Iudia On the River
Remnants of the great Siamese kingdom of Ayudhya surround this intimate boutique hotel in Ayutthaya's old town. A great base from which to explore the UNESCO World Heritage site, it is a modern property yet still firmly rooted in its historic surroundings. The minimalist, contemporary decor is tempered by elements of traditional Thai design with intricately-carved wooden screens, arched doorways, hanging bird cages and ornate light fittings adding a touch of Asian style.
There are 14 rooms, each with its own design theme ranging from contemporary to North African and Thai. The decor is elegantly restrained with the simple styling making the most of the dramatic views of the temples and river.
Outside, small courtyards, lush planting and a generous swimming pool provide tranquil spots to relax. The hotel also offers complimentary bikes for guest use.
Although the hotel has no restaurant, it has a bright coffee shop and its central location means there are many dining options nearby. Service is friendly but efficient and the hotel sometimes hosts cultural events such as traditional music, yoga, meditation or talks on Siamese history to give guests a deeper appreciation of the rich cultural surroundings.
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All the guest rooms are named after famous residents of or visitors to Ayutthaya. Many boast dramatic views of the river or the 14th-century Wat Phuttaisawan. Although each room has an individual design, they follow subtle themes with traditional Thai or North African elements such as carved woodwork, ornate lamps or regional antiques, curios or ceramics featuring alongside the modern, minimalist styling. All rooms have free Wi-Fi, satellite TV with DVD, air conditioning and en suite bathrooms.
The hotel is located on the south bank of the Chao Phraya River in the old town of Ayutthaya and looks out over ruined wats and stupas. It is within comfortable walking distance of many of the ruins and just a 15 minute taxi or tuk-tuk journey from the train station.
Food and Drink
The hotel has a lively coffee shop where breakfast is served each morning and light snacks and drinks are available all day. A wide selection of riverside restaurants are located just a short tuk-tuk ride away.
Facilities and Activities
The hotel offers complimentary bikes for guest use and with such a convenient location, it's easy to get around the old town independently. Cultural events on aspects of local history, Buddhist meditation, yoga and traditional music are run occasionally.
The hotel's restaurant overlooks the Ping River and is decorated in a vintage-inspired style but with an industrial edge showing through in the exposed ducts. The menu features a selection of Thai and Lanna (northern Thai) fusion cuisine as well as international dishes. Above it, a roof-top wine bar offers panoramic views of the city.
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