We had just spent the day exploring Bangkok’s Grand Palace, and the great reclining Buddha at Wat Pho. As we headed back towards the river to catch a boat home, I took us down the wrong ally. Little did I know, it would be one of the best wrong turns I ever made.
At the end of the ally, perched over the mighty Choa Praya river, was the hotel restaurant Sala Rattanakosin. Everyone on my Runaway Thailand tour was sweaty, soggy, exhausted and totally templed out. Despite this we took one last chance. We decided to climb the 4 floors to the top.
The Roof Top Bar At Sala Rattanakosin
The Bar at the top seemed to float above the river. Below us we’re dozens of long-tail boats criss-crossing between 5 boat long barges and neon covered cruise ships. Across the river was Wat Arun (Temple Of Dawn), its white spires reflecting the setting sun. To our left the iconic orange temple roofs juxtaposed by skyscrapers outlined the winding river. And behind us, the golden rooftop tiles of Grand Palace and Wat Pho glistened. With a beer in my hand, I decided that one day I would stay at Sala Rattanakosin.
The Riverview Suite At Sala Rattanakosin
Fast forward 2 years, and today I’m writing to you from the suite at this remarkable boutique hotel. This suite epitomizes contemporary luxury.
It’s main feature, floor to ceiling windows on two sides with uninhibited views of Wat Arun and the Chao Praya river. Aside from the view, the room includes a huge bathtub, viking sized couch, and lots of freebies such as homemade medicinal teas & dried fruits. I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves.
One of the perks of staying here, whether you book a Standard Room or the Riverview Suite, is the included breakfast. With a view of the water, you can choose from 10 options each perfected by the hotels British chef. So of course, I had to give the Full English a go. Along with breakfast comes freshly baked bread with homemade mango, strawberry and pineapple jams.
After experiencing the breakfast I couldn’t not indulge in the lunch and dinner menus. Although it is relatively pricey for Thailand, with lunch entrees averaging around 12$ and dinner about 16$, the quality of the ingredients combined with the fusion of western and Thai flavors, plus the artful plating, makes it an experience well worth the price.
How did I Manage To Afford This?
Leif, I thought you were broke as, how are you staying in the suite? Surprisingly, this hotel isn’t as expensive as you might think. The standard room goes for as low as 87$/night, which really isn’t that bad for two people if you factor in the incredible included breakfast.
This hotel also has some promotions throughout the year. For example, this month of May they offered 20% off all rooms.
Personally, I managed to afford the suite by using my Chase reward points I received by signing up for their Chase Sapphire Reserve card. So luckily, it was pretty much free for these two nights. If you’re looking for a travel credit card, this one is definitely the best.
Admittedly, it’s pretty dang expensive for Thailand. The food is pricey and so are the drinks (10$/cocktail). But considering the floating sensation, the atmosphere, the service, the freebies, and location in the heart of Bangkok, it’s definitely worth it. I’ve never felt more like a G than here.
Peace and Love,