From the moment you arrive at this unique, riverfront resort you feel like you have been transported back in time. You are greeted warmly by a porter dressed in traditional clothes and the most welcoming smile. With all the excitement of the first interaction, one could get distracted and leave something behind in the vehicle you arrived in. However, they politely remind you to make sure you haven’t left anything behind before the staff check themselves.
I stayed in the 38 sqm Deluxe Riverfront Room with the Kasara Executive Lounge access. As I entered, I was immediately impressed by the room’s tasteful , Thai decor and unobstructed view of the river. The lighting gave off a feeling of warmth and comfort to get you settled for your stay.
The bed was made cozy with a thick topper and the many pillows which made my head fit snugly on them. I really couldn’t fault it and consider it one of the best I’ve been in.
The room was laid out well. There was a work area with a dark, wooden desk & chair. And for something more comfortable there was a padded chair & ottoman which is great for reading a book or watching some TV. They managed to utilize the living space space well without making it feel cramped.
There was a coffee machine and a selection of teas. Just below the counter was a neatly packed drawer with glasses and utensils you might need.
The modern, tiled bathroom was well equipped with all the amenities one could need. There were at least four different bar of soaps to choose from with it’s own unique scent, and also exfoliating granules in them.
It was also great having a separate bathtub and shower at my disposal. The shower was equipped with a handheld showerhead and a rainfall showerhead with great water pressure.
The private, riverfront balcony had a small coffee table and two chairs. From the balcony when you look to the left you have a perfect view of Asiatique and it’s Ferris wheel. There’s also a complimentary shuttle boat to take you to Asiatique or the nearest BTS skytrain station, Saphan Taksin; while to the right you have Krung Thep Bridge.
From the balcony you can watch the boats go by. It’s especially a beautiful sight at night when the dinner cruises float up and down the river with their glittery lights and the sounds of entertainment.
Swimming Pool Area
If you want a swimming pool area that’s going to make you feel completely relaxed and make you even forget you’re in Bangkok, then this is definitely it. There’s a large pool that goes to a depth of 3 meters with a pool bar, a kiddie pool, and a Jacuzzi. The whole swimming area is surrounded by tall, green trees, tropical flowers and ponds.
Breakfast in The Market Restaurant
The Market restaurant is where they serve the buffet breakfast. You have a choice to sit inside in the comfort of the air conditioning, outside under the roof, or closer to the river.
There was no shortage of options to choose from. They had all the food one would want, including Asian and Western dishes, breads of all types, and other baked goods.
Kasara Executive Lounge
For me, having the Kasara Executive Lounge access was definitely a major added benefit and worth paying extra. Personalized concierge assistance, as well as complimentary eats & drinks are just some of the advantages. It’s the perfect place to retreat to when you want a quiet and private place. It’s so spacious and definitely the largest one I’ve been to with many seating options available. They serve drinking refreshments all day, such as TWG teas, sodas and coffees.
The morning breakfast options are quite limited in the lounge, however, if you know exactly what you would like, you can order it from the Market restaurant where they serve the big breakfast buffet. I did this the night before and informed the hostess what time I’ll be in the lounge for breakfast. The food was promptly delivered and presented in an excellent manner.
There are no other snacks available until the afternoon tea which is from 2 pm to 4 pm. They had an wide selection of cookies, candies, chocolates, cakes and other sweet options.
From 5 pm to 7 pm you can enjoy sunset cocktails and canapes. There was a good selection of finger foods from cheeses and charcuterie boards. There was a menu to chose your non-alcoholic or alcoholic drinks from, including wines and cocktails. I was most impressed with how promptly the staff would refill the platters and make sure that they were always well presented. That said, the one evening we weren’t too impressed with how the staff handled the food with their bare hands, nor utensils. That was a bit disappointing, but we brought it up the the manger on duty after this instance. Needless to say, the following days the staff always wore gloves when handling food. It didn’t impact the rest of the lounge experience as we still had a wonderful time and would love to go back.
Walking around the hotel grounds make you feel relaxed and gives you no inclination that you’re in Bangkok. There’s lots to see – from statue to perfectly trimmed gardens.
For more information, you can go to the Anantara Riverside’s website.