Anantara Riverside Bangkok
The Anantara Riverside Bangkok is a classic style luxury riverside resort on the banks of the Chao Phraya River in Thailand. The colonial-era style building has a stunning location, set in large tropical grounds with a large central pool & fantastic river views. The Anantara Riverside has more of a resort atmosphere due to its low rise structure & secluded location on a quiet part of the river. The result is a feeling of not being in a city while being in a city. Anantara Riverside has all the facilities & quality of service that you would expect from a luxury resort as well as one of the best selection of hotel dining options in Bangkok.
Anantara Riverside History
The Anantara Riverside Bangkok (originally the Marriot Riverside) opened in 1992 occupying three connecting colonial-style buildings in a lush tropical garden setting.?
Anantara Riverside Location
The Anantara Riverside Bangkok is located on the west bank of the Chao Phraya River, a 10-minute boat journey to the BTS Skytrain & express riverboat pier. A complimentary hotel shuttle boat runs every 30 minutes from early morning until midnight. Just behind the hotel is the Riverside Plaza, a community mall containing shops, cafes, restaurants, banks & a children?s play center.?
Anantara Riverside Bangkok Rooms & Suites
The accommodation comprises 281 rooms & 95 suites tastefully decorated in an elegant contemporary style blended with traditional Thai style furnishings & artwork. The Anantara Riverside Bangkok rooms & suites are available in 9 categories from deluxe double rooms to ultra-luxury stateroom suites.?
All of the Anantara Riverside Bangkok rooms come equipped with modern facilities. Basic room facilities include
- double or twin beds
- garden, city, river or riverfront view
- private balcony
- shower & bathtub
- large flat-screen cable TV & DVD Player
- sitting area?
- writing desk
- tea & coffee maker
- towels & toiletries.?
The Anantara Riverside Bangkok rooms & suites have a private balcony with seating. Suites feature a separate living area with a sofa, one or two bedrooms, 2/3 TV & DVD, iPad/iPod dock, & a dining area.
Anantara Riverside Bangkok Facilities
Anantara Riverside Bangkok has excellent facilities. The staff speaks 7 languages, English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese & Thai.?
- 24-hour reception
- 24-hour room service
- Large Swimming Pool
- Fitness Center
- Sports Center
- Cooking Class
- Shuttle Boat
- Coffee Shop
- Snack Bar
- Luggage Storage
- Currency Exchange
- Wheelchair Access?
- Business Center
- Free WiFi?
- Beauty Salon
- Gift/Souvenir Shop
- Dry Cleaning
- A kids Club & Playground?
- Babysitting Service
Chang Noi Kids Club
If you have younger children, the Chang Noi kids club features a large playroom with TV, DVD, games, puzzles, books, soft toys & more.? Activities include painting, & art & craft making.?
Anantara Riverside Bangkok Restaurants
Anantara Riverside Bangkok restaurants are some of the best hotel dining options in the city.? There are 9 dining options including Thai, Chinese, Seafood, Steak, Italian, Japanese, BBQ & International Buffets.?
- Numero Uno Cafe ? A bakery-cafe with freshly baked bread, deli sandwiches, pastries, cakes & over 100 types of chocolate! Also artisan coffee, teas, smoothies & more in a classy elephant inspired setting. A la Carte menu featuring breakfasts, salads, soups, snacks, burgers, curries & pizza. Open daily 10.00-20.00.
- Benihana ? A Japanese teppanyaki steakhouse restaurant serving grilled meats, seafood, sushi, Sashimi, desserts & premium sake. Tableside cooking. Open daily 12.00-20.00.
- Trader Vic?s ? Asian, Polynesian & Hawaiian pacific rim cuisine served in a Polynesian themed house, a tropical garden or a riverside deck. The bar specializes in cocktails, with over 50 unique signature creations to choose from. Trader Vic?s is credited with inventing the Mai Tai cocktail & the original blend is only served here. Nightly live music. Open daily from 17.00-24.00 (dinner 18.00-23.00).?
- Spice & Barley ? Asian Gastro Lounge with an innovative Chinese/South East Asian dining menu & an exclusive selection of Belgian beers.
- Riverside Terrace ? An International buffet by the riverside featuring Thai, Asian, Indian, Pacific & Mediterranean cuisines including fresh seafood. Live cooking stations prepare dishes to order. A highlight is the accompanying Thai dance & Hanuman cultural performances.? Open 18.00-22.00 daily. Cultural Show at 19.30.
- Brio ? Authentic rustic style Italian ristorante & pizzeria serving pasta, wood-fired pizza, steaks, fish & classic Italian desserts. Open daily 12.00-22.00.
- The Market ? International Buffet Breakfast served from 06.00-10.30 daily in an air-conditioned dining room or alfresco on the riverside terrace.
Manohra Dinner Cruise?
The Manohra is a restored traditional antique teakwood rice barge that has been converted into a floating restaurant. The Manohra dinner cruise departs every evening from the Anantara Pier to take a 2-hour cruise of the Chao Phraya River while you enjoy an intimate gourmet Thai dinner. The set menu of classic Thai signature dishes includes starters, appetizers, soup, main dishes & dessert. Alcoholic drinks including a selection of wines are available. The cruise departs at 19.30 returning at 21.30. Riverside landmarks that you will see include Wat Arun, Grand Palace, Santa Cruz Church, Holy Rosary Church, Memorial Bridge, Kian Un Keng, Guan Yu Shrine & Asiatique.
Dining by Design
Dining by design is an exclusive romantic dining experience. You can choose between dining in a private riverside Thai Sala or aboard your own private restored rice barge cruising on the Chao Phraya River as the sunsets. You can design your own menu which will be prepared by a personal chef & served by a personal butler. Two glasses of wine per person are included. The cost is 9000 baht per couple plus tax & service. There is an additional charge of 20000 baht if you choose the cruise option. You need to book 24 hours in advance.??
Anantara Riverside Bangkok Bars
Anantara Riverside Bangkok has three bars. Longtail By The River is an alfresco riverside bar. It?s a great early evening hang out while watching the sunset, taking in the river views & enjoying rustic Thai snacks & craft beer. Open daily from 13.00-01.00, Kitchen closes at 22.30.
The Elephant Bar is the Anantara?s comfy lounge bar. Live Sport is shown on the big screen & there is a central pool table where you can challenge fellow guests or friends. Live music is provided by a piano player. There is an extensive selection of premium spirits as well as cocktails, wines & beer. A bar snack menu is available if you need to eat. Open from 15.00-24.00 daily.
The Anantara also has a swim-up pool cocktail bar, Loy Nam.?There is also a sunny pool deck & a shady garden area with table seating. A Thai & international snack menu is served poolside. The bar is open from 10.00-19.00 with a daily happy hour from 16.00-18.00.?
Attitude Rooftop Bar
Attitude Rooftop Bar is not officially part of the Anantara but is located just behind the Anantara on the roof of the sister Avani Riverside Hotel. The bar is super cool with dramatic views of the river & the Asiatique. There is also Seen Restaurant which specializes in imported seafood. Attitude & Seen are open from 18.00-01.00 daily.
Fitness & Wellness Center
Anantara Riverside Bangkok has a large 24 hour state of the art fitness center. The following facilities & activities are available.
- Aerobic Machines
- Weight Training Facilities
- Power Step
- Muay Thai Boxing
- Floodlit Tennis Court
- Steam Room
The Anantara Spa offers a wide range of luxurious treatments & unique programs to relax & heal your mind, body & soul using both traditional Thai & western techniques.
Anantara Spa Services
Spa treatments are available from 10.00 to 22.00 daily. Minimum age 18. Spa treatments range from 500 to 8,000 baht plus tax & service. Non-guests are welcome. 1 to 5 day wellness packages are 7000 to 30,000 baht.
Anantara Riverside Swimming Pool
The Anantara has one of the largest hotel pools in Bangkok. It has a wonderful location in the central garden area with shaded sun loungers surrounding the pool, set amongst tropical trees.?
There is a poolside bar with a swim-up service area. The pool is open from 06.00-22.00.
Spice Spoons Cooking School
Spice Spoons is the Anantara?s Thai cooking school offering immersive classes in how to prepare & cook your favorite Thai dishes. The cooking classes are held either on a converted rice barge or in the Spice Spoons kitchen at the Market Restaurant. The course is taught by the Anantara?s chefs and will teach you all about Thai food & how to create classic Thai dishes at home. The course includes a trip to a local market to source ingredients, as well as instruction & supervision in preparing & cooking 4 classic Thai dishes. At the end of the class, you get to eat your creations by the riverside. Reservations need to be made 48 hours in advance.
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Riverside Plaza is a modern lifestyle mall located directly behind the Anantara. The mall contains a 7-11, Starbucks, Burger King, Sizzler, Pizza Company, Coffee Club, Dairy Queen, Boots Chemist, a Muay Thai Boxing Academy, a Kids Play Center, Banks & a 12 Victory Currency Exchange. There are also restaurants and a market area featuring clothing, bags, gifts & accessories. The mall is open from 10.00-22.00 daily. If you are not staying at the hotel you can still use the Anantara Riverside Shuttle Boat to visit the mall.
Anantara Riverside Shuttle Boat
The hotel has its own mini-fleet of restored teakwood boats. Services from the hotel pier go to Sathorn Pier.
- Sathorn Pier (for BTS) ? every 15-30 minutes from early morning until midnight
The Anantara Riverside Shuttle Boat service is for Anantara & Avani guests only though you may use the boats if you are going to & from the hotel for meetings, dining, drinking, visiting the spa, taking a cooking class, or visiting Riverside Plaza.
Anantara Riverside Shuttle Boat
Shuttle Boat Timetable
There are no famous sights near the hotel. Asiatique is one of Bangkok?s most popular night time haunts with bars, restaurants, shops, shows, a giant Ferris wheel & a market. It is on the opposite side of the river to the hotel but is easily accessible by taxi.? Read more here.
- First Presbyterian Church Samray ? A distinctive looking small church on the riverbank. Open early evening.
- Wat Baannaamchohn ? A small temple a few minutes walk from the hotel
Want to see more? Check out this video to learn more about this beautiful riverside hotel in Bangkok.
Book Your Stay at the Anantara?
The resort is one of the most exclusive & luxurious hotels on the Bangkok riverside. The rack rates for Rooms & suites are from 3500 to 40,000 baht per room/suite per night. A tax of 17% is added to all prices. The more exclusive rooms & suites should be booked in advance. Check out the latest offers on Agoda & Bookingcom here
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How to get to Anantara Riverside Bangkok
Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK) ??If you are staying at the Anantara, we recommend you take a private transfer from the airport. There are three classes to choose from. Click on the link for more information & booking.?
A VIP Meet & Greet service is available that includes fast-track immigration clearance, a hostess to escort you to your waiting transport & a porter for your luggage. Check here for details & booking.
Don Mueang Airport ? From Don Mueang, you can take a private or shared transfer. There are two classes to choose from. Click on the link for more information & booking.?
Taxi ? The hotel can arrange a taxi for you or you can hail one on the street. Beware of taxis that hang around on the street near the hotel. These taxis do not use the meter, overcharge & will try to take you to fake gem shops & worse. Never ask a taxi driver for recommendations, they will only take you to places that pay them a commission.
Tuk-Tuk ? If you would like to use a tuk-tuk, walk up to Charoen Nakorn Road & hail a passing one. The same as for taxis, avoid ones that park & hang around near the hotel for the same reasons as taxis above.
BTS Skytrain ? Take the hotel shuttle boat to Sathorn Pier. Saphan Taksin BTS Station is next to the pier. Alternatively, take a taxi from the hotel to Talat Phlu BTS Station, a 10-minute taxi ride. The BTS Skytrain is one of the most convenient ways to get around Bangkok.
Hotel Shuttle Boat ? The Anantara Riverside Shuttle Boat runs from the Anantara Pier to Sathorn Pier.?
Chao Phraya Express & Tourist Boats ? Both the Express (Orange Flag) & Tourist (Blue Flag) call at Sathorn Pier.?