This was the fourth time I’ve stayed in the city of Bangkok, but the first where I’ve been in a financial position to stay somewhere that wasn’t either a hostel or a hotel on the extremely low budget end. I found the five-star Montien Riverside Hotel via Booking.com – read my guide on how to use the website here – for an absolute steal, and I was thoroughly impressed with not only the hotel as a building, but the service we received on top of it.
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Although it should have been a whole lot more, I managed to bag this hotel for just £57 per night. With my Booking.com Genius level, I got an insane 49% discount plus a free upgrade from a Superior Double Room to a Deluxe Double Room. This free upgrade is available for all Genius members. Without the discount, rooms range from £60 to £1200 per night.
This was my first time staying away from the chaos of Khao San Road, and it was an entirely different experience for me in terms of getting around. Our hotel was around fifteen minutes from the busy street by taxi, around ten from the Grand Palace, and fifteen again from the Pathum Wan District, where we spent a lot of time shopping and eating.
On average, a cab journey for us to one of our destinations cost 120 baht (£3). To and from the airports, it cost around 350 baht (£9) in a regular taxi, or 500 baht (£12.50) in an SUV, which is of course much more spacious after flying or if you have a lot of luggage. The hotel also offers a free shuttle services to several surrounding locations, including to the Ratburana Pier, where you can take the ferry along the Chao Praya River, the local metro station, and to the Asiatique Mall.
The decor of this hotel was traditional in the best way. The foyer is extremely large and grand, with huge five-floor-high ceilings and marble floors. There are huge glass walls that allow a panoramic view of the river on the lower levels, and of the lush green grounds on the main level.
In the rooms, there is a beautiful balance of modernity and classic decor. The ornately carved wood on the furniture is balanced with cream, ivory and white fabrics. The enormous glass ceilings in the bedrooms allow light to flood in from sunrise to sunset, and again offer a breathtaking view of the river and the city for miles.
Our Deluxe Double Room was very spacious at almost forty squared metres. It had a huge bathroom, enormous king bed, a desk, seating area, ottoman for suitcases, and a tea and coffee station. The Deluxe level rooms do only come in doubles, but the Superior Rooms are available in a double or twin.
The wardrobe was lit inside and featured a large safe, shelf space on top for suitcases, four drawers, floor space and hanging space for both short and long garments. The bathroom had a large walk-in shower, a bath, and an enormous vanity with electrical outlets above it.
In the room itself, there was a desk fit with a ton of charging outlets in both USB and universal socket form. There was a television atop a unit that masked the refrigerator and even more storage space. For non-perishables, there was a tea and coffee station with shelf space underneath. It was stocked with teas, coffees, cups, a kettle, and a few glasses.
As mentioned before, the best part of this room is undoubtedly the seating area with the view over the river and the city. The sun rose in clear view of our window, so regardless what side of the hotel you stay on, you will get a beautiful view of the sunset or sunrise over the river.
If you’ve read any of my hotel reviews before, you may have noticed that I am very particular about cleanliness, especially when it comes to hotel bathrooms. I’m happy to say that this suite was immaculate from top to bottom, and cleaned for us daily.
The reception area, as well as the bar and dining area, were also immaculate. There were plenty of staff on-hand, especially during the breakfast buffet, ensuring that everything was clean and presentable.
I cannot say enough about how wonderful the staff at this hotel were. The check-in process was seamless, with complimentary welcome drinks and a separate area to sit comfortably instead of queuing. The welcome staff, cleaning staff, and the restaurant staff were all very welcoming and had fantastic English skills (I personally don’t think this is hugely important, but I’m aware lots of people do to ease their mind when staying somewhere they’ve never been).
If you aren’t able to tell by this point in the review then I’m happy to tell you I was thoroughly delighted with this stay. If ever I make it back to Bangkok I will for sure stay here again and will recommend it to friends and family. For more content like this directly to your inbox, subscribe to my blog at http://www.caitlinjeanrussell/subscribe or for a full video tour of the room, subscribe to my YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zGoHEYgKJgqXb1DPF3hKQ/