- Style Thai art deco allure
- Setting Right on the river
It's all Jazz Age elegance and art deco luxury at The Siam hotel, situated right on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok. Whimsical touches such as vintage cocktail posters, gramophones and travel trunks accent the hotel, and the rooms all have an air of colonial opulence. The exclusive pool villa, spa, cooking school, muay Thai boxing ring and the location is simply the bee’s knees, darling.
Need to know
- Rooms 39, including 28 suites.
- Rates Double rooms from $595.35 (THB19,185), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.
- More details Rates include breakfast in the restaurant, butler service and a speedboat shuttle between the hotel and Sathorn Central Pier (near Saphan Taksin BTS station).
- Facilities Spa, library, screening room, cooking school, gym, yoga terrace, muay Thai boxing ring, boutique, meeting room, gardens, free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen IPTV, minibar, own-label toiletries. Pool Villas also star plunge pools and roof terraces.
- Poolside Soak up prime river views from the generous outdoor infinity pool beside the Chao Phraya. Sleekly shaped, it's lined with stylish modern loungers and flanked by the handy Bathers Bar for refreshing sips.
- Check–out 12pm, but flexible subject to availability. Check-in, 2pm.
Children The Siam is a sophisticated, antique-dotted abode best suited to grown-ups, but baby cots are free and extra beds for older kids cost THB4,470 a night. Babysitting is THB300 an hour, with 24 hours' notice, and kids are welcome in the restaurants.
- Also Smoking is allowed in outdoor public areas only. Pets are not permitted. A three-night minimum stay applies between 21 December 2012 and 3 January 2013.
In the know
- Our favourite rooms In the Main Residence, the light-drenched Riverview Suites offer dreamy Chao Phraya vistas and a stylish salon for lazy breakfasts. For your own plunge pool, retreat to the separate riverview Pool Villas, which boast lush courtyard gardens and an open-air roof terrace. Fancy extra space? Antique teak house Connie's Cottage has a bedroom upstairs and lavish living area below, and was shipped downriver from Ayutthaya by curio collector Connie Mangskau and silk merchant Jim Thompson.
- Packing tips Binoculars for scoping river boats; yoga gear for sun salutations on the terrace; a camera for snapping the exquisite antiques and art (we love the rare travel books and prints).
- Also Get active with a bout of muay Thai boxing, then chill out in the Opium Spa by Sodashi, which combines soothing treatments with a serene relaxation space. Come evening, the screening room beckons with its retro cinema seats.
Food and drink at The Siam
- Hotel restaurant Occupying an old Jim Thompson teak building, Deco Bar & Bistro is the Siam's main all-day diner, serving delicious breakfasts downstairs and tasty international dishes upstairs, such as lobster salad and goats' cheese souffle (alongside a well-stocked wine cellar). Decor evokes the jazz age, with vintage French cocktail posters, radios and gramophones. For local delicacies, head to riverfront Chon Thai Restaurant; if you like the authentic flavours, learn to recreate them yourself in the cooking school below.
- Dress code Panama hats, silk suits and Twenties-inspired dresses in keeping with the Great Gatsby vibe.
- Top table Book a spot by the window at intimate Chon Thai for sunset river views or bag a private dining room if you're travelling with a troupe. Foodies will love the chef's table for two at the cooking school or opt for private dining in-room or on the pier.
- Last orders Dinner is served until 11pm, when the bar also calls it a night.
- Room service Sandwiches, pasta, burgers and Thai cuisine are just some of the hunger-ousting options on the room service menu, available from 6am to 11pm.
- Hotel bar Jazz tunes set the mood at Deco Bar, an art deco-influenced watering-hole that whips up a mean Siam Mojito. Musical mementos abound, a reminder of celebrity owners the Sukisols, Thailand's 'musical hoteliers'. For freshly brewed coffee, tea, cakes and snacks, kick back in soon-to-open Café Cha, deckside by the main entrance courtyard.