Bangkok, Thailand

Cabochon Hotel

Rates from (ex tax)$111.17

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (THB4,500.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

Style

Curiouser and curiouser

Setting

Sukhumvit sois

At Cabochon Hotel in Bangkok, you can play at being colonial collectors: rooms are decorated with typewriters, tortoise shells and antiquated telephones, and the restaurant riffs on Thai street food and Laotian cuisine. Rooms are firmly focused on romance though, with milky-white linens from Belgium, elegant four-poster beds and balconies surveying the tropical courtyard.

 

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Facilities

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Need to know

Rooms

Eight.

Check–Out

Normally at 2pm, but can be pushed back to 4pm without charge, availability permitting. Check-in is 2pm, but you can arrive as early as 11am (subject to availability).

Rates

Double rooms from $111.10 (THB3,823), excluding tax at 17.7 per cent.

Price information

If you haven’t entered any dates, the rate shown is provided directly by the hotel and represents the cheapest double room (including tax) available in the next 21 days.

Prices have been converted from the hotel’s local currency (THB4,500.00), via openexchangerates.org, using today’s exchange rate.

More details

Rates usually include Continental buffet breakfast (and some à la carte options, too), soft-drink minibar, phone calls and WiFi.

Also

The hotel has a little boutique selling vintage clothes, bags, shoes, hats and belts, hung on Victorian bedsteads. The spoils-stuffed space spills into the common areas, continuing Cabochon's penchant for the antiquated.

Hotel closed

The hotel closes its doors for the Songkran festivities (Thai New Year) every April, from the 11th to the 16th.

At the hotel

Little elevated garden; vintage boutique; well-stocked library; free WiFi throughout. In rooms: flatscreen TV, radio, minibar.

Our favourite rooms

On balmy Bangkok nights, you'll want a Balcony Suite, so that you can open up the French doors, let in the tropical breeze and survey the courtyard and its flourishing palm trees. If you're happy to sacrifice balconies for more inside space, opt for a Corner Suite, which have slightly larger bedrooms.

Poolside

Stretching across the top-floor roof space, the pool overlooks the grey-green city sprawl, including the nearby skytain. Help yourself to bottled water and towels.

Packing tips

A vintage Box Brownie, to snap your surroundings; a fan for humid city nights. Don't weigh down your suitcase with tomes; the library has an excellent selection (along with well-thumbed retro editions of Classic Cars magazine).

Also

Smokers hoping to puff away to their lungs’ content should ask for a room with a balcony attached.

Children

This is a grown-up hotel decorated with grown-up things, but children are welcome. Cots (free for under-twos) can be added to suites; there's room for an extra bed (THB1,750 a night) in the Corner Suites. Little Smiths are welcome in the restaurant.

Food and Drink

Photos Cabochon Hotel food and drink

Top Table

Anywhere: you’ll be preoccupied with the menu and what’s on your plate, not what’s next to you. If you're here with friends, book one of the private dining salons: the Thai Yeh and Lao Yeh rooms can seat six to eight and eight to 10 diners respectively.

Dress Code

Gatsby with a twist. Relaxed threads with a few eccentricities: bow tie; fob watch; colourful socks; froth of lace (perhaps not all at once). Look to the little boutique if you need inspiration.

Hotel restaurant

So you think you know Thai food? At Cabochon's Thai Lao Yeh restaurant, you can discover Chiang Mai, E-San, and Laotian cuisine: a menu with more than 100 choices will be your mute guide. Dishes are inspired by street food (lunch in particular; dinner is elegant à la carte), but the setting is far from the pavement: the Chinese styling and Indochine French accents include café tables and round-backed wooden chairs; walls feature 100-year-old timber from a Thai village.

Hotel bar

Perch on a red-velvet Shanghainese sofa and sip a Star Ruby (vodka, lemon juice, purple mangosteen and rosella extract), amid the cheetah skulls, ostrich legs, typewriters and old newspaper prints at the Joy Luck Club, the hotel’s little bar, lounge and library. This characterful little drinking den is tucked away down the left corridoor (when pottering around this hotel, expect to feel a little like Alice in her Wonderland).

Last orders

Drinks are served in the bar until 1am. Breakfast is available until 10am; lunch is served between 11.30am until 2pm; dinner is dished up between 6pm and 11pm.

Room service

Order in-room treats from the restaurant menu between 7am and 10.30pm; from 10.30pm until 11.30pm, you can order finger food. Outside of Thai Lao Yeh’s opening hours, a leaner selection is available.

Location

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Address
Cabochon Hotel
14/29 Sukhumvit 45 Road Klongton Nua Wattana
10110
Bangkok
Thailand

Planes

Suvarnabhumi International Airport (www.bangkokairportonline.com) is 30km away. You can catch cabs from the airport, but it’s faster to hop on the super-speedy Bangkok Airport Train (www.bangkokairporttrain.com) for a traffic-free route into town (www.bangkokairportonline.com).

Trains

Take the BTS Skytrain (www.bts.co.th) and get off at Phromphong Station, an easy walk from the hotel (or a three-minute drive).

Automobiles

Just the thought of driving around Bangkok makes us blanch: the traffic jams are infamous (luckily, the city’s public transport is excellent).

Worth getting out of bed for

Early birds should stroll down to Lumpini Park just as the sun's rising. In this lush, leafy retreat, you'll be greeted by locals practicing yoga and t'ai chi, joggers running rings around the perimeter, graceful ballroom dancers and aerobics displays en masse.Style seekers are also in for a treat, as you're an easy walk from Bangkok's bustling shopping hub. Siam Paragon (www.siamparagon.co.th), Siam Center (www.siamcenter.co.th), Gaysorn Plaza (www.gaysorn.com) and MBK (www.mbk-center.co.th) are ready and waiting for your custom. For a culture hit, explore elegant Erawan Shrine, the Grand Palace and a raft of other riverside temples, all just a short ride away on the BTS Skytrain.

 

Local restaurants

Enjoy flawless Thai food at Bo.lan (+66 (0)2 260 2962; www.bolan.co.th), which serves some of the city’s zingiest, most flavor-packed portions. Put your trust in the chefs and order Bo.lan Balance: a five-course compendium of the key Thai classics, including salad, stir-fry and curry. Rain Hill Plaza at Soi 47 Sukhumvit Road, decorated with manicured trees and styled with eco-consciousness, has a bunch of independent restaurants worth stepping into. We particularly like Marugame Seimen (+66 (0)2 108 3604), a noodle house on the second floor that specialises in udon and draws winding queues. Stay classic with tofu, spring onion and ginger noodles, or opt for the punchy seafood udon. For barbecued meat cooked the American way, visit Shuffle Rustic Cuisine and Bar (in the same complex), a shrine to ribs and fries that’s styled with industrial good looks. Head to Sukhumvit soi 45, sit out on the little lawn or courtyard at Quince (+66 (0)2 662 4478 ; www.quincebangkok.com) and have a breather from Thai food with European dishes, including toothsome pork belly with polenta.

 

Local bars

The Iron Fairies (+66 (0)2 714 8875; www.theironfairies.com) at 394 Sukhumvit Soi 55, Thonglor, is like a bar dreamed up by Terry Pratchett: it’s a blacksmith’s workshop, a gallery, an antique store and a restaurant. A friendly Aussie blacksmith who writes children’s books about fairies (and then moulds his creations out of iron) owns the bar, which has spiral staircases, dark interiors and tables made from converted barrels. Please go.

Reviews

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Anonymous review

Reaching the rooftop pool is all we can think about. The Bangkok heat is feeling more intense than normal thanks to the after-effects of one too many cocktails until the wee hours the night before. Suffice it to say, Mrs Smith isn’t too impressed with nearly missing our 8am flight from Hong Kong due to the fun.

TLC tops our wish list when we rock up at Cabochon Hotel on a Friday morning, and luckily the staff spots our sorry state straight away. We’re plied with a baby coconut (two to slake Mr Smith’s rehydration requirements) and a cool towel to refresh us in the beautifully curated library. Mrs Smith is quickly distracted by the French language book collection – bonjour le Cabochon!

Seductively styled in white and grey, our well-appointed Balcony Suite sports a separate lounge and bedroom, with chic colonial furnishings. The generous dining table could seat eight comfortably and the interior details are astounding. Every table, shelf and even the little lift – designed to look like the inside of a luggage trunk and decorated with a pretty orchid – is adorned with knick-knacks that add to the elegant heritage mood. The only slightly off-putting touch is the collection of taxidermised turtles (I’m sorry to report that they are real).

The heat of the day is upon us so we opt to have some lunch and relax in our room. The high ceilings, big open spaces and carefully chosen decor make for a serene spot to compose ourselves for a few hours. Although perhaps a blessing in disguise, WiFi is hit and miss, but we manage to power through with only the odd bit of access. Venturing out to the pool later we realise how spot-on the Cabochon is for a couple’s weekend trip.

From the simple but luxurious rooftop pool, we agree the location of the hotel, and its intimate scale – just eight boutique rooms – are a big plus in our book. Overlooking modern buildings and a green canopy of trees surrounding the streets below, the Cabochon is a little bubble in a busy city. It feels like you’re staying in a private stately home rather than a hotel, with no stone unturned in the dedication to period style. Vintage cars parked out front are a nice touch. In fact, we stumble onto a fashion magazine photo shoot happening on the main veranda when we arrive.


Cuisine is one of the realms where the Cabochon really impresses us. Thai Lao Yeh, the hotel restaurant, boasts a gorgeous dining room, and seems popular with local Sukumvit residents. As something of a self-described Thai green curry connoisseur, Mrs Smith has been told Thai Lao Yeh’s version is one of the best in the city. Her rating is ‘one of the top five’, but she’s tough to please. We dine with an instructor from Le Cordon Bleu School in Bangkok on the Saturday night and she is very impressed with the produce quality and well-executed techniques. As with everywhere in Thailand, the wine list is overpriced due to taxes, but we do enjoy a bottle of the house white that’s worth the price, perfectly paired with the heat of the food.

Impeccable and accommodating service is consistent throughout our stay, both in the restaurant and when we order room service. We miss breakfast both mornings, as we’re in need of a lie-in, but the staff is happy to deliver Continental treats to our suite. Our only minor gripe is the quality of the coffee, which is awful, but the rest of the delicious breakfast spread makes up for it.

Street food aside, we don’t eat outside the hotel, but we do see a number of new modern upmarket restaurants nearby that are clearly very popular. Quince, one of the most recommended, is just a few doors down from the Cabochon.

The Sukhumvit neighbourhood in Klongton Nua is close to some of Bangkok’s more unique bars and cafés. It clearly caters to a crowd looking for something other than the stereotypical Bangkok bar, where trying to outdo each other with sophisticated cocktails and decor seems to be a bit of a local competition. We love being able to explore the alleys and laneways without ever having to worry about the notorious traffic.

Thoroughly rejuvenated, we check out on Sunday afternoon feeling like we’ve had a week away rather than just a weekend. Before we left Hong Kong, friends couldn’t understand why we’d opt to go to a big city such as Bangkok for a relaxing weekend getaway, but to our delight the Cabochon totally revives us with its subtle charms.
 

The Guestbook

Whenever you book a stay at a Smith Hotel with us, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Cabochon Hotel’s Guestbook below.

We loved

The balcony suite, the quirky lounge/bar and the service with a smile! Rocketbar Coffee on Sukhumvit Soi 49 is good for brunch.

Don’t expect

Lots of people.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Feb 2017

We loved

Feeling cocooned from the city hustle bustle. The decor and simplicity of the hotel are instantly calming. Go to Namsaah Bottling Trust restaurant for cool environment and a fresh take on some Thai favourites.

Don’t expect

Too many mod-cons - it's a simpler life.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Dec 2016

We loved

The beautiful colonial style; set back from the street it is quiet and private. Pool on roof was lovely. Only had breakfast there but the restaurant looked lovely and I'd definitely try it next time. Staff were lovely, friendly and very helpful. There are also loads of lovely cafes and restaurants in walking distance.

Rating

Stayed on 22 Dec 2016

We loved

The friendliness of the staff, the cozy atmosphere, felt like home away from home, the love for detail. Head to the Quince Cafe for a european meal, Asian Herb Association and Emporium shopping mall.

Don’t expect

...big hotel glitz (which you don't want :))

Rating

Stayed on 22 Oct 2016

We loved

The customer service was outstanding, especially Rin. He was what made it an unforgettable trip, as he went out of his way to make me comfortable, to book my activities, and so on. The tours Rin booked were half the price of the ones I booked for myself... The second-nearest massage parlor en route to the station has a super-cheap massages.

Don’t expect

...Lots of amenities. There is a roof top pool but no gym and no spa. Also, weekends can get busy, and walls are not very thick between rooms. 

Rating

Stayed on 25 Sep 2016

We loved

The decor, the hotel transported us back to a bygone era. Nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, The Cabochon was an oasis of peace and cool (in both senses of the word). The area was trendy to our (perhaps naive) surprise, and there were some very good bars and restaurants within walking distance. The hotel arranged our transfers so it was very easy and the welcome was just want we needed after an 11 hour flight. They even gave us a little gift as it was our honeymoon. The staff were lovely and so respectful and accommodating. Highly recommend. We went to Bo.Lans which was a 15 minute walk away and was tremendous, we were even invited into the kitchen to see our first dish being prepared. 10/10

Don’t expect

To stay too long but that is more of a refection on Bangkok than the hotel, we had 2 nights which was perfect.

Rating

Stayed on 1 Jun 2016

We loved

Hotel's location, service and staff attention, great rooms - take one with the bath, it's worth it. Sukhumvit road is full of restaurants, shops, massage places, etc. And just next to the hotel there's a nice dance club and a grill bar. Don't worry, you won't hear a thing at night from the club :)

Don’t expect

Evening at the pool, as it closes at 7 pm

Rating

Stayed on 11 May 2016

We loved

Old world style. Small and friendly. Walk to Vertigo bar at top of Marriot hotel nearby for wonderful views over the city.

Don’t expect

A lot of outside space. Small terraces on ground floor. Small sunbathing area next to pool on roof with approx 8-10 sun beds.

Rating

Stayed on 23 Mar 2016

We loved

The style and the peacefulness of the hotel. Staff were friendly and helpful, rooms clean and its in a fantastic location. Ask the staff for a map and just go out and walk around. Loads of restaurants nearby, as well as pampering spots which aren't expensive.

Don’t expect

Busy and high end pampering. This is a hotel to switch off and escape the rat race.

Rating

Stayed on 17 Mar 2016

We loved

The interior design!

Don’t expect

Over-the-top high end luxury.

Rating

Stayed on 8 Feb 2016

We loved

Felt like stepping back in time – furnished with beautiful antiques. Wonderful and attentive service. My room had so much space – was my personal retreat in the busy city.

Don’t expect

Anything to be missing: I have no complaints!

Rating

Stayed on 4 Jan 2016

We loved

Everything! The room, staff, food and service were flawless. Such a rare treat to have such a good restaurant in a hotel.

Don’t expect

I can't think of anything negative - it was all so good!

Rating

Stayed on 18 Nov 2015

We loved

The charm and ambience!

Don’t expect

Our air conditioning did not work as well as we would have liked throughout our stay, and stopped working in the middle of the night on our last night. 

Rating

Stayed on 17 Nov 2015

We loved

The Cabochon Hotel is extremely stylish. We felt like we were stepping out of the crazy, hectic city that is Bangkok and being welcomed into an oasis of calm which harked back to a bygone era. The staff were extremely helpful and the bedroom was large and felt more like a home away from home than a hotel. Nearby, we dined at Bo.Lan, a fabulous modern Thai restaurant with a tasting menu (complete with cocktail matching tasting menu). At the other end of the spectrum, we also dined at the street stalls on Soi 38 where some of the best sticky rice and mango in the city can be found.

Don’t expect

Don't expect all the mod cons you might get in a more modern building. This is a colonial style house and the rooms and decor plays on that beautifully.

Rating

Stayed on 28 Oct 2015

We loved

the rooftop pool, the beautiful interior designing and the thoughtful service. Quince is a great local restaurant (about 100m walk).

Don’t expect

your taxi driver to know of it!

Rating

Stayed on 17 Oct 2015

We loved

The hotel, the beds, the room, the food, the pool and the excellent friendly staff.

Don’t expect

Lively nights in the hotel

Rating

Stayed on 31 Aug 2015

We loved

I loved this hotel because it was like a little oasis in the middle of crazy Bangkok. The staff were friendly and attentive, it's in a great location close to the sky train and major shopping centres and the streets near by have lots to offer. My balcony suite was lovely with everything I could need for my stay including free soft drinks and water in the mini fridge. My only regret is running out of time to check out the in house restaurant Thai Lao Yeh which is meant to be excellent.

Don’t expect

Spa services

Rating

Stayed on 21 Jul 2015

We loved

The whole feeling of the place is like going back in time to the 1920/30's. Beautiful hotel with lovely staff. Roof top pool great for a cool down at the end of busy days sightseeing. 10 mins walk from Skytrain.

Don’t expect

The room we had was not large but the bed was comfortable,even though it was a queen. Bathroom quite small too but rain shower was great.

Rating

Stayed on 4 Jul 2015

We loved

The warmth and hospitality shown from all of the staff. The ambiance of a smaller hotel which made it feel like home and the relatively quiet and more secluded position in a noisy traffic filled city like Bangkok. The rooftop pool.

Don’t expect

A shiny corporate hotel.

Rating

Stayed on 14 Jun 2015