We just came back from a relaxing holiday, spending 5D/4N at this Italian mansion. When we first arrive at Pier 13, we had difficulty getting a hp to call the hotel staff to send a private boat to the hotel which is on the other side of Chao Phraya river. Our taxi driver claimed that he did not have a hp. There was a restaurant near the pier and I begged the manager to loan me his hp. Initially he rejected but after being really desperate (not knowing there is a public phone before entering the alley to the pier) I persuaded him again and this time he was kind enough to call the hotel for us. That was the only unpleasant experience. After that it was smooth sailing. The boat arrive, it was a nice 5 minutes ride to the hotel...... when u arrive at the mansion, the first expression was it looks grand but it feels weird that it is surrounded by small villages.
Checking in was real quick..... and we were greeted by warm towel and cool refreshing drink, though extremely sweet. The staff will escort you to your room.... we took the deluxe room, nice cozy colonial room, size is decent with high ceilings and elegant furnish. However the furniture could be given a little simple fixing, such as window knob in toilet and wardrobe is loose, easily fixed with using some adhesive.
Water pressure for rain shower is a bit low. Improvement can be done. Free wifi on second floor not reliable, poor connection.
However this is not a big chain 5 star hotel, so we cant expect everything to be perfect.
The best thing is the hotel is very peaceful, you feel like a royalty having friendly staff serving you and having to travel via ferry to various destination is very relaxing.
One thing I was not so happy was my when I booked directly from the website, the details regarding the room package includes daily high tea. However when I arrived, they said that it is no longer applicable. I would suggest that the website be updated or if not, the tea service should still be offered to us as stated in the website. The other thing was our room package includes free wine during daily breakfast which they have forgotten till I reminded them but snce it was not to our liking we did not remind them for the next few breakfast.
Breakfast selection was ala carte, you get a selection of choices (1 each) of fruit juice, yogurt, cereals, pastry, and egg (any style of cooking) served with sausage and potatoes, and a local dish.
Overall I really enjoyed my stay here and would have given 5 star if not for the few constructive criticisms that I have mentioned above.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Praya Palazzo is a stylish 17-room mansion with a rich historical background that offers a unique experience for the discerning travelers. Dating back to the ancient kingdom of Siam, the mansion is situated in the heart of Bangkok on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Ideal for travelers who want to relax while enjoying city life in the oldest part of Bangkok, Praya Palazzo is in walking distance to many historical sites and attractions such as The Grand Palace, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), Chinatown, The National Museum, and Kao San Road just to name a few. Praya Palazzo brings back the sense and lifestyle of the King Rama V period, conveying authentic Thai culture through vision, taste, scent, rhyme and touch. We are proud to offer you personalized service with style but not snobbism, casual atmosphere but not neglect, high standards but not stiffness, simplicity and authenticity. We look forward to sharing with you the passion and love that allowed this residence to stand still today. ... more less
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