Situated on the banks of the Chao Phraya River, the Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside is something of an icon in its neighbourhood. When it was first built over 30 years ago, it was by far and away the tallest building in its locale. Today the hotel is still a magnet for visitors looking for a relaxed city stay by the river and for locals wanting to enjoy its many dining options.
Easily reached by car and via a dedicated ferry service that plies the stretch of river between the hotel and Taksin bridge throughout the day, the Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside is also conveniently situated for local attractions and sightseeing. Just next door is the vibrant Asiatique shopping arcade, while the River City Shopping Complex, Yanawa Temple and Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn are a short boat ride away. The hotel is also only 40 minutes from the airport via the nearby expressway.
Having recently undergone a non-intrusive upgrade to many of its floors – we stayed on the refurbished Executive Club Floor, a delightfully private area decorated in contemporary Thai style with its own dining, afternoon tea and cocktail facilities – the Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside provides an impressive welcome. This is provided General Manager Klaus Sennik, a veteran of Bangkok’s hospitality scene, and his accommodating staff, many of whom have been with the hotel for decades. Their professionalism and affability make for a pleasantly relaxed family atmosphere.
All 525 guest rooms are equipped with the modern amenities that you’d expected at a hotel of this stature. Indeed, the comfort of the surroundings make this a great place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. The majority of the Grand Deluxe Rooms overlook the pool and river. For our visit we were accommodated in a vast Executive Terrace Suite , which has a wonderful balcony offering sweeping views up and down the river below. The suite comprises a large bedroom with king sized bed, a separate lounge with sofas and coffee table, a study area with a work desk and a kitchenette with a well-stocked mini-bar and tea and coffee making facilities – a rarity at many hotels these days.
In addition to the plush rooms, this riverside icon boasts other services for both the business and leisure traveler. Complimentary WiFi is available throughout the hotel and the business center includes audio-visual equipment in function rooms designed to hold between 10-650 people. There are also computer stations and a secretarial service if needed. Spa lovers will enjoy the tranquility of the Massira Wellness and Spa center, while fitness fanatics will appreciate the state-of-the-art ‘Life Fitness’ exercise machines at the fitness centre. When you’ve worked up a sweat, you can cool off in the large outdoor pool at the heart of the hotel.
One of the biggest attractions of the Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside is its variety of dining options. There are 5 restaurants and 3 bars in total. The [email protected] offers scrumptious local and international buffets as well as a big choice main dishes cooked to order in an open kitchen. If you visit on a Friday night, you’ll be able to indulge in a fantastic seafood buffet. The Eurasian Grill serves up premium imported steaks and fine fish dishes, while the famous Ah Yat Abalone Forum Restaurant offers some of the best seafood to be found anywhere in the city cooked in the Hong Kong style. Those with a sweet tooth will love the range of freshly baked pastries and cakes at the Dessert Dream Bakery.
The dining outlets at the hotel will be doing brisk business in early November, particularly on the 6th of the month. The [email protected] and Wave restaurant both look out onto the hotel’s wide river frontage, making the Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside a popular place at which to celebrate the Loy Krathong Festival. After a fine meal, many local families and hotel guests gather on the terrace to float their Kratongs on the river, making a beautiful spot even more magical in the process.
Ramada Plaza Bangkok Menam Riverside
2074 Charoenkrung Rd, Bangkorlaem | 0 2688 1000