Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort in Thailand

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Updated: September 16, 2021

Essentials
• Location: Charoennakorn Road, behind Avani+ Riverside hotel.
• Hotel website: anantara.com
• Hotel phone: +66 2 365 9110
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Review of Anantara Riverside Hotel in Bangkok

The beautiful gardens and magnificent riverside location are just a few of the perks of staying at Anantara Riverside hotel.

Anantara Riverside – Beautiful and luxurious resort on the Chao Phraya riverfront.

Opulent tropical-island style resort with a beautiful setting on the banks of the Chao Phraya river. The Thai-inspired rooms and suites are elegant, spacious, and modern, with balconies and marble bathrooms, and most offering river views. Set within eleven acres of lush tropical gardens, the resort features a large outdoor pool with jacuzzi, eleven world-class restaurants and bars, a huge spa and fitness center, and live Thai performances every evening. The large Asiatique mall is across the river and the hotel offers a complimentary boat shuttle to the nearest sky train station and downtown.

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Anantara Riverside – Location

  • Area: Excellent riverfront location close to downtown.
  • Address: 257/1-3 Charoennakorn Road, Thonburi.
  • Nearest Metro Station: Saphan Taksin – 15 minutes by complimentary boat shuttle.
  • How to Get There: From Suvarnabhumi Airport, take the Airport Link to Phaya Thai station, change to the sky train to Siam, and change again to the one going to Saphan Taksin, before taking the complimentary boat shuttle to the hotel. Taxis take about 45 minutes (40 km) from the airport.
  • Handy to: Riverside Plaza mall, Asiatique The Riverfront mall, Wat Bukkalo.

Anantara Riverside – The Basics

  • Ages: Guests tend to be a mix of business travelers, couples on a romantic getaway, and families. All ages are welcome, and cribs are available on request.
  • View: Rooms on higher levels and closer to the river have beautiful water views.
  • Private Pools/Jacuzzis: No private pools or jacuzzis in any of the rooms or suites.
  • Laundry: Laundry and dry cleaning services available.
  • Parking: Free and secure valet parking.
  • Extras: Complimentary boat transfers to Sapan Thaksin sky train station and downtown. Kasara Executive Lounge for guests in suites with lounge access. Private riverfront dining. Traditional Thai torch-lighting ceremony every evening. Excursions on restored traditional longtail boat.
  • When to Book: Reserve 1-2 months in advance through the year and 2-3 months in advance for December-January.
  • How to Book: Booking.com will have the best rates.
  • Phone: +66 2 365 9110
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Website: anantara.com

Anantara Riverside – Amenities

  • Pool: Large resort-style outdoor pool and jacuzzi surrounded by trees and several sun loungers on the wooden deck.
  • Spa: Luxurious full-service spa with steam rooms offering a wide range of treatments and massages. Customized wellness programs and yoga as well.
  • Fitness Center: Large, well-equipped fitness club with daily classes.
  • For Disabled Guests: Several rooms and suites are disabled-friendly.
  • For Families: Kids club, tennis courts, and table tennis facilities. Kids’ cooking classes.
  • Activities: Muay Thai kickboxing classes. Spice Spoons – Thai cooking classes.
  • Other Facilities: Business center with meeting rooms.

Anantara Riverside – Food and Drink

  • Restaurants & Bars: Benihana – Famous international chain of Japanese steakhouses, featuring delectable sushi and teppanyaki. • Spice & Barley – Lounge with Chinese and South East Asian sharing plates. • Trader Vic’s – Polynesian-themed restaurant and tiki bar where the original Mai Tai was invented. • Riverside Terrace – Thai dishes, seafood, curries, and live stations with live traditional dance performances by the riverfront. Dinner only. • Longtail by the River – Thai snacks, craft beers, and cocktails outdoors by the river. • Brio – Authentic Italian fine dining with wood-fired pizzas. • The Market – Buffet and a la carte breakfast with live cooking stations. • Elephant Bar – Charming old world bar with plush leather chairs, a piano, big screen showing sports events, and premium spirits and cocktails. • Numero Uno Café – Freshly baked bread, homemade chocolates, delicious cakes and pastries, and deli-style sandwiches. • Loy Nam Bar – Poolside swim-up bar serving cocktails, juices, and international snacks. • Manohra Cruises – Private or shared breakfast, lunch, sunset cocktails, or dinner cruises.
  • Lounge: The exclusive Kasara Executive Lounge for guests with Executive Lounge access or the Suite Experience package offers the following complimentary amenities: breakfast (6:30 – 10 am), afternoon tea/coffee (2-4 pm), sundowners (5-7 pm), all-day refreshments, lounge check-in and check-out, personalized concierge, late check-out, iPad use, meeting room use for 1 hour per day, 25% discount at the Elephant Bar, 15% discount on a la carte spa treatments, 25% discount on laundry and dry cleaning, and free unlimited garment pressing. Kasara Foyer next door for kids under 12.
  • Breakfast: May be included in some rates while booking. Huge buffet with live stations in The Market. Also served complimentary in the Kasara Executive Lounge for guests in suites with lounge access.
  • Room Service: 24 hours.

Anantara Riverside – Rooms

  • Room Types: Deluxe Room • Deluxe River View Room • Deluxe Riverfront Room • Deluxe Junior Suite • Family Suite • Junior River View Suite • Anantara Riverfront Suite • Two Bedroom River View Chao Phraya Suite • Loy River Song Stateroom • Loy Dream Stateroom • List of all Rooms
  • Smoking Rooms: All rooms are non-smoking.
  • Best Room: Suites with Executive Lounge access or Suite Experience package. The Anantara Riverfront Suite is the most opulent and features magnificent river views. The 2 Bedroom Suite also features a kitchenette. The on-barge Staterooms offer a unique and luxurious cruise experience.
  • For Families: Most rooms can sleep 1 child in addition to 2 adults. The Two Bedroom Suites and the Loy Dream Stateroom feature 2 bedrooms each and can sleep 4 adults.

Anantara Riverside – Local Transport

  • Walking: The hotel is located on the busy Charoen Nakhorn road, with a good selection of local restaurants, bars, cafés, and shops within walking distance.
  • Metro and Bus: The nearest sky train station is Saphan Taksin, about 15 minutes by the complimentary boat shuttle. There are bus stops on the main road. It’s easy to take a bus in Bangkok if you know the route and stop, but the conductors and drivers don’t speak English.
  • Taxis: Metered taxis are available in plenty, and the hotel staff will easily call one; or use the Grab taxi app. Tuk tuks also dot the street right outside the hotel, but they do not have meters, so bargain hard. Motorcycle taxis are available at every corner, but again, bargain hard.

Anantara Riverside – What’s Nearby?

Recommended Nearby Tours

  • Manohra Cruises – Anantara’s own cruises along the Chao Phraya river in restored traditional boats with curated dining. Upto 20 riverside attractions are covered in each cruise.
  • Grand Palace and Temples Tour – Private 8-hour guided tour of Rattanakosin Island, Grand Palace, Grand Temples, and Wat Pho (Reclining Buddha) with lunch, a boat ride through canals to the Royal Barge Museum, and hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Day Trip to Ayutthaya – Shared 8-hour tour of the ancient city of Ayutthaya about 2 hours north of Bangkok, including guided tours of the Royal Palace, 2 temples, and a floating market. Tour also includes a longtail boat ride and lunch. Pick-up/drop-off is at Times Square building lobby on Sukhumvit Road.
  • Pattaya Day Trip – Day trip to the famous beach destination of Pattaya by private air-conditioned chauffeured car and guide (optional) to see famous spots in the town, visit the beach, shop, and dine, with hotel pick-up and drop-off.
  • Private and Small Group ToursContext Travel offers great private and small group tours with certified guides covering Bangkok, its attractions, the local neighborhood, Chinatown, street food, and night markets.

Best Nearby Restaurants, Bars, and Cafes

Nearby Shopping & Cool Shops

  • Riverside Plaza – Large 4-storyed mall under the Avani+ hotel with several shops, boutiques, restaurants, and cafes.
  • Asiatique The Riverfront – Old warehouse turned into a chic mall with several shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, and bars by the riverfront as well as a ferris wheel. Across the river from the resort.

Nearby Markets or Grocery Stores

Anantara Riverside – The Hotel

Entrance of the hotel

The massive entrance gives a glimpse of what awaits inside the hotel.

Parking area of the hotel

Even the parking area outside is beautifully decorated with flowers and trees.

Hotel lobby decor

An elephant statue adorns the center of the lobby.

Hotel lobby seating

There is plenty of comfortable seating across the lobby.

Hotel decor

Thai ponds, statues, vases, and art are present throughout the property.

Lobby decor

Beautiful murals depicting Thai history can be found on several walls in the hotel.

Jim Thompson boutique

There is a Jim Thompson boutique off the lobby selling luxurious Thai silks.

Pool table

The hotel has a pool table in one of the corners.

Beautiful hotel garden

The gardens are beautifully manicured and great for relaxing.

Hotel garden and pond

The resort-style pool is surrounded by lush greenery, trees, and even ponds.

Hotel location by the river

The hotel is located on the riverfront.

Hotel atrium

The hotel atrium has a large skylight and beautiful modern chandeliers.

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