If you don’t mind staying 1.5 kilometres north of the old town, rooms at the Riverawan beat those offered by Chanthaburi’s more centrally located hotels by a long shot—and you get a pool with a river and mountain outlook.
The modern hotel blends brushed concrete with hardwood accents in a ground-floor common area that’s open to the air on two sides. Here you’ll find reception along with a billiards table, an air-conditioned breakfast room and a deck with lounge chairs overlooking a long and narrow swimming pool. Beyond that stretches rural scenery including the Khao Kitchakut mountains and the Chanthaburi River draped in flowers and trees.
Designers took advantage of the vista by placing all rooms on the riverside of the five-storey building, with no rooms overlooking the car park. They all bag you a couple of chairs (but no table) on a spacious balcony accessed through tinted glass doors.
Opened by keycard, the room we stayed in was exceptionally comfortable thanks to a very soft bed with four soft pillows. It also had a large desk, free WiFi that worked great, a fridge, hot-water kettle with instant coffee and tea, large safe and flatscreen TV with minimal English channels. The spacious bathroom sported a walk-in shower with glass walls. Hot water only came through the removable showerhead, with only cold water flowing through the rain showerhead.
The spacious rooms have a minimalist look and the one we stayed in had only a single framed photo of a stairwell (“artsy” we guess) for decoration on the dark-grey walls. One child can stay for free but extra beds are not available. This is a newish property and we’ll be curious to see how it looks years down the road, but the whole place was immaculate at research time.
We stayed in one of the least expensive rooms and felt the value was outstanding, especially when compared to in-town options. The quality in our 36-square-metre room was such that we wouldn’t throw down an additional 600 baht for a deluxe room with a sofa and an extra four square metres of space.
Receptionists were polite and welcoming, though we did not pay 300 baht for the set breakfast. Location will be the main drawback for those travelling without a vehicle, although the hotel offers pushbikes for cruising down to the old town along a mostly flat road with light traffic until you hit the bridge. If you like walking, the distance could be worth putting up with for the pool and scenery.
Address: Soi Rim Nam-Nong Puek Nai, Chanthaburi
T: (061) 441 6192;
Coordinates (for GPS): 102º7'8.54" E, 12º37'11.26" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||1,290 baht||1,290 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,890 baht||1,890 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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