We had to spend a night in Bangkok in order to catch our 6am flight to Bhutan so we stayed at my dear friend Eugene‘s lovely new project: Cabochon Hotel and Residence. An 8 bedroom boutique hotel with a lounge Joy Luck Club and a Thai Lao Yeh restaurant. A unique hidden gem in an alley which exudes elegance, sophistication and understated luxury that typifies Eugene’s very own style.
Eugene arranged a London Cab to pick us up at the airport and we had a brief tour of the hotel upon arrival before we began an array of bubbly and munching evening!
Cabochon is a four story colonial style building that stands like a big mansion, with reception in the middle flanked by the Joy Luck Club lounge and Lao Yeh Thai restaurant. The lounge is a typical Eugene style salon with strong European influence throughout, it is composed of antique furnitures, fixtures and fittings he collects from his travels around the world over the years! The club conveys a cozy atmosphere which eludes us into the night.
Eugene prepared an ongoing delicate finger food feast for us to go with the bubble sipping at the Joy Luck Club, we got to try a variety of selections including a special one: pig’s face! Most food were spicy but super delicious. His slender Thai bartender mixed the best cocktail I’ve ever tasted, I had my favorite Mojito and it was excellent, but the one and only mangosteen cocktail was unforgettable.
The rooms are simple and elegant. All suites and rooms are furnished with vintage style beds, side tables, writing desks and armed chairs. The entire hotel transcends a strong flair of an era past that is timeless yet gracious.
Cabochon is a unique piece of work hidden in a Bangkok alley, from its architecture to the minute details such as food display or bathroom amenities were all carefully chosen and designed by its very owner and a special dear friend of mine over 20 years, a must visit for Bangkok!