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Overall rating:TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: 4.5Based on 108 traveler reviews
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My friend and I stayed here for a few nights at the beginning of March. The villas are absolutely stunning with a beautiful pool and lovely dining area on the river. All the staff are polite, friendly and super helpful. Mr Ohm and Ms Atom were always there when we needed them, we especially appreciated the late check in and taxi from the airport organised for us.
Room was gorgeous and very clean too! The hotel is right in the heart of old BKK so you can escape the hustle and bustle whilst also being able to see all the temples on your doorstep.
This place is a hidden gem, highly recommend for anyone wanting a chilled space in BKK or for couples wanting a romantic getaway!
It's not often you get to stay in a real palace. And the Traditional Thai teak sala hotel rooms on its palace grounds are unique and remarkable. Our room fronted the Chao Praya river,and candidly, our private lanai/patio was double the size of most hotel rooms these days. Not cheap, but an experience. And perfect for that very very special celebration Best of all, Tatien district, which is behind the royal palace and Wat Po, is experiencing a revival with new eateries, things to do and trendy hotels. We loved the Museum Siam directly across from Chakrabongse Villas, and the River Books bookstore o hotel premises. Don't miss nearby Err restaurant, traditional Thai from the folks that gave us bo.lan.
We stayed for the last night of our Asia tour and wished we had booked for longer.
The Villa is a beautiful place in lush tropical gardens on the banks of the Chao Phraya River. Diner and breakfast were superb and you really cant beat the view from the dining terrace.
The staff were super friendly, making it all in all a lovely end to our trip.
I hope their literary weekend was a success as they were all very excited to be hosting it and opening their doors to the general public for the 1st time.
While the hotel has a fantastic location, near many of the temples, and nice grounds, I was expecting way more based on other reviews and the price. The flight my husband and I were taking to Bangkok was delayed twice, so after arriving late in the evening, we were informed that we would be charged an additional THB 1,000 per hour after 7 p.m. We booked the River View Suite - specifically for the large "private" veranda. My husband and I woke up at 9 a.m. to the sound of drills and an all male construction crew right outside our windows... on our not so private veranda. It's difficult to tell from the pictures online, but the room is very dark. With it being all wood, there are a few lamps, but you otherwise rely on natural light to see and navigate the room. If we closed the shutters on the windows the room was extremely dark and when opened, we had zero privacy. The room was very nice - bedroom, study, sitting area... however, we were both stuck in the bathroom to get ready or have any privacy whatsoever and couldn't use the veranda. Our breakfast, which was supposed to be served on the veranda, but had to be moved to another part of the public property. The owner made mention of the construction work, but hardly apologized. She seemed more interested in payment than making any local recommendations. NOTE: The website advertises that they accept all major credit cards - including American Express - however, they only accept Visa and MasterCard. After visiting a few of the temples in the morning we headed back to relax by the pool for a bit. The construction crew was still on our veranda so spending any time in/near our room was out of the question. A gentleman from the hotel appeared and asked if we would like to take a tour on their private long-tailed boat, we agreed, he left and then returned 20 minutes later and said the boat driver was off that day.
In all, I was extremely disappointed with our brief stay at Chakrabongse Villas. My husband and I chose this hotel/villa as an alternative to a high-end international hotel chain, even though the price was the same. We made the best of our trip, but regret our choice in accommodations.
This was built in the 19th century by a Thai prince. It's on a busy street and right next to the river. Once you get behind the gates, it's your own private palace. Pool, garden, decks overlooking the river. I think there are only about 9 rooms. It's pricey, but worth it. Our dinner was about a 7-course meal (prix-fixe), each one a delicacy. Took off my shoes at the gate and wandered around the rooms and gardens for all three days we were there.
"Shhhhhh" you might want to keep this gem of an inn a secret. As a frequent traveler to Thailand you understand that overnighting in Bangkok is often necessary due to midnight arrivals and 1am departures. We were SO ready to get out of the airport hotels. Set on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, tucked into Old Bangkok, this former royal home of HRH Prince Chkrabongse is a tranquil haven from the noise and stress of Bangkok. Next trip, allow time to rediscover Bangkok as it once was. Each one of the six rooms has a personality all its own. Standard double rooms are Moroccan style, the Riverview and Chinese suites are located in a separate buildings and have fabulous river views from private decks. Rooms are luxuriously appointed with antiques and fabrics that enhance the feeling of stepping back in time. Owner is extremely friendly and helpful. The dining pavilion sits out over the river and is THE spot to dine, sip tea, or watch the barges and riverboats go by. We loved hearing the sound of water lapping the seawalls rather than the tuk tuks and cars whizzing by just outside the villa walls. We had the pool all to ourselves as with only six rooms we rarely saw other guests. This place gets a 10 out of 10 on the romantic scale. And, for jaded travelers this place reminds you why we do it. Just make sure that you write down (in Thai) directions for Taxi drivers to get you back to the inn should you go out for the evening as even the local taxis can't find this place. An added bonus is the #1 school for massage two blocks away... 2 hours massages for approx. USD 30. Discover and keep this secret for yourself!
Lengthy layover of 36 hours and this place just provided a welcome break and a place to breathe. I stayed in Mali suite which was beautiful. Bed is very firm . Breakfast was awesome by the river and staff did their utmost to make my stay comfortable. Easy walking distance to flower market, Wat Po which is spectacular by night, and Grand palace . I took a tour with Pandan Tours on the khlongs which provided excellent insight into daily life in Bangkok. A+++
This was a splurge to begin with. Received upgrade to River View Suite which was excellent. Could/should have spent a day here rather than taking friend around to see the sites, etc. Service was exceptional (if a tad too formal/ verging on snooty). Made good use of the pool. It was unfortunate that Wat Arun was obscured by scaffolding (soon to be completed/ removed?) at the time of our visit in late October. Budget willing, I would easily rebook here in a heart beat.
In your next trip to bangkok, don't look no further. It's a small paradise in the middle of this crazy tomorrow. An amazing view to the river with a friendly staff. Just a recommendation: if you would like to have a wonderful dinner by the river you need to book in advance.
The villas are in the heart of the Royal 'precinct' in the old part of the city. Its a great location, close to the Royal Palace, the Siam Museum and the flower markets. However once inside the walls, it is very calm and very relaxing. The villa's have a very authentic old Thai feeling to them and it is a refreshing change from normal 5 star hotel rooms.
There are a limited number of villas and this allows them to make each guest feel very special. We dined at our own table out beside the river each night. We loved it!
The food is also excellent.
Another aspect of the villas that make the experience different is the story behind the villas, and the links to the Royal family. It is another reason, this hotel is a refreshing change from the normal 5 star hotels.
I would highly recommend the villas and I am looking forward to going back there next time we are in Bangkok
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