CABOCHON, BANGKOK, THAILAND
why stay here?
● Tranquil surrounds despite being in the middle of the city
● Retro architectural charm and beguiling interiors
● The hint of jasmine everywhere
feel & design
Cabochon balances things well. The calming, clean lines of the old-school black and white tiled verandahs, and the muted wood and bronze accented rooms pair wonderfully with the glamorous jumble of furniture, antiques, and fun bagatelles in the communal areas. Designer Eugene Yeh has done a bang up job recreating an archetypal colonial building a’ la French Indochina, complete with whitewashed walls and balustrades. While we are no fans of glamourising a colonial legacy, we appreciate that it can birth uniquely fused design and architecture. Yeh has used old wooden windows (down to the metal latches) and doors, and been particular with his eye to detail; we noticed the vintage electric switches and were impressed that the decor translated to that level. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself wanting to sashay down to breakfast in a straw hat and an ivory coloured linen dress, or choosing sepia tinted filters for your inevitable photos on the property. We loved the moody and sumptuous multi-chambered salon (called The Joy Luck Club after Amy Tan’s intergenerational novel of Chinese-American women) which serves as a lounge + bar + breakfast area + library, though we were a tad disturbed by the excessive taxidermied specimens looming over us. The pool is a skimpy object, and it’s usually far too balmy in Bangkok to really enjoy a rooftop pool in our opinion, but it’s sufficient for a quick dip. The hotel is ensconced in a glut of fragrant jasmine trees populated by garrulous koel birds. The light whiff of jasmine everywhere is enchanting, though opinions may differ on the agitated tenor of the koel. We found the whole thing rather reminiscent of languid childhood summers spent at grandparental homes, and loved it for that.
Cabochon is truly boutique, and houses only 8 rooms so choose what’s right for you (a balcony suite and a multi-room suite are available besides the studios) but do pick one with a verandah because of the simple beauty of their tiles, stark wood chairs and vibrant green potted plants. Their ultra-soft high quality Flemish linen is lovely, but we found the towels surprisingly tired. We are fans of all things charmingly vintage, but towels don’t fall into that category. Water is provided in refilled glass bottles, which is always a major plus to us, as are most of the bathroom amenities. The printed labels on the containers were inconsistent and unprofessional to our particular eye, but we can forgive that for the sake of doing away with absurd and wasteful tiny single-use bottles.
Thai Lao Yeh is the restaurant on-site. You can choose to eat there, or order food up to your room. The menu is flabbergastingly huge particularly to bleary eyes after travel, but dishes are appropriately proportioned and the food is tasty with the exception of the Thai style omelette we ordered which was rather oily and dull.
● A slender rooftop pool
● Private dining rooms
Careful, non-intrusive, and helpful.
Everything really - parks, shops, restaurants, markets, and malls. You’re in the middle of everything with the SkyTrain easily accessible, Ubers and Grabs at your beck and call, and the hotel can call you cabs as well, to get you to and from your destinations.
how do you get here?
Nab an Uber or Grab taxi from Suvarnabhumi airport and see how you go for time with Bangkok’s traffic. If you’re pressed for time and not loaded down with baggage, take the airport train instead. We found that maps had a way of redirecting cars to the next alley over, so be aware that you are supposed to be heading down to the very end of Soi 45.