Urban luxury hotel with exquisite art & antiques, The Siam hotel feaures stunning lush gardens on the Chao Phraya River and fews mins from Bangkok’s must-see historical and cultural attractions.
Story by Laurence Civil & Wanida Tardivel
A magical hotel stay demands a sense of arrival. This starts when guests are greeted at Sathorn Pier by their personal butler and a bell boy who to take care of the baggage. They are boarded onto the shuttle boat for the 30minute board ride up river to disembark at the hotels private pier. From there they are taken directly to their spacious suites, romantic pool villas, or the truly unique Connie’s Cottage.
The hotel is set on 3 acres of prime river front land that hotelier Sukosol family since 1973. They engaged legendary architect Bill Bensley to come up with a design to accommodate some of the larger pieces of antique collections and to craft dreams into sustainable reality.
Bill drew inspiration from Musee d’Orsay in Paris for the main residence, to create a serene world capturing the colonial architectural elements that King Rama V brought back to Siam. Its lush in natural beauty yet quite simple with the emphasis was on muted colours, black, white, cream and grey. The result is a big hotel that feels small.
It was built from new except for the four Thai teakwood houses that Connie Mangskau and dearest friend Jim Thompson brought down river from Ayuthaya to create Connie’s home where she entertained the likes of Jackie Kennedy and William Holden. Much latter Connie sold them to Kamala around the time the hotel was being built. They were a perfect as they offered a stay experience with another connection to Thai history.
The Siam is a sophisticated, antique-dotted abode best suited for honeymoon couples and families. Kids are welcome in the restaurants. This is more suited to families with slightly older children interested to learn about the Kingdom’s rich history and exploring the old city on near by Ratanakosin Island.