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Overall rating:TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: 4.5Based on 98 traveler reviews
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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
I only knew about this hotel due to the history of the Chakrabongse family, and therefore really wanted to stay there. Quite frankly it feels that you are staying in a private house in the epicentre of old Bangkok rather than a hotel. We stayed in the garden room, and even had friends over for dinner on the terrace for one of the nights. I wish I could afford to stay here every time I am in BKK, but think I will just have to settle for when I want to treat myself (and the wife !) to something special. absolutely brilliant place to stay.
Definitely recommended for a romantic dinner for two or for a broader meeting. Food is top quality. Venue is excellent just by the river. Very quiet and peaceful.
Reservations required. I recommend to plan the visit in advance as availability of tables is limited.
Will visit again when in Bkk.
Just can't say enough about this beautiful seven room boutique hotel in the heart of Rattanakosin, the Old City. Close walking distance to the Grand Palace, Wat Phra Kaeo, the Flower Market and so much more. The views up and down the river are beautiful and you're directly across Wat Arun. Take the ferry (just a block away) across the river to visit Wat Arun. Take a canal ride on the hotel's longtail boat and see life along Bangkok's waterways.The property is incredibly beautiful, with lush gardens, dark woods, a great pool, and many places to relax riverfront with an iced coffee from the hotel's bookstore and cafe. The family-owned home on the property has royal lineage and some great history.
I stayed in the Riverside Villa, an incredibly luxurious suite with large bedroom, beautiful bathroom with a huge round jacuzzi, a separate office and separate sitting room. There's nothing better, but all of the rooms look great, and if you can't splurge for one of the riverfront rooms, you'll still have access to the great views and best-location in Bangkok. The staff, led by Ms. Atom, are wonderful. Can't recommend enough.
If you want to see one of the magical side of Bankok, in front of the famous Canal and famous city hot spots, you will find a secret garden with beautiful Villas: the Chakrabongse Villas.
Still owned by a member of the Royal family, you can definitely meet elegance, peace, magic and luxury charme with a perfect service. Moreover, is not too expensive compared to other famous Hotel chains nearby.. i definitely recommend to choose it and to dine there with such an incredible view!
I will come back for sure.
Antique Siam Villa,as your re-time to Rattanakosin period
So exclusive ,green habitat
Luxury as royal family
Private for rest,retreat your soul
Delicious food (Thai Style food)
Comfortable to search
Good view,close to Chopraya river
Rooms, actually - the River View Suite is one of a number of modern villas built in traditional Thai style in the gardens of the Chakrabongse Palace, not far from Wat Pho and the Grand Palace. It has a terrace overlooking the busy Chao Praya river, with spectacular views across to Wat Arun.
I spent a quiet and very comfortable night there - the suite has a sitting room, large bedroom and bathroom with jacuzzi. The cooking at Chakrabongse Villas is renowned, breakfast is taken in a pavilion by the side of the river. Service discreet and friendly.
If I must criticize: the doors into the bathroom can't be closed from the bedroom, light switches are sometimes difficult to find (without a light).
There's nowhere else in Bangkok where you can feel so much at the centre of things but at the same time so secluded. A luxury river launch and a 'longtail' boat are provided for the use of guests...
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.
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