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  • Reviews: 3

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Regancy Hotel: One hotel Two rates, you choose your budget

Two buildings hotel; one is the old premise and another is newer, with higher rate and luxury. I booked throught a website, that gave me better rate (usd 25), and only the time i step in the room, i just realise they gave me room in old building because of that rate. However the room was not too bad, well maintained, and it is deluxe room. Room services was good, no kettle available in the room, but hot water can be asked by a phone call. Staff speak very limited English and bit difficult to understand too. But they are quite friendly.

Hotel with no pool, snacks available inside the room (good prices too), TV with all Thai broadcast. Room with breadfast, but the food was SUCK! I only have my coffee there.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Written April 10, 2005

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Cathay Guest House: Good Bargain For Budget Travellers

I stayed in Cathay for one night on 21st Jan 2005.

I picked a double room for 200 Bahts. It came with a double bed, cold shower and a fan.

The sheets were clean and so was the room. The toilet was a squatting type which I don't enjoy. I chose to do my 'business' in a nearby hotel.

Breakfast in Cathay is cheap but good. The staff are very friendly and courteous.

Generally, my stay in Cathay was pleasant. I'd give it an 8/10, but the toilet brings it down to a 7.

Cathay has a cosy atmosphere and doesn't make you feel like you are in a commercial setting.

Actually it's quite homely.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Trains, Road Trip, Budget Travel
  • Written January 23, 2005
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Entrance to Cathay Guest House


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  • biaoism profile photo biaoism
  • Reviews: 6

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Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel: Best Hotel in Hatyai

Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel is a BIG hotel for a smallish place like Hatyai. Rates are VERY reasonable, starting at 1149 THB for a Superior Room, 1390 for a Junior Suite.

Room is spacious and clean. Higher floors provide good view of the city.

Buffet breakfast served at huge lounge area was about average standard when I went in 2000. Other than that, Lee Gardens Plaza was a great place to stay in, with a shopping mall attached to it.

Traditional Thai Massage offered at the hotel's Health Centre was good. Forgot the price, but they had a 'fishbowl' concept where you can choose your masseure.

If I remember correctly there was a sky garden with foot reflexology path and jogging path.

Swimming pool on 12th floor provides clean air and panaromic view.

The corridor leading to guest rooms on each floor can only be accessed by using the room key card, thus providing better security for guests.

Do not confuse this hotel with the older and smaller Lee Gardens Hotel a few streets away. It is run by the same company but not as good as Lee Gardens Plaza. I stayed there years before and it was just OK with no frills.

Good views on higher floors, good facilities, clean and big rooms, good service at reception and helpful staff.

Good location smack in the middle of town.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Related to: Family Travel, Business Travel, Luxury Travel
  • Written July 11, 2004

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River Inn Hotel: River Inn Hotel - 4

The size, layout and condition of the bathrooms are exactly the same as those in the Grand Plaza. The bathrooms ae not dirty but they're not what I call clean either. I guess they are just functional but not the kind of bathrooms you could relax in with a bottle of champagne and scented candles.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written December 12, 2003
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River Inn Hotel: River Inn Hotel - 3

The rooms are not large, but not small either, and are available either with twin single beds or a double bed. The rooms have A/C as well as ceiling fans. There is a TV with UBC, which, depending on the options chosen by the hotel, should include at least two English language channels. There is also a fridge (I'm not sure if the River Inn is one of those hotels that throws a couple of cans of beer inside and describes it as a minibar but as far as I'm concerned it is a fridge).

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written December 12, 2003
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River Inn Hotel: River Inn Hotel - 1

If it appears that I've gone a bit over the top with tips for this place it is not because I am endorsing it or recommending it over anywhere else. It is because another VT member was interested in staying here so I have included a few more pictures than usual.

The River Inn Hotel is quite big and very typical for hotels in the price band - rooms go for 480 Baht. It is a little way out of town but as Hat Yai is not that large it will only take around 10 minutes to walk into the centre. Alternatively a Tuk-Tuk or motorbike taxi into town should only be about 20 Baht. On the plus side it should be a bit quieter than hotels in the center of town. Unless you're staying in one of the top-end hotels that have well-insulated rooms high above the street, noise can be quite a problem in Hat Yai if you are sensitive to it.

There is a coffee shop next to reception. Attached to the hotel is an 'Ancient Massage and Karaoke' place but if you've spent any time in Thaiand you will understand that this description is just a euphemism for another kind of establishment.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written December 12, 2003
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Ladda Guest House: Ladda Guest House

This guest house is in the same category as the Cathay. The rooms have fans and cold water only and go for 200 Baht. The room I looked at didn't have a window and was very claustrophobic. Unless I was desperately short of money I woud recommend paying a little more and getting somewhere better.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written December 7, 2003
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Louise Guest House: Louise Guest House

For a budget place this actually looked quite decent with clean spacious rooms, western style toilets and hot water. Room rates are 300 Baht with fan or 400 Baht with A/C.

  • Opinion of Price: less expensive than average
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written December 7, 2003
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Cathay Guest House: Cathay Guest House - bathroom

Bathrooms at the Cathay Guest House are basic, to say the least. An Asian squat toilet is standard. There is a shower but with cold water only. The floors did not look that clean. I imagine the floors get a quick sloosh of water when cleaned but not a lot of disinfectant is used so watch out for fungal infections.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written December 7, 2003
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Cathay Guest House


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Cathay Guest House: Cathay Guest House

Having some time on my hands I've been quite interested in investigating different accommodation options in Hat Yai. The Cathay Guest House is at the lower end of the market. What seems to be apparent with this place is the power of Lonely Planet. I thought this guest house was horrible but it was busy with backpacker types. I don't think it is a coincidence that it is first in the Lonely Planet list of recommendations. So, what's it like? Despite the small entranceway, it's big. The rooms are up on the top floor, reached by climbing about 6 flights of stairs, and extend over several shops below. I found the atmosphere quite depressing. The corridors are grubby and soulless. The rooms are not pleasant. A large bed is provided in the double/twin rooms and although the sheets look clean, I'd hate to think how old the mattresses are or what's living in them. The rooms with windows looking out over the street are noisy. Mosquito screens are provided but are ill-fitting with huge gaps and will not keep biting insects out. There are fans in the rooms but no A/C.

Room rates are as follows

Dorm 100 Baht
Single 160 Baht
Double/Twin 200 Baht
Triple 250 Baht

There is a travel agent downstairs and a small restaurant upstairs so that backpackers can be spared the inconvenience of going outside and mixing with the locals during their Hat Yai stay before being piled into a minibus to go to Krabi or south, into Malaysia. A laundry service is provided but if you can be bothered to actually expore Hat Yai a little you will find that there are many small laundry shops that are cheaper and offer a great service. Various adverts adorn the walls, some advertising tattoo shops, some advertising similar types of accommodation down in Malaysia. It's all very 'backpacker' orientated.

I honesty can't understand the appeal of staying in such accommodation but hey, we're all different.

  • Opinion of Price: least expensive
  • Related to: Budget Travel
  • Written December 7, 2003
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Cathay Guest House


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3 star ratings: Sakura Hotel

This picture was taken from my room window. I stayed at the Sakura hotel. The bigger hotels are located around the shopping districts such as the Lee Garden Plaza hotel. Shops and malls are just located within walking distance from the hotels. Our hotel was a bit further away but with the number of tuks-tuks available, it is not difficult to travel around this small town. Since it was a peak season, we were lucky to have found a place to stay without making early bookings.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written November 29, 2003
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L.K. Hotel: L.K. Hotel

The Lonely Planet guide prices are normally too low but in this case I found the opposite. LP say 750 Baht per night for a room but I was quoted 600. Rooms come with a king size bed, A/C, hot water and TV.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written November 28, 2003
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Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel: Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel

A large hotel above a busy shopping complex. Waiting for lifts to get up and down can take a while. Like other high-rise hotels the rooms escape the noise at street level and the views are quite good of ever-so-scenic Hat Yai.

I was given the following room rates:

Superior (Double/Twin) - 1,149 Baht
Junior Suite - 1,390 Baht
Superior Suite - 2,290

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written November 28, 2003
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Regency Hotel: Regency Hotel

Another upmarket hotel in Hat Yai that is very nice if your budget can allow it. The Lonely Planet guide prices are actually pretty close. Rooms in the new building go for 1398 Baht and in the old building are 898 Baht.

  • Opinion of Price: more expensive than average
  • Written November 28, 2003
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Indra Hotel: Indra Hotel

Very Chinese and the kind of place I'd probably take one look at before heading the other way. Lonely Planet say that decent rooms with A/C, hot water and TV are available for 480 Baht. I was quoted 590 Baht but wouldn't stay here anyway.

  • Opinion of Price: about average
  • Written November 28, 2003
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