"An exceptional place"
08/19/14 Griswalds83 Great Dunmow, Essex UK
Bangkok is a fantastic, bustling city but Chakrabongse is an oasis of calm, set between the Wat Pho temple and the river. About half a dozen rooms are set around a private garden, with a walk to breakfast, served in a beautiful building literally on top of the river, and providing the most wonderful views. The rooms are individual and beautiful, and Ms Atom's team provides superb attention to detail, service, and friendliness; a late check out, boat trip, and airport pick ups were all no problem. PS we also ate here one night and the food was superb and highly individual.
"A gourmet REAL THAI meal"
07/21/14 Ken D Bangkok, Thailand
This traditional Thai décor restaurant near Wat Pho (Temple of the Reclining Buddha) on the Chao Phraya River has both indoor, air-conditioned, tables and, if the weather cooperates, outdoor tables. Reservations are a must, online if you like, as this pricey, high-end traditional Thai food service only serves 30 diners a night ! The menu is fixed, it's pricey by Thai standards but not foreign standards and it is well worth a special visit, romantic or best friends. Not suitable for young kids: no place to romp, lengthy multiple course service. The menu changes daily depending on what the chef can find, and you'll only be able to modestly substitute for allergies or strong dislikes. For those looking for exquisitely prepared Thai cuisine in a set menu, multiple course, fixed price dining experience you should not miss this wonderful food!
03/24/14 CDavies593 Boston, United Kingdom
An oasis of calm; small, intimate hotel. Best part was simply delicious dinner served on the terrace overlooking the river (only two tables), so truly unique experience. Breakfast on the terrace also a treat. Manager and staff were very helpful. Nice pool, which we had to ourselves for a whole afternoon.
"beautiful carm and homy oasis in the middle of hectic Bangkok"
03/23/14 Silvio123K Frankfurt, Germany
It is a beautiful carm and homy oasis in the middle of hectic Bangkok, opposite the royal palace and 5min tuk-tuk-ride away from Khaosan Rd. Only six suites suround the swimming pool and an affectionately cared-for garden. Suites are very cosy furnished - one feels immediately at home. While having a drink directly served in front of the river Chao Phraya, watching the sunset and the ships and boats on the river, one forgets any day to day worries and just enjoys life. 150% Recommendation!
"River Front Breakfast and a historical site"
02/28/14 lucille75 paris france
What an interesting beautiful hotel, without the feeling of a hotel. Perfectly placed on the river with views of the Temples. The history of the buildings is passionate and the manager is more than happy to share it with you. Within an easy walking distance is the must-see flower market as well as easy access to the The Grand Palace and several important temples. A short walk away there are three restaurants in a row, on the river with a wonderful selection of dining. One does not feel that they are in the hustle of Bangkok but with easy transportation to the center. The plantation of the gardens is beautiful with a swimming pool that is ideal. Many thanks to Atom for his generosity and helpfulness.
"Just as good second time around"
02/07/14 Mature married couple Kent
We stayed here a year ago in the Garden Suite and loved it so much we booked again this year at the start of our holiday. As we both love watching the boats on the Chao Phraya river we booked the Riverside suite. Both are good but the Riverside suite enjoys an enormous terrace to boat watch and have breakfast. Recommended are dinner on the terrace,very good food and reasonably priced, a river cruise and meal (we used the Anatara, good but expensive) and do pay a visit to the Siam Museum opposite, fascinating. It remains our hotel of choice in Bangkok, expensive but well worth it.
"Amazing Bangkok Oasis"
01/30/14 Ashley W New York City, New York
The Chakrabongse Villas is one of the most special places I've ever stayed. My husband and I stayed in the River View Suite and the room was beautiful. We had a balcony that was perfect for watching the sun set behind Wat Arun. Our room had fresh flowers, tons of privacy, a comfortable bed, luxurious bathroom, an office and and a reading/sitting room. The grounds at the Villas are truly an oasis; we spent an afternoon sitting by the pool and reading because we were too tired to walk around the temples (which are SO close! The villas are truly perfectly located if you want to see the Grand Palace, Wat Arun, Wat Pho, and many other historical attractions!). Atom, the manager, took excellent care of us and met our every need. She gave us great restaurant advice and arranged for a long tail boat tour of the canals throughout Bangkok (a must-do, in my opinion!). Breakfast was incredible and was served to us on our private balcony, which felt so luxurious. It is really a treat after a long flight to wake up the next morning and have a private breakfast cooked to perfection served in your suite. We loved our stay so much that I tried to book an extra night at the villas at the end of our stay but sadly, they were full. We did arrange to come back on our last night in Thailand for a private dinner overlooking the river and Wat Arun, which was extraordinary. All the food was cooked to perfection and they went out of their way to accommodate our few allergies and dietary restrictions. If/when I return to Bangkok, the Chakrabongse Villas would be my first choice for hotel.
"Best New Year ever"
01/08/14 Christer M Marbella, Spain
There are nothing that goes up to this fantastic nice hotel and restaurant for a New Year celebration or any other occasion, to enjoy life in. Thank´s to the staff that made an unforgettable New Year eve 2013.
"Lovely boutique hotel right on the river"
11/29/13 Katie778 Miami, Florida
We stayed at the Chakrabongse Villas for three days and really enjoyed this boutique hotel. It had a great location within walking distance to Wat Po and the Grand Palace. It is a quiet setting with lovely gardens all around. Right on the river directly across the from the Temple of the Dawn (you can take a short ferry to get there). We loved the patio overlooking the river where breakfast was served. Very nice presentation and service. Best breakfast of the whole trip (especially after a long flight and jet lag)! The rooms are small but very nicely decorated. No shower curtain in our room so the water splashed out a bit, but bathroom was nice. We loved the interesting locks on the doors! The staff was very warm and friendly but the management office was not staffed in the morning so we had no one to help us with tours the first day. If you want to hit the ground running when you arrive, make reservations in advance. The staff did recommend a boat ride on the river which was a really cool experience. Overall the hotel was a little on the pricey side for Thailand, but it has a cool history (built by a prince as a summer residence - now owned by his daughter). If you are coming from the airport the first day, get the hotel's car service to pick you up because the hotel can be hard to find (most taxis didn't know where it was).
11/13/13 Globetr0ttingG0urmet Sydney, Australia
Real estate people stress "location, location, location." Travelers should bear this in mind, when considering Chakrabongse Villas. Set directly on the Chao Praya River, and only five rooms in total -- all designed in traditional Thai architectural style -- this is a luxurious gem. Priced for exclusivity, and worth every cent. We loved the breakfasts served on our balcony, looking out to the river. And the views of Wat Arun and the old capital in Thonburi truly breathtaking. Personal service, and walking distance to must-see sights Wat Po, the royal Palace, Siam museum, and the colourful night flower market. Plan a very special stay here -- it will be memorable, truly memories for a lifetime.
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