A novel luxury concept at the heart of Bangkok
Along the River of Kings, nestled amongst Bangkok’s historical palaces, temples and museums, a lucky few will happen upon our boutique gem, The Siam. Set on 3 acres of premium river frontage, the privately owned and operated 39-room luxury retreat will transport guests to a bygone serenity suffused with priceless antiquities, oriental allure and contemporary comforts.
The Siam was conceived by creative director and celebrity Krissada Sukosol Clapp, together with globally acclaimed architect and interior/landscape designer Bill Bensley, one of Architectural Digest’s ‘Top 100 Designers and Most Creative People’ in 2009.
The hotel is located on the Bangkok side of the Chao Phraya River, at the base of Krung Thon Bridge, in the historic Dusit district. This area is home to all of Bangkok’s must-see cultural sites. Vimanmek Teak Palace Museum and Dusit Zoo are 5 minutes away by car and a boat ride to the Grand Palace is just 15 minutes. Suvarnabhumi airport is reached in a smooth 45-minute limousine ride and the city’s main shopping artery, down-town Siam Square, is just 20 minutes away. Guests can beat Bangkok’s traffic by hopping aboard a luxury speedboat to the BTS skytrain at Taksin bridge, which takes only 15 minutes.
Lead architect Khemvadee Paopanlerd drew inspiration from Paris’ Musée d’Orsay, stating that his work is an expression of how he wishes the world could be: serene, lush in natural beauty, yet quite simple. To emphasise this, a muted color scheme of black, white, cream, grey and neutrals have been combined with natural textures such as wood, weave, leather and stone, not to mention sprawling gardens and verdant shrubs throughout.
The overall setting reflects the period of Bangkok’s greatest grandeur, under King Rama V (circa 1853-1910), with Art Deco accents.
The Siam is an all-suite property featuring 39 of the capital’s most spacious rooms, all outfitted with plush furnishings, super-sized king beds and lofty ceilings. Each room has been individually designed with original turn of the century oriental artwork and antiques. In addition, to make the stay as relaxing and carefree as possible, each room is catered for by a personal butler.
Text: Amura ± Photo: The Siam Hotel, Virtuoso Hotels and Resorts