My husband and I loved this place. The price is reasonable, the service is excellent, and the location is very good.
The Riva Surya is an absolute oasis amid the colorful chaos that is Bangkok. The staff are very warm and professional, the rooms are modern, pristine, well decorated, well appointed, and quiet - even the street side 3rd floor room we occupied for our 4 day stay there. The fabulous pool and hotel restaurant area face the river, so we were treated to watching commuter ferries whiz by as we breakfasted on eggs, bacon, yogurt and fruits, cheeses and salads, baguettes, and cafe lattes.
After a morning of exploring the city, we would drag our tired, heat-stricken bodies back to the hotel and head immediately to the serenity of the pool for a dip, then lounge under an umbrella while enjoying a noontime cocktail. Or two.
The hotel is a few minutes by tuk tuk or car to Wat Pho and the Grand Palace, but the number 13 ferry stop is a two minute walk from the hotel, so boat is how we got around, mostly. It was a much nicer and cooler commute than by the road.
We had a bit of an issue finding a good restaurant in the area which was open on Sunday or Monday night, but the staff were very helpful and directed us to very good restaurants.
We had absolutely no issues at this hotel. The worst thing I can find to say is that on one day of our stay, the pool area was closed from 5 - 10 PM for a wedding. We didn’t mind at all, as we got to view the lavish goings-on.
We would stay here again in a heartbeat. In fact, I kind of miss it.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Along the Chao Pharya River in the heart of Bangkok, Riva Surya is surrounded by some of the city’s most treasured historical sites. A Sixty eight-room boutique hotel, Riva Surya adds a touch of style and charm to this bustling locale. Surrounded by cultural treasures and within walking distance of the lively entertainment district of Khoa San Road, Riva Surya gives you direct access to many popular sites and connects you to the city center via a distinctive mode of transportation, the river boat. ... more less
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