I spent last week in Bangkok taking part in a UN entry test. By which I mean almost inevitably failing a UN entry test. It was a grueling exam for their Young Professional Program that lasted 4.5 hours in total and to make matters worse, the whole thing was a written exam. Which bearing in mind I haven’t physically written anything longer than my signature since 2004 was a test in it’s own right. Luckily I soon realised I wasn’t the only one suffering though as I looked around the room at all the other candidates grimacing as they opened and closed their writing hands in a vain attempt to shake off cramps which they hadn’t experienced since they left high-school.
After the marathon exam, which lasted until 20:15 in the evening, I was so exhausted that all I wanted to do was curl up in my enormous bed at the Siam@Siam Design Hotel & Spa. The bed was so comfy and the design and soft lighting of my room had such a calming effect on me that I slept for 10 hours straight.
When it comes to choosing hotels for my trips I usually go for quirkiness rather than cost, location or facilities. I like hotels, guest houses or hostels with a twist, so when I got invited by AsiaRooms to review the Siam@Siam Design Hotel & Spa I wasn’t disappointed. The entire hotel had a very arty and industrial touch to it, which growing up in Germany I particularly appreciated. Everywhere you looked there was something unique or unusual, whether it was giant iron sculpture, painted elevator doors, exposed ceiling cables, or gorgeous designer furniture.
The Siam@Siam Hotel has an array of dining and drinking options. It has three restaurants and three bars. All are very different, but equally stunning in terms of design, service and ambience. My favourite bar has got to be the rooftop bar though with it’s 360 degree view of Bangkok. I could have sat there soaking up Bangkok’s glitzy lights all night long.
The day after my exam I spent some time relaxing by the gorgeous infinity pool which boasts a stunning view over Bangkok and the National Stadium. It was the prefect place to wind down after a very draining day.
The hotel offers all kinds of spa treatments and also has a tour desk with various day tours. I personally didn’t make use of any of these services because to be honest I was too occupied eating my way through the gorgeous food menu. Oh the foooood! It was so good! The breakfast buffet had everything you could wish for. Everything! Although the breakfast room was at full capacity, I never had to wait to get any food as there was just so much choice.
I have a bit of a sweet tooth, so when I discovered that the breakfast buffet got turned into a cake buffet straight after breakfast I just stayed on and continued eating, being the porker that I am. Oh my god, the cakes were absolutely stunning and I could have spent all day there stuffing my face with all the different desserts and pastries. Well, actually that’s exactly what I did.
If there was one thing I’d have to critique then it is that the airport pick up was 30 minutes late. The driver was extremely apologetic though and he was only late due to the protests which had broken out across Bangkok. So in these extremely unpredictable circumstances I can’t complain too much. Once in the car I got a complimentary bottle of water which was a really nice touch, as I am always really thirsty after a flight. The car was a London cab, so I had plenty of legroom and air-conditioning, plus a very friendly and welcoming driver. My pick-up for the way back left the hotel bang on time.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at Siam@Siam Design Hotel & Spa and highly recommend a visit if you would like to experience some quirky design, gorgeous food, and stunning views of Bangkok.
Many thanks to AsiaRooms for organising my stay here in Bangkok and to Siam@Siam Design Hotel & Spa for allowing me to be their guest. All opinions, as always, remain my own – particularly in regard to cakes about which I am very, very fussy.