"Overpriced and mildly professional"
02/12/15 MarcF506 Genève
Yes it is a beautiful setting, yes it is right on the river, with private access to the banks, private jetty, etc. BUT..... but after 5 pm no one around who speaks English any more, no room service at any time, no mosquito coils on the veranda, our suite was dark, poorly lit, sad brownish furniture/design, no one will help you catch a cab or a tuk-tuk on the street when these are a bit empty (soon after business hours the neighborhood turns very quiet) and breakfast is ok but meager and a little skimpy when compared to breakfast available in any good hotel in BKK. One positive though, the dinner on the riverside was absolutely top, but for its price, it should be no less in a country where any small street-stall serves delicious preparations. Last but not least, we hired their private boat when we checked out, to be dropped at another pier where it would be more convenient for us to fins transportation with all our luggage. Not only is the trip expensive but the boatman was rude and openly showed how annoying a bunch of persons we were in his view. When we left him without tipping him given his behavior, he bad-mouthed us with those on the pier where we landed and left, not without giving a last angry - mean almost - look at us. I reported this behavior to management via an e-mail, their did not even bother responding. All this for the price of the most expensive and prestigious hotels in town. At a more reasonable price all the above would be largely compensated by the location and charming garden+pool, but it's just unacceptably expensive for the level of service provided. If you are not into international chain hotels and look for something more traditional in style, run for the Aryiasom Villa. Comparable in style and settings, so much better in service and management, and for less money.
"Quiet oasis, great location"
02/07/15 rtwnomads St. George, Utah
The Oriental Villa was perfect for our family of 4 (kids 10 and 8). Great location to explore the highlights of Bangkok. Dinner on the river was outstanding, and Ms. Atom reserved us a table at Sala Rattanakosin (within walking distance, also on the river) when their chef was off and it was equally memorable.
"Enchanting in ambience, service and style."
Luxury rooms and villas set in the grounds of a beautiful residence, an oasis of calm within the historic part of town. We (a couple and 2yr old) stayed 2 nights in the Riverside Villa; which had a huge private terrance furnished with daybeds and sun-loungers and an elevated private dining table enjoying magnificent views across to the Temple of the Dawn. The room itself was traditional teak wooden villa absolutely charming in style, with a high quality, state of the art bathroom. The grounds were colonial in style, beautifully fragranced from the flowers and magically transformed at night with stunning lighting and lanterns. The staff made us feel very welcome, (Atom especially) was knowledgeable and generous with her time, in helping us plan our stay. The place is steeped in history, and the owner (a publisher and of Thai Royal descent) has captured it beautifully in books that are available for guests to read during their stay; which in my opinion adds to the magic of the venue. Evening dining is a must for the exquisite food and location. The only (slight) downside of the stay was that the place was not very childproof. We had to watch the 2 year old like a hawk, as the railings in some areas were wide enough for him to fall through into the river- that river is murky and fast flowing so he would have been 'a gonna' even though he can swim. I would like to thank everyone at Chakrabongsa Villas for a wonderful stay- probably the best accommodation, that I have ever had the pleasure of visiting.
"Service and charm in a beautiful oasis!"
01/07/15 Jaqueline D Brisbane, Australia
We are a family of 4 adults and we stayed at Chakrabongse Villas for 5 nights and fell in love with the beauty and charm of this wonderful residence. We usually stay at one of the top 5* hotels in Bangkok but are so thrilled to have found this gem. It was fully booked while we were there and, while there are only 6 or so rooms, we never saw another guest the whole time. From waking up in the early morning to walk around the palace walls or giving alms with the lovely Ms Atom to dipping in the pool to cool down after a long day of exploring, we felt so at home and taken care of at the beautiful villas. The breakfasts on the river were a wonderful start to the day and our dinner was an experience in Thai cuisine that we will never forget. I have seldom stayed at any hotel where I have felt that the staff genuinely care for their guests in the way that we experienced at Chakrabongse. Thank you Ms Atom for making our stay and experience to remember, we can't wait to see you again!
"Chakrabongse Villa - Royalty @ the Chao Phraya River"
01/03/15 Jacomo50 Bangkok, Thailand
I was there for the 4th. tme in several years and it get's even better ! Chakrabongse Villa lies in my favourite part of the old city. Situated on the Rattanakosin Island @ walking distance from the pulsing food and flower market of BKK - Phak Klong Talad. Chakrabongse Villa is a very distinguished and stylised Boutique hotel and restaurant almost opposite the famous Wat Arun. The setting is gorgeous, the food is Thai and of course a little bit farang-style, but over all. To have dinner here with your friends or family is a real experience. The staff is very friendly, The wine-list could be bigger and at the end you just have to try it to to ad another experience to your life.
"Relaxing days in bangkok"
12/27/14 rainer w Munich, Germany
We stayed four days in the amazing riverside villa. Starting with a very friendly and warm welcome by the manager Ms.Atom, our stay was as good as we had expected. An oasis in the hustle and bustle of the city of Bangkok. You will feel like prince and princess in former times, to whom a perfect breakfast and dinner will be served in a beautiful location.The whole staff did their very best to make our stay as comfortable as possible. Thank you very much Atom and all the others, it was a great start for our journey and we will definitly come back!!
12/15/14 Paul S Worcester, United Kingdom
This must be one of the finest residences I have ever stayed in. Imagine you are in the centre of Bangkok right by Wat Pho (totally frenetic) but inside the hotels grounds is a sea of calm and tranquility and right in front you have your own deck right on the banks of the Chao Praya river. Fantastic. We also chose to eat at their restaurant one night, for non residents there's a 3 month waiting list. The food and service were superb. The hotel also has its own long tail boat on which we had a 2 hour sunset trip, bumpy but amazing!
"Exquisite Thai Dining, Quality of Services Deteriorates"
12/10/14 somchartlee Bangkok, Thailand
The restaurant run by Chakrabongse Villas is claimed to be perfect place for once-in-a-life-time dining in a very romantic setting. It is required to make an advance booking, in some cases, longer than a month. For foreigners, you will find it ecstatic to be treated like vip guests. You can have Thai food everywhere. But at this place, you will be served authentic food (set menu) with delicacy of the making. As for Thais, you will be excited to be invited to this property but don't expect much about value for money. 80 USD per person is too costly for the Thai standards. Food taste has been adjusted to make it mild for foreigners. Though the river view and the food overall were good there, I expected the staff to be more accommodating and friendly. To my impression, they rather please foreigners than locals.
"Needs better managerial/front of house social skills"
11/18/14 billposter69 London
We were guests of the Navy opposite and need to book a venue for a reception next yr, so took a boat over on the off chance to visit Chakrabongse. Being private property we were expecting not to be allowed a viewing that day and that was the case. The surly security gave us a business card for the manager. First rule with a beautiful upmarket venue is the client should come first. We tried to arrange a viewing within the week before we went back to london but seemed impossible for them and were told repeatedly that the charge would be 200,000 baht. Ok no problem but we dont need to be told many many times. This is not the way to do upmarket. Trying to be too exclusive at the expense of losing good custom.
"Our new Bangkok Hotel of choice"
10/31/14 Shellie31 Brisbane, Australia
Just came home from Bangkok after a busy two weeks in Japan , We stayed here for 3 nights on our way home and, wow, what a gem. Yes, it is expensive by Thai standards, but we felt every cent was worth it. This was my 10 th Trip through Bangkok and have tried out quite a few Hotels, but this by far is my favourite and will be the only place we stay from now on. Atom , the manager is a real sweetheart, she made us feel so welcome and like friends instead of clients from the start. I wont go on about amenities as the web site shows you what you get, we loved the Quirky décor of old Indian doors, beautiful gardens ect, and my all time favourite, Nim, the hotel cat. You must try the Evening Thai meal, 1,000 Baht each and amazing, delicious Thai food, I challenge to eat it all, We felt bad as we could not get through it all.
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