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Ibrik Resort by the River
Ranked #293 of 866 Hotels in Bangkok
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Bangalore
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“Beautiful property with awesome river view”
Reviewed 4 August 2012

The resort is just beside Wat Rakhang and is in a really narrow lane but once you're inside, the beauty of the place is stunning. I reached the place by using the airport metro till the Phaya Thai station and then a taxi from there till the hotel, however definitely carry a print out of the directions printed in Thai (available on the hotels website).

The hotel has a beautiful breakfast spread and it was an amazing experience to sit on the balcony and sip coffee looking at the Chao Phraya river. The location of the hotel is just beside the river jetty and one can utilise this to use the river transport.

I would definitely return to this place and highly recommend this place.

Stayed May 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 July 2012 via mobile

I have stayed in Bangkok 2 other times but really did not care for it until we stayed at the Ibrick Resort. Lovely neighborhood, and beautifully situated on the river which was so entertaining and relaxing. Take the water taxi's for transportation. They are cheap and fun. If you use taxi's bring the directions in Thai. We will return!

Stayed June 2012, travelled with family
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Jamaica
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Reviewed 20 June 2012

Arrived at midnight having arranged an airport pickup. Was a little worried when the driver could not find the place and had to use his cell phone to ask for directions. But it all worked out. We had the room right on the river. Could not have asked for anything better. Excellent breakfast of fresh fruit and coffee. The river traffic provided a constant show. Easy walking distance to the river taxi station at Wang Lang and therefore the rest of Bangkok. Would go back in a flash.

  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Cape Town Central, South Africa
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Reviewed 29 April 2012

We were priviledged to first stay at this gem shortly after its opening in 2004. So today when someone asked my advice on accommodation in Bangkok I jumped onto Tripadvisor so see how this very special little place is doing. I had mixed feelings when I saw its much lower than expected ranking. Firstly I thought it has gone to the dogs, then when I read the reviews and saw what the "complaints" were I thought to myself, thank goodness, the place is still the exact same. Its just that expectations were maybe too high after some reviews and readers not suited to this experience were dissapointed. Nevertheless one appreciates each reviewers honest opinion, what is important to one, is less so to another.
Ibrik has never claimed to be 5 star - but you get the 5 star location at the river, minutes from the top ranked tourist locations if you use the cheap local river ferries. You get the real "old" Bangkok experience without having to pay for a 5 star hotel. You learn to use quick and cheap river ferries to everywhere. Ferry connection to Sky train is a breeze as well. We did not have the budget to stay in a river view room in any of the hotels on the "right side" but here we found something much closer to the water with the most stunning views at Ibrik - just look at the photos.Even if I could afford a 5 star accross the river I would never have had this view and proximity to the river. Lots of restuarnts nearby - you just have to explore! Real Thai people living right next door, you see whole families at night making those suits people ordered from smart hotels, to be ready for the next day, you see the Thai family life. My criteria for chosing this paradise on the river was - where can I find a nice hotel room on the river in central tourist attraction area without paying the earth - and this is it!

We used a taxi organised by Ibrik management to collect us from the airport, thus he knew exactly where it was. After that, we never needed a taxi again, we used ferries, tuk-tuks and Skytrain.

I looked at todays price 3,500B - still a bagain, try to find similar accommodation at that price in Istanbul on the sea/river for instance.You must be joking..You also have to keep in mind that you pay first and foremost for location, location, location.

So I just want to say - Ibrik is only for adventourous, independant people who want to explore the real heart of Bangkok, who want to learn to utilise the local means of river transport, who want to stay where Thai locals stay, does not mind a few minor things like language barriers and standard size beds and appreciate a special place when they find it. Someone who wants the real Bangkok experience. If this is not you, then look elsewhere, the place is already fully booked most of the year anyway! Keep it free for those who appreciate its specialness.

Room Tip: Sunshine room has a double bed and large balcony with fantastic river view
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Stayed April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Reviewed 23 September 2011

Booked this after having had more than a few stays over the other side of the river in bass-pumping night-club range.

Beautiful little property right on the water. Delightful rooms, if smaller than the pictures would suggest, but more than roomy enough for a comfortable stay. Moonlight room had THE BEST shower- roof open to the evening air (very atmospheric; not in sight of any prying eyes however). Sunlight was fantastic, facing onto the chao pria with a view to the grand palace. Staff the most polite and helpful we have ever encountered. Brilliant breakfast (with excellent coffee) to fuel your excursions into the city. 50m from the pier which is only a 3b ferry away from the corner of the grand palace and a truly amazing market with mindblowing food stalls. VERY quiet- best sleep ever had in bangkok.

A bit difficult to find the first time- would recommend the pickup service (a bit overpriced, but honestly, after a long flight, makes the whole thing so much easier and stress free). Relatively expensive stay, but well worth it for the experience that we had.

Would definately recommend to couples looking to experience bangkok without having to live on the doorstep of a nightclub.

  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 9 July 2011

I took my niece to Thailand for her high school graduation present and our first stop was Ibrik Resort in Bangkok. We booked the River Room and our wonderful "American" breakfast was right on the Chao Praya River! Great room (clean, comfortable beds, view of lit up grand palace at night), good bathroom, staff was welcoming and helpful, AC in room worked great. Convenient to ferry to cross the river to attractions.

  • Stayed June 2011, travelled with friends
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Victoria, Canada
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Reviewed 7 April 2011

Be sure to carry a copy of the Thai cab instructions with you .. you can always walk in from Wat Rawkang after you have been here once but you need a little help finding the place the first time.
Once you do, you know you have found something special. You may not even feel you need to leave... you can just lie on your bed or sit on your porch and watch Bangkok go by - your entire wall facing the river is like one giant entertainment screen. (This worked well for me as I was not feeling well when we arrived.)
There is a little early evening noise from the place next door, but the party boats and noise close down early, so don't really interfer with a good nights sleep.
A wonderful breakfast is served with a smile on the porch in the morning. In fact all the hotel employees ( or owners, or whatever they are) are extremely sweet and helpful. They understand more English than they speak.
When you are ready to get out, it is a super location - just hop the 3 bhat cross river boat for the Temple of the Emerald Buddha and Grand Palace and Wat Pho ( Temple of the Reclining Buddha). You are also near the Royal Barge Museum and Wat Arun on the same side. And you can catch the downriver tourist ferry to see the city from its original highway.
At night the one door over very elegant Thai restuarant has free music and dance entertainment (at least on Saturday night). It was very elegant and beautiful.
For things farther away it is easy and not expensive to arrange a taxi.
So all together we found our 3 nights very pleasant and convenient.
We stayed in the River Room on the first floor. The Sunlight and Moonlight Rooms are on the second floor. Sunlight faces the river and Moonlight faces the alley.. all rooms have terraces.

  • Stayed April 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Ibrik Resort by the River
Address: 256 Soi Wat Rakang, Arunamarin Rd., Bangkoknoi, 10700 | Arunamrin Rd, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok
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Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#2 Top resorts Hotel in Bangkok
#53 Romantic Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Ibrik Resort by the River 3*
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Bangkok Boutique Hotel in Thailand The smallest resort in the world ...just three rooms in all .... River room .. the whisper of Chaophraya river Sunshine room .. indulgence to the bright sunlight Moonlight room .. a soft touch of tranquility Guest Room Facilities : All 3 rooms are non-smoking rooms. All rooms have private en suite bathrooms and private balconies. ... more   less 
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