The Sukosol family (Thai music, media and business moguls) are the owners of The Siam and the drive was to create a hotel that could be an original centrepiece to show-case Thai antiquities and be a more creative and individual addition to the luxury city hotel market.
We love the timeless interiors, decorated largely in classic black and whites with softer muted colours used to add depth and stunning accessories artfully arranged to create an eclectic layered look.
In each space, the design is one of opulent comfort, as if you have just stumbled into a rather eccentric affluent Thai-mansion where the character of the antiques and collectibles are celebrated.
The result is that you are left in no doubt of where you are in the world, which is in contrast to the rather homogenous design that other city hotels can offer.
The hotel references the glamour of a by-gone era with unmistakeable Art Deco accents such as the stunning bathrooms and facede. Further nostalgic touches are given to the media room and barber facilities at the hotel.
Bill Bensley is primarily a Landscape Architect who's practise has evolved to incorporate interior design and architecture as well. Based in Asia for over 25 years, the firm has been responsible for designing over 180 award-winning resorts and hotels.
The initial approach in any of Bensley's designs, are to be as sensitive to the 'place' or setting as possible - to ensure that the build has minimal impact and as in all good architecture, adds to the whole and not detracts from the environment it is in.
In an urban setting this may not be quite as significant and yet the hotel in it's riverside location feels as if it belongs there.
We can't think of a better introduction to Bangkok - a hotel that reflects it's Thai heritage, fits so perfectly into it's riverside setting (teak river barge and speedboat shuttle at your service) and offers an idyllic escape from the frenetic city it so belongs in.