Riva Surya Bangkok
What We Love
- 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
- Free WiFi
- Parking On Site
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.
How to Get There
Beautiful Boutique hotel in the best area of Bangkok in my opinion. In front of the river so nice views and perfect location for hop on and off for a trip on the boats.
The hotel is from walking distence to Khao San road with other small streets for good streetfood and massages.
Service in the hotel is perfect! Restaurant is a bit expensive but really good food and great cocktails! Thank you, Boy, for your attention and taking care of us.
The riverfront room is spacious and nice designed with a pretty bathroom, good shower! Very silent airco and overall a quiet room when the balcony doors closed. The boats on the river make some noice but I didn’t mind.
The ladies at the reception, Da & Ae, are really kind and they help you out with everything such as printing documents, arranging massages, tuk tuk and taxi. They give you the feeling nothing is too much to ask. Thank you, Man, for taking care of my husband who cut his finger and needed band aid!
I really would recomment this hotel and will go back when visit Bangkok again.
very comfortable and well-furnished rooms. surprisingly quiet given its closeness to the Royal Palace area. breakfast very good. the rear terrace was a bit cramped by the pool. we ate in the hotel restaurant as we arrived late and it was fine
Very nice hotel. Staff were very friendly and efficient. Our room was very clean and decorated with taste. The pool and poolside dining was very comfortable with lots of seating. We entered the back of the hotel from the river having been on a long boat. We quite enjoyed the experience.