Style Thai art deco allure
Setting Right on the river
If Noël Coward was holidaying in Thailand, he'd book into The Siam hotel in Bangkok, a swelligant, dandy affair inspired by the jazzy art deco era. Vintage posters, gramophones and travel trunks pepper this poised pad, which boasts an unbeatable location right on the Chao Phraya River. Wow-worthy extras include the city's only pool villas, a spa, screening room, cooking school and muay Thai boxing ring.
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- Rooms 39, including 28 suites.
Double rooms from $293.64 (THB9,000), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.
The price shown represents the lowest nightly rate for a double room available at this hotel over the next 21 days. Any price conversions from the hotel's local currency (THB9,000) have been conducted using today's exchange rates from xe.com.
- 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.
Food and drink at The Siam
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.
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.
The Siam 3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal, Dusit, Bangkok, Thailand, 10300
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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.
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).
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.