This property has become known as one of Bangkok’s most notable urban-resorts, except the Siam Kempinski really takes this getaway-in-the-city thing to a new level. With everything from tropical gardens, to a sunbed-peppered pool area, to its ‘just walk-through’ to the shopping and foodie opportunities of the Siam Paragon you’d be easily excused should you decide not to leave the area. The highlight of our visit was our indulgent Siam Cabana suite, which offers direct access to the pool from an in-room private terrace – but all 303 rooms and suites at the Kempinski give beautiful views of the gardens and are lavishly designed with the luxury guest in mind. Palatial would be a great adjective to describe everything the hotel offers, after all, it is built on royal land, once part of the Lotus Pond Palace, commissioned by King Rama IV (he’s the one in the musical, The King and I) as a retreat. We’re glad to see that even today, the hotel continues a legacy of treating its guests like royalty. Evidently, being a large hotel, it can at times feel busy in the lobby and restaurant areas, but once you escape to the guests only parts of the hotel and meet the attentive staff, you may not even notice.

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