Over the past 15 years I have visited Bangkok on business and pleasure at least four times a year. I have tried many hotels but always come back to this oasis. Located on the "other side" of the river and a pleasant and relaxing 15 minute ride by hotel boat, the Marriott is an oasis from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok. It has an atmopshere of a beachside resort with the full attentiveness to details that one expects at the Oriental or Peninsula.
Attached to the hotel is a wonderful shopping center with three very good Thai Restaurants that are visited mostly by locals.
While we all love bangkok, it can be exhausting. This hotel rejuvinates the traveller.
We arrived after sleeping for most of the journey to Bankok, we were a bit dazed and sleepy. On arrival at the hotel the place was huge. The pool area looks exactly like the pictures. We ate at Trader Vics twice as it was so nice !!!!! Our room was a Junior Suite and it was well worth it, you didnt feel like you were in a hotel room as it was so spacious, we were given a room tour of how everything works, which made us chuckle !!! Everything is close as you can use the water taxi's and hotel boats, and the hotel staff were fantastic, never too much trouble.
Unique Quality: The hotel staff were wonderfull, we found ourselfs unable to leave one evening and they allowed us to get some DVD's after hours, when we thanked the staff in the survey (I am that sad) the cheif in the states wrote to me thanking me my comments !!!
The hotel boat that takes you across to the water taxis gave you complementry water and ice cold towels on the return leg, just what you need when its so hot !!!
The hotel is about fifteen minutes away from the main tourist locations, but it's worth it! It has a ferry to the main city dock where you can pick up the water taxis or skytrain to go anywhere else in the city. The ferry runs right from the hotel property every 15 minutes until about midnight. They even give you a bottle of water and a lavender scented cold washcloth on the way back to the hotel. I would recommend upgrading your room to club level for $20 per night. It includes four hours of free happy hour with food, a great breakfast buffet, and a discount on the spa. I can't wait to go back!
Honestly I love this hotel and went back twice in 2005. And once so far in 2006.
The Resort and Spa is one of 3 or 4 luxury hotels on the river in Bangkok. They have a river shuttle that was convienent and brought you right to the Sky Train. The Sky Train Dock was also a great drop off location for Taxi's and Tour Bus' (make them pick you up at the hotel) as traffic in the afternoon can be insane and by car, the ride over the bridge could be 45-60 min. The boat is quick and they serve water with cold fresh towels on the ride. The Sky Train is clean and will take you anywhere you want to go. The Resort has a beautiful spa, but the spa's across the street at the mall are better, massage was GREAT! and less expensive. The Marriott has a tendency to trap you at their hotels/compounds so you use their services and eat at their restaurants. It has pros and cons - the facilities (5 restaurants/spa/fitness ctr) are VERY western (including the prices.) However it was a nice retreat at end of a long day and the place is so big you didn't feel trapped. The hotel will try to get you to buy the breakfast and hor'derve drink special and tack it onto the room charge daily. Don't do it. It was an additional $65 US and not worth it AT ALL! Unless you are big drinkers.... We only regularly ate the breakfast - which for 2 was less then $25 US a day. We stayed in a deluxe room and it was fabulous. Great in room Jacuzzi tub, nice view, good service. Make sure you ask for discounts - car clubs, friends and family, airline, corporate, try them all and chances are one will work. WE were 2 women traveling alone and didn't have any problems. The hotel is also nicely situated far from the Sex Industry scene of the downtown area. However, though nothing to fear, sex for sale and it's buyers are very obvious everywhere in Bangkok.
Unique Quality: Beautiful Pool
On the Water
Free, convienet water shuttle
Easy access to everything
On the Water, is the best place to be.
Directions: Thonburi side of river. When we 1st got there we thought we were too far away from downtown, however with the river shuttle your not. Plus later we stayed downtown and wished we were back on the river!
Before I came here my worry was the convenience. Their webpage said the shuttle boat was scheduled for every half-hour. So I thought I had to carefully arrange the iternery to avoid waiting unnecessarily at the pier.
Actually, the frequency had increased to every 15 mins. Therefore, I didn't need to worry about missing a boat. I could go back at whatever time I liked to.
As this inconvenience factor was overcome, it beats other hotels in city centre as the spacious design and greenery surroundings would recharge you completely for next day's adventure.
Unique Quality: - Isolated from the hustle and bustle city centre and yet easily reachable with a 15 mins boat ride
- Greenery surroundings
Directions: From BTS Saphan Taksin Station take the free Marriott shuttle boat - departs every 15mins
A Royal Garden Resort situated at the banks of Chao Phraya River and they have a fabulous, lovely garden..feels like you're walking in the Eden..and it's away in the hustle and bustle in the City. Best enjoyed if you'll stay in the resort a couple of days. They have large and nice decorated swimming pool at the center of the resort. You can get to relax as it's quiet and peaceful! A cup of tea in the garden would be great!
Unique Quality: Standard facilities as it's a 5 star hotel.
Directions: 257/1-3 Chareon Nakorn Rd.,at the Krungthep Bridge, BKK
The hotel resort is a bit off the way from the city, it is the furthest in terms of location along the Chao Phraya river. It is located near the Krungthep Bridge. The best way to get to the hotel besides taxis is the resort's shuttle boat from the Sathorn pier.
Otherwise it is possibly the one and only resort within the Bangkok busy city - where you get lots of palm trees,plenty of orchids etc... a wonderful Mandora spa, lots of restaurants and the fell just make you sometimes need not get too far into the city proper. So many times, I just decided to sit back and realx and enjoy the hotel, take a sit at the pool, and sip some coconut drink, or enjoy a meal at the one too many restaurants, have a massage ----
Unique Quality: We made bookings via the net - beign a Marriott reward member - and anyway, they mucked up my airport transfer and I ended up taking on VT member Sharrie suggestion to use the airport limo transfer available at the airport - which btw ended up cheaper, and when I arrived at the hotel, they already realised their mistake, so we were upgraded to a better room!!! a suite!!! and for 5 nights
The best part of the hotel, is they have shuttle boat to the sathorn pier, - every 15 minutes which is within minutes walk to Sathorn taksin Skytrain station - and they also have shuttle boat every hour to Oriental Hotel, and Rivercity - both were great way to get around - and very relaxing and calming!!! although some people may find it waste of time - I thought it was relaxing to sit on the boat ride after the heat running around the city with my shopping!!!!
Bangkok Marriott Resort and Spa
rack rate $115++
Unique Quality: Expensive. Very nice pool. Not every room had a good view - I booked a city view room but had only a view of a roof. Nice in-house restaurants (so-so food and not very cheap). Service level a bit below expectations.
Directions: By the Chao Praya River across the very busy center of Bankok.
Marriott Resort & Spa;
former Marriott Royal Garden Riverside
depends on the time you want to stay there and your travel agency. we paid in april 2002 about 100 Euro for one night in a double room
Unique Quality: great garden with pools, very quiet place, shuttle boats to SkyTrain-Station and other hotels
Directions: rigth at the Chao Phraya River, a little bit outside of the inner city (but where is the inner city anyway ? ;-))
The Marriot is also on the Chao Phraya..It is a great hotel (newer), that has lots of resteraunt(Trader Vic's is great). I would stay here but it is a little out of the way. They do have a shuttle boat that can take you to the Shangra-la, Pennisula, or river centre for free.
Has anyone been to this hotel :
The Mayfair - Marriott Executive Apartments Bangkok
60 Soi Langsuan, Lumpini, Pathumwan Bangkok, 10330
I am toying between The Mayfair or the Marriott Spa hotel by the River.
I have stayed at the latter, loved the resort feel, and the river shuttle, and its proximity to the BTS. But the Mayfair sounds good with its outstanding location... is it really that convenient???
Brother in law has stayed there.
Yep it is dead central to the main action. Sukhumvit / Ploenchit Road runs right across the end of the street. The Chidlom BTS station is 1 - 2 minutes walk. And fairly easy to get to the expressways. Loads of cabs all times of the day.
Best bit is that Lang Suan has loads of decent bistros and quality restaurants.
Wave out the window and shout "wooohooo Lynne" and you'll get a wave from a few other chums who work on Soi Ton Son.
The Marroit is a bit out of the way.
Thanks for the very prompt reply... looks like I will try out the Mayfair. I have satyed at the both the Marriotts; JW at Sukhumvit - which I do not prefer becos of the walk to the Nana Station - it gets pretty quiet at night. While the Marriott Spa is also one of my preferred hotel becos of its boat shuttle (nice and relaxing) and its very close proximity to the train...and it is very busy and safe at the boat pier...as the other hotels by the river also run their shuttle boat there.
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333 Charoennakom Rd, Klongsan, Bangkok
250 Sukhumvit Rd, Bangkok
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Address: 257 Charoennakorn Rd, Samrae Thonburi, Bangkok, 10600, Thailand