As this trip was with kids and was their first time in Bangkok, we opted for a resort instead of a city hotel such that we could do both sightseeing and chill out at the resort. Hotel was dated but rooms were clean. It was a few days before Christmas but it did not feel crowded in the resort. The free shuttle boat was very convenient. Asiatique is just on the other side of the river and we went there for dinners and shopping instead of going into the city. Buffet breakfast was good, a lot to choose from and wide selection. We also tried the coffee shop which did very good pastries; the Italian restaurant, Brio and the Japanese restaurant, Benihana.