Pattaya is a popular seaside destination in Thailand. It’s about 150km which is about an hour and a half, two hours max from Bangkok. You can hire a rental car and drive yourself down, pay for a coach departing from the Eastern Bus Terminal that is located near Ekkamai BTS station on Sukhumvit Road. Or, which is what we did, request for a private car/min-van transfer – which the hotel can organize for you.
What is Pattaya all about? From what I heard it has ample ‘go-go bars’, Thai beach culture, massage parlours, bars and the in-famous lady boy shows. Quick fact: North Pattaya (Pattaya Neua) is a more upmarket area where the south (Pattaya Tai) remains the nightlife scene. During my time here I didn’t get to go to an area called Ko Samae San, a tiny island where the snorkeling is meant to be great, as it was raining on my day off for excursions.
When it comes to choosing hotels during my trips I usually go for luxury boutiques or even unique experience stays. When Roam Resorts & Hotels told me about the sister hotel Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya to Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok. I accepted their invitation to experience a different vibe by the seaside. From deep reds to bursts of blue and sapphire, this hotel continues its recycled materials, spacious rooms and it’s own infinity pools (yep, two infinity pools).
On our arrival we were given a welcome drink at reception, a purple looking mocktail to quench our thirst before heading up to our rooms. Similar name to the previous hotel and stayed in a Biz Class Room.
Featuring a lovely large bathroom with separate stand-alone bath with partial sea view (though I had the blinds down – to not to scare other guests from the nearby hotel), a king size bed and writing desk. I was quite surprised and to my delight to see a corner day bed with a full sea view (minus some buildings). I spent some time here chilling out and looking out the window working on the laptop and even had breakfast here.
Not to say “who’s pool is better” but Siam@Siam Pattaya has two outdoor swimming pools on levels 24 and 25 (seems like level 26 as technically level 25 is the fitness centre). The lower pool is equipped with a kid’s pool, day bed and lap pool, where the true rooftop pool is magical and deckchairs in the shallow end.
With 268 rooms to retreat in and free high-speed WI-FI available throughout the hotel. Where does one grab a bite to eat?
Big Fish located on level 6 with its mini-sails draped across the ceiling, chic metal sculptures on display and kitsch furniture. This restaurant serves daily international buffets with plenty of fresh seafood and meat dishes of your choice for the chefs to cook for you.
If you have access to the MyClub lounge, you have the choice of the a-la-carte breakfast menu or the light selection on display within the lounge. Service was average as it wasn’t explained during the greeting what was available here. Just to note, you can actually go to the Big Fish (yes, its on the same floor) select your breakfast items from the buffet and bring it back to the MyClub lounge to eat.
Car Bar is known for its street food and high tea. Inspired by street sidecars across Thailand, street art and motor parts as wall art. Located in the lobby, it is a popular spot with daily happy hour promotions and delicious signature cocktails, such as the Adios Matherfocker, Siam Infinity and Ice Bombs. There is even live music on the weekend and old school DJ beats to kick on the night.
Speaking of the High Tea, it was the perfect afternoon for being indoors. I got to taste SET B (240 THB) which had a blend of seven savouries and sweets. It wasn’t quite what I thought it would be. The tea selection was your traditional blends like chamomile, peppermint and black – I was hoping for some special Thai blends like Oolong, Pekoe or even a Ginseng blend. Out of the seven items, two of which were a ham & cheese sandwich – one on white bread and the other in a mini croissant. I wouldn’t call the tomato sauce in a shot glass the seventh item. The rest of the bites were nice. A fruit tart glazed with sugar, a moist vanilla sponge cake with a light chocolate mousse topped with cream, and the delightful strawberry trifle cream and biscuit pieces.
Now this is a must see and do. Head up to the Roof Sky Bar and Restaurant, located on levels 24 & 25. The views across Pattaya Beach are out of this world. With its’ eclectic modern style and furnishing, vibrant colours and garden terrace. The restaurant offers a great selection of international dishes and local favourites.
If you enjoy open-air movies, sharing plates and inventive cocktails all wrapped by the views. This is the perfect place to be with a group of friends and enjoy the sunset and chilled out beats.
Here, you’ll be close to the beautiful beach as well as all of the exciting bars and restaurants that are popular with tourists. With great customer service, and no question is too small for the concierge team to book your next tour activity.
Siam@Siam Design Hotel Pattaya
390 Moo 9, Pattaya Sai 2 Road, Nongprue, Banglamung, Chonburi 20150, Thailand
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