The oh so swelligant, Siam hotel close by the Krung Thon Bridge in historic Dusit district looks as if it has dominated the banks of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River for decades yet this tres tres chic boutique hotel is in fact just five years old
Vintage posters, Thai antiquities, marine antiques gramophones and travel paraphernalia just some of the artistic props that help reinforce the idea that the building stems from a time when art deco was in vogue yet it is a fresh as todays batam laid egg and comes with modern time extras that include the city’s only pool villas, a spa, screening room, cooking school and muay Thai boxing ring.
The land its self has been in the Sukosol family 1973. They were distributors in Thailand for all General Electric goods and were the country’s sole importer of Mazda cars from Japan.
Because they were boat loving family they used the land to access their private pier and leased what they did not need to a local seafood restaurant. When that lease expired in 2005, the family was left to consider the future of their plot of prime riverfront land and a small luxury hotel seemed to fit the bill.
Known throughout Thailand, the Sukosol family are a multi-lingual, multi-tasking, multi-skilled, multi-talented business dynasty.
Director Kriss Sukosol is a famous rock singer and film actor (not to mention anthropology major!) who has an exquisite eye for detail. As lead vocalist of indie-rock band PRU he won MTV Asia’s award for Favourite Thai Artist in 2001 and scooped Thailand’s equivalent Oscar for Best Actor in 2006, for his lead role in the thriller 13.
The Siam is his lifelong dream come true and the perfect venue to showcase his beloved antiques!
For us the most important thing was that this hotel is so very convienent for visiting all of Bangkok’s must-see cultural sights. Vimanmek Teak Palace Museum and Dusit Zoo are 5 minutes away by car and a boat ride to the Grand Palace takes just 15 minutes.
Suvarnabhumi International Airport is reached in a smooth 45-minute limousine ride and the city’s main shopping artery, downtown Siam Square, is just 20 minutes away.