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Ruth’s Blog: The Siam Hotel, Bangkok

There are few low-rise hotels in Bangkok, the city is far more known for its skyscrapers, but when I found out about the Siam, I jumped at the opportunity to spend a night at this outstanding establishment.

That night happened to be my birthday.

The Siam Hotel is situated on the Chao Phraya River, and they offer a complimentary shuttle boat service to dodge the often-gridlocked street traffic. What a way to see the skyline of Thailand’s immense capital.

From the moment the doorman opens the taxi door, the service is impeccable. The lobby is inside an atrium, filled with exotic plants, large comfy sofas, and an almost unique atmosphere for a city hotel.

A personal butler is allocated to every room. They are discreet and always on hand to help guests get the most from Bangkok and their stay. My butler’s fabulous name was Bright; his English was excellent and he had a wealth of knowledge about the hotel and the surrounding areas.

After a refreshing drink and a swift check-in, I was shown what would be insulting to call my room. The Private Pool courtyard suite was enormous.

When Bright pushed open the high double doors, I was rendered speechless. This was an incredible space - a large, visually stunning courtyard, partly shaded with sunbeds, a small table and a private pool. There was an iron spiral staircase leading to the private rooftop sunbathing area.

The inside was equally spectacular with high ceilings, tall windows, copious amounts of wardrobe space and a bathroom with a HUGE tub and a separate walk-in shower!

It was beautifully decorated in black and white, and I was mesmerised and excited to explore the hotel further. It was designed by Bill Bensley, who also designed one of my other favourite hotels in Thailand, The Slate in Phuket.

There are antiques everywhere in the public areas and the building is a mix of art deco and traditional Thai furnishings. It’s an eclectic mix of understated luxury with quirky twists which works incredibly well.

My favourite room was the vinyl one and as a lover and user of the old stuff, I made sure to spend quality time with some solid 80’s tunes along with the authentic crackles.

The hotel ferry brought me back from my afternoon out and I enjoyed coffee overlooking the river accompanied by a gorgeous surprise when a few of the team brought me a delicious chocolate birthday cake.

Following an evening’s celebration with family, I enjoyed a most comfortable night’s sleep and after a freshly cooked à la carte breakfast, I wandered around the resort some more, fascinated by several rooms filled with antiques both for sale and show.

It’s unbelievable to think that this hotel is in the middle of busy Bangkok - it is so tranquil and is a perfect urban oasis to return to after a hectic day in the city.

I loved my experience at the Siam and can’t wait to return.


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