Hemingway, Wes Anderson and French 1920s Vibes at The Cabochon
When writing this post, I was contemplating just sharing my notes on The Cabochon with you - raw and real. Because they’re only the best. There’s literally nothing I could say about The Cabochon which isn’t great.
First of all, the hotel has such beautiful outside facades. I absolutely love the vibe, the nostalgic architecture and elegant design. It reminded me of a Wes Anderson movie (big fan!), and of being taken back in time (to a good time!). Like the 1920s or something. Classy and elegant.
I arrived in Bangkok on a super early morning flight and got to The Cabochon way before check-in time at 7am. Nevertheless, when I entered I was being welcomed straight away. Even before that, as soon as my Grab (the Asian version of Uber) pulled up outside the entrance, one of the staff members came out and took my suitcase inside before I even got out of the car.
I got a fresh young coconut as a welcome drink (surprisingly the coconut water tasted much more amazing than any of the coconuts I had had in Bali), which served as my morning wake up coffee - a much fresher and healthier alternative to the caffeine. On that note, a thought crossed my mind - if a coconut could taste this good at 7.30am in the morning, then how good would it be on a hot and humid afternoon?
I then spent a bit of time hanging out in The Cabochon’s library, soaking up the (French) colonial vibes with 1920s jazz music playing in the background (side note: don’t let this confuse you, Thailand was never actually colonised by Europeans).
The Cabochon is my absolute dream place. I would love to live in this day and age. The hotel takes you to another world - and when that happens, that’s when you know you’ve found the best place.
Another detail influencing how much I love something are smells. And The Cabochon did well - the body lotion, shower gel, etc. all smelled amazing, and so did the bathroom downstairs (lemongrass perhaps?). I also loved the elephant soap holder in the bathroom, which was made from coconut shell. (I made sure to buy a few of those coconut shell bowls at the market in Chiang Mai to send them back home by post - unfortunately they never arrived...).
Another thing that good hotels do really well is branding. Everything at The Cabochon is on brand and spot on, including the service. The staff was super attentive and helpful. They really make sure you have everything you need.
The morning breakfast vibe only added to my Cabochon love story: jazz music (again with a 1920s feel) playing in the background, couches and comfy armchairs to sit in. There was an old newspaper style reading vibe capturing the room, kind of a Hemingway atmosphere.
And so much food to choose from: A buffet featuring bread and baked goods, fruit and juice, AND hot/cooked breakfast options (eggs, french toast, etc.). The fresh fruit and fruit juice tasted amazing, a lot more flavourful than in Bali (especially the fresh papaya, pineapple, and watermelon). Plus they had passionfruit as well, which was quite special and unusual! And finally, you get served unlimited coffee and tea of course.
Don’t forget to make good use of the rooftop pool (as in Bali, my favourite times to enjoy the views while going for a swim were in the early morning or at night - avoiding the times when the sun would burn my skin, or the heat and humidity lead to a stroke).
While you’re there you should also visit Thai Lao Yeh, The Cabochon’s in-house restaurant, which serves classic Thai cuisine as well as some exciting and less well-known Isan and regional Thai and Laotian dishes.
I wouldn’t hesitate for a second in calling this my favourite hotel in Bangkok. You can probably tell by now. If you love glamorous old-time vibes, and French colonial inspired design, you’ll absolutely love The Cabochon. Or even if you’re just a Wes Anderson fan, this place will hit the spot.