During my research in the beautiful country of Thailand, a four-year-old Bangkok luxury hotel caught my eye on the outskirts of the downtown area in a more local neighborhood called the Dusit district.
Krissada Sukosol Clapp, famous rock star and film actor in Thailand with two awards under his belt (MTV Asia’s Favorite Thai Artist 2001 and Thailand’s equivalent Oscar for Best Actor 2006) recently added hotelier to the list. While being such a success in the music/film industry, Krissada’s lifelong dream was to follow in his mother’s footsteps and continue on with the hotelier business. A unique luxurious gem on the outskirts of Bangkok, The Siam Hotel sits in the Dusit District, a less touristy neighborhood ideal for connecting with the local culture.
A curated living museum, The Siam Hotel is a place made for spending days roaming the halls and lounging rooms, sifting through artifacts and first edition books, and appreciating the remarkable antiques that Krissada has collected over the years.
Here are a list of things you can experience during a serene stay along the Chao Phraya river.
Each room comes with it’s own private butler for recommending daily activities, making dinner reservations, guiding a walking tour through the hotel, and providing any additional insight to which you need for making your stay the best it could possibly be.
Each of their 39 rooms are uniquely designed. How fitting was it that mine was all about the postmaster. The walls, adorned with old letters written and postmarked envelopes, made this room exude a melange of vintage nostalgia while remaining modern in decor.
An oversized tub for bathing in, with so much open space is the perfect way to end an adventurous day.
The hotel also has sitting rooms in the open courtyard. With two floors filled with tropical plants, the space is reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, where, like magic through the shrubs appears corridors after corridors that lead to a pool.
One of the greatest afternoons I had at the Siam was spent sifting through the library full of first edition books. After making your way across the room, another doorway leads to a room just beyond the library with a private theatre you can reserve for your own viewing pleasure.
The fragrances in the air in Thailand are incredible and even throughout the hotel, the aroma just relaxes the mind and body, which puts you in the perfect condition to visit the spa.
I went straight to get a spa treatment on arrival to the hotel. In combination with the tranquil ambiance of the spa and the full body and foot massage I had, I was transported to one of the deepest relaxed states I’ve ever experienced. The entire place resonated a peacefulness that is continuously reminding me of how I’d love to come back and check myself in JUST for one of The Siam Hotel’s new weeklong spa retreats.
Krissada teamed up with interior and landscape designer Bill Bensley to create the work of art that is The Siam Hotel. The goal was to draw inspiration from Paris’ Musée D’Orsay to create an atmosphere where Krissada could display his antique collection to offer a unique characterized by serenity, beauty and simplicity. Around the hotel, you’ll walk through big white corridors and narrow covered tree paths that lead to the Siam Pool.
Ever had a fantasy of laying on a lounge chair with someone feeding you grapes on your left and fanning you with a giant leaf from your right? Well you’re not going to get that but you will get popsicles and anything else you want delivered straight to your lounge chair on a hot Bangkok day.. The pool also has it’s own bar for sipping on refreshing cocktails after a long dip in the infinity pool.
The Siam Hotel is high on my list in terms of room service excellence, but that’s not the only thing they get right. The first thing I noticed when I entered my room was the fresh fruit basket that was sitting on the coffee table upon arrival filled with dragonfruit and local bananas.
The Café Cha is the ideal spot for grabbing that morning cup of coffee and pastry. It is complete with quaint indoor sitting space and a large outdoor patio, but if you’re feeling restless, you can wander through the serene art deco-inspired gardens in the lobby.
The Hotel is located right on the river, so while you’re a little off the beaten path, it’s easy to make your way back down into the main part of the city. The Siam Hotel also offers a free application complete with a guide to experiencing the best Bangkok – full of ways to make the most of your stay and a personal tool to help explore the city like a local.
Whether you’re looking to plug in more Instagram material or unplug and retreat in this city-escape, look no further than the Siam Hotel in Bangkok. It’s worth the trip!
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