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.
10/28/14 RobinandKaren Los Gatos, California
While expensive by any town's standard this calm in the storm of sensations that is Bankok is worth it. Ms Atom and the staff are so welcoming we felt like family (in a good way), maybe even royalty. The food, both breakfast and a diner, are first rate. And you can eat while you watch the constant parade of boats on the river, most entertaining. The flower market just down the street is fascinating, especially at night. Must see sights abound in the neighborhood and the water bus-boat stops are just around the corner to take you up or down river. Skip the in room drinks and grab your refreshments from any of several shops (even 7 Eleven) along the street. Lounge by the pool or sit on one of the the riverside decks. The sunset can be fabulous.
"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.
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