A luxe art deco Bangkok escape
Flaunting a hip sensibility and vintage style completely unique to Bangkok, The Siam is an intimate 39-room luxury boutique hotel. No two suites or pool villas at this trendsetting hotel are alike, with each individually furnished around one specific theme and outfitted with artwork, antiques and other decorative pieces largely sourced by creative director, co-owner and local Thai celebrity Krissada Sukosol Clapp. A common thread for all of The Siam’s gorgeous rooms, however, is a carefully curated design with nods to throwback Thai-style Art Deco, not to mention luxe modern amenities such as complimentary Wi-Fi, flat-screen televisions, walk-in showers and, of course, the services of a personal butler.
The Siam is home to two of Bangkok’s hottest restaurants, the authentic Thai eatery Chon and Art Deco-inspired Deco Bar & Bistro — reservations are compulsory for both — as well as a cheerful all-day bakery with gorgeous outdoor terrace and casual bar located next the hotel’s riverside infinity pool. We also love the range of somewhat uncommon facilities and activities offered onsite, including daily Thai cooking classes at Chon Thai Restaurant, muay Thai boxing training programs at a fully equipped fitness center, movie screenings at a cozy 430-square-foot theater, and a library supplied with rare books on Thai history from Clapp’s private collection.
The Siam is located in Bangkok’s cultural Dusit district on three acres of land along the Chao Phraya River. Reflecting its independent style and contemporary design, this luxury Bangkok hotel is one of the few hotels of this elite class situated in this area of town.
Here, you’ll not only live like Thai royalty, but can also look out on and take short walks to visit the stately Dusit Palace, Vimanmek Mansion — the former home of King Rama V and said to be the world’s biggest house fashioned from teak — and other historic structures with ties to the country’s royal lineage. Dusit Zoo is also nearby, and when you’re ready to get out and see more of the city, The Siam’s private boat can zip you down the river to Saphan Taksin Bridge, where you can board the BTS Skytrain or an express ferry bound for famous sights such as Wat Pho, the Grand Palace and Wat Arun.
Far from your average everyday luxury hotel, The Siam is a funky, upscale boutique property. Together with a team of designers and co-owners that include family members and an award-winning architect, Clapp has created a truly unique Bangkok luxury hotel where each of its 28 suites, located in The Siam’s main building, and 11 private pool villas have their own individual theme and décor. For example, want to experience life in a century-old Thai house? Splash out in The Siam’s exclusive Connie’s Cottage, which was transported down the river from Thailand’s ancient capital city of Ayutthaya and refurbished with modern conveniences and luxuries, while still maintaining its inimitable Thai elegance.
Whichever your choice, all accommodations at The Siam are designed with maximum comfort, with common amenities such as plush king-size beds and a freestanding bathtub with separate walk-in shower.
The Siam has two signature restaurants, a popular all-day café serving artisanal coffees and freshly baked breads, and a chic poolside bar perfect for post-swim cocktails and snacks.
Chon Thai Restaurant is one of the hottest tables in town, a beautiful space (50-seat capacity) located within historic Thai-style teak houses where you can tantalize your taste buds with authentic local dishes that range from savory to out-of-this-world spicy.
As its name suggests, The Siam’s 90-seat Deco Bar & Bistro is a classy, cozy international restaurant inspired by throwback Thai-style Art Deco designs — think stylish monochromatic flooring, vintage mirrors, mixed-metal appointments and expansive floor-to-ceiling windows. Live jazz completes Deco Bar & Bistro’s elegant ambience.
Advance reservations are required at both Chon Thai Restaurant and Deco Bar & Bistro.
The Design Style
Decorated with an eclectic menagerie of antiques, vintage furnishings and one-of-a-kind knickknacks largely sourced by The Siam’s Thai celebrity co-owner and creative director, the hotel has a contemporary design style that places it in a class of its own.
The Siam is practically an exhibition gallery of Thai antiquities, from decades-old black-and-white photographs framed here and there to Art Deco appointments, ornate wood carvings and original artwork. Other design cues at The Siam are taken from Musée d’Orsay in Paris, from a gorgeous lobby atrium to a mild color palette of creams and silver, while mixed natural materials are incorporated throughout the hotel’s grounds, suites and signature restaurants.