Staying by the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok is a beautiful thing to do. I have had that opportunity when I stayed with Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside. Most of the expensive and iconic hotels are by the side of the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok.
Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside is a five star property. I had a lavish room with an equally nice bathroom at my disposal for my stay. I wonder what was going through my head that I clicked a picture of the view from my room but not of the room itself!
Asiatic, the famous night market, is right across the hotel but our days were so packed that we could never hop across it!
I had read about this legendary fruit, Durian, and the smell it causes which leads to it getting banned in hotels. But at Ramada for the first time I actually saw a board saying No Durian allowed! I have now tasted this fleshy and sweet fruit. When fresh it doesn’t smell bad at all. But I was told if I kept it for a while, I would realize why the notices are put!
I could see the swimming pool from my room at the hotel, I crossed it when I went to the dining area right across the river but I never found time to use the pool. And that brings me to the next topic, food.
I had a buffet lunch and breakfast at Ramada. Both the meals were good. There were plenty of options for vegetarians to choose from. They had an excellent dessert buffet at lunch, I was actually spoiled for choice!
I had a chance to interact with the hotel manager and I so like his concern for accessibility throughout his hotel. He actually took us to a room which was completely wheelchair accessible. We also went to the club floor which was an exclusive area for the club room guests of the hotel. The view of the Bangkok City from the club floor was simply gorgeous.
To me it felt that Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside was an older property but I quite liked it, it had character. I would say if you are looking for a place which would not break your bank and yet be by the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok you should certainly consider Ramada Plaza.
PS. My stay at Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside was sponsored by TAT New Delhi.
I started my India travel blog, Travel Tales from India in 2005. In 2016 I realized Travel Tales from India and Abroad better reflected my writings. I love to walk and ride in metros around the world. I have not been everywhere, I am not even close, but it is on my list. I also quit my job as a professor in 2015, it was a happening year! I did a Ph.D. from IIT Kanpur ages ago!
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