The hotel is on the river, and as advertised access is only by boat, from the ferry pier on the other side. The hotel have their own boat transfer available 24/7 so it wasn't a problem, unless you expect door to door limo service.
However we had a few issues that mean we would not stay there again, especially with so much choice in Bangkok.
First, the space around the pool is very limited. So much so that while having a drink on the terrace at 5:30pm, we were told the table was needed to set up for dinner. There is practically no where else to sit? Frankly even if 50% of guests wanted to relax by the pool at the same time, I don't know how it would be handled?
The following day, we had breakfast at the hotel and both of us had very bad stomach aches while we were out on a boat tour (we didn't eat or drink anything at all after breakfast). So we cut our river tour short to come back to the hotel hoping to relax in the room. Unfortunately, we were told by staff that our room was being cleaned and we could sit at the pool but then the staff said "oh you can't sit by the pool as we are setting the tables for New Year's Eve dinner tonight" ! So please be careful at what you eat in the hotel.
On departure we were told taking the hotel slippers would result in a Baht 1,000 charge ($30). From my experience, slippers are either disposable items that you use and throw away, or if chargeable there is a notice in the room saying so. The hotel confirmed there was not a notice in the room.....but the charge remained, so the motto is.....leave the slippers!
The hotel has its character and charm but it's not worth the price we paid, for example the bath towel was old and torn, the wall paint is chipped all over the bathroom, some damp stains on the wall (room 224). The floorboard makes a lot of noise when walking but it's an old building so I can understand that, however it disturbs us when people next door walking at night. For $15 extra you can stay at beautiful and practical, Siam Kempinski down town and take the slippers with you. No extra charge!
PS the scores on the fitness center and spa only reflect there were not any at the hotel.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Praya Palazzo Hotel Bangkok