AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel
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With a stay at AVANI Riverside Bangkok Hotel in Bangkok (Samre), you’ll be close to Asiatique the River Front and Wat Arun. This 5-star hotel is close to Wat Pho and Grand Palace.
Make yourself at home in one of the 248 air-conditioned rooms featuring refrigerators and flat-screen televisions. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have rainfall showerheads and complimentary toiletries. Conveniences include phones, as well as safes and desks.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with a visit to the spa, which offers massages, body treatments, and facials. You’re sure to appreciate the recreational amenities, including an outdoor pool and a 24-hour fitness center. Additional amenities at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and babysitting/childcare (surcharge). Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the complimentary area shuttle.
Food & Drink
Enjoy a meal at one of the hotel’s dining establishments, which include 3 restaurants and a coffee shop/café. From your room, you can also access 24-hour room service. Relax with a refreshing drink from a poolside bar or one of the 3 bars/lounges. Buffet breakfasts are available daily from 6 AM to 10:30 AM for a fee.
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include a business center, complimentary newspapers in the lobby, and dry cleaning/laundry services. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available 24 hours), and free self parking is available onsite.
How to Get There
We stayed here three weeks ago at the start of our trip to Thailand and returned for the last night after visiting Koh Samui, Krabi, Khao Sok National Park and Phuket. My husband gave a 5 star review earlier this month. It was the pick of our many hotel stays.
We thought this hotel couldn’t get any better but what a great welcome from Prem today. Very courteous and he managed to upgrade us to an 18th floor suite for the night which was very welcome after a long journey. Also thanks to Sonia for showing us to our room and for the helpful advice
As we got out of the elevator for our check in at the 11th floor, we were greeted by a gentlemen who we expected to do our check in. Instead he, Joey, started telling us about the Anantara vacation club and the promotion they had going for attending a presentation for a voucher at the end of it. We thought ok, lets see what this is about and were booked to attend a presentation a day later.
All good, we got there to be greeted by Thomas who was to deliver the presentation. He was most enthusiastic and admittedly very passionate and before we begun he was so good to say that we had to stay for the entire presentation and that it was ok if at the end of it, this wasn't for us. We went through a super long presentation, nearly 3 hours, which at times I thought was a bit condescending regarding where we had previously chosen to stay, including Avani+ itself.
We belong to another club, which was belittled and disregarded by Thomas when he looked up where our time share linked hotels were and how they rated, it was rather obvious what he thought of it.
When at the end of the presentation, we said this wasn't for us and no we wouldn't like to buy into this commitment, despite the hard sell that came even then, we were unceremoniously, and rather rudely ushered to the front room on the pretext that they were so busy. I saw that even his superior who came to talk the final financials with us appeared to look flabbergasted. Thomas's behaviour at this moment was akin to that of a spoilt child who didn't get his way at the candy store!
Funnily enought through the entire time of the presentation, there was no mention of them been too busy to spend time with us but we were told to stay the entire time of the presentation so what do we do?
I spent my last week in Bangkok feeling so angry and couldn't stop thinking about how humiliating this whole experience was that I couldn't NOT write a review. My experience at Avani+ is totally marred by the whole Anantara Vacation Club Presentation. Their agents are hovering at the lifts on a daily basis asking hotel guests going to and from the restaurant on the 11th floor if they had heard of the Anantara Vacation club and the presentation. We met 3 others asking us during our stay, even after we'd been through the whole presentation!! When we said we didn't want to, we even got asked WHY??? You kidding me?? I'll have you know Thomas, that your presentation was fine but you were very condescending at the end. NO, to answer your question, not all if any hotels for that matter that we have visited, have teak floors. You know what though? I don't really care because each of those hotels that we have visited so far were great, they were humble establishments and we still had a great time. We are hard working people, we enjoy our vacations, we splurge every now and then too and enjoy the holidays that we take but we have never been as belittled as we have anywhere until we sat through your presentation. On the back of this experience alone, I will absolutely NEVER go to ANY Anantara or Avani hotels again.
A quick review on Avani itself, no real complains though, the room was a bit warm, the bed was impossibly large, 2 king beds joined together, which meant that whilst there was lots of space to get into bed from one side, one had to squeeze through the other end.
Breakfast was a bit disappointing. I am gluten intolerant and the selection was very limited. The gluten free bun they had was rather unpleasant.
Our hotel room afforded us a great view of the riverside which was about the only positive that I have in this case. These 'panoramic"higher priced rooms are the same as normal low priced rooms, except for being on a higher floor. View on the left was blocked by a brick balcony wall though.
Despite its looming presence on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River, our taxi driver had evidently never heard of the Avani+ Riverside Bangkok Hotel. We endured a 40-minute non-guided tour of the city's highways and even higher ways as the driver relied on pot luck to find it, eventually pulling in to the Hilton Hotel to ask the staff there.
Once we arrived later that same day, there was a further delay as we underwent the check-in process. You never see this in James Bond films, where 007 just swans in to a 5* hotel, gets handed his key and within five minutes is shagging someone in his luxury suite. Here we were dumped in seats and initially forgotten about, before spending five or six minutes learning the precise opening hours of the gift shop, pool and spa, when breakfast is etc. Then we had to wait while they changed the pillows (we'd advised the hotel in advance about an allergy to feathers, but they hadn't acted on this), then waited another 15 minutes for the luggage to turn up.
Eventually we could relax in a room the size of Suffolk before heading out to meet some friends in a nearby restaurant (although it wasn't nearby to our next taxi driver, another chancer who seems to ply his trade without the benefit of satnav, roadmap or indeed any local knowledge). There's a shuttle boat services to the BTS Skytrain and the central Saphan Taksin boat pier, making it pretty easy to get to any of the city's major commercial, shopping and entertainment districts.
The rooftop bar swimming pool on level 26 are justifiably popular, with breathtaking views of other tall buildings viewed through Bangkok's hazy permasmog. The infinity aspect of the pool is adversely affected by a wall of smeared safety glass rising about eight inches above the level of the water. With a little imagination, this could have been built lower without compromising safety as would-be jumpers would still have to clear a moat before somehow hauling themselves over the edge. But, hey, it's still a brilliant view and a decent-sized pool. Bar service is good. Bar prices are commensurate with a sky-high location.
Breakfast is good and well-organised. Can't vouch for the restaurant.
The hotel's eight lifts have carpets individually inscribed with the day of the week. Changing them every midnight is not, I suspect, the highlight of someone's working day.
I held a meeting at the Avani Riverside for 30 staff. The hotel was amazing. The conference rooms are superb. Excellent river views. Staff are super helpful and work hard to ensure everything is well organised.
The hotel itself is fantastic. I particularly recommend the rooftop bar. Stunning views over the river to the city. A great place for watching the sun go down. Bar staff are super friendly. Ask them to show their various magic tricks. Very clever!
The hotel was able to cater for all the various dietary requirements within our group.
The river not trip to the BTS provides a few minutes of calm and tranquility as you watch the world go by.
I highly recommend this hotel. Fantastic service, by an excellent professional staff.
Thank you for helping make our meeting so successful. Looking forward to returning soon.
Wonderful hotel on the edge of the river. Lovely views of Bangkok from room and so comfortable beds and pillows. Rooftop pool bigger than I expected and a great way to cool off after busy Bangkok. Free shuttle boat to the main centre to catch either sky train or other boats. Lovely cooling towels on way back to hotel. If you are coming from airport quicker to get the sky train and then this free shuttle boat than taking a taxi.
Highly recommend everything about this hotel including breakfasts.