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“Out of the tourist area, but a great place to relax”

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The Royal River Hotel
Ranked #537 of 859 Hotels in Bangkok
Melbourne, Australia
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“Out of the tourist area, but a great place to relax”
Reviewed August 14, 2013

We booked a suite here and we were not disappointed, it was huge, with 2 balconies. There is a bit of a language difficulty but not to bad. Breakfast was basic but it had all you need. Also there are no restruants close by as the property is well away from the tourist traps, we were happy to eat hawker food with no stomach trouble. The hotel has a restruant but you don't always want their food. We never tired of sitting on our balcony and watching the world pass by. One main gripe is the tv reception is very poor,mlocal channels were ok but international channels were very fuzzy and poor quality. We also used the public transport to get around. I would definitely stay there again. Ask for a river view room and just sit and relax.

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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed July 26, 2013

This hotel was wrongly advertised as a 4 star hotel on trivago, it is actually a 3 star but I would say it doesn't even deserve that.
The staff is very unwelcoming and mostly miserable; giggling in a mocking way between themselves in front of customers.
We booked the value twin rom which actually ended up being a room without windows, should have read the small print ! (Guess we never thought a room without windows would be seen as common value option elsewhere than in a cheapy hostel.)
The beds were hard as wood and sheets and towels have minor stains; the housekeepers pester you and knock on the door at around 8 am; often just walk in there, what more could be said !
Also lost a pair of vision glasses in the room that I'll never see again, can't be bothered dealing with the oh so helpful staff ever again.
The only positive being that the swimming pool is actually quite nice.
Needless to say we now check more carefully all the reviews before booking a hotel.

Avoid at all cost.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed July 4, 2013 via mobile

I stayed here on several occasions over a number of weeks primarily because it is close to the Yanhee Hospital (which I can't recommend highly enough) and saw the hotel at its best and worst in that time.
If you are looking for somewhere tranquil and conveniently located, this is definitely not the right hotel for you. The location is on the opposite side of the river to key attractions, off the beaten track, on some back streets with nothing in close walking distance, and for that matter, close taxi ride distance. There is currently no train connection to that bank of the river, it is under construction and will be completed in a few years. Bangkok peak traffic means getting a taxi is hard generally, but from the Royal River, you can experience waits of up to 60 minutes before they can even flag a cab. Travelling back to your hotel at night will also Be a challenge as not all drivers want to head in that direction. If time is critical, consider forking out a little more for something more central. You'll easily save it in the cab fares for from Royal River to anywhere else.

The hotel caters very well for bus tours, primarily from China. These tours arrive in a swarm of noise, excited yelling and chaos each day. There is a quite spell from 11am-2pm, when the staff recover and the rest of the quests enjoy the river views. Then the noise continues in the evening when the tours return for the night and the Karaoke and more excited yelling up and down the corridors continues (think Spring Break or college dormitory -but with adults and you are probably close to visualising the scene).
The behaviour of some of the tour guests bordered on rude at times, but seems to be quietly tolerated by the hotel. As a paying guest I was highly annoyed at being woken on several occasions by tour guests loudly calling each other up and down the halls at 5am, slamming doors, and mistakenly knocking on my door at all hours looking for their tour buddies.

The rooms are clean and well laid out. I stayed in a number of them over my stay. The rooms overlooking the river have balconies and are definitely more impressive than the back/side rooms, which overlook the rusted tin roves of the surrounding back streets. The river-side rooms can have quite a lot of noise from the river traffic. The back rooms tended to have poor wifi reception, but the hotel shifted me when I pointed out I couldn't use the service I'd paid 350 bht a day for.
The bed sheets had some signs of ware, with small holes in some of them, the coat hangers in all rooms were in need of replacement and some of the rooms had wiring hanging out of the wall.
The buffet breakfast was ok, with a range of continental and asian options on offer.
The hotel has a wonderful tour service with a very good limo driver. I did several tours, including a day trip to Ayutthya - the ancient capital. Very friendly and reliable service. He also helped me with my shopping by researching places to get some statues I was after at wholesale prices direct from the factory.

Stayed July 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed May 31, 2013

Book here last Feb. 2013 had a warm welcome from the front staff and get a room w/ a harbour view, the Restaurant is just perfect for your needs and room service is fast with a great service.
went for a tour w/ a tour guide and love the elephant ride and a lovely dinner cruise.
Room is clean and big enough .
Walk along the area to have some local food and drinks and everything is fun for a nice budget price.
well be back soon..

Room Tip: choose a higher room w/ a harbour view its nice in the evening..!
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2013 via mobile

It tooks us 2 hours to get there from the royal palace. We booked via booking.com and the hotel is shown on the good side of the river. This hotel is actually located at wrong side of the River with nothing nearby. Hotel ferry goes once a day at 9. They suggested us to go somewhere by boat tomorrow when asking how to go to the other side at 11 am. There are taxi boats going and normal boats at 15 min walking distance. Have to pay for internet. Afwul experience and never again. We go a refund when showing the hotel was located near the palace on booking.com s website.

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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 15, 2013

Hotel located right on the river and looked impressive as we approached over the bridge and our river view room with balcony was large and clean. However vehicle/pedestrian access is through a dodgy back street and located in a down at heels area with nothing to interest foreign tourists. A lot of international guests as appears to cater for coach/group tours but is located outside of the main tourist area and there are no taxis waiting outside hotel and had to arrange with doorman to phone for a cab each time we wanted to go out. Not bad for the price but would not choose it again simply because of location as although it had the river view I wanted didnt realise it was somewhat off the beaten track.

Room Tip: Best to choose somewhere closer to bright lights and attractions. Pleasant watching the never endin...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Brussels, Région De Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
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Reviewed April 15, 2013

So this hostel is not clean at all, with old furnitures / floors with dirty sheets / walls / Bathroom..
We left our suitcases locked (with a cheap lock) in our room for 1 day, and when we came back it was opened!!
the hostel situation is not ideal neither, you'll need to take boat or taxi to go to the city center.
We went to this hostel with a tour guide. Some people were leaving at 7am while we were leaving at 10am due to different programs. The hostel staff first woke us up at 5:40am, another time at 6.30 and 8 am... When we tried to tell them we were staying until 10am they were already long gone in the way.

I'm pretty sure you can get way much more nice place to stay in bangkok for the same price.

Room Tip: don't go to this hostel you deserve better ;)
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Royal River Hotel
Address: 219 Soi Charansanitwong 66/1, Charansanitwong Road | Charansanitwong Road, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Bangkok
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Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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#249 Luxury Hotel in Bangkok
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Royal River Hotel 4*
Number of rooms: 436
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Mid-rise Hotel with amenities for the business and leisure traveler; situated on the western bank of the Chao Phraya River. ... more   less 
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