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Riva Surya Bangkok
Ranked #18 of 863 Hotels in Bangkok
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Reviewed May 27, 2013

Every person on staff was very helpful at the Riva Surya for my first stay in Bangkok. Although I cannot remember everyone's name... (Boopsy, Patti, Tai, Wit and Ong) I was always greeted with smiles and a "Sawatdee Ka/Krab" - I loved it there! It began with a phone call from the U.S. when I asked if they could provide transportation services for my stay and Mr. Wit was very helpful and helped me to be at ease before departing from WA. Mr. Ong, my "driver", was the best! He made sure I was where I needed to be-on time, everytime- lol because I used there "limo" service for long distances. The location of the hotel couldn't have been better for me and my husband because we could walk to sights and also hop the water taxi to The Grand Palace, Wat Arun, and Wang Lang Market. It is located close to Khao San Road also. The restaurant in the hotel made great Thai food, the Som Tam Salad I ordered was very spicey but very good and the Satay, Thai Chicken, Sticky Rice, beer and wines were very good also. One evening the restaurant made a Thai soup for me after the restaurant was closed. Very nice of them considering it was after hours. Our view of the Chaopraya River was amazing and the bed was one of the most comfortable beds I've been in for a hotel stay. I had such a memorable time for my fist visit to Bangkok, I absolutely fell in love with this place. I will definitely stay there again.

Room Tip: Rooms on the river side and on the left side of the building are the best. My room 404 and 304.
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  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 23, 2013

Arriving in Bangkok can be an overwhelming experience with so many sights, sounds and smells. It was great, therefore, to have such a quiet and relaxing place to return to each day after a busy time sightseeing. Excellent location near the backpacking centre of Khao San road and right on the banks of the river (tip: use the river tram as a convenient way of traversing Bangkok). The room was clean and spacious and the bed was exceptionally comfortable. The bar and restaurant served excellent cocktails and the menu had a good mix of local Thai and western dishes. The pool area was nicely laid out and I advise talking advantage of a poolside massage. Finally, the staff, Wit, Poo, Joe, Sup etc were kind, courteous and eager to help. A thoroughly relaxing stay - I highly recommend.

Room Tip: Rooms with a river view tend to be quieter.
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

First of all - the kindness and professionalism of the personnel is outstanding!
Mr. Witt, the reception manager, Ms. Poo and Ms. June at the restaurant were extremely professional, friendly and helpful.

I honestly don't know where to start praising the staff and the hotel....the rooms are big, modern, clean...beds are extremely comfy...the food is excellent (try their Phad Thai!)....
One night we came back to the hotel after 22.30 and the kitchen was closed. Waitress went outside on her moped and brought us a dinner!

The other day, a taxi brought us to the wrong address. We called the reception and Mr. Wit asked us to pass the phone to any pedestrian so that he asks them to show us the right way!
He called back to see whether we reached the desired address!

You simply feel taken care of in this elegant hotel.

The second day, the sink in the bathroom got stuck.
After we came back from breakfast - it was already repaired!

There is a beautiful terrace & a swimming pool right next to Chaopraya river. One can easily spend an entire vacation in this hotel.

The restaurant served delicious Thai food (at average Thai-prices).

The reception will organize any kind of sightseeing tours or transfers, from regular "meter taxi" to hotel's own car transfers.

A tip: The fastest way to get to Sauvarnabhumi airport in rush-hours is to take a taxi from the hotel to the Makkasan train station - City Air Terminal to hop on the Direct Express Train (where you can check-in your luggage for your flight) and it takes only 15 minutes to/from the airport.
http://bangkokairporttrain.com/

Room Tip: Try booking a river-view room, since the street-side faces a lot of nice cafes with loud music till...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed May 11, 2013 via mobile

Clean,tidy and very friendly...would defiantly stay again .Nice pool,plenty of variety on the menu,nice clean room ,what more could you ask !! And very close to kowsan road !! And it's right on the river

  • Stayed April 2013
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Romsey, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed May 7, 2013

In the hectic city of Bangkok this hotel is an oasis of calm. Its well located for the Grand Palace etc and next to the river. Also very close to Khao San (backpacker bar central) which is a good or a bad thing depending on your tastes. Our room was clean and a good size. The hotel facilities are good and we barely ever saw any other guests. Staff are very friendly and not in a 'looking for a top' kind of way.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed May 2, 2013

We had the chance to stay at this newly opened boutique hotel and our expectations were exceeded in every way. I am a seasoned traveller and therefore manage my expectations in that frequently, what's talked about isn't the reality. Given the very reasonable price of this hotel I was immediately impressed with the high quality decor and linen in the room. The view was stunning overlooking the river and the theme throughout the hotel captured the rustic Thai elegance with a blend of European taste. The staff were incredibly friendly and no request was a problem. The pool is a really nice touch and all amenities were spotless. The professionalism of the management was very visible throughout the stay. The hotel is located in a very central area so walking and soaking in the atmosphere was terrific. The food was also very good value. I wouldn't hesitate to stay again!

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2013

Very nice boutique hotel with a sorta funky-crossed-with-heritage design and decor. Location is tough to beat...right on the Chao Praya, 100m from Pier 13 and all the river taxis. Also an easy walk to Khao San road. The pool and bar area are very cool and were a great spot for a drink after sight-seeing. My "Urban" room was good-sized with a comfortable bed and good overall layout.

Downsides are road-side rooms are noisy, especially when there's live music in the bars across the street. Also, my room (415) was also on the end of the hotel block and had a row of low windows which were only treated with wooden shades. The shades looked very cool but were very poor at blocking the morning sun - I'd recommend eye-shades if you're awakened by the light.

Overall a very good hotel, however.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled solo
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Property: Riva Surya Bangkok
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 #18 of 863 Hotels in Bangkok
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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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