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Ariyasomvilla
Ranked #3 of 883 Hotels in Bangkok
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Reviewed June 13, 2014

I used to stay in large hotels in Bangkok but I could not neglect this hotel because of the reviews. And wow how great this was! The atmosphere is so relaxed. It is at the end of a small road, and we liked walking in the street, looking at the locals, the food stalls. Nothing special, but just nice to see. They gave us a free upgrade so the room was fantastic. Luxious and large bathroom, king size bed. The breakfast is a la carte; you can choose a couple of items from the menu. Pool is nice and quite. Kind owner. The location was fine for us; with tuktuk or taxi it is a short trip to the shopping malIs and for the ride back we showed the driver the card from the hotel with address. No problem! I would recommend this hotel and will come back in the future.

Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

With a location conveniently situated to the skytrain and major shopping, Ariyasomvilla is literally a Paradise. The charm and personality of the hotel itself is truly enhanced by the quality of care provided and gracious staff. We spent 6 nights there and loved every minute of it. We arrived after midnight and were greeted with a warm welcome and fresh chilled juice. The room (we had chosen a studio) was huge, gorgeous, and extremely comfortable with a large Jacuzzi tub under the stained glass window in the bathroom. A bowl of fresh fruit and fruit juice and water in the refrigerator awaited our arrival. The breakfast was plentiful and delicious including everything from cereal and eggs to yogurt and fresh fruit. The service was gracious and impeccable. Poo was delightful and provided excellent advice that I will always remember on Thai hot chilis and Mr. Lees, the Managing Director, chatted with us daily to find out if our needs were being met and offer recommendations for our day. No matter what tour excursion we took, we always looked forward to returning to this wonderful, beautiful hotel. We had dinner there several nights, as well, and found dinner whatever we ordered delicious. For the traveler who really wants to feel the culture and charm of the Thai country through where they stay as well as excursions, this is the place. Nothing could have made this hotel more special. Should we return to Thailand, this will be the only place for us. It was truly a little piece of heaven and we are grateful to each member of the staff for the excellent and gracious care they provided.

Room Tip: Ours was a studio and it was huge! Had a large king bed, a sitting area, a huge bathroom, and an out...
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  • Stayed: June 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 10, 2014

We stayed at this amazing small hotel for 3 nights. We had booked the package including a deluxe room, transfers to and from airport and 1 meal and a massage each. It was all fantastically organised, and you can not help but feel serene and peaceful from the moment you arrive. Everything is done in the most organic and natural way possible. Whether it is the gentle scent of aromatherapy oils throughout the building (there are oil burners everywhere),or the pool which contains salt water in order to to avoid harsh chemicals. Our deluxe room was unbelievably beautiful, on the 3rd floor, with 2 balconies. One overlooking the pool, and one the canal. It had a huge oriental style bathroom, teak floors, and a huge four poster bed. Even the 'Prann' toiletries are made with natural ingredients and essential oils. There is a fridge in the room, and also a kettle.
There are nice fluffy towels on the thick loungers by the pool, and very soft Thai music plays in the background, which added to the tranquil atmosphere. We each had a massage, which was second to none, in a beautiful little outside pavilion. We ate dinner at the hotel on the first night. It was so tasty and aromatic, that we had a another meal there on our last evening. Do try the (non fried) fresh spring rolls! The owner, David, is a very friendly chap (a British Expat). He bakes a very nice Chocolate tart too, and makes sure the tea is adequate for us British tourists! He also sources the best Orange Marmalade from northern Thailand, and selects his staff very carefully. In particular the very good Chef, and a lovely lady named Boo, who is the restaurant Manager, and does everything to make your meal a memorable one with a genuinely friendly service. The whole setting of the restaurant is beautiful, and the outside dining by the pool very romantic. There is even Citronella Oil on the table outside to keep the mozzies at bay, and a gently fan blowing to cool you down in the hot Bangkok air.
Breakfast was also very good, with a large selection on offer, from Thai soup to yoghurt, or toast with above mentioned marmalade. The whole place was spotlessly clean, calm, with exceptional attention to detail. You have to tear yourself away from this lovely place to do the sightseeing! We made sure to be back early afternoon to enjoy the peace and serenity of it! It may not be the cheapest hotel, but it certainly makes for beautiful memories.
I would travel halfway accross the world to stay here for a few nights! Don't miss it!

  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Yolandanica
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Reviewed June 7, 2014

We really enjoyed our stay at Ariyasomvilla, but we did have some issues with it.

Positives
+ Lovely authentic thai style, not like a chain, where you could be in any city
+ Really polite, helpful staff
+ Lovely spa (expensive though)
+ Food is fantastic - lots of lovely seafood, must have dinner in the hotel at least once
+ Good location

Negatives
- We didn't like our room. It was not what we booked. I was at the top of the hotel, on 2 levels, which meant if you were in bed, you had to walk down a long stairs in order to get to the bathroom. Also the bedroom was hot and dark, and the air con up there was ineffectual. It was a shame as my husband had called in advance and requested a particular room, which they then didn't give us. It was a large room, so some might like that. But as a couple, we really didn't need 2 sitting rooms!
- The pool area. We went to sit by the pool only once. It smelt very strongly of sewage. This wasn't an issue for us as we were out and about most of the time, but it would have been nice to have the option.

Overall, I would recommend it.

Room Tip: Avoid the room on the top floor - it's split level and the bedroom is warm
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  • Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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davidlees, Owner at Ariyasomvilla, responded to this reviewResponded June 11, 2014

Dear Anon 543,

Thanks for your review. Of course I’m happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us but I wanted the follow up the important points that you made.

Sometimes our front office try a bit too hard and they upgraded you from a Deluxe Room in to a Duplex Suite. We could have reversed this if the stairs were inconvenient. I am concerned about the A/C as it should work well – when we first opened the hotel this was the room that I slept in for several months. Anyway, I’m very sorry if it was rather hot.

May/June are the hottest months and the canal running along the back of the property can be rather “ripe” when the temperature gauge goes up – we’ve also had so little rain at this time of year so there’s not much water to dilute the smell. Klong Sean Sap – the canal was built in 1937 and is still used today as a major transport route – over 60,000 people a day use the canal as their primary route to work. It can be used as a link to the old city and our nearest pier is at Soi 3.

Thanks for the review and thanks for coming to stay.

With very best regards

David

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Reviewed June 4, 2014 via mobile

On my first trip to thailand , I stayed in this hotel. Amazing location, great food, amazing pool and rooms are extremely quiet. The best thing is the hospitality shown by the staffs. I will surely visit again!

  • Stayed: March 2014
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Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

The personal touch of owner David is evident everywhere in the hotel. It feels just as it used to be, like a family home.

The attention to detail without being either overtly opulent or chain sterile.

The staff are all friendly, helpful, and the attached spa treatments worth the extra dollars paid.

The authentic Thai food better than the Western in their vegetarian restaurant, but the classic British desserts allegedly home made by owner David are super delicious. This is coming from a food Nazi like myself.

If you're after cool peace and tranquility whilst being also being able to experience the frenetic heat, sweat and cheap everything in the rest of Bangkok, Ariyasom Villa is the only place to stay. Certainly deserved of its number two ranking on Trip Advisor.

Thank you Ariyasom ♥♥♥♥

Stayed: June 2014, traveled with friends
3  Thank DaniellaLeona
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Reviewed June 1, 2014

On the last night of my second stay with the first having been two and a half years ago. Nothing has changed. The standard of service is excellent. The rooms beautiful. The common areas relaxing and the restaurant simply fantastic. Bangkok has hundreds of hotels and many are international five star chains, the Ariyasomvilla has service that exceeds them and you feel known and at home. After a day wandering this sprawling metropolis nothing beats returning to this hideaway where your room looks out over trees with squirrels running in the branches and the swimming pool beckons below. The problem is pulling yourself away from it to go out for the evening or to even leave at the end of your trip. I know we will be back again, soon.

Stayed: May 2014, traveled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ariyasomvilla

Address: 65 Sukhumvit Soi 1 | Khlong Toei Nuea, Wattana, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Bangkok > Sukhumvit
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Romantic Hotel in Bangkok
#3 Spa Hotel in Bangkok
#3 Luxury Hotel in Bangkok
#4 Family Hotel in Bangkok
#23 Business Hotel in Bangkok
Price Range: $161 - $241 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Ariyasomvilla 4*
Number of rooms: 25
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Ariyasomvilla Boutique Hotel is a very unique property in the centre of Bangkok. The original house was built by the current Owners Grandparents in 1942. Unlike other hotels Ariyasomvilla gives you a real sense of place and time but with all modern facilities you would expect from 5 star hotels. With 24 rooms Ariyasomvilla is very private and feels like a sanctuary. The pool is large enough for lap, while the spa offers excellent massage. ... more   less 
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