The staff are wonderful and caring but they alone cannot carry this converted, aging property. We arrived late in the day off a 10 hr. flight and were 'upgraded' to, I believe it was room 134. In the dark we didn't investigate just ate at the hotel and went to bed. We were the only ones eating, the food wasn't particularly good. With the morning came the realization we were in a dark room with hard to open windows, lots of mozzies when we managed to and no view whatsoever, all for the pleasure of paying U$150/nt. We complained and my wife fell for their most expensive 'suite' the living room of which was under furnished with one chair and a divan and a somewhat ratty carpet. Two bathrooms, a tub, a great view, all for the pleasure of doubling our cost. The mozzies moved with us and the tv improved but not much. When we wanted a bath the hot water ran out every few minutes as we tried to fill the tub forever. Shower pressure is wanting. The drains are slow and we had a clog or two. The beds have oversize wooden platforms that bark your feet and shins and the floors are polished to a dangerous level of slipperiness. Lighting either to shave by in the bathroom or to read by in bed was inadequate. Breakfast was usually good but don't have the poached eggs which are done in vinegar which soaks the bread. Yes there's something about taking a private boat across the river away from the maddening crowd but not when you're tired and just want to refresh yourself and head back out and certainly not when you're told there will be a 15 min. wait. Again the staff are pleasant and caring but it would be nice to see some further investment in their training and perhaps better english spoken. We have returned to BKK and staying on the busy side of the river at the Riva Surya and the difference is outstanding. Stay tuned for what I'm sure will be a very different review.
- 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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- Praya Palazzo Hotel Bangkok