Traveling by boat through Bangkok’s Dusit district, one cannot help but notice the traditional Thai houses that stand on stilts at the edge of the Chao Phraya River. The historic houses mark your arrival at the Siam hotel, the first hospitality project of its kind in the residential neighborhood of Dusit. Scheduled to open in June, the independently owned Siam aims to use its setting to its advantage, offering a quiet yet convenient alternative to Bangkok’s bustle and traffic.
Siam guests will be able to reach the Grand Palace and other Bangkok attractions via a 15-minute speedboat ride that leaves from the hotel’s private dock. After a day of sightseeing, visitors might unwind at the Siam’s wellness and workout facilities, screening room, bars, or Chon restaurant and cooking school, which overlooks the river from its perch in three of the traditional houses.
Set behind the houses, the Siam’s newly constructed main building recalls the long hallway of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris. The hotel’s 39 suites and villas are distributed among the main structure, a modern row of townhomes, and the artfully restored riverfront houses. The Siam, +66.2621.2296, www.thesiamhotel.com