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“Great View of the Riva”
Review of Riva Surya Bangkok

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Riva Surya Bangkok
Ranked #22 of 891 Hotels in Bangkok
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Riva Surya is a minimalist style hotel right on the river in Bangkok. On the plus side, the staff is very friendly and helpful and speak fluent english (most of them). JIB was especially helpful at the front desk and Daeng and June in the restaurant. Continuing with the pluses, the food is also very good, the room very adequate, no bathtub but nice shower, with a nice balcony. The bed is very comfortable. The room included free WiFi which was nuce.
The reason it got a 4 rating was because of the questionable neighborhood. While the hotel is very close to many of the top attractions, the scene around the hotel did not give me a comfortable, secure feeling. Unfortunately, the RIVA was at flood stage and that blocked the walkway along the river. The water rose 6" above the walkway and filled it with debris.

With all of the great hotels in Bangkok, it is ok to miss this one.

Room Tip: Always river view and prefer 2nd or 3rd floor for room size.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed October 5, 2013

I very much enjoyed my 2-night stay in this hotel. Excellent staff and service, nicely-designed room, comfortable bed, great view of the river. It was easy to take the river taxis to some of the nearby sites (Wat Pho, Wat Arun, Grand Palace). However, I do recommend paying extra for the rooms with a river view as the other side is on a busy street with noisy bars at night.

  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

Great hotel. The staff are extremely helpful, excellent service, smart decor, clean rooms, lovely pool, wonderful location overlooking the river and we will definately be back. Highly recommend this hotel

Room Tip: Choose a riverside room as the rooms on the street side would be noisy at night.
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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3  Thank MaPaKettle2013
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Reviewed October 4, 2013

The staff were lovely and very friendly.we styled in a river view room.there appears to be Local bar opposite the hotel which was quite noisy as we could the music from the other side of the hotel so I'd bear that in mind if you were opting for a urban room.
the pool area was lovely and surprisingly relaxing for the middle of Bangkok.
The wifi wasn't particularly strong in the room but was good around pool area.
We didn't get breakfast as there was lots of options near by.id certainly recommend this hotel

Room Tip: Urban view rooms appeared to be noisy due to a bar opposite playing music.id recommend a river view...
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  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank REB85
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Reviewed September 30, 2013

Friendly service, clean rooms, nice Pool, but :
much too noisy with music from the Bars nearby and None isolated Windows. Breakfast Buffet was not refilled Even one Hour before breakfast end.

Not worse the money.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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2  Thank StayAnonymus
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

A wonderful choice to explore Bangkok, in a calm environment, an excellent service from the best stuff... Kind people, smiling people, clean very clean hotel, awsome swim pool, wonderful view to the river...

Room Tip: River view rooms are perfect....
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled solo
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3  Thank Vanillia_9
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Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

I don't like to stay in my room a lot so the fact that they are pretty small does not bother me so much. There wasn't a balcony which I would have enjoyed because the hotel has great views of the river and sunset.

However I cannot praise their location enough. You can walk to khao san road which is a great nightlife experience and it is a half football (American) to a pier 13 where river taxis can take you to the palace, many temples and further down to China town or Asiatique. Taxis are cheap too. Usually only costing $3-5 to get to the shopping district with MBK or Siam centers, from which the sky train can take you further.

There are so many hotels in Bangkok that I would like to try more of them for a basis of comparison but I would definitely recommend this hotel to anyone wanting to explore Bangkok.

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Additional Information about Riva Surya Bangkok

Address: 23 Phra Arthit Road | Pranakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #22 of 891 Hotels in Bangkok
Price Range: $147 - $217 (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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