This is a very nice little hotel within easy walking distance to downtown (Grand Palace and the night market). We were given a choice of either an older room right above the lobby that had a patio or a room in the new Mango building without a patio. We picked new (Mango #4) and are glad we did because the a/c was icy cold and the room was very quiet and spanking new. The older room - see the photo for Maisonette suite with upstairs bedroom - was a loft style which meant having to trudge down a flight of stairs to use the bathroom. Heads up that it looks great in the photo but really dark and old in person.
Breakfast was served across the street in a lovely little garden setting. Plenty of umbrellas to shield you from the blazing sun even at 8am. Note that you can order anything you want on the menu - fried rice with yogurt and a baguette, no problem. We found the Asian dishes - especially the fried noodles with pork - to be more flavorful than their version of an omelet. Strong coffee and good baguettes.
The hotel coordinated our airport transportation so it was nice to have the driver waiting for us at the airport once we cleared customs. The van was new with icy cold a/c. I think a regular taxi would have been cheaper and just as reliable but we paid $10 ea way for the convenience of having the hotel handle.
Here's one tip - most guests just walk from the hotel to the main downtown area without checking out the side streets. We found some of the best deals on massages and souvenirs on the little streets around the hotel. Sabaidee massage near L'Eléphant offered great foot massages for less than downtown places. I think we paid $4 for an hour (Feb 2011).
Pros: Walking distance to everything. Delicious breakfast. Clean, new rooms. Staff can coordinate just about anything for you (assuming they understand what you want). Tons of bottled water (remember that the 2 bottles in the cold fridge are free).
Cons: Pricey even at American standards. Desk staff has only passable English. $20 for the alms (4 cups of rice and a dozen oranges!)
For $200/night, I think the BelleRive is pricey even at US standards. We walked up and down most of the streets and all the guest houses looked pretty good. I think that as long as you get a place with reliable air conditioning (a MUST for 98F temps) and is walking distance to downtown (the area around the grand palace); I think you can get a better deal elsewhere if you look. For convenience and the guaranty of a clean, modern room with good a/c - you will really enjoy the BelleRive.
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