Narai Hotel Review

Silom - Bangkok

NARAI HOTEL REVIEW

Named after King Narai the Great of Thailand, known for establishing diplomatic relations with European countries during the Ayutthaya period, the Narai Hotel’s lobby captures the essence of traditional opulence with its central columns, grand staircase and elaborate flower arrangements.

Its concrete exterior might not be the most inviting of structures, but the broad smiles and for the most part genuine interest in the well-being of guests is where the Narai really excels. Also its central location, comfortable accommodation and wide range of facilities.

 


What’s it like?

While the hotel’s public spaces adopt a traditional and somewhat classic approach to décor, most guestrooms are contemporary and minimal with neutral tones and a splash of colour tossed in here and there for good measure. The hotel’s style fuses old and new. While some of the hotel benefits from this, there are areas with a slightly dated feeling and in need of being spruced up.

From the lobby and guestrooms to in-house dining, there’s no dominant theme running through. The hotel clearly borrows from quintessential Siam design and aspects of Hindu mythology.

A work by the renowned artist Kaimook Xuto’s, ‘Narai Bantomsin’, hangs above the main staircase – probably the most unique design feature within the hotel. It depicts Hindu god Vishnu reclining on a seven-headed naga (mythical snake) while being tended to by his Queen, Laksmi.
While some people will appreciate the eclectic style, others may not. However, the hotel is clean and comfortable, while service is fast and efficient.

Where is it?

The two most important things when visiting Bangkok are essentially a comfortable bed and good location. The Narai scores highly. Situated towards the end of the buzzing Silom Road, walking distance to the Riverside, many of the city’s top historical sights are within easy reach. While conveniently situated away from the noise of the nearby raucous Patpong, guest can easily access the area by foot or taxi. Chong Nonsi Skytrain station I less than ten minutes away.

What are the rooms like?

Featuring 472 guestrooms on 15 floors, higher floors boast pleasing views. All room types (28 square metres) come with a platter of fresh fruit and working station. The defining factors between the Standard Room and suite are space and décor. At the time this review was conducted, the majority of standard rooms were yet to receive the makeover that the rest of the hotel has had, featuring more traditionally-themed bed linens and carpets.

Both the latter and the Superior Room (which have been revamped) are pushed for space, but are well-planned with large wardrobes. The Superior Rooms are simple but cozy, and are aesthetically enhanced by the individual pieces of abstract art above the bed. Smoking and non-smoking rooms are available. The Thai, Executive, Deluxe and Narai Suites are more spacious and include separate living areas equipped with advanced technological features like flatscreen TVs.

 

Restaurants and Bars

If the multitude of surrounding restaurants and street vendors don’t tickle your fancy, rest assured that one of the hotel’s dining options will. Peperoni on the ground floor serves a variety of Italian dishes in a chic setting, while the popular Laksmi Suki is a culinary experience you won’t be forgetting in a hurry, with its all-you-can-eat offer. Alternatively, the Rabiangthong Restaurant’s live cooking stations allow you to choose the raw ingredients of a dish which is then freshly prepared.

Business Facilities

The generous size of the hotel and its central location makes it the perfect venue for business conventions. With facilities that can accommodate anywhere between 40 to 1,400 people, intimate meetings and big functions are all well catered for.

Leisure Facilities

The freeform swimming pool on the second floor is nestled amongst plants and behind high walls to give the effect of an urban resort-style retreat – perfect for refreshing after working up a sweat in the state-of-the-art fitness centre.

The verdict

Ultimately the hotel does what it says; it’s a nice hotel even though not luxurious. Those who expect a five-star experience at a three-star price will be disappointed. However, the Narai Hotel will provide a warm and memorable stay.

The big pull of this hotel is its convenient location and comfortable rooms that serve the purpose of ensuring a relaxed and good night’s sleep. Another big plus is the inclusive breakfast buffet that will leave you well-nourished to conquer the many sights, shops and soi’s of Bangkok!


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