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Chakrabongse Villas

Stunning riverside suites

396/1 Maharaj Rd, Bangkok T: (02) 622 1900 (02) 222 1290 F: (02) 225 3861

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Chakrabongse Villas

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One of Bangkok’s most exclusive boutique hotels, Chakrabongse Villas is spread over a lush garden between Wat Pho and the Chao Phraya River, in the heart of the historic district. Built in 1908, the central structure is a gorgeous piece of heritage architecture that originally served as a prince’s palace. Topped by a teakwood tower, it remains one of the riverside’s most photogenic buildings.

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As seen from the Chao Phraya.

As seen from the Chao Phraya.

Seven boutique rooms are individually designed and equipped with all of the mod-cons you would expect from a five-star property. They vary sharply in design and include rooms done in a rather inexplicable (but tastefully done) Moroccan theme, a traditional Chinese style that would befit a Tang dynasty ambassador, and a classic Thai design in a gorgeous standalone teakwood house. The “garden room” that we were shown seemed to be the worst of the bunch — perfectly comfortable but dark and with no real view.

The resort-like property includes a small but lovely swimming pool to go with a renowned restaurant serving royal Thai cuisine on a riverside terrace truly fit for royalty. Staff can arrange boat trips from the hotel’s own pier, massages at the nearby Wat Pho School and bicycles for exploring the area. Don’t be surprised if a hi-so Thai couple have booked the place out for a wedding.

Our only complaint is the way we were treated when inquiring about a room for our mother who is visiting in a few months. Despite being reasonably well-dressed (we didn’t look like grungy backpackers), a very rude security guard at first did not even let us approach the property, barking “You have to booking!” while shooing us away.

When we asked for information on the hotel, the guard pointed us to a neighbouring coffee shop where the worker stared at us confusingly when we asked about the villas (the cafe isn’t even associated with the hotel). After finally being allowed on the property, the person who showed us a room was polite but really not very welcoming. Next time, we’ll put on some Prada and see if that helps.

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Walk-in rates at Chakrabongse Villas

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Superior double room
5,618 baht
5,618 baht
Deluxe double room
11,235 baht
11,235 baht
14,605 baht
14,605 baht
Room: Superior double room, low season: 5,618 baht, high season 5,618 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe double room, low season: 11,235 baht, high season 11,235 baht. Notes:
Room: Suite, low season: 14,605 baht, high season 14,605 baht. Notes:

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Where is Chakrabongse Villas

Chakrabongse Villas
396/1 Maharaj Rd, Bangkok
T: (02) 622 1900 (02) 222 1290 F: (02) 225 3861
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º29'33.56" E, 13º44'36.61" N
Room rates: 4,000B to 8,000B

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