We stayed in late February & since we send very little time (actually none) sitting on a balcony looking at the view we took the "Serene Corner" @ $60. Leaving the airport after 1am with directions in Thai the driver had to be encouraged to turn on the meter & still took a tour, actually getting himself confused by his meandering. The fare was 410 baht. Going back to the airport at 4am we found many taxis cruising the area, about half of whom are unwilling to meter. Just wait 30 seconds & somebody else will come by. Fare back was 250 baht.
The hotel was shiny and new and contrary to some we found the staff friendly & helpful at all times, even for post midnight problems (broken drinking glass & stopped up toilet). They were out of bed & up yo help in minutes.
The room was fairly small but not cramped. The restaurant was very good. As a side, after about 5 days I decided a big greasy American hamburger would be good & to my amazement the restaurant had one. It was bar none the best I ever had & the fries were competitive with the best. My cardiologist would not approve of how they made it so good however so I stuck primarily with Thai fare. Many backpackers also ate here while staying at lesser nearby hotels. As one told me he had noticed that in Thailand bad restaurants are cheap and the really good places are not much more.
The express boats take you to everything along the river for 13 baht, less than, $.40 US but stop running at 7:30.
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Navalai River Hotel Bangkok
- Navalai River Bangkok