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5.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 23 Oct 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.
Date of stay: October 2012
Room Tip: Fourth floor has gabled ceilings, while third floor ceilings lower but intimate.
Trip type: Travelled on business
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Reviewed 30 September 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.

Date of stay: September 2012
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Reviewed 25 September 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 Jim Thompson, but even standard rooms here are seriously swanky.
Date of stay: July 2012
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

The Siam is an outstanding hotel that has only been open for 3 months. The building is achitectually superb and houses a range of beautiful Thai artifacts and antiques.
The service is of the highest standard and the food exquisite.
Every encounter with staff was highly professional in every way and our every need was met with enthusiasm and pride.
The hotel comprises a succession of buildings leading down to the river, where the hotel has its own private jetty and boat to transport guests into the city, 20 minutes away.
The spa is magnificent, offering a wide range of services in a beautiful environment.
We participated in the cooking school offered by the hotel. The class started with us being escorted to the local market by the hotel's Executive Chef where we toured the wide range of stalls offering fruit, vegetables, fish and meat in great varieties and in authentic Thai style.
Returning to the hotel, we spent 2 hours cooking 3 different meals and enjoying the 'fruits of our labour', (remember, if you do a morning cooking class, be sure to have only a light breakfast as there is so much to sample). The class is held in a beautifully equipped classroom beside the outside dining area overlooking the gardens and river.
The rooms are exquisitely designed and appointed and we could not recommend this hotel hightly enough. A truly beautiful experience from beginning to end!

Room tip: We had a villa by the pool, looking out on to the river. We had our own private pool, terrace retreat and outdoor living area. Just simply superb!
Date of stay: August 2012
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Reviewed 31 August 2012

My wife, son and I stayed at the Siam for five nights. In fact, we were the Siam's very first guests (at least the first guests not in the travel industry), a fact very nicely acknowledged by Jason Friedman, the General Manager with a hand-written note of congratulations.

One of the things that became apparent early on is that the Siam has lofty aspirations - to become the best in a city literally bursting with five star properties. Such becomes apparent in so many ways large and small. Perhaps the most compelling evidence thereof is demonstrated by ownership's investment in the Hotel's human resources - the GM has opened two Four Seasons properties, the Director of Sales and Marketing has experience at three different Aman resorts, and our butler had served at Trisara on Phuket. Each of these gentlemen were intimately involved in delivering superb service at every turn.

On our first night, before we had learned the ropes of the Bangkok Transit System, the Director of Sales and Marketing accompanied my family on the Hotel's launch to the nearest BTS station, made sure we knew how to purchase tickets, rode with us on the train, and then by cab to the restaurant where we had dinner. Earlier that same day, the exceptionally helpful concierge, Khun Teera, arranged for a staff member to run to the store to add talk time to my phone. Most extraordinarily, I didn't have to ask (which is likely a good thing, since I would have been reluctant to do so).

Our butler, North, was similarly exceptional. Each morning, he would review the activities that had been previously arranged for the day and, regardless of the hour, he would be patiently awaiting our return to make sure everything had gone as planned. It always did. I would particularly like to mention that North, in addition to his professionalism, did his work with much grace, warmth, and kindness. We would only hope that, one day soon, we could be so fortunate as to be in his capable hands once again.

Our room, a Riverview Pool Suite, was everything one could hope for. I don't need to describe how it looks, that is easily discovered from the Hotel's website (whose pictures are perfectly accurate representations of what you will see upon arrival). What I could add is the obvious quality of the hard product . . . from the woods used, the fittings and fixtures, the bed clothes, it is apparent that no expense has been spared.

We had two opportunities to eat at the restaurant, Chon. The restaurant has both Thai and Western (Italian, largely) menus. As a lover of all things Italian, I decided to order the gnocchi. Gnocchi is (I have been told) notoriously difficult to do well. In my estimation, they were as good as any I've had . . . little light pillows of sublime goodness!

As wonderful as all this sounds, I do think it is important to realize that, for some, the Hotel's location will be a negative. It is a bit of a long trek (30 minutes) to the nearest BTS station. So, if you've never travelled to Bangkok and want to spend your days (for example) on the BTS traveling from shopping district to shopping district, you'll spend a lot of time in transit. If, on the other hand, you would prefer to allocate your time a bit differently . . . some shopping and sightseeing to be sure . . . but with a focus on getting away to a stunningly beautiful resort hotel in the midst of all the craziness of Bangkok, then the Siam is most assuredly your best bet.

Date of stay: June 2012
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Reviewed 25 August 2012

I just stayed 3 nights at The Siam and are returning for 2 more nights. I think it is best to put it this way....you stay at hotels such as the MO Bangkok, but you "experience" The Siam. It is a totally different concept, design and experience staying there than any other hotel in the city - including the MO and Peninsula.

In fact, in talking with the outstanding staff, The Siam recruited and hired mainly from resorts. They wanted to create an "urban resort" and I think they have pulled it off very well. From Penny who helped with our reservations and plans to North our Butler and the wonderful service of Jone and Bom at the restaurant (as well as the other very nice waitresses) it was a relaxing, personalized stay - an oasis amidst the chaos of Bangkok.

In addition, their spa, Opium, is really outstanding! It is beautifully laid out and the treatments using Sodashi products and specialized massages such as the muay thai (a great mix of Thai and Swedish techniques) really make it all the more relaxing. Special thanks to khun Sombat, Wan, and Roung for the wonderful service and excellent massage.

In addition, you can see the heart and soul of the owner poured into the place. In fact, he decorated and placed his antiques himself throughout the property. You are actually staying in a museum as such and I was told they are making booklets with information on the history of many of the pieces throughout the hotel as sort of a self-guided tour.

The Siam will only get better in time...it is an eccentric hotel and, for me, a wonderful "experience".

Date of stay: August 2012
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