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“Excellent alternative to 5-star hotels”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Riva Surya Bangkok

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Riva Surya Bangkok
Ranked #23 of 852 Hotels in Bangkok
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“Excellent alternative to 5-star hotels”
Reviewed January 10, 2014

This hotel is situated in another neighbourhood than most of the numerous Bangkok top-class hotels. The area is quite animated (night markets on Saturdays and Sundays), close to Khao San road and is also quite convenient, being close to a ferry pier. The hotel is of a medium size. The rooms are very clean and modern, and are properly equipped. The staff is absolutely charming. The restaurant is average, but has something to offer to every type of customer.

I would definitely like to to come back.

Room Tip: River side rooms have a very good view.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed January 8, 2014 via mobile

Rival Surya is a really nice hotel, rooms are clean, service is attentive. Breakfast is somehow limited, but you don't really want to stuff your plate before having a one day excursion in Bangkok!
Only problem is that it is not close to any metro/sky train station, so you either take a taxi each night or you eat nearby the restaurant.
Would recommend it to people who prefer relaxing nearby the pool

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

On first entering the hotel you think to yourself 'Oh no! Not another one of those form over function hotels'. But it's not. The bed side lights are the best we've had - you could actually read by them - as was the bed and pillows. The air conditioning easy to program and the shower fantastic. We used the gym which was the same - everything worked beautifully. The outside areas were clean and there was enough seating for everyone to be comfortable without feeling crowded. We loved the evenings here (happy hour cocktails were good and were accompanied by a band with a singer on most nights) and everything is very easy to get to (we walked to the palace from here which took about 20 minutes). The best thing about this hotel though was the staff. They were friendly, knowledgable and delightful. We would not hesitate to stay here again.

Room Tip: Had a room overlooking the river which was great. Keep the doors closed though. Those midges have...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with friends
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Scarborough, Australia
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

My husband and I have just completed a 10 day stay at this first class facility. Would rate it 5 star for accomadation location and above all else the staff whom are just terrific Nothing was ever to much trouble and any request for assistance was immmediatly met .In the customer service industry a rare find. Thankyou to you all. Can't wait to return

Room Tip: River side preferable.
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  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Israel
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed January 4, 2014

This is a true boutique hotel, beautifully designed and wonderfully located right on the Chao Phraya river. the nearest river boat station is right under the hotel, which is very convenient.
Service: impeccable! warm, friendly and professional staff.
Location: If you want to stay close to the Kao San Road area, this place is a 5 minute walk away. So it's perfect if you miss your backpacking days as I do...
Rooms are beautiful. If you can get the river view - even better.
There are 2 or 3 very popular and noisy restaurants across the street, but we didn't hear anything from our rooms.
If you like staying in hotels with "character", you'll love Riva Surya.
My only remark would be about the restaurant. The waiters and kitchen staff are not as skilled as the rest of the staff. Even ordering a drink or a cup of coffee takes quite a long time.

Room Tip: Try to get a room facing the river. It's just beautiful and probably more quiet than the rooms f...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled with family
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Reviewed January 4, 2014

We booked this hotel through Jetsetter.com, but I was worried that the pictures may have been deceptively flattering. However, the photos don't do it justice! Riva Surya is a totally beautiful hotel, an oasis in the city. The breakfast is fresh and delicious, served in the garden patio area. Every morning we explored the city, and every afternoon we relaxed by the pool, drank mojitos and enjoyed the view of the river. The staff were excellent, the beds super comfy, and the decor modern Thai-chic. I would definitely come again!

Room Tip: The rooms facing the pool and river are supposed to be quieter, but the rooms facing the street have...
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Munich
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Conveniently located at pier no 9 (easy travel by water taxi to some of the highlights if you wish to do sightseeing) and close to Khaosan Road. Taxi ride to MBK is ca 80 THB. Very clean rooms, very nice breakfast and all the staff was extremely friendly. The pool area is nice and clean and we loved the warm water in the pool as we had a negative experience at one of the big 5* hotels in BKK where the water was too cold. The only downside is the bar opposite the hotel with a band playing live music until midnight. The roadside rooms are quite noisy. The restaurant has a lovely terrace and serves nice Thai Food.

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled with family
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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 #23 of 852 Hotels in Bangkok
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
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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