I stayed here because it was featured in Conde Nast Traveler's 154 Best New Hotels in the World in its May 2013 edition and it didn't disappoint. I love the details in the hotel. It is situated within walking distance to a train station and even the Emporium mall, but at the end of the short Sukhumvit 45 road, which makes the area quiet. Upon entering the hotel, there's the Joy Luck Club lounge, which harkens back to the early 1900s design and architecture. There are two vintage Louis Vuitton trunk and it has a library where you can lounge and read books.
(I wish they could provide the option to purchase the books in the library. I saw one book I really wanted, but I was told it was not for sale--and I couldn't find it in any bookstore in Bangkok, which was a shame really. But it's a minor quibble.)
The amenities in the room includes a free minibar and free international and local calls. (Yes, you read that right: FREE international and local calls).
It is very homey and there is an elegance to the way the room and the hotel was designed. That said, this is a hotel that's meant to be experienced and not just slept in. If you're the kind of tourist who just needs a bed to sleep on after a long day of wandering around then this might not be for you. But if you're the kind of tourist who looks for character, loves books, and is appreciative of design and architecture, then this hotel is for you. You need to relish a few moments in this hotel, even for breakfast (which is complimentary), to truly appreciate the beauty of it.
The restaurant serves authentic Thai and Laos cuisine (read: spicy). They're very tasty, but they come in small portions (which is common in Southeast Asian nations). The servers and wait staff are very nice and attentive.
Do not breeze through the hotel as this is the kind of hotel where time is slow and is meant to be enjoyed.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cabochon is a one-of-a-kind boutique hotel located in the heart of Bangkok. Explore, dine and relax surrounded by artifacts collected from all over the world. ... more less
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