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Navalai River Resort
Ranked #34 of 1,299 Specialty Lodging in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 15, 2012

Really liked the location, it's very close to the heart of Khao San but offers slightly more upscale accommodation than the hostels and guest houses in the area. The food at the restaurant is good and the rooftop pool has great views of BKK. I stayed in a riverside room and also a room on the other side facing the street. The room facing the street is quite loud but that doesn't bother me at all but if you're the kind of person that finds it difficult to sleep around loud noises it could be annoying. The staff were friendly and helpful, no complaints at all.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2012

Dear Jamespcole,

Thank you so much for your nice comments for our hotel, we are so delighted to know that you enjoyed staying with us.
And once again thank you so much and we are looking forward to welcome you on your next visit to Navalai River Resort .

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Jimmy R.
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Reviewed September 10, 2012

You will love this hotel for
1) the way hotel is maintained ( staff are very friendly).
2) its close proximity to both entertainment and tourist attractions.

You hate this hotel if
1) You get a room on the road side of the hotel
2)you are early and light sleeper as there are two pubs on the road which play loud music that can disturb your peace.

If you get a room far from the road side i am sure you will enjoy your stay completely without any complains like we did.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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3  Thank Krishck
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2012

Dear Krish K,

First of all we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind feedback and fine compliments on your review. We are delighted that you enjoy staying at Navalai River Resort and that the room suites you well. I shall share your comments with all staff who will be pleased to read them. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Best regards,
Jimmy R.
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Reviewed September 6, 2012

I had been to Bangkok a couple of times before when backpacking and therefore wanted to stay somewhere close to Khao San Road. However, my boyfriend refused to stay in the hostel and "would not go lower than 4 star". I left him to do the research and he came up with this. I was very pleasantly surprised. Not only was it fairly new, modern decor, very comfy bed, nice, modern (and clean) bathroom, but it was a very short walk to Khao San Road via Rambrutti Street (my two favourite streets). 

The pool wasn't luxury but it was fine for what we needed it for - after all, you don't go to Bangkok to hang around by a pool all day - and for the quality and location, it was excellent value. Would definitely recommend it to those hostel-shy holiday makers who still want to stay in an area in which you can experience a traveller vibe. We actually stayed in June 2010 but the date option does not go back that far!

  • Stayed: October 2011, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank CandyMountain
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 9, 2012

Dear CandyMoutain,

First of all we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind feedback and fine compliments on your review even it has been 2 years ago but you still haven't forgot Navalai. We are delighted that you enjoy staying at Navalai River Resort and that the room suites you well. I shall share your comments with all staff who will be pleased to read them. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Best regards,
Jimmy R.
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Reviewed September 2, 2012

My friends and I stayed at the Navalai River Resort for three nights this past August. The hotel is clean, functional and in a great location. It seems a little of a juxtaposition having a "resort" next to the backpacker type vibe of Khao San Road, but it was nice after a long day to get back to our clean hotel. We chose a side view as we were trying to avoid the noise from the front of the hotel and the cost of the river view. It wasn't the most beautiful view, but it worked for us. At night we could hear some music from the street in front although we were so tired that it didn't seem to keep any of us awake. Part of the outdoor river front area is under construction, but still there is a nice breakfast area along the river. The free coffee at breakfast wasn't great so eventually I gave in and bought the better coffee from their menu. It would have been nice if that could have been included. The wifi in the hotel worked fine, but we had to get a new password every day, which was a little annoying since sometimes I wanted to write a quick e-mail when I woke up in the morning. Although I'm pretty sure we had a non-smoking room, we frequently smelled cigarette smoke in the hallway. The staff at the front desk was pleasant but not overly helpful. Maybe it was a language issue, but I asked them for suggestions of things to do when we came and they had no response. I found the cleaning staff to be very patient, friendly, and accommodating. We had a really nice time hanging out by the rooftop pool area, which was beautiful! Another positive thing about this hotel is that it is right in front of a river boat stop, which is super convenient. One day we took a long tail boat ride up and down the river, and they were able to return us directly to the hotel.

Overall, this hotel is a good choice if you are looking to stay in the Khao San Road area. It is clean, comfortable, and well located.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with friends
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Dear Chanybean,

Thank you so much for taking the time for posting your long nice feedback of Navalai River Resort on TripAdvisor and we appreciate your kind comments. We are happy to read that you and your friends enjoyed with the rooms.

We look forward to welcoming you back on our next visit to Bangkok.

Kind regards,
Jimmy R.
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Reviewed August 31, 2012

Great location next to Chao Praya river. We had a room with a balcony facing the street instead of the river as its booked out. Anyhow we still enjoyed the stay... Great breakfast and efficient staffs.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Dear SaveTheShark,

Thank you so much for your nice comments for our hotel, we are so delighted to know that you enjoyed staying with us.
And once again thank you & we are looking forward to welcome you on your next visit to Navalai River Resort .

Kindly Regards
Jimmy R.
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Reviewed August 30, 2012

We stayed here for two nights in August. The hotel isn't especially atmospheric, but it's clean and comfortable and well located right on the river, next to a river ferry stop. There's a great terrace overlooking the river which serves food and drink all day long and well into the evening. Our bedroom was light and spacious with very comfortable beds, a good bathroom and a balcony; the air conditioning worked. Staff were generally friendly and efficient. Lots of restaurants and night markets nearby.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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Thank MilesMadrid
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded September 4, 2012

Dear MilesMadrid,

Thank you so much for your nice comments for our hotel, we are so delighted to hear that you enjoyed staying with us and your comments for our hotel will be informed around the world to many travelers to know more about our hotel.
Thank you & We are looking forward to welcome you on your next visit to Navalai River Resort.

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Reviewed August 28, 2012

We love this hotel, we spent several days in Bangkok there this year and last year. The rooms are very nice, clean and new, the staff is nice and efficient and the location is brilliant. The food in the restaurant is really great!! The hotel is located directly at the river, you can take a boat taxi (for a few cent (3-10 Baht) and there is no traffic jam like in the taxi) to all sights (Wat Arun, Wat Po, China Town). Once we even walked from the hotel to Wat Po and the National Palace, the main sights of Bangkok. To the modern part of Bangkok and the sky train it is a bit further away. We were not so interested in big shopping malls, so for us the proximity to the old town and its sights was perfect.

The drawbacks: The City view rooms can be quite loud, there are bars with live music opposite of the hotel. Last year we booked a serene corner room and liked it much better. We booked very good offers for the serene conner rooms, but found the other rooms slightly expensive. The prices are almost as high as at other really luxury hotels in Bangkok. However, the location of the Navalai is much better than that of the Hilton.

  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Weltreisende81
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2012

Dear Weltreisende81,

First of all we would like to take this opportunity to thank you so much for your kind feedback and fine compliments on your review. We are delighted to know that you enjoy staying at Navalai River Resort and that the room suites you well. I shall share your comments with all staff who will be pleased to read them. We look forward to welcoming you back on your next visit to Bangkok.

Best regards,
Jimmy R.
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Address: 45 / 1 - 2 Phra Athit Rd | Phra Nakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #34 of 1,299 Specialty Lodging in Bangkok
Price Range: $57 - $103 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Navalai River Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Navalai offers a hip design, unlike any other city hotel. You can find this extraordinary experience of Oriental Chic Boutique and be inspired by historical and social context of hotel location. 74 unique and stylish rooms are decorated in four different themes: Artist; Thai-lifestyle; Colonial-influenced; and Rattanakosin heritage. This uniquely designed hotel is the ideal place for honeymooners and travelers who look for a unique life style. ... more   less 
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