Part of an intriguing design hotel brand that also runs properties in Bangkok, Khao Yai and Chiang Mai, Sala Ayutthaya combines a minimalist theme with red brick touches, flourishes of post-modern art, riverside scenery and a sophisticated atmosphere.
Located across the Chao Phraya from Wat Phutthaisawan, Sala Ayutthaya greets you with a stylish reception desk, art gallery and huge redbrick passageway that mimic ancient Ayutthaya’s outer walls. Reminiscent of a Greek island villa, white marble floors and white walls extend to small but nicely formed plunge pools. Set directly over the river, a stylish restaurant serves Thai and international dishes along with the full range of cocktails and wines that have helped made Sala’s Bangkok venue so popular. There’s also a full-service spa.
We were shown a superior room with wide glass doors accessing a pool, but no river view. White and redbrick walls join polished concrete floors for a cool and spacious feel, with the outline of a pouncing tiger painted on a corner of the large black headboard. Sumptuous beds face a widescreen LCD TV set up below a row of windows near the high ceiling. A round jacuzzi tub centres a huge bathroom area, which opens into a second section containing the spacious shower. You can pay more for a similar room with direct river views, or step further up to a pool suite, river terrace suite or one-bedroom river-view duplex.
During our visit the English-speaking staff were polite and professional, but in the cool and laidback manner that defines the Sala properties. They can arrange private transport to the attractions while also renting out old-fashioned pushbikes and motorbikes. Though far from the Chao Phrom Market area and a solid 10-minute pedal up to the Historical Park, the location puts you in the middle of a great selection of restaurants.
Depending on occupancy levels, rates fluctuate between the rack rates that we were quoted as walk-ins and discounted rates that can often be found online; below we’ve listed the lower rates under “low” and the full rates under “high,” but they don’t necessarily correspond to season. If you like the idea of an upscale riverside resort but Sala is above your price range, neighbouring Iudia on the River is also a good choice with rooms going for around 1,000 baht less.
Address: 9/2 Moo 4, Uthong Rd, Ayutthaya
T: (035) 242 588; (022) 312 588;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º33'28.81" E, 14º20'30.06" N
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Room rates: 4,000B to 8,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||4,040 baht||5,050 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
Plus 500 for room with terrace.
|4,930 baht||5,800 baht|
Up to 8,500 / 10,000 for one-bedroom suite.
|6,714 baht||7,900 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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