Luxurious boutique hotel!
Reviewed 4 August, 2021
There are pluses and minuses but I did not hesitate to give 5 / 5 to The Siam. It is definitely a luxurious hotel.
It is a mix of a boutique hotel, a museum and a luxury hotel. It is quite impressive. Service is excellent. There is a library which is quite unusual nowadays and a lot of art work, mainly Asian but also European. The room is nicely decorated, the bathroom is large and beautiful, but the shower is a bit old but very functional.
Breakfast service is professional, but it seems they are no able to go out of their routine. I asked them for hot water mixed with honey and lemon juice and I had to ask twice, they did not really understand what I wanted. When I asked for a fruit salad I had to explain what a fruit salad was.
The fitness club is fine, there is even a Thai boxing ring. TV screen would definitely be a plus. There were individual TV monitors on the treadmills but they were not operational. The swimming pool is near the river but it is a bit narrow.
Afternoon tea at the outside restaurant is great however they are a bit rigid. When I asked for tea at the beginning and espresso at the end, they refused to include it in the set menu. What difference does it make to refill tea or to serve a cup of coffee after tea?
Service is a bit slow. I did not mind on Sunday, but I had work to do on Monday and I would have appreciated faster service.
Toiletry is a bit limited for a hotel of this category. Of course, they bring to your room whatever you need if you ask but there was not even a tooth brush in the room. Soap and shampoo are in a big bottle, it seems to be the trend to please the environmentalist but I prefer small individual bottles of soap, shampoo and conditioner. Individual bottles are more sophisticated than big / family size bottles.
There are many buildings around The Siam. It is not very noisy, but it does not give the impression of quietness that I expected. Honestly, besides the fact it is near the river, the area is not the best. On Monday morning there was construction near the hotel and it was a bit noisy.
There is no dress code. You may like it ...or not. Personally, I am not a fan of flip-flops and sleeveless shorts.
Reviewed 22 May, 2021
The most comfortable rooms and the friendliest staff, a step into paradise! When you get to the restaurant, be sure to order the famous pork chop, best piece of meat I’ve had in a long time. The tender slices melt in your mouth. It’s a good damn pork chop. Overall, such a beautiful hotel. Would recommend.
Amazing staycation for a special occasion
Reviewed 3 April, 2021
We stayed at the Siam to celebrate my husband’s birthday and our 25th wedding anniversary in late Feb. It was an amazing 3 days spent at the hotel. Apart from the beautiful decor and peaceful ambience, the service was exceptional. There was a high level of personalized attention given to us, especially during mealtimes. My husband was delighted with the complimentary cake on his birthday! Our room was upgraded to the Mae Nam suite which was extremely spacious and comfortable. We got a complimentary boat ride to Icon Siam one afternoon but we quickly hurried back from the hustle and bustle of the mall to enjoy this oasis of calm! We even used the screening room to watch a late night movie. Three days and two nights was the right amount of time to relax and enjoy the different nooks and crannies in this boutique hotel! would like to make a special mention of Khun Gub who looked after our every need during the stay.
Will definitely visit again!
Reviewed 28 March, 2021
Thank you for your excellent service. We enjoyed that a lot. All was running really well. I loved your breakfast with a hot chocolate. The room was perfectly cleaned every day. Highly recommended. Must-seen!
Urban Resort and Museum at the Same Time
Reviewed 6 March, 2021
In my opinion The Siam is a one of a kind hotel with almost no benchmark to compare to in Bangkok: it would be like comparing an old collectible classic car to a brand new sports car. The Siam is almost like a resort in the city, and the hotel also looks like a museum with many historical artefacts in the common areas and also in the rooms.
The hotel is low-rise and only has 39 suites and villas so very quiet which in periods of high occupancy in the city (non-covid times) would be a nice change from the large busy hotels. The Siam is also in a large compound isolated from the rest of the city with vegetation to give a strong resort feeling.
I booked the entry level room (80 sqm) and received a one-category upgrade at check-in to the to Mae Nam Suite (90 sqm). The fact that even the cheapest rooms at this hotel are so large means that for people who value space, when comparing to other hotels you probably have to match with the higher level room types. In that regard The Siam is comparable to 137 Pillars where all rooms are suites and quite large, therefore the starting price is not cheap.
The Mae Nam suites are on the second floor of the hotel and have modest water views; the better views are on the 3rd floor and those rooms are the Riverview suites. That said, regardless of which room type the views are nicer at the other riverside hotels such as Mandarin Oriental, Four Seasons, and Capella.
The Siam is an old hotel and the room is unmatched in terms of design with a very traditional and historical feeling rather than the modern design of many other luxury hotels. The room was very long with the window at the far end which made the room a bit dark. Also because this is effectively a resort, it’s one of the few hotels in Bangkok where I saw mosquito repellant in the room which ended up being useful because we had a few unwanted visitors during our stay.
The hotel common areas were stunning and beautiful, as mentioned above almost like a museum, and worth the visit by itself. The movie room was particularly interesting where you can login to your Netflix account and project a movie on the large screen and even have the possibility to order a set dinner or lunch box.
Breakfast was outdoors close to the river in an enjoyable venue to start the day. The a la carte menu was quite good with a mix of western and Asian options including attractive and upscale protein dishes. One evening we ordered cocktails at their seating area near the dock which is very nice, but the cocktails were quite weak and nowhere near the caliber of drinks at Four Seasons, Mandarin Oriental, or Waldorf Astoria. In my opinion the bar is a point of improvement at The Siam.
The service during our stay was very good and definitely more resort-style which means down to earth and relaxed. Also the hotel being quite small it’s easier to be recognized by staff and the GM is quite visible and available to guests at all times so he sets the tone for the rest of the staff.
Overall this hotel can be ideal for people looking for a small and private boutique hotel with a resort feeling and a sharp break from the ordinary, because of its charming historical rooms and beautiful common areas. It is almost impossible to compare with more modern or renovated hotels elsewhere in the city who provide more traditional luxury rather than ‘antique’ luxury such as The Siam. The most loyal guests at The Siam will certainly not consider alternatives in Bangkok to be suitable for them.