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Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa
5.0 of 5 Resort   |   257/1-3 Charoennakorn Rd | Samrae Thonburi, Bangkok 10600, Thailand   |  
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“Great hotel and very peaceful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

We stayed 3 nights here on a first visit to Bangkok. We have two daughters with us 17 and 20 years old and travel often. We had connecting rooms which were very nice and allowed us plenty of room. The location was great for us. Away from the noise and activities of downtown but easily accessible to everything with the riverboat and skytrain. The buffet breakfast was outstanding and had something for everyone.
The pool area was nice and the service great. We would definately stay here again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Good quality in general, Nice pool. Boat shuttle Very useful to go around. After 5 PM go to asiatique stop. Food And shops of good quality And much cheaper then the hotel.
Fitness is ok small sauna And steam room for lady And gents separated.
As often in Thaïlande , communication And spécial requests always difficult.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Claudia P, General Manager at Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa, responded to this review, December 28, 2012
Dear Guest,

Thank you very much for the review on your stay at our resort.

As we take our guests comments very serious and really see them as an opportunity to learn and improve our services, I would like to ask you if it is possible to get in direct contact with you to get some more details on your experiences. I would be grateful if you could contact me on cpronk@anantara.com at your convenience.

We hope we will have the opportunity to welcome you back in the near future and wish you a happy new year.

Warm regards,

Claudia Pronk
General Manager
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

I didn't actually stay at the hotel, as i live in Bangkok however i did recently book a tour that they run from the resort. The Klong Guru Tour. I had my mum staying and she was wanting to visit the Klongs (small canals) of Bangkok.The tour was fabulous and it ended up being private as we were the only 2 on the tour, however the long tail boat looked like it could probably only take 8 people at a time anyway. Khun Peter (the Klong Guru) is great, a pleasure to spend the day with and is very knowledgeable, offering history and insight, without talking at you the whole day. We had a lovely day and saw parts of Bangkok that we had no idea existed, away from the touristy areas. It was a charming insight into Bangkok life on the Klongs and a must do if you are looking to do something with some authenticity & charm.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012

Located by the Chao Phraya river, the resort provides free ferry shuttle to the Saphan Taksin pier, where you can catch the express boat to Chinatown or take the BTS to the shopping centres - MBK, Siam, Pratunam and even Chatucak are all a train ride away. The nearby Asiatique (free ferry shuttle too) is also a fun place to while away the evening - loads of food and drink options, plus music and shopping (the city's homegrown Naraya has a branch there).

I've enjoyed my stay at the resort overall. Free wifi keeps me connected and staff are generally friendly. If I have to grouch about one, well two things, they'll be about housekeeping and egg service at breakfast.

While housekeeping did a great job cleaning up, none of the toiletries were replenished. We had request for replenishment each time. No big deal, just a tad troublesome when you're dead on your feet and just want a good soak or shower.

As for eggs, I love my eggs! Sadly, none of the cooks manning the stove were able to cook a decent omelette or fried egg sunny side up - they were either burnt, yolk disfigured or undercooked. But that aside, the breakfast buffet offers a good varity to start your day. Have a hearty start and you're set; at least until evening.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

Simply looking for an excuse to get back. My wife and myself stayed here for three nights as part of a three destination holiday. On arrival we were giving a free upgrade to a junior suite, very nice.
Our concern that the hotel was a bit "out the way" were unfounded, the hotel has its own free shuttle boat that takesto and from the biz all day. The cleanliness, food,pool, bars & rooms were only exceeded by the staff, who were fantastic, every single one of them!!!
We went onto stay at the Anantara Hua Hin for six nights after here and its fair to say we will try to stay with Anantara if possible in the future.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012

My husband and I stayed at Anantara Riverside for 4 nights and loved every minute of it. First of all, we arrived at 6am and we were allowed to check-in and get into a room straight away. We definitely needed the nap before our first tour. The room was beautiful and had a view of the river. We watched the sunrise before crashing after a long flight from the US. My favorite parts of the room were: beautiful wood floors, free wifi (free for GHA members), great smelling toiletries including lotion from a pump instead of a little bottle like at most hotels, and strong air conditioning.

The breakfast was of massive variety and utmost high quality. The food items span all cultures and were fresh and delicious. Just a suggestion to go early if you can, as the restaurant can be hectic when full and the staff very busy and may not be as attentive as when the restaurant first open at 6am. The pool was charming as well. There were plenty of chairs and umbrella shades. No need to bring a towel as they are provided once you arrive at the pool. Only thing is that if you sit on the side with the outdoor kitchen, the smell of food cooking may be overpowering, which is not suitable for an afternoon sunbathing. Not a big deal since you can just move to another side. At 6pm everyday, there is a ceremony where the lights around the pool are lit and there is traditional Thai dancing and drums beating. Very festive!

The location of the resort was ideal ly located. It is farther out than other high0end hotels, but it did not really matter because of their complimentary boat shuttle every half hour to the train station, which we used often to get around. Also, at night, the boat shuttle goes to Asiatique which has boutiques, restaurants, and nice outdoor space to walk around. It is not a typical night market. It definitely caters to tourists or the well-to-do's but is worth a visit. We were there just before Christmas and the place was lit and decorated nicely.

The staff was very courteous. There was a full gym which had free weights and machines. I did use the business center for an emergency and was quite costly. I can't remember the prices in baht but it was something like $1 USD per page printed, $5 USD per 15 minutes on the internet, and $8 USD for each minute fax to the United States. I had to use the internet for a few minutes, print 10 pages, and send a fax that took over 3 minutes to transmit, but they were kind enough not to charge me for everything. I paid just $22 USD, which is still a lot but it could have been worse. All the prices were posted so not a surprise but still was expensive.

Overall, I would totally go back to this hotel if we were to visit Bangkok again. The grounds were so lovely and there were actually several weddings and engagement events there. I would HIGHLY recommend the hotel away from the bustling city.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

I usually don't stay by the river because I've always assumed that it would be harder to get to my favorite eating and shopping places, but I was wrong. The Anantara makes it so easy to take their boat from their private pier to the Saphan Taksin skytrain station, that you can get anywhere you want to go quickly and easily. It was so much more pleasant to start with a short, cool, breezy boat ride rather than a hot walk through the hectic streets to a nearby station. Now, in regards to the hotel, let me say that the Anantara Riverside is fantastic. Whether you are a honeymooning couple, a vacationing family, or doing business in Bangkok, this quiet hotel is perfect. The hotel is contained within extensive tropical gardens and provides a comfortable refuge from the city. The hotel has great water features inside and outside, and blends modern decor and sculptures with traditional Thai design. The room was great with a large marble bathroom with rain shower and wi-fi that always worked. The breakfast buffet is one of the best I've ever seen with everything from Indonesian nasi goreng to German breads and pretzels even. Of course, it is stocked with all the normal custom cooking stations, fruits, fresh juices, and everything you would expect from a five star hotel. There are plenty of restaurants on the premises, or you can take to the boat to Asiatique, the upscale shopping and eating area across the river. The staff were great, always greeting me with traditional and genuine Thai hospitality. You get the feeling that they really care and aren't just being friendly because its their job. I like that, and have stayed at dozens of hotels in SE Asia where they could learn from the Anantara. The Anantara also has an on premise "street guru" (and a klong guru who knows the canals) who is an expert on all the local culture, food, and sights and can take you on an "off-the-beaten-path" tour to show you the Bangkok that only locals know. I enjoyed every minute of my time there and rate it better than the highest rated hotels in Sukhumvit. Plus, the spa treatment room was huge and was really peaceful. Get a signature treatment if you stay here.

Room Tip: Try to get a room with a river view. The views are great.
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 257/1-3 Charoennakorn Rd | Samrae Thonburi, Bangkok 10600, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Bangkok
#11 Spa Hotel in Bangkok
#16 Romantic Hotel in Bangkok
#17 Family Hotel in Bangkok
#18 Luxury Hotel in Bangkok
#22 Business Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:5 star — Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa 5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Tropical Serenity In An Urban OasisSet on the banks of the grand Chao Phraya River, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa is a thriving oasis offering a unique way to experience the City of Angels. Majestic palms swaying in the breeze. Spa treatments hidden within lush tropical gardens. Luxurious suites lit by the twinkle of the city skyline. Delectable meals fusing tastes from around the globe.Situated on 11 riverside acres of verdant gardens, Anantara Bangkok Riverside Resort & Spa seamlessly blends the thrill of urban living with the serene charms of tropical luxury. Imparted with Thai tradition and legendary Anantara service, this exotic Bangkok resort offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of the busy metropolis. Take in the sunset from the edge of the pier, watching as river life unfolds before your eyes. Indulge in pampering spa treatments set in the tranquil environment of your own private garden. Enjoy unforgettable meals at any of our 10 bars or restaurants, each offering individual delicacies. Embrace the unique harmony of luxury and nature within this stunning Bangkok resort & spa. ... more   less 
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Anantara Riverside Spa And Resort
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