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Cabochon Hotel, Bangkok: Old-Fash Flopspot

Boutique stays can struggle to strut next to the big-name chains in a city as luxe-loving as Bangkok, but one honey that sure hasn’t shied away from the limelight is Eugene Yeh’s quirk-chic Cabochon Hotel.

Seeking to ‘recapture the Shanghai chic of yesteryear’, the white-washed colonial mansion hotel comprises only eight extremely sought-after and individually-appointed suites and studios replete with vintage repro beds (ie. no one has died in them, phew), Belgian Flamant linens, double-leaf French doors with balconies, polished marble bathrooms, and some even with old-school copper tubs.

Later, slink up the wide marble staircase to discover a rooftop garden retreat with a 22m pool, then downstairs again for an aperitif at the storied Joy Luck Club lounge, and over to Thai Lao Yeh for Laotian and Thai cuisine. Glamorous retro indeed, but thankfully the Cabochon also offers small reminders of the C.21st with comp WiFi and cable TV. Boutique babe!

Cabochon Hotel, 14 Soi Sukhumvit 45, Bangkok. +66 2 259 2871,

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