Though it’s only five years old, the Cabochon Hotel & Residence evokes a Colonial Period in its design both inside and out. The stark white façade is tucked away at the end of a quiet street off the bustling Sukhumvit road where couples and adventurers looking for a timeless stay can luxuriate in peace. Away from the Bangkok chaos but close enough to not feel removed, this boutique is a welcome change to the city’s sprawling hotel options.
YOU SHOULD KNOW The location isn’t ideal when it comes to public transportation. It’s a bit of a hike to the nearest BTS Skytrain station and taxis often get lost when searching for the hotel.
This tiny hotel only has eight rooms, of which, five have balconies (opt for these). All the rooms feature Colonial touches, crisp white linens, hardwood floors, and come with complimentary breakfast.
Bathrooms are equipped with Panpuri products, black-tiled floors, and walk-in showers. Bigger suites come with copper-laced standing tubs and vintage vanity mirrors.
There isn’t much of a lobby to speak of, but off the entrance is a lounge area with Colonial touches, vintage steamer trunks, taxidermied animals, and rich, leather furnishings.
There are actually two lounge areas, the Library Bar and the Joy Luck Salon de Thé which takes its inspiration from Amy Tan’s famous novel and is the perfect setting for the hotel’s premium afternoon tea.
The tree-lined rooftop pool is ideal for morning laps or for cooling off after a hot Bangkok day. The views aren’t spectacular as the four-floor hotel is dwarfed by surrounding sky-scrapers.
Thai Lao Yeh Restaurant serves a free continental breakfast for guests and is open for lunch and dinner with Thai and Laotian delicacies.
Cabochon is tucked away on a quiet residential street, but it’s walking distance to a number of malls, shopping streets, restaurants, and public transit. Walking around at night is perfectly safe--just mind the mosquitoes in the back alleys. We’d advise against ever getting into a car (rental or taxi) in Bangkok as traffic is always a beast. You’re a 10-minute walk to the Phrom Phong BTS Skytrain Station and an 11-minute walk to Thong Lo BTS which can get you all around the city. If walking isn’t your thing, download the Grab app and hail a motorbike taxi to whip you around town quickly.
Quince (2-minute walk) is the closest option to the hotel serving Mediterranean cuisine and tasty cocktails. If you don’t mind the walk, head over to Soi 55 in Thong Lo for the best Japanese food in the city. Check out Nobu (25-minute walk)--not to be confused with the famous Nobu brand, which ironically means "trust"--this particular Nobu has mouthwatering fresh fish.
Iron Balls Gin Distillery (20-minute walk) is one of the best gin spots in a city that loves its gin. Sing Sing Theater (2-minute walk) is a fun bar/club with themed nights, wild dancing, and an array of live attractions.
WHY WE LIKE IT
A welcome change to the massive, modern hotels of Bangkok, Cabochon gives its customers a chance to relax and repose in the midst of all the chaos. While there’s no gym or spa, guests will find a number of Colonial aesthetics that will bring them back to a more civilized age. The location is a bit out of the way, but that’s also the point, so if you want to find your small oasis in the big city--this boutique is for you.