This handsome Italianate mansion on the banks of the Chao Phraya River was constructed in 1923, and has been lovingly restored. Its 17 rooms and suites are all individually designed with period furnishings; they ooze character. Located on the west bank of the river opposite Phra Arthit Pier, the Palazzo is ideal for exploring the sights on Rattanakosin Island as well as the nightlife around Banglampoo. However, the hotel is only accessible by boat, which helps to enhance the sense of privacy, but also means guests are slightly limited in travel. I say “slightly” because guests have the use of a private boat, and are given a cellphone to call it when needed. On property, a small swimming pool and lush gardens surround the two-story building, and the Praya Dining restaurant serves some of the best Thai cuisine in the city. A small library and a gallery are beside the dining room, where guests can read the intriguing story of the mansion’s history and painstaking renovation.