IBIS hotels are typically clean, comfortable with relatively small rooms. The IBIS Riverside is no different. However where it is unique is its location on the Chao Praya River. It presents an idyllic scene whether one is lounging under the umbrellas around the pool or sitting on the patio area having a meal. The staff is courteous and professional. Breakfast is ok with sufficient choices while the dinner buffet is very nice with plenty of variety.
Since all IBIS hotels are typically the same I will offer some information about the neightbourhood and getting around Bangkok.
There are really no tourists attractions in the immediate area of the hotel and that was confirmed by the hotel staff. However the hotel shuttle service to the BTS Skytrain station provides convenient access to many other interesting areas of Bangkok. For shopping we found the Paragon Mall at the Siam Skytrain station very interesting. Great for high end shopping as well as plenty of reasonably priced restaurants and a food court. The top floor has movie theatres although we did not see a movie on our short time there, it looked clean and impressive. In the basement there is an aquarium called Ocean World. Again we did not go inside but we noticed many people particularly those with kids buying tickets.
Also MBK at the National Stadium station (next station after Siam) is a great place for almost anything one might want to buy including souvenirs. Bargaining seems to be expected there.
For those who wish to explore other areas of Bangkok not served by the Skytrain, just take the short walk to the main road and flag down a taxi with the light on in its front windshield signifying that it is available.. Bangkok has an abundance of taxis and therefore it is easy to catch a cab. One word of caution. Always insist on the driver turning on the meter. Don't negotiate because you will definitely overpay. If you get some story for example about the meter not working then just get out and take another taxi. Alternatively a tuk tuk can also be found but the price seems to be no better than a taxi and since tuk tuks have no meter tourists will always be at a disadvantage negotiation a price. Besides who really wants to sit in the heat and breath exhaust fumes when air conditioned taxis with meters are readily available.
For those occasions when you want to just look around the hotel neighbourhood I recommend a short walk to the main street. At the right corner of this main street there is a 7-11 convenience store. Great for incidentals and snacks. If you turn left at this corner there are several Thai style restaurants. Most are not air conditioned but you can have authentic and inexpensive Thai food. Our favourite was a small stand right at the corner selling Pad Thai. While street food might worry some, our experience with the Pad Thai shop was fine. It seems to only be there late afternoons and evenings. Great Pad Thai and very inexpensive. We chose it initially because their menu had English language. We preferred to take the Pad Thai back to the hotel as a break from those large buffets at the hotel.
Other shops along the main street include a pharmacy (no prescription required for most items), hair cut shops, a travel agency, an air conditioned coffee shop, banks with ATMs and other street food items. All of these can be found within a single block or so by turning either left or right at the main street.
In summary, the IBIS Riverside provides a great location on the river and offers conveniences in the immediate vicinity as well as access to all other parts of Bangkok.
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- Also Known As:
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