Why so darn good? "Ibrik by the River is a simple but stylish guest house in a peaceful, convenient location right on the Chao Phraya River. Only three guest rooms means privacy and quiet, and the staff is incredibly polite and helpful. This little spot is like a home away from home in sprawling, bustling Bangkok, and a welcome respite at the end of a long day of sightseeing."
Location: "Ibrik’s location is excellent – you are just across the river from both Wat Pho, with its enormous gold leaf Reclining Buddha, and the What Phra Kaew Grand Palace, easily accessible with a 4 baht ferry crossing. If you fancy a massage, this is the place, as Thailand’s premier massage school and clinic is located here. The ferry landing itself is a great scene for delicious, cheap eating at one of the many food stands or sidewalk restaurants. The river location is also extremely convenient for catching the water taxi – a big plus in this city that is known for gridlock traffic. It’s only a few stops to Khao San Road and other top Bangkok attractions. Ibrik by the River is about a 40-minute taxi ride from the airport."
Rooms: "The nice, spotless rooms have comfortable beds and linens, large wardrobes, air conditioning, televisions, mini-fridge, hot water maker with tea, good bathrooms and in-room safes. The teakwood floors throughout lend a traditional touch, and two of the rooms face out to the river – the downstairs River Room and the Sunshine Room upstairs, with its own private entrance onto the deck overlooking the water. The terrace is accessible to all guests, however, via a house entrance at the top of the stairs, and makes for a great place to enjoy breakfast or an evening glass of wine while watching the boats go by."
Food: "Breakfast is good and hearty, with your choice of eggs, bacon or ham or sausage, toast, a fresh fruit platter, juice and excellent Italian coffee from a serious espresso machine."
Vibe: "Quiet, peaceful, small place with attentive yet non-intrusive service."
Keep in Mind: "The neighborhood is pretty quiet at night. Taxis may have trouble finding its exact location in the small soi; be sure to have printed directions in Thai and the phone number handy." Also, the noises on the river start early, but that’s part of the charm of the location.