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Photo: La Paloma Hotel - Thailand

Photo: La Paloma Hotel

Phitsanulok - The La Paloma Hotel: … little bit outdated …

We were welcomed on a board with “Welcome Mr/Mrs Van”, not quite our right name, but anyway very personal. But the staff at the desk was not that helpful and friendly. The hotel seemed a little bit outdated, little bit dull and dark inside. However our room was spacious and OK.
We didn’t use the swimming pool; there were almost no chairs or beds, neither other visitors.

Breakfast seemed to be very extensive, but for us Europeans there was just some toast and jam. When we were leaving there was a bell boy, but we had to carry our own luggage. Perhaps he was out of duty or in strike ??

Unique Qualities: The hotel doesn't have a website (at least I couldn't find one), so you will have to book this hotel through one of the hotel booking sites or a travel agency.

Address: La Paloma Hotel, 103/8 Srithamtraipidok Road, Phitsanulok

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: The hotel is located outside the city centre and the River Nan with its floating restaurants and (authentic) evening market. We walked in about 15 minutes. Otherwise you can use a ‘bike taxi’ (don’t forget to bargain about the price).

Price: less than US$20

Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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Prince Palace Hotel - Thailand

Prince Palace Hotel

Bangkok - Prince Palace Hotel: ... **** luxury ....

After a lot of research and surfing on the internet, we decided for some luxury while staying in Bangkok. Through a Dutch travel agency in Thailand called Green Wood Travel we made our reservation and got a very interesting price for this **** hotel.

Our room was on the 30th floor and we had a great view of the city toward Chinatown and Hualamphong Station. Rooms were spacious and clean. In the meantime the hotel has more than 700 rooms and two swimming pools on the 11th floor, nice for a cooling down after a ‘hot’ day in the city.
The breakfast hall - sometimes a little bit chilly - has 250 seats with every morning a buffet breakfast. The hotel has also a couple of restaurants and bars, as well as a beer garden at the swimming pool. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

Prince Palace Hotel is located in the Bobae Tower on Damrongrak Road (along the Khlong Sen Seb). We liked this location: a garment market on the first 11 floors of the tower and outside the hotel in the surrounding roads and a fruit and vegetable market a little bit further away. No western fast food chains, but just a small supermarket around the corner or street food vendors and an ATM for our Thai Baht. The main tourist sights are not too far away and easy accessible by taxi (15 minutes) or longtail boat (a couple of minutes).

Unique Qualities: The price we paid through our travel agency (the official hotel rates are 3 times more !!); the unique view we had; the location without any tourists or western shops and restaurants.

Address: 488/800 Bo Bae Tower, Damrongrak Road, Bangkok

Comparison: less expensive than average

Price: less than US$20

Theme: Hotel

Website: http://www.princepalace.co.th

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 25, 2010
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Europe Guesthouse - just before leaving - Thailand

Europe Guesthouse - just before leaving

Khon Kaen - Europe Guesthouse: .... basic and cheap guesthouse ....

We found this guesthouse on the internet and decided to make a reservation for just one night in Khon Kaen, particularly because the owner(s) were Dutch. It felt quite comfortable to stay in a guesthouse from a fellow countryman in a real Thai city almost without foreign tourists.

Europe Guesthouse has six rooms; we had a spacious one with a private bath, with airco. But to be honest we didn’t need it and could even sleep with an open window. We hoped to get a real Dutch breakfast, but that was rather disappointing and it turned out to be a very basic one. The second morning we had to wait a long time before the owner turned up and we could have our breakfast. When arriving very early on our first day (by appointment) it also took ‘hours’ before the door was opened. All together not a warm welcome !!

The guesthouse is on walkable distance of the centre of town and rather close Lake Bung Kaen Nakhon, one of the (few) sights of Khon Kaen.

Unique Qualities: Europe Guesthouse is a perfect accommodation for travellers on a budget with ‘AC rooms’ starting at only 460 baht and ‘fan rooms’ at 150 baht .
Personally we would have liked some more ‘luxury’, a better service and a proper ‘Dutch’ breakfast.

Address: 23/5 Nikon Samran Rd., Nai Muang, Khon Kaen

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: Take a look at the website or ask for a business card in Thai language. Even than it can be a problem for a tuk-tuk driver to find the guesthouse. When arriving at the railway station ours at least had to ask other people where he should go.

Other Contact: guesthouse@europe-khonkaen.com

Price: less than US$20

Theme: Pension/Guesthouse

Website: http://www.europe-khonkaen.com

Review Helpfulness: 3 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 28, 2007
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Lotus Village - 'hotel' rooms - Thailand

Lotus Village - 'hotel' rooms

Sukhothai - Lotus Village: … fantastic garden setting …

After passing the local market with crowds of Thai people, we reached Lotus Village and were surprised by the fantastic garden setting of this guesthouse. Bungalows and small buildings with a couple of room are made of teak wood and were surrounded by ponds with lotus flowers and gardens. This was by far the most attractive Thai accommodation we had during our trip.

The lounge/sitting room was very pleasant to relax, read a book or to chat with other travellers, meanwhile enjoying one of the excellent fresh squeezed juices.

We had a spacious and clean room with a small terrace overlooking the gardens. The mattress was hard as a rock, but we slept pretty well. Breakfast was served in the garden, but was a little bit disappointing; especially with a French owner we expected more.

They call themselves a ‘cosy little boutique hotel’. And I think they are right, but keep in mind it is not quite a budget accommodation. Staff was friendly and helpful.

Unique Qualities: Garden setting with lotus ponds and the very attractive and cosy sitting area.
But be aware of the mosquitoes and don’t forget your insect repellent.

Address: 170 Ratchathanee Street, Sukhothai

Comparison: about average

Directions: Lotus Village is located 'behind' the local market, along the Yom River.
Close to the centre of the village with some shops and a good resataurant 'Dream Café'.
Sukhothai Histarical Park is about 12 km's away.

Price: less than US$20

Theme: Hotel

Website: http://www.lotus-village.com

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Feb 5, 2007
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photo: Pantawee Hotel - Thailand

photo: Pantawee Hotel

Nong Khai - Pantawee Hotel: ... good and bad ...

Coming from Khon Kaen along the motorway it was easy to find the Pantawee Hotel. There were some troubles with our reservation, but at last we got a very modern and spacious room, even with an ‘own’ computer including internet access. Our room was in a separate building, behind the hotel next to a small swimming pool. It was almost impossible to bring our duffle bags on the very narrow staircase to our rooms.

The public rooms in the ‘old’ building didn ’t have any charm and were not authentic at all. Suppose too much influence of the western owner. The other day we had a breakfast, which was rather disappointing and much too expensive.

Unique Qualities: Affordable hotel (rooms from 700 Baht till 1800 Baht); staff not very friendly and helpful; cheerless and poor breakfast. Too many 'old' men with young Thai girls.
Located close to the city centre, Indo China market and the Friendship Bridge to Laos.

Satisfaction:
room/bed - very satisfied
atmosphere/staff/breakfast - somewhat till totally unsatisfied

Tip: opposite the Pantawee Hotel is a authentic Thai restaurant; although we had some problems ordering our meal, the owners tried to do everything to please us and we had a nice and (very cheap) meal.

Address: 1049 Haisoke Road, Nong Khai

Comparison: about average

Directions: For directions take a look on the website.

Other Contact: pantawee@pantawee.com

Price: less than US$20

Theme: Hotel

Website: http://hotel.pantawee.com

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 30, 2007
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The Park Hotel - lobby - Thailand

The Park Hotel - lobby

Chiang Mai - The Park Hotel: … well worth a stay …

From the moment we walked into the lobby of the Park Hotel, we felt at home. The staff at the reception is very friendly and helpful; our room spacious with views of the city. There is a perfect swimming pool on the roof of the building with great views of the city and the mountains of northern Thailand (when it is not too hazy we could even see the golden chedi of Wat Phrathat Doi Suthep). And buffet breakfast was a great start of our days with again friendly employees.

We paid about 20 euro per night per room through our travel agent Green Wood Travel and it was absolutely value for money and well worth a stay.

Unique Qualities: This was a perfect place for our last days in Thailand.
Great service, clean and spacious rooms, swimming pool.

Address: 444 Changklan Rd., Chiang Mai

Comparison: less expensive than average

Directions: The Park Hotel is located in the southern part of Chiang Mai, about 1 km from the night market. We walked a couple of times and also took one of the tuk-tuk, which are always waiting outside the hotel.

Phone: +66 53 281997

Price: less than US$20

Theme: Hotel

Website: http://www.empresshotels.com/park_hotel.html

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 28, 2007
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Photo: Wiengthong Hotel - Thailand

Photo: Wiengthong Hotel

Lampang – Wiengthong Hotel: … average …

The hotel calls itself ‘a luxury hotel’, but I think the opposite is true. It is a rather out dated hotel; even a little bit gloomy. The staff at the desk was not helpful and for instance hadn’t any information about the Elephant Training Centre. The swimming pool is absolutely poor, stashed away and without any pool furniture or towels.
Our room was clean and rather spacious and the beds were OK.

Breakfast was not impressive and we didn’t regret to leave this average hotel. But for just one night as a stopover not too bad after all.

If you want to book this hotel you have to use one of the booking sites or a travel agency, because till yet (January 2007) I couldn’t find a hotel website. Sorry for the picture: this is about the only one I could find on the internet and I didn’t shoot one by myself.

The city centre is on walkable distance (15 minutes) or otherwise take one of horse-drawn carriages, which are waiting outside the hotel.

Unique Qualities: Average acommodation for an affordable price for one night.

Address: 138/109 Phaholyothin Rd., Lampang

Comparison: about average

Directions: The hotel is located more or less on the outskirts of the city, very close to the motorway from the south and to the north. For directions see: www.thaifocus.com/hotels/vbro/htl_tha.mv?hcd=100481&map

Phone: +662 6730966

Price: less than US$20

Theme: Hotel

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jan 27, 2007
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Photo: Loei Palace Hotel - Thailand

Photo: Loei Palace Hotel

Loei Palace Hotel: … luxury in the middle of 'nowhere' …

I think Loei is not a destination, which attracts many (foreign) tourists, but on a road trip through Northeast Thailand it is a decent place for a stopover. Because we couldn’t find much info (pictures) on the internet about other accommodations, we decided to stay at the luxurious Loei Palace Hotel. Every now and then you may spoil yourself !!

Indeed it is a real four star hotel: check in at an open air desk with a fresh squeezed glass of orange juice, bell boys, spacious room with fresh fruit and an impressive atrium. After unpacking we spent some time at the swimming pool with a fantastic view of the mountains.

We had dinner in the restaurant, but it was very difficult to order, because there was no employee, who spoke English. Therefore our meal was not too terrific.
Breakfast next morning was not what we expected (hoped) it would be and was nothing more than average. Farewell was by far not as warm and special as the welcome a day before.

Address: 167/4 Charoenrat Road, Loei

Comparison: more expensive than average

Directions: The hotel is located just outside the city centre, over the River Loei, on walkable distance (5 minutes).

Price: US$20-40

Theme: Hotel

Website: http://www.amari.com/loeipalace

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jan 27, 2007
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