If minimalism were on one of the end of the continuum, The Siam Hotel would indeed be on the other. Located in Bangkok’s royal district Dusit, The Siam is every bit eccentric as it’s owner, Krissada Sukosol Clapp and the Bill Bensley design team, who together have breathed new life into the 3-acre real estate parcel that included a cluster of century-old homes. The Siam Hotel is a beautiful boutique urban oasis where each of its 39 suites & villas is a unique showstopper and an artistic ode to the Siam’s past. If you’re a lover of art, antiques, design or hotels with a distinct personality packaged together with impeccable service, this one’s for you! The 39-room boutique hotel originally conceived by Clapp to house his personal art collection is undeniably quirky with scores of art deco references, customised design details on every scale and Thai antiquities layered throughout.
The presiding palette of black, white and neutrals, timber lacquered in Japan-black, tactile textiles and tiles, and thoughtful punches of colour accented here and there deliver a rich, textural setting for each of the artefacts proudly on display to tell their story. Each suite is utterly unique; there is a suite brimming with all things military from turn-of-the-century military hats to original medals, swords and maps. Another suite teems with culinary relics from vintage menus and recipe books to restaurant signboards. Every space and surface takes on the life of a mini-museum and feels a little bit like a wise old soul is sharing his or her story with you. Bespoke is in, homogeneity is out.
The Opium Spa offers a number of rejuvenating treatments and therapies using 100% chemical-free plant based Sodashi products. The sanctuary includes a healing Hammam-inspired bathhouse with dry and steam saunas, steam showers and Jacuzzi.