If you want wall to wall aircon and endless lobbies of marble - go elsewhere. Stay at the Landmark Hotel 600m away on Sukhumvit by Nana BTS. Or better still go west to the Chao Praya river. The other hotels will still feel anonymous though and serve overpriced and bland pan asian food.
If you want to experience an old Bangkok home, sensitively developed and owner managed for the family with a real desire to make your stay comfortable, come to the Ariyasom. Yes it is pricey (about the same as the Landmark) but you know that already. It's no more than you pay for 4* elsewhere without soul. The food and service is very good at the restaurant at night (no MSG, primarily organic, vegetarian and sea food only; I've brought work colleagues here when visiting Bangkok on business.). Breakfast is a la carte rather than grand buffet - and what you lose in variety you gain in flavour and freshness.
David (owner) and his team try hard to make your stay successful. You do need to accept that this is a walk from Nana BTS (or else tell taxi drivers Soi 1 Sukhumvit and then urge them down the road); accept that mosquitos will be endemic around the pool (so spray and cover up); and that junior staff sometimes need help in understanding your requests.
Come and stay for a day or three and you should enjoy. For longer, you might like to also try a hotel closer to the river (like the Arun Residence say), or else go visit up country or one of the beach resorts.
I'd personally rather stay here any time than an international bland palace but everyone makes their own choices.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ariyasomvilla Boutique Hotel is a very unique property in the centre of Bangkok. The original house was built by the current Owners Grandparents in 1942. Unlike other hotels Ariyasomvilla gives you a real sense of place and time but with all modern facilities you would expect from 5 star hotels. With 24 rooms Ariyasomvilla is very private and feels like a sanctuary. The pool is large enough for lap, while the spa offers excellent massage. ... more less
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- Ariyasomvilla Hotel Bangkok