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
First we saw Riva Surya at the river side when we were taking an evening river dinner cruise. Going along the Kings Palace area, we saw a cosy outside terrace and then after googled this place in internet and decided to try this Hotel out.
We spent in the River Surya a long weekend, and was so surprised that there is such a nice Hotel, hidden in the ancient small streets of Bangkok.
As I mentioned, the Hotel is at the direct Chao Phraya river side, have a pier in-front, and as well have a street entrance on the other side.
Riva Surya is a small boutique Hotel. which makes such a nice difference after being the whole day in busy Bangkok and coming to the cosy family atmosphere of this Hotel.
Hotel is close to the main Bangkok attractions like Kings Palace and Was Arun. Plus, at the river front of the Hotel there is a pedestrian walk-way, you can reach in a few meters a public pier with Tourist sightseeing Boat. Very convenient.
Hotel has all facilities, which you can find in bigger chain Hotels. Different room-types (river and street sides, both have their pluses), modern gym, nice pool with small kind part, Spa on call, Breakfast, bar and Dinner options.
Hotel has 5 Floors and there is a modern elevators going to the floors, nice decoration elements in the corridors.
Rooms are as well have enough space, in very good condition and well-equipped.
These couple of days in River Surya were a nice cosy hide-away from the hectic of the big city, but in the same time was so easy to get where the action was.
We arrived to check in following a busy day touring. The Hotel staff were very attentive. Kevin (trainee) showed us to our room and made sure we knew how to work everything before leaving. We got showered and dressed for dinner and went out.
On leaving the hotel, I asked Reception for extra towels to show in the morning. These arrived promptly, so by time I returned they were in the room.
The next day we didn’t have to ask, they had already left the extra towels in the room when they made it up!
Breakfast was great! It was a shame we didn’t have more time to spend in the hotel, since the pool area looked nice too.
One minor issue, sound proofing between rooms on the TV wall side didn’t appear to be great! The guests in the room next door had their TV on and this could be heard in our room. Called Reception and staff asked the guests to turn it down! (Not sure if was particularly loud, I think it was more sound proofing than anything else).
Once air conditioning was on, could no longer hear the TV sound.
That really is a minor point, I liked this hotel a lot!
We stayed at the Riva Surya, Bangkok for 3 nights. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. The room was lovely with a view of the river. Comfortable bed and a good stong shower. WiFi worked well everywhere including the terrace and swimming pool areas. Breakfast was plentlyful with omelets made to order. The staff were exceptionally courteous, helpful and very friendly. Nothing was too much trouble. Thai massages are available and recommended after the long flight. Packed breakfast was provided for early morning departures. Well located for touring Bangkok. A great place to stay and personally would recommend it.
Nice staffs with welcoming attitude that makes you start to relax when you step in the lobby. Room and bed is clean. Pool is not big but enough for relaxing. Big pity the discount coupon can only be applied to "food", not for beverage and beer. ver near Khaosan road, easy to go there.
We just had 2 great nights at Riva Surya, staff we great and made our stay very pleasant. There is no faults at this hotel but if I had to be picky the breakfast spread needed more variety. Definitely recommend this hotel to anyone visiting the Khao San area.