Characterful, charming and with unbelievably friendly staff. Wonderful restaurant that serves mostly vegetarian Thai dishes and also some fish and seafood. Quite delicious homebaked cakes including rubharb and apple crumble, allowing one to enjoy an afternoon tea experience with a twist. Two of those twists being the sunshine and the pool. I had a massage out in the open on the roof - a traditional Thai massage of excellent quality, conducted as rain cascaded down on the roof above and thunder clapped overhead. Unbelievably dramatic.
Some people have drawn attention to the slight pong from the canal. This is not a nasty niff, more an "organic" odour you will notice at first and then stop noticing - please don't let it put you off staying here. And you can use that canal to zip you across Bangkok in a canal boat, avoiding traffic. Also the faded grandeur of the hotel does not have five star efficiency, but for me this is the charm. It is characterful and has personality. I spent a week here and have been very happy. I have used the nearby Skytrain to get around, the Khlongs (canals) and on foot to nearby Sukhumvit resstaurants.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ariyasomvilla Boutique Hotel is a very unique property in the centre of Bangkok. The original house was built by the current Owners Grandparents in 1942. Unlike other hotels Ariyasomvilla gives you a real sense of place and time but with all modern facilities you would expect from 5 star hotels. With 24 rooms Ariyasomvilla is very private and feels like a sanctuary. The pool is large enough for lap, while the spa offers excellent massage. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Ariyasomvilla Hotel Bangkok