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.
- 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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