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River View Guest House
Ranked #341 of 866 Hotels in Bangkok
Craiova, Romania
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“Great roof view!”
Reviewed 8 April 2013

Is located in the heart of Bangkok China Town, with nice and friendly stuff, most of them English speaker, clean and with a great asset: the roof terrace and restaurant. The view of Chao Praya River is absolute fabulous, in the day and in the night to. Prices are good and the hotel is close to the river boat stations, tuk-tuk and some shops.

  • Stayed November 2012, travelled with friends
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed 6 April 2013 via mobile

I haven't stayed at this guesthouse purely because I live in Bangkok BUT.... If you're looking for a great breezy view of the river, good food and reasonable pricing , the rooftop terrace here - Rivervibe - is a must.
Not at all pretentious, one can enjoy a panoramic view of Bangkok and all the dynamic activity on the Chao Praya river.

There is comfortable chaise-longue type seating or more conventional wooden chairs and tables overlooking the scenic river; coupled with a welcome breeze and cocktail.... Well.... It's a wonderful night out. Whether as a couple or as a large group, it's bound to be memorable.

This is one of my favourite places in Chinatown to escape Sukhumvit and the usual , same-old same -old.

  • Stayed April 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 21 March 2013

Our room was a dump, smelt like sewer was dirty and NOT cheap. The guesthouse itself was a dump. The ONLY redeeming quality of this guesthouse was their rooftop bar. I would not recommend this place nor will I go back.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled with friends
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Charleroi, Belgique
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Reviewed 19 March 2013

Spent there a few nights. the location is near the riverside 5 minutes from the boat stops, easy to get by boat to the royal palace and temples.
Very difficult to get there as Bangkok is a little bit crazy, but once we was there was ok to go back to the train station by foot. 15-20' walk. The area is not to clean, and full of mecanical shops. The River shopping center is 5-10 minutes walk, full of street food.
The roofbar is excellent, althrough the prices are a little bit high. We spent the best Loy Kratong in Bangkok, with all the fireworks and the chinese lamps.
We had a city delight room booked direclty on their website and it was ok. The rooms were cleaned but the commun spaces not that much, specialy the public toilets near the reception Free wifi in the lobby and at the roofbar.

  • Stayed December 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 16 March 2013

I stayed 3 different times in December and January and had a wonderful time, from the first arrival through to the final check out. The staff were friendly and helpful and the location was spectacular Just a short walk to either the train station or the pier to catch the river ferry. As others have said, the neighborhood is a bit unusual if you are used to western cities - the narrow, twisty alleys full of shops with piles of car parts outside was disorienting at first (after a few days I learned which particular pile was at my street!)

The rooftop restaurant offers a spectacular view and a nice spot to relax with a beer or have some good food (priced above street stalls but still reasonable).

I stayed in two different dorm rooms, both of which had 4 comfortable beds, clean facilities, good water pressure and temperature, fans and lockers (with locks). What more could you ask for?! On another visit my friend and I stayed in one of the deluxe river-view rooms. So nice! With a little balcony it was the perfect place to watch sunrise or sunset.

Another nice touch was the very affordable rates for daily and weekly luggage storage. I left a second suitcase with my winter clothes, and added souvenirs to it when I passed through again mid-trip.

I will definitely stay here again if I find myself back in Bangkok.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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81 reviews
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Reviewed 5 March 2013

This is not a review of the guest house, only its restaurant on the top floor.
The view over the river is very good - and that is about the end of the positive stuff.
First, this is a 100% tourist place, hardly a Thai guest in sight. You can guess what implications this has.
The district is dirty and cramped.
Smoking is allowed in the restaurant so when we went there quite a few of the tourists were puffing aweay, some of them lounging about with their feet on the sofas, their eyes glued to their laptops.
The decor is absolutely terrible, bare, concrete-like - the owner obviously has no sense of style or warmth.
And finally, the food is quite poor. We ordered for example a green curry, but some of the basic ingrediwents were missing. Probably the clientele wouyld not notice this.
So absolutely a place to avoid. Maybe the guest house is better, but it's difficult to imagine.
However, if you are a cigarette-smoking backpacker type with little experience of what Bangkok has to offer, this place might suit you.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Kunming, China
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Reviewed 28 February 2013

I ended up staying at River View Guest House for a total of about 5 weeks (since I was living in Bangkok briefly). I think I can give a fair review of the place since I stayed there for so long. The place was both well located and poorly located in my opinion. The location near to the MRT, main train station and Boat Pier was fantastic. This made access to the city centre, the touristy area and places outside of Bangkok very easy. However, the streets surrounding the guest house were a bit dirty and noisy. Not ideal for tourists, but bearable.

The staff could be good, could be not-so-good - it depended on who was at the desk. Some of the waiters at the River Vibe restaurant were a bit rude and lacked decent enough English to take orders properly. On that note, the restaurant was overpriced and generally not that good. However, the view from the restaurant is amazing!

The rooms were usually cleaned on a daily basis which was very nice. The Wifi worked well. The dorms were quite nice and reasonably priced (for Bangkok, at least).

Overall, not a bad place to stay I'd recommend it, but just not for too long!.

  • Stayed January 2013, travelled solo
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Property: River View Guest House
Address: 768 Soi Phanurangsri, Songwad Rd. | Talad Noi, Sampanthawong, Bangkok 10100, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Chinatown / Yaowarat
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
#33 Best Value Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — River View Guest House 2*
Number of rooms: 45
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"See.., feel.., and breath REAL Bangkok living." Established in early 1980s, River View Guest House is a family-run budget guest house which offers a truly unique experience. It is hidden among small alleys of Chinatown's Talad Noi area, but it is very famous the breath-taking view over Chao Praya River. Our "River Vibe Restaurant & Bar" is on our rooftop, serves Thai and European menu, extensive cocktail and wine lists, you can enjoy the moment with definitely 7-star view over Chao Praya River. River View Guest House is recognized world-wide and honored to be listed in world's most respectable guide books such as Lonely Planet, Rough Guide, Frommer's, Guide Routard, Fodor's, so as to be named. ... more   less 
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