Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside
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Historical Traveler Reviews Ramada Plaza Menam Riverside Bangkok
Baht Better Spent Elsewhere
Despite being assured that the construction would be done by the time we arrived, it was not. The hallways are very dark - the decor reminded me of the old fake wood basement den wall paneling from the 70's. Musty smell everywhere with paint smell over it. During the day, there was also burning-smelling construction work every day in the hallway, with workers sitting in the halls blocking the way. Not nice!
They put us in a very very small unfinished room for our first 3 nights (no shower curtain, leaking toilet plumbing, terrible tv reception, no view, couldn't open windows). No complimentary waters. When we returned for a fourth night later in the week, we got a much better room with an actual view & complimentary waters, but were already soured on the place by then.
Decent internet access - a little slow, and with a 3 hour minimum (you pay for 3 hours, whether you'll use them or not). Expensive minibar, but it at least has the local Mekong whisky. :)
The front doormen (inside & outside) are super helpful & friendly, but the front desk staff are rude & dismissive.
The hotel's shuttle boat schedule is neither generous, nor convenient. However, the regular Express Shuttle boat around the corner is cheap, fast, & excellent (what the locals use), with convenient stops along both sides of the river.
The breakfast buffet was surprisingly good. The buffet on the main floor is better than the buffet on the lower floor, but the lower floor has river's edge seating.
Nice looking hotel in the superficial public areas (lobby, pool), but severely lacking in individual service. It is supposed to be a 3-star hotel, moving up to a 4-star after construction is done, but I do not plan to stay there again & feel my baht would have been better spent somewhere else closer to the action.
Awesome pool area, building outdated
I spent six nights at the Menam Riverside, which is located slightly south of Downtown Bangkok on the left bank of the main river. The hotel has recently undergone a main refurbishment, which was unfortunately not fully completed on arrival although promised at the time of booking. The lobby is breathtaking and designed in Thai tradition, while the pool area offers a lot of comfort and relaxation. The building itself is still a shame, and only a few rooms have been upgraded. They're spacious but pretty old featuring an expensive minibar, efficient aircondition, a boring view depending on your location and an uninviting bathroom with a tube. Furthermore, there is a strange smell in the rooms, which can be removed by operating the aircondition regularly. Hallways are dark, and elevators sometimes needless due to approx. 18 floors serving.
Breakfast has a wide selection from Western cuisine to Thai rice dishes. You can sit at the patio, and enjoy the first rays of the sun while having your coffee. The pool area is decorated nicely having enough sun beds with free towels embedded in a tropical garden.
The hotel owns a boat, which takes passengers from the hotel-owned pier to the central pier free of charge, where the Skytrain terminates and several river boats call.
The boat service is not always useful, you can alternatively go 5-7 minutes to the next ordinary pier of the scheduled river boats, which are very cheap and take you everywhere along the river.
The Menam is probably not the best choice, but the surroundings are mostly quiet, and you can reach most sights perfectly by boat. The pool area is very relaxing and the employees try their best to make you feel comfortable.
Having booked for six nights in a Thai Suite back in January this year I was a little worried to see the hotel still had renovations work going on. An email just before I left in mid Oct assured me I would not be distrubed by any noise.
I was shocked when I arrived to find the front and ground floor of the hotel looking like a building site, but was soon on the 16th floor and must say what a nice room it was. I could however hear banging all the time so decided to go out hoping all would be quiet after 6 pm.
The free boat shuttle (approx every hour)the hotel offers does however have to be booked or else it does not run so this means you must know what time you wish to return.
Dismayed when I returned about 8 pm to still find chaos I ventured into the Executive lounge which offers free drinks and snacks if you stay in a Suite. The only thing on offer was a cup of coffee and a biscuit.
By 10.30 pm when I could stand the banging no longer I rang reception to find out when it would quieten down - midnight I was informed and would start again at 8 am. At just after 11 pm when the staff had left the 16th floor the drilling began and it sounded as if it was in the next room.
Next morning I ventured down to the 15th floor to see if this was the source of the drilling - yes the whole floor was being refurbished. I complained and asked if the noise could finish by 10 pm in order that I could sleep. The hotel just did not want to know and only offered me free breakfast thoughout my stay. Needless to say I checked out straight away.
I was most dissapointed with the hotel and felt it quite unreasonable that they should expect guests to put up with banging, drilling and the smell of paint for 16 hours a day. Also the hotel is a good way out from the centre of town so not the best location for sightseeing with its poor connection service to the skytrain.
Good hotel but too far from Skytrain
Nice enough hotel, stayed 3 nights in a room with a great river view. Room service was good, likewise breakfast in the restaraunt.
Staff very friendly and provided very good service.
Bit far to walk to the Skytrain and getting a cab took almost as long as walking.
Felt like Royalty
We spent the last 2 nights of our holiday in Thailand at the Menam Riverside hotel, and for around £60 per night we had a River view suite on the Royal Thai floor (a floor with separate check-in facilities and lounge with free snacks and drinks available). I have to say we were made to feel like royalty. Our room was amazing, we booked through the hotel website and got one of their special deals which included free transfers Airport-Hotel-Airport, a free buffet at their Seafood River Terrace restaurant, late check-out (which was greatly appreciated as our return flight to the UK was at 1 am) along with a long list of other extras. It seemed that we had been upgraded for free to the next room type up, this is normally only offered if you stay for 3 nights or more.
I have to say that the hotel doesn't look much from the outside but inside it's gorgeous. The buffet at the Seafood River Terrace was unbelievable-I've never eaten so much crab and lobster! Another thing that I thought was a lovely touch were the ladies playing traditional Thai music in the lobby each evening.
The only slightly negative point that I have is there didn't seem much to do nearby and it looked a bit shabby along the main road right at the back of the hotel. However, this wasn't a problem for our short stay as we found that their free shuttle boat (which only runs every 2 hours till 11pm) was very handy as it dropped us off at the Saphan Taksin Sky Train station. There is also a public river taxi service which runs until about 7pm for a very small price.
I would definitely stop here again and it was well worth paying for one of their promotional packages.
Great views, good service
I appreciate what the previous post says about the hotel being a little dated but would reccommedn the Menam to others. This is because the hotel overall provided excellent service and brilliant amentities for the price.
The location is good if you want to be able to breathe in Bangkok. We stayed here for a few nights at the start of our trip and found it a great base for getting the know the city. The rooms have great views of either the pool and river or the city - try and get a room high up.
For a hotel, the Thai restaurant was very good - food was of a high level and value for money. The pool is very clean and pretty and there are plenty of sunbathing opportunities by the pool or on the sundeck that runs alongside the river.
The rooom was spacious - furnishings a little old - but some comfortable and some nice Thia touches to the decor.
Near the hotel is a busy traditional Thai street with lots of street food and hustle and bustle. There is also a snooker club near where the riverboat runs from. It was tatty but we found it to be a good place to have a few drinks and play some snooker.
Overall a good hotel with caring staff.
Very old and needs update
We've stayed there in November 2004 during Loy Kratong. The lobby was very nice and welcoming, but the rooms were something else. The bathroom ceiling was old rotting wood, the bed sank when we sat on it, the carpet had strange stains, and the furniture were all very old. I would not stay there again. It did not feel clean.