Anantara Siam, Bangkok
THE HOTEL: This central Bangkok hotel was formerly the Four Seasons and was taken over by Anantara last year. Conveniently located on Rajadamri Road, it’s a kilometre from the subway and adjacent to the Skytrain station. It has 354 rooms.
THE CHECKIN: The huge reception is impressive and airy with high ceilings and features an impressive handpainted wall mural. Checkin was simple – I was given a choice of room and staff spoke fluent English. My bags, taken from me upon arrival, were in my room before I was.
THE ROOM: I stayed in a Deluxe View Room, with impressive views across a nearby golf course. The large room had a king size bed and a large marble bathroom with a bathtub and separate shower. The room included a large desk, highspeed internet access, minibar, safe and a television and DVD player with English channels available, plus airconditioning. The room had a woodpanel finish, and a large window with doubleglazing kept the room bright and quiet from the bustle of the Bangkok streets below. The room was turned down each evening. A décor upgrade would be welcome in the room, however I understand this is in the pipeline since Anantara acquired the property.
THE FACILITIES: The hotel has a wide range of eating and drinking options including the Madison steakhouse, Shintaro Japanese restaurant and Spice Market, which offers Thai cuisine. The lobby bar was a popular spot for a drink before going out, and was a good meeting point. An outdoor area included an arcade of shops for hotel guests and the cool PopUp wine bar and charcuterie. The hotel also has an onsite spa and swimming pool. There was highspeed wifi access throughout the hotel and over 15 meeting rooms and function rooms are available for hire. They include a 814m2 ballroom for up to 1,000 guests and the Montathip Boardroom.
THE VERDICT: This luxury hotel is a welcome retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. There is plenty on offer here for travellers and it serves those on business well. A terrific breakfast is offered on the terrace each morning, and the hotel serves as a perfect hub to access all the capital city has to offer.
THE DETAILS: Anantara Siam Bangkok Hotel, 155 Rajadamri Road, Bangkok 10330, Thailand. Room rates start from £123 a night. For more information www.siam-bangkok.anantara.com.
Reviewed by Benjamin Coren (2015)