This boutique hotel is gorgeous - I'd prefer this to a modern purpose-built hotel any day.
Being old does have a few drawbacks however - the squeaky bedroom floor for example, meaning if someone needs to get up in the night, the other person is inevitably woken up.
The setting and the room itself were lovely and we found the staff to be friendly and really helpful. We enjoyed the short boat trips to the mainland and never had to wait long for a transfer. We had thought that there would be 24 hour boat service but it was only running until midnight. One evening we did stay out a bit later - we asked first - and this wasn't a problem.
The reason this doesn't get 5 stars from me is that we arranged a pick-up from the airport and paid the driver direct. Unfortunately he denied this and the hotel tried to charge us again upon checkout. We explained we'd already paid and the hotel called the driver who initially admitted to only receiving a tip, then said we'd paid him half (why would we do that?!). It was eventually sorted out but left us short of time to get to the airport (we only just made our flight) and was an unpleasant note to end things on.
However, looking back at our photos reminds me that we did have a lovely time here and if we return to Bangkok, we would definitely stay here again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Praya Palazzo is a stylish 17-room mansion with a rich historical background that offers a unique experience for the discerning travelers. Dating back to the ancient kingdom of Siam, the mansion is situated in the heart of Bangkok on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Ideal for travelers who want to relax while enjoying city life in the oldest part of Bangkok, Praya Palazzo is in walking distance to many historical sites and attractions such as The Grand Palace, The Temple of the Emerald Buddha, Wat Arun (The Temple of Dawn), Chinatown, The National Museum, and Kao San Road just to name a few. Praya Palazzo brings back the sense and lifestyle of the King Rama V period, conveying authentic Thai culture through vision, taste, scent, rhyme and touch. We are proud to offer you personalized service with style but not snobbism, casual atmosphere but not neglect, high standards but not stiffness, simplicity and authenticity. We look forward to sharing with you the passion and love that allowed this residence to stand still today. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Praya Palazzo Hotel Bangkok