Lee Garden Hotel already fully booked during the weekend, so I booked this Hadyai Golden Crown Plaza Hotel for my family (all 6 of us). Its very near to Kim Yong Market and shopping malls in Hat Yai.
Our rooms facing the road, very nice views. Quite big room, big bed, big chair. I have no complaints regarding the service. There tv, a mini fridge, small kettle for making coffee and tea. Clean toilet. hmmm... seems okay to me :-)))
Picture 2 - a house hidden by so many hotels and buildings. I like the rooftop.
Picture 3 - A loving mother bathing her child..hmmm..
Located in downtown Hatyai and near the Railway Station, it is a very cheap accommodation for an overnight stay or two.
It is run like a typical Chinese owned guesthouse for backpackers or tight budget locals.
Great place to meet other backpackers and read the travelogue written in common living room. Very basic accommodation for the price paid. All rooms with ceiling fan, toilet and shower.
As like other Guesthouses, they can arrange tours and transportation or provide tourist information.
Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel is a popular hotel in Hatyai. The reason being is the centrally location. There are 5 levels of shopping, restaurants and entertainment at the building. You can find McDonald's, Sizzler's Steakhouse, Fuji Japanese restaurants, Swenson's Ice-cream and etc here. There is also a cineplex showing thai and english movie. (Make sure the english movie is not dubbed in Thai language.)
If you like street food, there are plenty of choice within walking distance!
Parking lot is available if you are driving to Hatyai.
Sky Buffet on Level 33 gives you a bird's eye view of Hatyai while you enjoy your meal.
Popular with outstation locals and Malaysian tourists.
High rise hotel, a short walking distance from main shopping of Hatyai.
Clean and tidy. For the price of 600 Baht per night, and no surcharge from the hotel rate itself, this is a very good accomodation, i believe.
But if you buy the voucher from the travel agents (such as Konsortium, less than 80m away), they might only qoute you for 560 Baht. I went in the peak season and some travel agents qouted me for 750 Baht.
Overall impression of this hotel to me is very clean. There's a TV, fridge, a/c, bath tub and the toilet floor is made up of marble. Far more better than what i think before going into the hotel. They even provide 2 bottles of 1L distrilled water each day.
But there is no view from the room's window as they face the Lee Garden Plaza. Maybe the other side of the building will have a better view.
Central location of the tourist spot. Beside the Lee Garden Plaza and opposite of Novetel Central. There's a sexy bar, Turkish/Thai ancient massage, and a relax club inside the hotel iteself.
Hat Yai has an abundance of accommodation because of frequent visitors from across the border. Options range from typical, cheap backpacker-type hostels all the way up to quite luxurious 5 star hotels. The ease of finding somewhere to stay (and how much you pay for a room) depends entirely on when you arrive. At weekends thousands of Chinese from Malaysia (and some from Singapore) roll into town. Consequently, finding a reasonably priced room on a Friday or Saturday night can be quite an ordeal but if you arrive on a Monday or Tuesday it will generally be easy. In addition to weekends, you need to be aware of holidays. It doesn't seem to matter what the holiday is for. Regardless whether it is a Christian, Muslim, Indian, Chinese or Thai celebration, the Chinese still arrive in town. I have been in Hat Yai during Chinese New Year and Hari Raya (a Muslim holiday to ceebrate the end of Ramadan) and the whole town goes crazy. This affects prices too. Room rates can go up by as much as 60% at busy times as the laws of supply and demand come into effect.
All hotels offer walk-in rates but it is sometimes cheaper to book via a local travel agent who will be able to give you a better rate. In some cases the travel agent may only be a few yards from the hotel so you pay them and then walk into the hotel with a voucher instead of paying the hotel directly.
I was interested to see how accurate Lonely Planet were in their assessment of Hat Yai accommodation so, in a bored moment, checked out some of their recommendations. In my travels to South-East Asia I have seen so many backpacker types who religiously follow their guidebooks as if anything not mentioned there cannot possibly be trusted. Of course, this is not true. The authors need to have some listings but the places they include are not always the best and staying somewhere where every other backpacker is headed for is not my idea of fun. Also, the information they give goes out of date quickly.
The one piece of information I am not going to provide is where I stay. I have found a great place that is modern, comfortable, convenient, friendly and very cheap. It is possible that I will want to return to Hat Yai. Creating tips here in VT not only makes the tips available to VT members but to the whole world and I don't want to come back here to find it fully booked. A selfish attitude? Yes, totally. Do I care? Absolutely not.
Quite a pleasant hotel in Hatyai. Popular with local business and Malaysian tourists.
A bit of walking to downtown shopping center of Hatyai.
Overall, great experience staying here.
Just in case anyone else accidently ends up stuck in this city, The Regancy is central, easy to find and not bad value at approximately 20 English quid per double ensuite room per night and they'll throw in breakfast as well.
Good for business trips or if you're simply fed up of roughing it - this Hotel has all the little luxuries that make it all worth while :)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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