BANGKOK, 22 December 2017: Landmark – Lancaster Hotel Group quietly opened Lancaster Bangkok, last month, a property that stands on the site of the group’s former Siam Hotel.
A brand new five-star hotel, it was in the construction pipeline for at least six years before it embarked on a low-key soft opening 10 November.
A check of Agoda.com shows it has eight reviews and a rating of 7.8. One reviewer said it was “ a bit far,” while the rest contradicted that observation saying it was close to the MRT Petchaburi station. It stands almost opposite the Avani Atrium, formerly flagged Amari.
Located in Makkasan district, it’s a 300-metre walk to the MRT and the Airport Rail Link Makkasan station, at the intersection of Phetchaburi and Asok roads.
Its predecessor, the Siam Hotel, was a famous hotel hot spot during the Vietnam War in the early 1970s, just a few hundred metres adrift from the infamous RR nightlife strip frequented by US army GIs.
For decades the owners concentrated their efforts on the five-star Landmark Hotel on Sukhumvit Road and ultimately expanded their investments to become a multi-property group with hotel purchases in London during the 1990s.
By the mid 2000s, the Siam Hotel was torn down to make way for construction of what is now the five-star branded Lancaster Bangkok.
The property features 231 rooms, multiple meeting rooms and facilities including a ballroom for up to 300 guests and nine meeting rooms.
Dining options include the Lancaster Bar that serves Thai tapas, and the Siam Brasserie offering an international menu that also doubles up as the breakfast and lunch buffet venue.
Agoda.com quotes its best rate for this new property at THB3,789, discounted 36%. Once tax and service charges are added the guest pays THB4,460.
Travellers should recognise that taxi drivers are not familiar with this new property yet, so the advice is carry a hotel card that clearly shows the address, or show the driver the exact location on your mobile app.
It contrasts with the standard tale of the early 70s recounted by well-heeled travellers, who booked the Siam Intercontinental. Taxi drivers invariably drove them to the famed portals of the Siam Hotel. Drivers assumed it was the landmark where all visiting males wanted to be from dusk to dawn.