Right on the Chao Praya River and just a 10-minute walk to the nightlife area of Khao San Road, the Riva Surya Bangkok offers visitors a convenient and comfortable stay with colonial-style rooms at an affordable price.
The service at the hotel is fantastic, with a distinctly cosmopolitan feel as the staff take pride in speaking multiple languages. The friendly, knowledgeable staff offer advice for exploring the city, can arrange for walking tours and can charter canal boats for guests. The facilities are also a bonus for the hotel, with a swimming pool large enough to get some exercise in, surrounded by sun loungers to soak up that Bangkok sun if guests can handle it. There is also a well-equipped fitness centre if you feel the urge to burn some calories.
The rooms are simple but spacious, with ample, indulgently comfortable beds. The colour scheme is understated as muted whites and greys offer up an elegantly modern and clean aesthetic. The deluxe rooms provide guests with fantastic views of the river and large balconies to enjoy. There are also the expected amenities – air conditioning, safe, minibar, iPhone docking station, a tv, and a tea and coffee maker.
The on-site restaurant, Babble & Rum, offer guests the opportunity of tasting a delicious mix of western and Thai dishes. For those brave enough to test their mettle against the Thai propensity for spice, there are numerous curries and rice dishes on the menu that really pack a punch. The breakfast buffet here is plentiful, just the ticket to set guests up for a day exploring in the city.
For drinks, the hotel has an open-air riverside patio lounge called The Garden – it’s the perfect place to enjoy a cocktail or two.