Stayed for 1 night in the Garden Suite just before Christmas and wished we had been able to stay longer. The property is really one of a kind and our stay was perfect in every way. We picked the Villas since we had only one day in Bangkok and wanted to see Wat Po and The Grand Palace. The Villas location was perfect for that...within a 5 minute walk for Wat Po and less than 10 minutes for the Grand Palace. The Villas phone was never answered by someone that spoke English and since we didn't speak Thai I booked through email with Atom, who was very helpful, on the [-]. This was very easy and Atom responds quickly to email. I faxed my credit card info with signature to secure the reservation but the deposit was never charged to my card. I also arranged for airport pickup. At 5am, after 20+ hours traveling it was worth the extra cost to be met at the airport and quickly bundled into a waiting BMW. The Villas were about 40 min from the airport. Immediately on entering the grounds you know this property is special. The lush greenery, multiple water fountains, bird sounds, and beautiful buildings make it seem more like a private estate than a hotel. It is far removed form the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. Our room, the Garden Suite was roomy, modern, and comfortable. It had a king size bed, huge bathroom with shower and separate soaking tub, and a mini kitchenette and fairly large fridge. There was a flat screen with DVD player which we didn't use since we had our video ipods with a/v cable as well as an ipod stereo dock. We arranged for breakfast, lunch, and dinner on the terrace and the food was incredibly yummy and beautifully presented. For breakfast you can choose eggs any style, toast, coffee, tea, juice, fruits, etc or Thai breakfast with fruits and tea/coffee. Lunch and dinner were a fixed rotating menu so check with Atom to see if you like the menu. The pad thai noodles I had for lunch were excellent. We wanted to steal away their chef. Service was first class for all meals and we had a great view of Wat Arun and the river. Atom can book excursions in the Villa's private boat which we didn't have time to take advantage of. The pool area is lush and private. There is a day bed on the upper deck in the trees overlooking the river that just calls for naps. We picked up some drinks and snacks at a 7-Eleven a few minutes walk making a left out the front gate of the hotel and enjoyed them on the river deck watching the sunset over Wat Arun one evening. If you do this, make sure you use bug spray as there are mosquitos. The other couples had apparently canceled after the political demonstrations so we had the estate to ourselves. We did notice some river noise from the boats but found it to be fairly quiet overall. The Prince's house was open for touring while we were there...it is inside the estate grounds and nice to see. Free for Villa guests. We didn't have time to hit the shopping or nightlife so can't speak to how convenient it would be to take the river taxi down to the main shopping areas. This property is for more for people looking to relax in beautiful surroundings and it's proximity to the major attractions is convenient. The Riverside Villa is above the Garden Suite and has windows facing a deck that is shared with other guests as well as a private veranda. If you're a stickler for privacy then this might not be ideal but the view is incredible. We didn't have a chance to check out the other 2 rooms on the property. All in all, we look forward to returning and staying again at this wonderful location.
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- Bangkok's best kept secret ... more less
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- Chakrabongse Villas Hotel Bangkok