Monday, June 20, 2011

Boutique style at The Siam, Bangkok

Bangkok does contemporary chic so well. So we were quite excited to see inside The Siam boutique hotel, not only for it's awesome location right on the banks of the mighty Chao Praya, but for the beautiful styling of the 39 rooms of this privately owned, luxury retreat. The Siam combines the best of urban luxury with the finest of modern exotic style, in that unique way that so many of the small luxury hotels of Thailand have mastered. 

Super-sized king beds and plush furnishings, oriental artwork and antiques, and lofty ceilings make every suite a stylish personal space - not to mention your own personal butler on call to make your stay as carefree and relaxing as possible. There are also intimately private pool villas with open-air roof terraces and, for the ultimate in memorable experiences, the Siamese charm of Connie's Cottage. The traditional teak wood house was brought by boat downriver to Bangkok from the ancient capital of Ayutthaya by socialite and curio collector, Connie Mangskau, and her dear friend the silk merchant, Jim Thompson. Connie hosted an array of cosmopolitan characters within its walls, like Jacqueline Kennedy, Henry Ford, John Rockefeller and Roger Moore. 

The Siam has it's own private pier with a Thai barge and luxury speedboat ready to whisk you off to your chosen city destination. And the best way to end a day of sightseeing, shopping and cultural delights? Pull up a comfy chair at The Siam's own riverside bar, and order a cocktail as the sun sets over the majestic 'River of Kings'. 

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