When planning our visit to Bangkok, we spent hours looking for deals at all of the 'usual' large, hotel chains in the city. We discovered the Praya Palazzo by accident through google, looked it up on TripAdvisor, and decided to book with them based on the outstanding reviews. We were not disappointed!
The private airport transfer was smooth, the driver took us to Phra Arthit (Pier 13) where we were greeted by the friendly and welcoming staff who were on hand to help with our luggage. It felt rather exclusive walking past all the other tourist waiting on the pier for the next river taxi whilst we boarded our private boat to take us over the river to the hotel - a really special addition to our holiday!
Our personal 'butler' (their description not ours!) helped us schedule our itinerary to avoid the crowds and planned the best routes to travel to get to where we wanted to go. We were provided with a personal cell phone to call for the private boat to pick us up and take us back to the hotel when we were done exploring for the day, a nice touch. The boat pick up service was offered 24/7 so there was never a rush to get back to the pier by a certain time.
The hotel is unlike anywhere we've stayed before, the history of the Praya Palazzo is depicted in photographs throughout the hotel. The rooms were as expected for a old building, well equipped, tall ceilings, and a good bathroom. Being on the opposite side of the river from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok made it an ideal retreat in the evenings to refresh, relax, and enjoy a glass of something by the river.
We stayed in Bangkok during the Loi Krathong celebrations which was a brilliant bonus. The hotel put on a special meal to enjoy during the evening of celebrations as well as providing the materials for guests to make their own krathongs to float in the Chao Phraya as an offering to the water spirits. The krathong's floating symbolises letting go of hatred, anger, and defilements and placing clippings of your fingernails and hair on the krathong is a symbol of letting go of negative thoughts. This is an experience that we hadn't planned for, but will treasure forever.
Breakfast was lush, sitting on the terrace in the morning Bangkok sun, watching the river get busier and busier with Thai commuters hanging onto the river taxis and tourists preparing themselves for another exhausting day of sightseeing and adventures.
We will definitely be travelling back to Bangkok in the not too distant future and will not be needing to look further for a place to stay - Praya Palazzo, we love you!
- 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