Indulge yourself. Take the journey to discover
the real enduring hidden gems and relax in freedom
while Bangkok is screaming.
Be ready to lose yourself and get lost in time. Stroll along the small alleys that lead you to the secret place well-hidden from the past.
Enjoy the moment in a “Sabai Sabai” (in Thai meaning chill out) ambience.
Let the mind wander to the vibrant Chaopraya River
while enjoying your timeless holidays.
"A five star guesthouse"
"THERE ARE FEW TIMES ONE CAN GIVE
5-STARS TO A GUESTHOUSE. BUT WHEN
IT IS ABOUT RIVERVIEW GUESTHOUSE
IN BANGKOK IT IS POSSIBLE."
ERIK ROBERT NAESLUND, SWEDEN,
OUR FRIEND FOR 20 YEARS
“They have something which even the real five star hotels in Bangkok miss; open-air balconies overlooking the river and its fascinating life. The rooms are big and clean, friendly staff, situated in a special area with its early morning markets and just next to the exiting Chinatown. Add to this also the nice roof top restaurant with a beautiful outlook over Bangkok - plus good Thai food - and one can find it happy to be in Bangkok. It is an extra advantage to be able to avoid the car queues and instead have an express-boat stop just nearby, at Harbor Department.
This place is full of good things. One more is the very cheap prices – like 10 Euro for a double room with balcony, fan + big shower room and toilet. I found this place 15 years ago and have lived there as many times and always been happy there."
Reviewed October 26, 2013
Out grown or tried of the freak parade on Khao San Road? Then try this genuine Thai neighborhood hotel. It may be a little hard to find but that’s the beauty of it. No touts or tuk tuk drivers bothering you, just everyday life happening around you.
I stay here every time I pass through Bangkok because first and foremosst it’s safe. And your belongings are safe. The housekeepers are friendly and honest. You could drop 500 baht on the floor and they’d put it on your nightstand. And the front desk doesn’t allow anyone to just enter the hotel.
The rooftop restaurant is wonderful and has great view and the staff up there are really friendly. Good place to hang out either in the sun or under roof. Free Wi-Fi also.
The location is great. As others have said, 15 min. to the train station where you can catch the MRT (underground) which can take you to the airport in an hour, 10 min. to Chinatown, 5 to the river boats, and 8 to the bus stand that takes to you to MBK and Siam Square.
Lots of cool temples in the area also.
The rooms are clean and have fast Wi-Fi. The lobby is brand new and has free internet. And they have great towels, big and fluffy.
The view of the Chao Phraya River is the same you get from the Orchid Sheraton or the Hilton Millionium and maybe better because you can see Wat Arun from River View... for a fraction of the price.
I love the place. Everyone is nice to me and I’ll always return.
Room Tip: 6th and 7th floor rooms are the best. City view room aren’t bad for the price because you can...
Reviewed October 3, 2012
The hotel itself is mearly OK - nothing wrong with it, Clean and has all the basic requirements. but a bit dated and some of the walls are paper thin. Some rooms are being renovated so I'd say that this will improve over time.
Location wise this place is great - near to the river, the skytrain and the main train station. It's a little hard to find and down a bit of a random lane, but once you follow a map it is well signposted.
What makes this place great is the rooftop bar - just across from the Hilton hotel so with a similar view I don't think you'll find something as good for anything close to the price (starts 400 bht (roughly!) for their most basic room which I stayed in
and had no complaints about.
The food in the rooftop bar was also great (or at least breakfast was - didn't have a dinner here) and the atmosphere was nice and chilled.
Recommended for those who don't plan to spend much time in their rooms.
Room Tip: Better views the higher up you go! but also a higher price.
Reviewed September 2, 2012
I opted for a cheap fan room with private bathroom, cold water for 450 THB, plenty of light but no view of the river. No real drama as the view from the restaurant
on the roof, River Vibe is awesome.
It's maybe a 10 minute walk from Hualompong , the central railway station, and almost on the river. You can get a boat up and down the river, walk to China town or just enjoy the view. The Thai food on the roof is very good, but don't expect the western food to be more than passable. If you're heading to Cambodia and want a similar feel and excellent western food as well as great Khmer food and an awesome view of the ocean and islands check out Chil-axn
Room Tip: I opted for a cheap fan room with private bathroom, cold water for 450 THB, plenty of light but no view of the river. No real drama as the view from the restaurant on the roof, River Vibe is awesome.”
Reviewed February 19, 2012
I stayed 17 nights @ the Riverview in January 2012 and have no complaints at all. On the contrary. It was my first visit to Bangkok and I was glad I ended up at this hotel (on advise of the Rough Guide) and not on Khao San Road, where I spent exactly 30 minutes. What a mess! Chinatown, the neighbourhood of the Riverview, is much more real. And once you get to know it a little, you'll see that with the public transport of Bangkok, it's pretty close to a lot of the major attractions.
The public transport of Bangkok IS a major attraction, by the way.
I had a very nice Urban Chique room (636) on the sixth floor with a rather spectacular view over the city, a walk-in shower for washing of BKK-smog and heat, table and seats for some serious reading-sessions, two good beds (only one needed), fridge, television (not needed with a view like that),... It seemed a bit strange to spend nights in such a room after eight monts of backpacking. Can I really afford this?
The best part of the hotel is, like many people on this site noticed, the Rivervibe Bar/Restaurant. The first time you get up there, is breathtaking. And the next times too. The service is attentive and friendly, the food is super, the beers cold.
It's an excellent place to chill after a hot day in the city.
In January, the people of the hotel were in the process of renovating the older rooms. They worked there way down and only 1.5 floors are left. Make sure you get one of the newer rooms when you make a reservation. And I think it is better to make one, because the way the things are going, this place will be fully booked all year round. An enormous value for your money!!!
To all the people who complain about the floods. Be ashamed.
Cheers to the people of the Riverview!
Perched on the river in Chinatown, far from the backpacker ghetto, this is a fantastic choice for those who really want to see and feel Bangkok. Above the basic rooms sits a wonderful rooftop restaurant with magnificent views and a breeze worth gold in this town.
You'll find the River View among narrow laneways where the motor of daily life turns
and hums, men weld in scrap metal kingdoms and women ladle out noodle soup.
Birds squawk from wooden cages as cats skulk in shadowed doorways. This is true local living. If you are happy without air-con, the fan rooms are the ones with the wonderful views over the river and the adjacent pagoda, and those without bathrooms have balconies. More expensive rooms have less vista but come with air-con, wooden furnishings and fridge. OK, so the mattresses are crummy and the bathrooms could do with a scrub - get a massage for your back, wear flip-flops in the shower and then
go chill out at the wonderful rooftop restaurant/bar. There you have an exceptional panorama over Chinese dragons and the city sprawl with the Chao Phraya river snaking majestically through it all.
AUTHOR EXPERIENCE The rooftop is a wonderful spot to read or write, sip a beer or eat some inexpensive Thai food - particularly at sunset when Bangkok turns its lights on and becomes a lady of the night. Around the corner on soi Wanit 2, across from the Harbour Department, a little stall called Pet Tun Jao Tha has rice noodles with roasted or stewed duck.
This special little place is deep in the heart of Chinatown, only 5 minutes from the railroad station, and a stone's throw from the river. It is not particularly comfortable, but the atmosphere of the busy neighborhood and nearby Chinese temples and shops (and, of course, the river views) attract visitors in search of an immersion experience. Part of the appeal is that to get here you'll have to wander through the neighboring sois, lanes, and labyrinthine alleys. Rooms are nothing special, just guesthouse basic, but some have great views and dining at their rooftop restaurant is an experience in itself.
Note: Be sure to grab a business card at the front desk so you can find your way home once you've checked-in (dropping breadcrumbs won't quite do it).
This family-run hotel is one of the only budget accommodations that overlooks the river. The eighth-floor coffee shop has a great view. The accommodations may remind you of college dorm rooms (though they have far fewer amenities than the average dorm), but they're clean and comfortable. The staff will go out of its way for you, even staying up to accommodate late flights (someone sleeps downstairs during the night, in case you need something). One drawback is that tuk-tuk drivers sometimes have difficulty finding the place. The easiest way to find it is to head north from the Royal Orchid Sheraton; you can see the guesthouse's sign pointing down a side street. 45 rooms. Restaurant; no a/c in some rooms, no room TVs. AE.