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Navalai River Resort

A pool with a river view

45/1 Phra Athit Rd, Banglamphu T: (02) 280 9955 F: (02) 280 9966

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Navalai River Resort

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The Navalai River Resort offers smart rooms in an enviable riverside location that’s practically on top of Phra Arthit ferry pier. Attentive service and a rooftop pool also help to make it a top pick in the midrange bracket.

After a polite receptionist told us the options in clear English, we took the lift upstairs to check out rooms that are sleek, clean, cushy and spacious, even if they lack the style of nearby Riva Surya’s pricier digs. While the brochure boasts rooms in four different styles, don’t expect major variations in the so-called “colonial-themed” rooms, which represent straight-up quality midrange Thai hotel fare.

Rooms are good value for the money.

Rooms are good value for the money. Photo: David Luekens

You get at least 30 square metres of space including comfortable beds on artificial wood floors, Thai patterned art that weaves modern into the traditional, several lighting options and amenities like safe, fridge, TV, WiFi, desk and cushioned chairs. Tubs come standard in the spacious bathrooms, which have shades covering windows that can be opened for a view of the rest of the room. The brochure calls this feature “sexy.”

Coming without balconies, the cheaper rooms have large windows and some enjoy a view to Baan Chao Phraya, a handsome heritage building located next door. But we suggest splashing out for a room with rattan furniture on a balcony overlooking the river and Rama VIII suspension bridge.

A major bonus is Navalai’s small but perfectly positioned swimming pool set atop the sixth floor. While Riva Surya’s pool is considerably bigger, we almost like Navalai’s better thanks to the higher vantage point near an unexpectedly spacious bar. On the ground floor, the hotel’s Aquatini Restaurant isn’t a bad place to have a beer while waiting for the next river ferry, but the fare is pricey for what you get.

Rooftop pool with bridge views.

Rooftop pool with bridge views. Photo: David Luekens

Located near a bunch of excellent Thai eateries and bars on Phra Arthit Road, the Navalai is easy to access thanks to its location next to the pier—the hotel restaurant sits no more than a few steps from the river ferry platform. It’s a 10-minute walk west from here to Khao San Road via Soi Rambuttri.

Directly across the river on the west bank, Baan Wang Lang is also worth considering if you like the cushy modern rooms at Navalai but would prefer to stay amid a bustling market that also has river ferry access. Or you could save a bit of cash by opting for the nearby New Siam Riverside, though it does not have a pool and we feel it’s a bigger step down than the price would imply.

Note that rates at Navalai are nearly always cheaper online than for walk-ins, and they do fluctuate throughout the year.

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Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Standard double room
2,300 baht
3,000 baht
Superior double room
2,600 baht
3,300 baht
Deluxe double room
3,600 baht
4,300 baht
River view
Room: Standard double room, low season: 2,300 baht, high season 3,000 baht. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 2,600 baht, high season 3,300 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 3,600 baht, high season 4,300 baht. Notes: River view

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Where is Navalai River Resort

Navalai River Resort
45/1 Phra Athit Rd, Banglamphu
T: (02) 280 9955 F: (02) 280 9966
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º29'39.47" E, 13º45'47.28" N
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B

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