Riva Surya, Bangkok Thailand, Bangkok
One of the best things about this hotel is that its a constant reminder that you are, in fact, in Bangkok. It is ideally located right on the Chao Phraya River, a stones throw from Phra Sumen (the old city fortress), opposite local restaurants, shops and bars and only a short stroll from the hustle and bustle of Khao San Road.
It is in fact a fairly peaceful spot that provides a nice and well needed oasis amidst fast-paced city life. The staff are very attentive and have plenty of smiles for all the guests whilst dark wooden furniture, splashes of crisp white in the walls, candles and fresh flowers create a modern-Thai-chic ambience.
The hotel has 68 contemporary rooms most with private balconies, some with great views of the river. The beds are large and comfortable; the bathrooms well stocked and spacious. A small but functional swimming pool overlooks the river, with sun loungers and seating for poolside relaxation at the peak of the heat. There is also a well equipped gym on the 3rd floor.
The river front restaurant offers a good range of Thai, Asian and European food in a classy setting. Breakfast is buffet style and can be eaten inside the restaurant or out on the patio by the pool. The Mezzanine Bar on the second floor is a lovely spot to enjoy a drink in the evening, with stunning views of the river.
As if all of this wasn't enough, this hotel is also fantastic value for money; truly an undiscovered gem in the heart of Bangkok.
Last visited by Lucy Reeve Oct 2013.
Superior - This is what we would describe as our standard category. These will be decent 3/4* hotels providing a really good level of service. We would generally expect them to be providing a little something extra, in terms of character, guest experience or facilities too.
Lyria was absolutely brilliant! The whole process of booking the holiday could not have been smoother - every query was dealt with promptly and efficiently. The holiday itself was wonderful - totally relaxing - I have never been on a holiday where everything ran like clockwork - absolutely nothing went wrong - transfers were excellent, hotels were brilliant.