A hidden treat that's perched on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River, Chakrabongse Villas is one of the city's most enchanting hotels. It is ideal for those wanting to avoid Bangkok's glassy international hotels in exchange for something truly unique.
At a Glance
Centrally located, this is a little gem in a big bustling city
This hotel isn't overly luxurious but it's brimming with charm making it completely unique
There are bikes and kayaks for active types wanting to explore independently
You have to book in for lunch and dinner but the food is authentic and delicious
Due to its amazing central location it can seem a little noisy. We feel this adds to the charm but some may find it too much
This charming boutique hotel was built 100 years ago as the residence of Prince Chakrabongse, son of King Rama. It now belongs to his granddaughter Narisa: her private residence is next to the buildings which house the rooms and suites of the hotel.James Ferguson
Make sure you eat at least once at Chakrabongse Villas! Even though it's too small to have a conventional restaurant they do have an excellent chef who'll prepare some of the finest Thai food you've tasted at an amazingly reasonable price - just give them 24 hours notice!James Ferguson
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Surrounded by Bangkok's skyscrapers and dazzling temples, Chakrabongse Villas is a tiny hotel that sits in the heart of Bangkok's old city. It's ideally located for exploring this fascinating city. Seven individual suites and rooms snuggle within jungle like gardens that surround the original palace. They are completely unique; some with carved teak wood panelling, others with ornate four poster beds. Some even have kitchenettes, making it ideal for couples and families wanting the option to self-cater a little.
Breakfast is served adjacent to the river with Thai and continental options. Lunch and dinner need to be booked in advance but you'll be rewarded with heavenly curries and fresh fish in a truly intimate location. The recipes are the Royal Families' own and have been passed down from generation to generation.
Other facilities include a pool surrounded by flowering trees, in-villa massages and complimentary kayaks and bikes for those looking for a little more adventure. They also have their own long-tailed boat that can be booked for ad-hoc trips.
Don't expect luxury but do expect bundles of charm and history at Chakrabongse. We also love the fact this boutique hotel sits in such a central location with river views and Wat Arun (the Temple of Dawn) sitting just in the distance.
There are seven beautiful rooms and suites in total that are all completely different. There are four independent suites that we would recommend as these are more specious. Choose from the River View Suite, the Garden Suite, the Chinese Suite and the Thai House. The River View Suites face Chao Praya River, whilst the Garden Suite and Thai house face into the wonderful lawns and luminous gardens. In a separate annexe there are three smaller rooms.
There are no specific facilities but the hotel does welcome children.
There's a restaurant that serves Western and tasty Thai cuisine along with a crisp swimming pool, in villa massages and a long tail boat for. You'll also find bicycles and kayaks.
Location & Directions
Chakrabongse Villas is located in the heart of Old Bangkok on the banks of Chao Phraya River. It's not far from Wat Pho and The Grand Palace.
When to go
Bangkok is a year round destination. November to April are often the best months to visit Bangkok with the least rain. Temperatures are comfortable until March when the humidity increases. May, September and October are the wettest months and between June and August, you can still visit Bangkok although you will get some rain.