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“An oasis in bustling Bangkok”
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Ariyasomvilla
Ranked #2 of 891 Hotels in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 5 March 2010

On entering the hotel we found ourselves in an atmosphere of calm serenity. Our room was huge & immaculate with all 'mod cons' (better furnished than the 5 star de luxe hotel that we stayed in previously). The outstanding feature of this hotel is its tranquility and charm which is exemplified by 'mine host' who is passionate about looking after his guests. Although having limited English, (with the exception of 'spiky hair' at reception!) the staff could not have been more helpful. In summary, if you are seeking a friendly intimate atmosphere this hotel is infinately superior to the anodyne/bland 5 star de luxe hotels in Bangkok.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 February 2010

Upon arriving in noisy hectic Bangkok, we found ourselves in a drab uninspired hotel on Sukhumvit, Soi 1. Deciding to take a walk for relief, we headed down Soi 1 toward what we thought was a wonderful looking park. It turned out to be the superb, delightfully exquisite, Ariyasomville boutique hotel. We could not have dreamed up a more perfect place to rest & relax. Every attention has been given to detail all with consideration to the comfort of the guests. No expense was spared on the guest rooms (the beds are fabulous!), all other interiors, the gardens, pool and spa areas. The latter, well, actually everything, should not be missed. There is a sophisticated simplicity giving a feeling for older days in Bangkok with, happily, a perfect blend of preservation and adaptative reuse with a highly compatible addition. Charming photographic vignettes exist at ever turn. The inside dining rooms remain as they were when this was the owners grandparents house. There is really good artwork, old teak used throughout, beautiful furnishings, a lovely reading room, not to mention a wonderful meditation room with visits from both nuns and monks providing classes if you wish. The Buddhist owners David & Pariya, are delightful caring and thoughtful, both blessed with a great sense of humor, an absolute necessity if you are to be an innkeeper. Their mindful consideration shows in all aspects of the operation of this charming 26-room hotel and its young staff who sincerely want to please you. The food too is just tops. Mostly vegetarian, you may dine by the pool or inside selecting from a fine menu of Thai and European cuisine. Some favorites were wing bean salad, pomelo salad, fresh fish and prawns, homemade ice cream & gooseberry tart! The location is amazing. At the end of the block is the Ploenchit stop for the sky train. The world class Bumrungrad Hospital is just steps away. The water taxi stop too is a very few of minutes walk as well as the expressway entrance/exit for a quick arrival from/getaway to the airport.And all of this is affordable and a peaceful tranquil oasis in busy Bangkok. You feel as if you are staying with friends and indeed we came away knowing they are indeed. We would seriously question anyone who did not find a wonderful time in this special place and strongly suggest you book ahead to assure a place in this hotel only 1-½ years old. We’ve always stayed in one of Bangkok’s top ranked large hotels, but even given our stay in one of its lovely garden suites, we will never stay anywhere else but Ayriasomvilla again.We returned again at the end of our journey in Feb, 2010 making a total of a 7 days stay..

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank upenuf
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Reviewed 17 February 2010

We booked this hotel, partly based on the triop advisor reviews we had read, and also as we were keen to avoid featureless corporate towers that often masceade as 5* hotels. Prior to going we checked trip advisor again and were a little concerned soem of the reviews about poor service.
On arrival our fears were quickly set aside - Ariyasomvilla was a beautiful hotl, a little oasis in busy sukhumvit. Rooms were charming, with gorgeous bathrooms, comfortable bed and spotlessly clean. The staff were all very help, quiet & polite and we had no problems with being understood. The food in the restaurant was delicious, especially given the variety available at both breakfast and dinner. The owner was friendly and helpful, stopping to chat to guests and make sure all was well.
The location is away from the old town and big sites, but you are only a 5-10 min walk to sukhumvit road, with bustling market stalls, shops & restaurants and sky train station. Alternatively, we caought the local ferry along the klong and were at the Grand palace in 20 mins.
We would definitely recommend this hotel - one of the most charecterful and charming we have stayed in & definitely better than any chain hotel.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Thank Charminsal
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Reviewed 6 February 2010

Ariyasom Villa is elegant, beautiful in its Thai style with a very good restaurant (isn't it always about the food?) and and excellent staff. People who expect everyone they deal with in a foreign country to speak their language, should stay home. The staff are patient, try hard to communicate with everyone - a smile and charades go a long way - and not once did we receive anything other than excellent service. Many of the guests spoke very little English and no Thai so communication is a daily challenge for them. We stayed 3 nights at the beginning of our trip and one night at the very end. Upon our return the young man at the front desk (the cute one with the spikey hair) greeted us with a big smile and a "Welcome back". I can't tell you how nice that was.
The rooms are clean and very comfortable. There is a problem with the lack of darkness in the rooms but it didn't keep us awake. The canal that runs along beside the pool area can be a bit noisy but that's part of life in Bangkok. David Lees personally visited each table at either breakfast or dinner and also introduced several of the guests to fruits we had never seen before (custard apple, for one).
The hotel's location made it easy to catch the sky train to the pier for a water taxi and to walk Sukumvit Road. We would definitely stay at Ariyasom should we be fortunate enough to return to Bangkok.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 29 January 2010

Beautiful environment (situated by a canal) with high standard of accommodation. Well placed for transport around Bangkok, BTS, River taxis, walking.

Apparent lack of 'rules' or formality created the feeling that you could eat, sleep or just reflect on your surroundings at your leisure, making our ten days in this lovely thai house very relaxed.

The restaurant's Thai vegetarian food is of a high standard, much better than the recommended restaurants in the area. In fact we ate there most nights.

If mosquitoes like you, take lots of "jungle formula".

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank BILLXBETT
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Reviewed 25 January 2010

We spend 4 nights at the villa and we pleasantly surprised by the tranqulity and hospitality of the hotel. We were eating fantastic food every night and loved the pool, also our 1 and 3 year old did. After a buzzing city day you really forget you actually are in a city and you can relax and feel reborn the next morning. Add one of the massages and a applecrumble, made by David, and get even more spoiled! We simply loved the villa, and will return within 2 weeks, yeah!

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled with family
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Thank elskevanheeswijk
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Reviewed 21 January 2010

I am no stranger to many 4 and 5-star hotels in Bangkok from living and/or traveling here for many years, have stayed at Oriental and Four Seasons, inter alia, but my partner here was right four months ago when he said, staying at the Ariyasom Villa, you will not want to stay anywhere else in Bangkok. Truly a tropical treasure and pretty close to paradise in the heart of Bangkok. The management and staff are most accommodating, friendly, immediately reactive to honest criticism. The grounds are absolutely stunning with the amazing array of tropical plants and flowers, tended every day by a phalanx of gardeners. The open-air restaurant is warm and inviting, and again, makes you feel you are in someone's lovely Thai-style home -- which you are. The rooms also are striking and elegant in their attention to detail and in recreating the aura and atmosphere of the best Thailand always had and still has to offer -- wonderful hospitality, attention to all fine arts in the interior decoration and architecture, and modern conveniences that do not detract in any way from the pleasure of this paradise. I regard this as "my home" above any other hotel facility in Bangkok.

  • Stayed: January 2010, travelled on business
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Thank luckyamerican
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Address: 65 Sukhumvit Soi 1 | Khlong Toei Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Sukhumvit
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Luxury Hotel in Bangkok
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bangkok
#2 Spa Hotel in Bangkok
#4 Family Hotel in Bangkok
#23 Business Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range: £136 - £193 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ariyasomvilla 4*
Number of rooms: 24
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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