin Oriental) it feels like you're at home, with the butler very attentive to your needs. The GM makes or breaks a hotel, Jason Friedman certainly adds his sparkling personality to this gem !! Thank you for making our stay unforgettable.

Stayed April 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We were shocked to find out that this gem of a hotel only had 39 rooms considering the size of the place. Our room was huge, really huge. Walking into the room you enter a sitting area that has a sofa, coffee table and bar with large flat screen TV. It was separated by wall with curtain entry into the large bedroom area again with a big TV. Keep going deeper and you reach the bathroom that's as large as most hotel rooms and loaded with upscale amenities. The grounds are beautiful with gardens, antiques and pathways. The two restaurants served traditional Thai meals and great breakfasts (included). Enjoy your meal while overlooking the river and all it's activity. This is an amazing hotel!

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Arzier, Switzerland
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

We just stayed 4 nights at The Siam with our 5 months old daughter. Our stay was perfect in all points, and we totally recommand this hotel -a real small luxury hotel.
The first point we loved is that the whole staff knows your name upon your arrival, it makes you feel very special. Everyone is super nice, helpful and accomodating.
For example, they let us take our breakfast at 1pm although it is served until 11am, but they arranged it because they knew our daughter was very jetlaged. The butlers are very helpful, arranged our online check-in for our flight to Phuket, etc.
The breakfast is "à la carte", an amazing choice of sofisticated and simple dishes. You can order all those you want. Great experience, compared to the usual buffets.
Excellent thai restaurant, fine cuisine, probably one of the best ever experienced (and we have tried many during our numerous trips to Thailand).
The rooms are spacious and clear, very nicely decorated.
The whole hotel is actually a piece of art, since the owner is an art collector and exhibits pieces of his collection there... beautiful collection of antics!
We totally recommand the hotel in all points, may you travel in family, couples, single or business, we will definitly be back next year once our daughter is grown up enough to handle more visits in Bangkok.
Thank you to the Siam staff for making our stay in Bangkok memorable and peaceful!

Room Tip: If you want river view you need to book the Pool Villa Riverview, no river view from the rooms. Al...
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  • Stayed April 2014, travelled with family
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2014

Possibly THE most beautiful hotel we've ever stayed at. Nothing was left to chance, every amenity, service, detail perfectly done. The staff was incredibly professional and warm. The breakfast served daily was spectacular and abundant. Truly no stone left unturned. We ended our 3 week trip to Thailand here, and had we started at The Siam first, not sure we ever would have left to see the rest of the beautiful country. Jason is a fantastic manager, very warm, very hands on, very experienced. Truly a memory making place.

Room Tip: we had a large room with a sitting area with bay windows. cappuccino machine in room, lovely
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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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Property: The Siam
Address: 3/2 Khao Road | Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok 10300, Thailand
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
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 862 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):
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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