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Riva Surya Bangkok
Ranked #16 of 881 Hotels in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 19, 2012

great hotel, beautiful view, next to the river, nice pool, great breakfast, high speed internet, luxury, fine taste in decorations, kind staff, best bed ive ever had!, nce bathroom, nice tv, nice hot water, i found 0 problems during my stay and me and my family have very high standards. Hotel is close to Khao San road (good location), and the overall score it gets is excellent, 5 stars. 2 double beds for about $110 is a fair price concidering how modern and good the hotel is

Room Tip: you can get a better price if you dont get a river view room, everything else in the rooms is the sa...
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 17, 2012

If your business takes you to FAO or UNICEF this hotel is perfect. Great river views from state of the art rooms with all the amenities u could want. Small but functional gym. Good wifi in room 402 and in lobby and its free. Lots of good restaurants in the neighborhood, and lots of choice near by. Try Hemlock for a really good meal that wont set you back much. Three of ushad our fill for only around 700 baht. Traffic can be bad getting to the Sukhumvit area where I normally stay, so stay here when yur business is here. Its really great. The price was good and as an introductory offer they upgraded us to a river view room. Absolutely spectacular. The only area that they can do better isbreakfast. Its a la carte and good. But both I and my colleague thought it might be better. Especially the execution. But all in all I will be back next time we have a gig at the FAO

Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

We stayed at the Riva Surya this weekend after reading about it in the paper - a one night escape to celebrate our 10th anniversary (where did those years go?!). It was a nice stay, but not outstanding. Too many things just not quite right, but a lovely location, and much is right here - so, to summarize:

Pluses: Great riverside location. Close to KhaoSan Road, and all that action. Right on the river, right next to the express boat dock, with a lovely small pool where we drank champagne in our swim togs and watched the sun set over the Chao Praya. Big clean rooms. Comfortable bed, and great dark blackout curtains for sleeping in. New.

Minuses: That last one, new, would be part of the problem. This hotel has to work the bugs out, and would merit a bit more attention from management. Although we had told them it was our anniversary, no mention was made at any point, no note, nothing. Check in and out were both quite long. We got the most expensive "Premium Riva Room" - but don't think it was worth it. A regular Riva room would have saved us a 1000 baht. When we came out to have a drink our first evening, we found one of the waiters asleep on the couch. The breakfast was promising but results were mediocre - the eggs floretine with salmon was cold, the orange juice not 100% oranges. And while room service was mentioned in their in-room info, there was no menu and the front desk staff were not sure how to handle our request for ice cream.

All this can be addressed, again, by more attention by management. At the price charged, in our case 4500 baht with breakfast, we would expect more. It has potential. My recommendation - stay here if looking for a river escape, but don't bother with the breakfast, until they get it right - go across the street to Ricky's (also for the frozen strawberry margaritas, at 120B each!). Get the regular Riva room. Be aware there is no bathtub (also surprising at this price - and there is plenty of room for one, so I don't understand this decision). But the pool is lovely, the rooms fine, the location great - so use the hotel as your base and explore the river.

Room Tip: Go for the regular Riva room. Good view of the river, much lower cost.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 11, 2012

I've thoroughly enjoyed my weekend at Riva Surya, it is a new, contemporary hotel in the boutique style and has lots of charm and appeal.The location by the river side is spectacular and access to the Khao San Road area so convenient.
My conversations with reception always seemed more business-like than friendly, not overjoyed at paying for my room before I'd seen it and being asked for 1000 baht deposit against possible use of the mini bar, but generally the staff around the hotel were helpful .
My room was beautiful, clean, a view of the river and the bathroom was ultra-modern. Breakfast was OK, buffet quite limited but choice of cooked to order dishes very good.
The swimming pool is terrific and the area around it is stylish, it was a real pleasure to relax there and watch the river traffic pass by - pier 13 is immediately outside the hotel, so convenient for accessing other areas of Bangkok.
I traveled alone but will return with my family in January, hope they don't want another deposit for my unused mini-bar.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled solo
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2  Thank manorom
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Reviewed November 3, 2012

The Riva Surya is a fabulous find! It's in one of the best locations in the city, yet has a feeling of being an island escape. You can swim, lounge, or dine in a beautiful setting overlooking the river. The rooms are lovely and the staff treat you like family and consistently go the extra mile. Ms. Patty and Mr. Prawit were on duty while we were, and they were spectacular. We hated to leave!

Room Tip: Ask for a riverfront room.
  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 25, 2012

Originally decided to stay at this brand new hotel for a night so we could be close to Khao San Road for a night on the town. However, the rooms and location we so good we stayed another night and delayed our trip to Koh Tao!

The hotel is right on the river and we had a View of the river which was great. It is within walking distance of Khao San road if you are interested in the traveller scene and also a stroll to the grand palace and the many sights of old Bangkok.

Staff were amazing and obviously going above and beyond to help us enjoy our stay.

Loved it and will definately stay there again when next in Bangkok.

  • Stayed: November 2011
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Reviewed October 24, 2012

This is a brand new hotel in a great location on the river bank. It is close to Khaosan Road and the Royal Palace and its easy to get around using the river ferry (they were providing free day tickets when I stayed). Lovely pool and the food in the restaurant was really good. The welcome and service were great. Good air con, very comfortable bed, and the riverview room had a big balcony as well.

  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled solo
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Address: 23 Phra Arthit Road | Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
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Ranked #16 of 881 Hotels in Bangkok
Price Range: $99 - $216 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — Riva Surya Bangkok 4*
Number of rooms: 68
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Along the Chao Pharya River in the heart of Bangkok, Riva Surya is surrounded by some of the city’s most treasured historical sites. A Sixty eight-room boutique hotel, Riva Surya adds a touch of style and charm to this bustling locale. Surrounded by cultural treasures and within walking distance of the lively entertainment district of Khoa San Road, Riva Surya gives you direct access to many popular sites and connects you to the city center via a distinctive mode of transportation, the river boat. ... more   less 
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