What a great place to spend our last 4 nights of a 3 week trip. Our party of 3 booked a River Breeze triple room on the 4th floor - very modern, clean and spacious - with a large balcony overlooking the river and all its goings on. A wonderful palce to have a drink at the end of the day. Buffet breakfast served in the terrace restaurant was pretty good - dinner meals were expensive and service very ordinary - they really do need some serious customer service training. There are many dinner options in surrounding streets and the hotel is a short 10 min walk from Kao San Rd. However, the overriding plus for this hotel was that it is located right on a river ferry stop - Phra Arthit - which takes you to all the tourist spots closeby (Chinatown, Grand Palace, Reclining Buddha etc) and to Saphon Taksin 'at the end of the line' where you can pick up a Skytrain to all parts of the city including Siam, Chatuchak Market etc - this was very important for us as we were travelling with my wife's 78 yo mother - who had a ball here. Great swimming pool on the roof for the end of the day. Negotiate with the long tail boatman for a 2 hour trip on the klongs (canals) to Tailing Chan (an hour there and back with an hour stopover - we paid 1200 baht total for the 3 of us) - local food market which is only open on weekends - serves the most wonderfully delicious prawns, satays, whole fish, Thai fish cakes, washed down with cheap bottles of Chang, Heineken or Singha beer - all food cooked while you wait on myriad small boats that are tied up to the wharf on the side. A great Thai eating experience - very surprised that it is not in the Lonely Planet!
Best kept local secret? Will be coming back to Navali at the end of the year - would not hesitate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Navalai offers a hip design, unlike any other city hotel. You can find this extraordinary experience of Oriental Chic Boutique and be inspired by historical and social context of hotel location. 74 unique and stylish rooms are decorated in four different themes: Artist; Thai-lifestyle; Colonial-influenced; and Rattanakosin heritage. This uniquely designed hotel is the ideal place for honeymooners and travelers who look for a unique life style. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Navalai River Hotel Bangkok
- Navalai River Bangkok