Arrival Experience: Attracting business and leisure travelers with its comprehensive facilities, resortlike atmosphere and numerous restaurants, the Anantara Riverside is benefiting from a total overhaul that will allow it to compete with the well-known American brands in town. The hotel offers land and water shuttles plus easy access to river taxis for getting into the center of town. The spacious marble lobby has numerous cushioned seating areas where guests can linger to use the free wireless Internet signal or plan their pursuits around town. Staffers are extremely friendly and whisk out chilled towels to refresh arrivals. With three seven-story wings (the South Wing is already fully renovated), there are numerous options for views and room size. Tropical gardens with towering palms meander between the main lobby and toward the adjacent river.
Dining: With 10 restaurant options, it is hard to go hungry here. A branch of the famous Benihana Japanese teppanyaki restaurant is found here and popular with guests and locals. The Italian restaurant sizzles with grilled meat, fresh pizza, and al dente pasta while the Trader Vic’s franchise on the waterfront serves Polynesian fusion fare. The Numero Uno cafe shows minimalist Thai decor, but a more international menu. Longtail Bar is an entertaining venue to watch the boats plying the river during sunset. An oversized buffet at the Riverside Terrace features live classical Thai music and cultural dance shows. Guests can book the dinner cruise that boards from the hotel’s own dock and serves a tasty Thai meal as diners ply the river’s calm waves after sunset.
Rooms: The guest rooms show a solid mix of refreshing and modern Thai decor with crown molding, natural wood furnishings, locally crafted artwork and silk fabrics, hardwood floors, excellent balcony views from riverside rooms. Rooms are under renovation to match the same exacting standards with easy-access power ports, flat-screen cable TVs, DVD players, wide desks with speedy wireless Internet, coffeemakers, and alarm clocks. Bathrooms have stone surfaces and glass shower stalls with tremendous water pressure, makeup mirrors, bottled water, hairdryers, and vanities stocked with all-natural, organic toiletries. Options vary based upon exposure; the river views are preferred, but many guests like having angled views of the pool and river. Premium-level guests also enjoy extras such as a private lounge and check-in with elaborate food presentations, one hour of free Internet use, and luxurious toiletries in guest rooms.
Amenities: The landscaped generously sized riverside pool has a bar with nearby lounge chairs. Guests can nosh on light snacks and cocktails most of the day. The Anantara Spa has a variety of Thai massage and beauty services plus relaxation areas and rooms for couple’s treatments. A full fitness center, two tennis courts, and variety of shops, including a famous Jim Thompson silk boutique, are also onsite. Housekeeping staff is impeccable, and the attention from reception and restaurant staff are prime examples of Thai hospitality. With so many high-end choices in Bangok, the Anantara Riverside hotel will surely not disappoint.