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“Good Stay - but can be loud” 3 of 5 stars
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River Kwai Hotel
3.0 of 5 Hotel   |   284/15-16 Sang Chuto Road, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #29 of 69 Hotels in Kanchanaburi
Breckenridge, Minnesota
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8 hotel reviews
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“Good Stay - but can be loud”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

We stayed for two nights. We had a newly renovated room and I was pleased with it. Clean, enough space for two of us, and nicely decorated. Staff at the front desk spoke good English and were helpful. Breakfast was very good with many choices. Pool was nice. Its only a 10 minute walk from the bus station. It's a 15 minute walk past the War Cemetery to get to many great restaurants.

The hotel restaurant is expensive. The bar/restaurant outside the hotel had good food and good live music. Yes the disco was loud and we could hear it from our room; but we were still able to sleep. Probably not the best for a family with young children though, maybe request a room facing the other direction.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2013

Boom! Boom! Boom! till 2am every night of the week.
A disco located at the front of the hotel and karaoke at the back echo throughout this concrete sound box.
Apart from the noise, we had to move rooms three times in one night due to various other disturbances and annoyances, one of which included being placed on a floor that was later swarmed with a boys' school sports team. The staff seemed willing to help, but had little foresight.
Coffee was good. And needed.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

The River Kwai Hotel is about a 10 to 15 minute walk to/from the bus station. This was the reason we selected it as we took a bus to Kanchanaburi from Bangkok to go and enjoy the Erawan Water Falls. The River Kwai Hotel is in a good location with 7-Eleven across the street, and a restaurant right next store. From here, you can also walk about 10-15 minutes further to historical sites, night market, and more restaurants. Good AC, WIFI, Comfortable Bed, free waters (2) in room, and very friendly front desk staff (everyone was so pleasant). Breakfast was okay, my friend had a made to order omelette otherwise more Asian options. Negative was that we were put in a room in the front of the hotel and music played extremely loud until 2 or 3 am (karaoke bar to left and restaurant/bar is on the right). Would recommend to request a room in the back. We paid 1100 baht (EUR 27). We inquired to stay a 2nd night, but were informed it was now 1500 baht because it was a Friday night before the holidays. For this area and noise, we wouldnt pay this rate so went next door to their sister hotel and paid 800 baht. We thought it was really nice of the front desk staff to even inform us to go to their sister hotel (River Inn). Tip: Bus Station offers transport to and from Erawan Falls / no need to book a tour!

Room Tip: Back of Hotel must be more quieter than front!
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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

If I could add an audio file to this review all you hear is the repetitive bass of the awful club underneath the hotel. As long as the club exists this will always be a crap hotel. Find anywhere else.

  • Stayed December 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012

Stayed for a night whilst tour Kanchannaburi. Good selling point as free wifi in all rooms.

Good location and lots of road-side store in the evening selling good food.

Breakfast was average. Front desk staff very helpful and friendly.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 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
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

This is an older hotel located on the main road running through Kanchanaburi. It is called River Kwai Hotel but you either need transportation of good walking shoes to get to the river.

Service was good but nothing special. The hotel is worn and in need of a serious facelift but the rate was commensurate with the quality. The room is big. The bed was comfortable and king size. A writing desk and easy chair are in the room for writing or computer work and relaxation.

I didn't eat in the hotel restaurant but outside in the parking lot is a great grill venue with a good selection of international foods. The also serve cold beer and provide music. Nice place for a dinner before going out for the evening or even if you just plan to hang out around the hotel.

There is a spa and nightclub at the hotel. I didn't try either. I noticed, though, some rooms in the front get the bass vibration from the club. In the rear you can hear the trains blowing their whistle as they are passing by.

There is some night life not too far from the hotel but it would be a good walk. Might be better to get transportation.

It was early in the morning when I checked out. I needed a ride to the train station. The concierge couldn't find anyone so he gave me a lift on his motorcycle.

I would stay here again but it wouldn't be my first choice. It was okay, nothing too bad but nothing too good either.

Room Tip: take into consideration the disco and the train tracks when selecting a room.
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  • Stayed February 2012, traveled solo
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Stayed at this resort for 2 nights and great as a "chill out" hotel, our room overlooked the river so you could sit out on the small balcony and see what was happening along the river, the amount of cocks crowing early in the morning could be a problem but as we live in a city it was great to hear nature instead of traffic.
Rooms a little on the small side but adequate and clean.
Good choice of food in the restaurant and breakfast room which also overlooked the River.
Not much to see or do in the location itself, but this was a stopover hotel for us.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 284/15-16 Sang Chuto Road, Kanchanaburi 71000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Kanchanaburi Province > Kanchanaburi
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#9 Spa Hotel in Kanchanaburi
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — River Kwai Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 81
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