Teaming 1.2 hectares of Chao Phraya river frontage with four antique teakwood houses, the singular talents of architect-designer Bill Bensley, and the extraordinary art and antique collection of the Sukosolsâ€”the Thai American family who own the propertyâ€”The Siam raises the bar for bangkokâ€™s booming hotel scene. The 39 guest rooms are smart and spacious with Art Deco fittings, extra-deep bathtubs, and objets trouvĂ©s sourced from vintage shops; book one of the 120-square-meter pool villas for their stunning black-and-white-tiled bathrooms and shaded courtyards with antique Chinese opium beds.
Connieâ€™s Cottage, the largest villa, occupies a century-old Thai house originally brought downriver from Ayutthaya by silk designer Jim Thompson for his friend Connie Mangskau, an antiques dealer who entertained the likes of John Rockefeller and Jacqueline Kennedy. The propertyâ€™s other teakwood houses are now home to Chon, a Thai restaurant and cooking school, with a bathhouse and muay thai boxing gym rounding out the amenities. Set in the old royal district of dusit, a good 40-minute drive to the city center, The Siam will be a welcome retreat for travelers looking to escape Bangkokâ€™s bustle.
3/2 Thanon Khao, Vachirapayabal; 66-2/206-6999; thesiamhotel.com; doubles from US$529.
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