Balmy afternoons spent lounging on comfy sofas by the pool with a cool beverage in hand
Ever smiling staff quickly learn guests' names and happily share their local knowledge
Blissful, never-want-to-get-up-from beds dressed with crisp and classic linens
Within walking distance of the Grand Palace, National Gallery and Khao San Road
What To Know
A 10 percent service charge per night will be collected at the Jetsetter checkout
The procession of barges, boats and ferries is charming, but less so are the sightseeing cruises that encourage karaoke. Thankfully, it all ends by 10 p.m.
Laid-back and relaxed, perfect for chilling out, but there's not much in the way of glitzy nightlife on-site
Parking on site
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Colonial-style crash pad near Bangkok's Grand Palace, with poolside sofas overlooking the Chao Phraya River
Neither Thai nor Western, Riva Surya’s interior design is tropical-colonial in soft, muted gray tones with a judicious use of mirrors inspired by 19th-century Austrian designer Michael Thonet. Carved wooden shutters and partitions are offset by quirky Art Deco tiles, antique glassware and whimsical artifacts. In the evening, large and elaborate iron candelabras bathe the foyer in soft light, and tall candlelit lanterns by the pool create a romantic atmosphere.
Bed and Bath
Rooms overlook the river or have a leafy view of the street, and most have balconies with sofas, rocking chairs and floor-to-ceiling windows. The gray wood and mirror paneling is understated, with chrome lamps adding a stamp of individuality. Rooms are comfortably furnished with quality beds with a choice of pillows, and thick curtains block out the morning light. Modern gadgets include flat-screen TVs, free WiFi and iPod docking stations. The opaque, glass-walled bathroom is decorated with an ornate wooden vanity, Art Deco tiles and a powerful walk-in shower.
Open all day, the casual bar and restaurant Babble & Rum looks out over the river and pool. Go alfresco under the large shady trees, or head indoors for the air conditioning. The dining room is decorated with eccentric knickknacks like antique oars, and traditional chants inscribed on the walls pay homage to the royal barges that once plied the river. Solid buffet breakfasts include a choice of eggs cooked to order, while the lunch, room service and dinner menus offer decent international choices. Thai food options, like the enormous prawns in the tom yum goong soup, are made with fresh seafood. A small modern gym is well equipped for workouts, or take a dip in the blissful 45-foot-long tiled pool.
In the Area
Book a longboat to explore the river independently, or rub shoulders with commuters on the local ferry. The hip Weekend Train Market is a unique open-air bazaar with stalls selling eclectic retro and vintage goods. Take a cruise to explore the floating market in Thonburi, a hidden gem off the tourist trail. For cheap souvenirs and street food, the legendary Khao San Road is a 10-minute walk. Culture is found in abundance at the Grand Palace, National Gallery and numerous wats, all accessible by foot or ferry. Just across the road is Hemlock, a cozy restaurant serving authentic royal Thai food.