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Navalai River Resort
Ranked #40 of 1,386 Speciality Lodging in Bangkok
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Reviewed 8 May 2012

We stayed at the Navalai for about a week. Our first 2 nights were in a larger room facing the river. The room was spacious and clean. Beds were very hard as they are in Asia, but they were comfortable enough to sleep on. There was a window between the shower and the rest of the room, it had a curtain, but it was controlled by whoever was outside of the bathroom (so if your roomie is a bit of a perve then you may have an Issue lol). The view was nice, however we were only on the second floor up so the bottom half of our view was the veranda top leading out most of the way to the river. From about 7am (give or take) the boats would come and collect passengers from the hotel. We couldn't hear the boats from inside, but the guys on the boat would communicate with the driver by blowing whistles. This continues throughout the day, they thin out and finally stop when it get dark. This didn't bother us, but it may some people. sitting on the veranda was very hot, with no airflow, this is because it is a bit sheltered, but may depend on the season and of course the direction of the wind, the time we experienced out there though was not great for us. We would not recommend this room, it was not good value for money, higher floors may be better however.

Our next 5 nights were in a smaller room on the 5th floor off to the side overlooking the monastery. By day the room was very quiet, the boat whistles could only be heard very faintly. The room while smaller, we actually thought was nicer. There was no window into the bathroom and it felt a better set up. At night the bar across the street was playing music and singing quite loudly. We enjoyed sitting on the balcony and having a drink while watching out to the part of the street we could see. There waz also good air flow on the balcony. Lying in bed we could still hear the road sounds, but again this didn't bother us. We estimate they play loud music until around 2am, but it was different on weekends and may depend on the season/amount of customers In The bar. There is a large generator that sounds like it comes from above at the pool that starts up at 4;30am every morning that woke my partner up ever morning. We had friends staying on the opposite side of he building and they said their room looked out the "nothing" but they said it was quite, this may be a preferred option for light sleepers.

Showers in both rooms were either cold or hot, not warm. It was hard to find a good balance. But the pressure we found was good.

The hotel is above a 7/11 and an ATM which was convenient. It is also about a 10 minute walk to Khao San Road, great for market shopping, drinking and food.
Tuk Tuks and taxis are always out the front. Make sure taxis put their meter on, we were told that most local places only cost about 50baht for locals, so upwards from this you are getting ripped off- mind you, 150-300 baht is still cheap and we still paid it.

Laundry: Walk out the front of the hotel and cross the road, walk to the right and take the second street on the left (from memory. It looks like a little market lane way) about half way down on the right hand side is a laundry that does 1kg for 25baht ($0.75AUD) very cheap! Although laundry in the hotel is still a reasonable price. At the end of this lane way is more markets too.

Airconditioning worked well, although can take about 2 minutes to kick in. We got a second key card so that we could both come and go from the room. Wifi was very good, you ask for Internet downstairs daily. If you have more than one device, ask for more Internet passwords.
Lift was quick between floors. Hotel was decorated nicely with paintings.
Roof top pool had a great view and a bar upstairs. Nice set up.
The boats that are out the front daily are tour boats, we got a long tail boat tour that we enjoyed.
Tuk tuk ride is about 20 mins to MBK for some shopping in a centre.


Restaurant food was nice, there was the option for Thai and western food. We recommend spring rolls with plum sauce, basil chicken, and chicken with cashews. The pad Thai was a bit flavorless though. Cocktails were reasonable approx 180 to 220 baht ($4-7AUD). Meals and drinks were available until 11:30pm and there was no additional charge for room service either. Breakfast had a great buffet selection ranging from cereal, toast, eggs, bacon, and then a different moderate sized selection that changed each day e.g. Green curry, spaghetti bol, etc. Egg whites were always underdone, Both in fried and scrambled but Very enjoyable breakfast.

Staffing was a bit mixed with level of friendliness. The security out the front were lovely, when we came back a week later to visit a friend, they recognized us and welcomed us back. When walking out of hotel towards the restaurant there is a guy with a radio that sits there, not sure on his role, but very friendly and smiley.
Staff on the desk on arrival were friendly, but we're not the same each day. There were a few rude ones, I was greated with "what do you want" at one point. Breakfast staff are lovely. Dinner staff were a bit mixed, we had a great cocktail maker, but wait staff were not great. The manager always looked stressed and never smiled and borderlined on rude sometimes. Staff that took orders and cleared plates were not overly friendly either. They are not attentive to tables, food is reasonably fast to come out but you need to get the attention of staff to order which took a while some nights..

Overall we enjoyed our stay and would stay there again if we wanted a river view. however you can get better value for money away from the river.

Room Tip: Opt for the smaller cheaper rooms that don't view the river, they are better value for money.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 12 May 2012

Dear Tashwv88,

It was a great pleasure to read your comments about your stay at Navalai River Resort on Tripadvisor, I shall share your good comments with all staff and We would like to thank you for chosen Navalai River Resort for your stay. We appreciated your well pointed out comments regarding our room as well as our friendliness staffs.
We look forward to the pleasure of your next visit in Bangkok.

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Jimmy R.
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

This is our second stay at this hotel. Personally, I love this area of Bangkok. It is the old city with the temples, canal trips to Thonburi, trips to the flower market etc so close.

Soi Rambuttri and Khao San Road are only a few minutes walk away - great bars, plentiful restaurants, cheap massages, tour operators, markets and a casual bohemian atmosphere are just within reach, but with the Navalai there is the option of enjoying what the area has to offer, but in quality surrounds.

We booked river rooms this time, and they are great. Cant imagine getting such a fantastic river view for such a reasonable price elsewhere (eg Sheraton). The other rooms do not have a great outlook, and could be noisy as Phra Arthit Road is busy. The restaurant is a bit pricy, but after a 13 hour tour was a great and scenic option for a bite to eat before bed.

Trips to MBK and Patpong Road were about 80 baht in a metered taxi. Airport was about 40 minutes both ways. I'm my opinion, I much prefer this area (and I'm in my 40's) to the Suk and Silom areas. A trip to the Royal Orchid Sheraton via river ferry is 15 baht and takes about 20 minutes - the ferry pier is conveniently at the Navalai.

Room Tip: River view room.
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 25 April 2012

Dear beachykeen70,

First of all we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind feedback and fine compliments on your review. We are delighted that you enjoy staying at Navalai River Resort and that the room suites you well. I shall share your comments with all staff who will be pleased to read them. We look forward to welcoming you back.

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Jimmy R.
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Reviewed 21 April 2012

although we only stayed 2 nights we found this hotel to be exellent from arriving to leaving . the staff were fantastic & the room well sized and very clean . the building was an older one but has been refurbished with modern features and decor .

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2012

Dear malboy,

First of all we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind feedback and fine compliments on your review. We are delighted that you enjoy staying at Navalai River Resort and that the room suites you well. I shall share your comments with all staff who will be pleased to read them. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Best regards,
Jimmy R.
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Reviewed 21 April 2012

Even though this hotel is locked between a busy road and an equally busy ferry stop, we enjoyed this place because of it's good connections to Bangkok's tourist attractions, comfortable and clean rooms, and for that relaxing afternoon jump into the pool on the roof. This and the very friendly service staff would encourage us to stay here again!
The hotel's lovely situated riverside - restaurant is quite OK but a bit expensive. You'll find many places in walking distance where you can enjoy good Thai and Chinese food.

Room Tip: Try to get a room close to the river (Serene corner rooms) or one of the fewer riverside rooms, whic...
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  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled as a couple
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2012

Dear MALAMAN,

Thank you very for having taken the time to share your experience about Navalai River Resort at Tripadvisor. We were very delighted to read that you have enjoyed the service, customer relation and friendliness of all of our staff and I shall certainly congratulate them personally. It was also gratifying to read your other comments about the property.

Thank you for your comments and we look forward to the pleasure of your next visit in Bangkok.

Best regards,
Jimmy R.
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Reviewed 19 April 2012

Just spent 2 nights at Navalai. Yes, we arrived just in time for a soaking. Songkran was in full swing! Was hesitant because our room faced the street on 5th floor. My 2 boys and I (15 & 10) armed ourselves with water guns, made the most of Songkran spending the two evenings out and about getting wet and came back to our very clean, air conditioned, comfy rooms to bath and dry off. The room was great, we actually slept really well. I would suggest choose a room on the riverside if available (Lots of night club noise on our side). We weren't bothered though. We enjoyed the party! Restaurant and buffet breakfast were fab! Navalai is well located.

Room Tip: Choose a riverside room. Quieter
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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled with family
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2012

Dear Karen G,

Thank for posting your feedback of Navalai River Resort on TripAdvisor and we appreciate your kind comments. We are happy to read that you enjoyed with the room.

We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

Kind regards,
Jimmy R.
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

Discovered Navalai last September.... last minute on Trip Advisor (of course!)... had a lovely stay then and on a recent visit to Bangkok decided to give it another go ... oh how glad we are that we did! The rooms are basic, but very, very comfortable (loving those firm beds) but the highlight, without a doubt is the restaurant that sits right on the river. The Ferry stops here (No. 13).. literally on the doorstop..step off the ferry, into the restaurant for an ice cold beer. The quality of the food that is served in this restaurant is superb. They have a hugh menu (this usually makes me cringe!) however we dined here (6 people) on several ocassions, and without exception, were delighted with the quality of the food.. great service ... and Oh so cheap!! Will be back soon!

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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 22 April 2012

Dear yogaflowjo,

First of all we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your kind feedback and fine compliments on your review. We are delighted that you enjoy staying at Navalai River Resort and that the room suites you well. I shall share your comments with all staff who will be pleased to read them. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon on your 3rd visit.

Best regards,
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Reviewed 16 April 2012

So we chose the Navalai due to it's location and good trip advisor reviews. Overall, It turned out to be a good choice. There were a couple of negatives which prevented me giving a 5 rating; the room was extremely cramped with the extra single bed, making it a bit of a pain for a family, and the main double bed mattress was extremely hard, very uncomfortable. Apart from that, It was a good experience. The location on the river and also being so close to the shops, bars, restaurants in khaosan road was a huge plus for us. The rooftop pool & bar was a godsend after a hot day touring around Bangkok. The breakfast was also very good. The room (306) was pretty quiet and the aircon worked very well. A metered taxi to the airport worked out at about 300 Bhat including tolls, so that seemed pretty reasonable.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with family
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Jimmy R, Manager at Navalai River Resort, responded to this reviewResponded 17 April 2012

Dear Pete B,

Thank you so much for your nice comments for our hotel, we are so delighted to know that you enjoyed staying with us.
And once again thank you & we are looking forward to welcome you on your next visit to Navalai River Resort .

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Address: 45 / 1 - 2 Phra Athit Rd | Phra Nakorn, Bangkok 10200, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Bangkok > Banglamphu
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Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
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Ranked #40 of 1,386 Speciality Lodging in Bangkok
Price Range: $83 - $143 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Navalai River Resort 3.5*
Number of rooms: 74
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Navalai offers a hip design, unlike any other city hotel. You can find this extraordinary experience of Oriental Chic Boutique and be inspired by historical and social context of hotel location. 74 unique and stylish rooms are decorated in four different themes: Artist; Thai-lifestyle; Colonial-influenced; and Rattanakosin heritage. This uniquely designed hotel is the ideal place for honeymooners and travelers who look for a unique life style. ... more   less 
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