Guesthouses, hotels and resorts
Our favourite part of Hua Hin is found north of the city centre along Naeb Kehardt Road and Soi 51, where some good boutique accommodation fills up with trendy Thais on weekends. In the portion of Central Hua Hin nearest the beach, stacks of cheap guesthouses rub shoulders with upscale chain resorts. Walk 10 minutes away from the sand to find the best selection of budget accommodation. Another cluster of budget options is found on Soi 67 to the south of town, while further south, Khao Takiab Road operates at a lower key.
Central Hua Hin: Away from the beach
The area west of Phetkasem in the centre of Hua Hin includes a mix of budget spots to go with a few midrange hotels close to the night market. Quieter than the Nares Damri neighbourhood (a five-minute walk away), this area is convenient if you're arriving late on a train or bus from Bangkok. Some of the cheapest digs in town can be scored around here.
One of the best for backpackers72/12 Dechanuchit Rd (Soi Hua Hin 72), Hua Hin
T: (032) 511 589;
Tucked down an alley off the western end of Dechanuchit, Les Bobo's is a charming little spot where backpackers can mingle and rest their heads on the cheap. We were told that a small dorm room may ... Read the full review of Les Bobo's Backpacker Hostel.
Old-school Chinese-Thai hotelPhetkasem Rd (near the corner of Chomsin Rd, aka Soi Hua Hin 70)
T: (032) 511 574;
There's no doubt that the Damrong is a relic of the 1960s, but it surprised us with reasonably well-kept private rooms for the same price as a dorm at nearby Tid Tarad Hostel. The quirky, garage-like ... Read the full review of Damrong Hotel.
Everything you need42 Amnuaysin Rd (Soi Hua Hin 74), Hua Hin
T: (032) 514 442;
Hua Hin House may not have a creative name or stylish design, but it gets the job done for those seeking a solid room for under 1,000 baht. One of a few places to stay down a side lane that branches ... Read the full review of Hua Hin House.
An extra splash of style17 Amnuaysin Rd (Soi Hua Hin 74), Hua Hin
T: (032) 514 111-2; F: (032) 514 113
In an area stacked with bland hotels, newish My Place stands out thanks to its sharp crimson-and-grey colour scheme and goldfish pond out front. Step into the sleek lobby and the tasteful ... Read the full review of My Place Hua Hin Hotel.
Central and friendly152/6 Chomsin Rd (Soi Hua Hin 70), Hua Hin
T: (089) 128 8999;
Easy to miss near the corner of Chomsin and Phetkasem roads, Tid Tarad has an excellent reputation on Hua Hin's low-budget end. We found the owner to be friendly, professional and attentive to his ... Read the full review of Tid Tarad Hostel.
Central Hua Hin: Near the beach
Clustered between the old fishing pier, the beach and Phetkasem Road are a tangle of narrow lanes with at least two-dozen guesthouses and a smattering of midrange hotels. Some would call the area tacky or seedy, but others might find it entertaining and convenient. The towering Hilton flanks the northern side, with the massive Centara Grand just beyond that.
Old-world elegance1 Damnern Kasem Rd, Hua Hin
T: (032) 512 021-38; F: (032) 511 014
One of the most historic and aesthetically impressive resorts in Thailand, the Centara Grand's only fault, in our opinion, was its decision to go with such a generic name for what really is a special ... Read the full review of Centara Grand Beach Resort .over 8,000B 1 vote Luxury
A refreshing break from the norm35 Dechanuchit Rd (Soi Hua Hin 57), Hua Hin
T: (032) 511 321;
With its sweet elderly owners, seaside cottage decor and spotless rooms, Love Sea House is a breath of fresh air in the middle of the main tourist area. The whole place is immaculate, decorated with ... Read the full review of Love Sea House.
A favourite of jazz lovers8/3 Soi Nares Damri, Hua Hin
T: (086) 206 2455;
Located within sight of the fishing pier at the northern end of Nares Damri, this chilled-out spot has one of the best atmospheres in the area thanks to the genuinely friendly Thai staff and Danish ... Read the full review of The Fat Cat Guesthouse & Piano Bar.
Welcome back to the mid 1990s33 Soi Nares Damri, Hua Hin
T: (032) 538 999; F: (032) 538 990
The Hilton's massive tower looms next to the beach at the centre of Hua Hin like a sun anchoring a dense solar system of tourist-driven businesses. Opened in 1992, it marked the early days of Hua ... Read the full review of Hilton Hua Hin Resort.4,000B to 8,000B 1 vote Toprange
Good value on a quiet lane13/2 Damnern Kasem Rd, Hua Hin
T: (032) 513 264;
Tucked at the end of a quiet and atmospheric alley that shoots south from the centre of Damnern Kasem, Soontree is a comfy little hideaway within easy walking distance of the beach and nightlife. The ... Read the full review of Soontree Guest House.
Extra splash of style21/1 Nares Damri Rd, Hua Hin
T: (032) 530 300;
The Sukkasem aims to be cushier, cleaner and more stylish than the other perched-over-the-sea options on Nares Damri. It succeeds in terms of cleanliness and style, with a shared open-air loft ... Read the full review of Sukkasem Guesthouse.
Over-the-sea cheapie80 Soi Nares Damri, Hua Hin
T: (032) 530 737;
Under new ownership as of 2014, Karoon is our pick out of the mostly old, rundown guesthouses that are essentially small piers with thin walls and roofs over the sea. These spots are able to sell ... Read the full review of Karoon Guesthouse.
Lots of options60 Soi Nares Damri, Hua Hin
T: (032) 511 564;
The centrally located Victor has a wide mix of rooms in a single floor motel-style building that just keeps stretching back behind reception. Every room seems to be decorated slightly different from ... Read the full review of Victor Guesthouse.
Thai-themed midranger53/1 Naeb Kehardt Rd, Hua Hin
T: (032) 512 322-4; F: (032) 512 235
Rising from a corner of the main tourist area in a barrage of tinted glass and light violet paint, the Chalelarn has raised the bar among Hua Hin's midrange hotels. All seven storeys are done in a ... Read the full review of Chalelarn Hotel.
Bland but central with a pool6/3 Damnern Kasem Rd, Hua Hin
T: (032) 511 150; F: (032) 513 571
Surrounded by Western restaurants and fast-food chains in the centre of Hua Hin's tourist area, Sirin's white, fortress-like concrete building must have been here since the 1980s (if not earlier). ... Read the full review of Sirin Hotel.
Quality family-run spot116 Soi Nares Damri (inland side of the road), Hua Hin
T: (032) 511 396;
Tucked just back from the road but clearly marked with a sign, K Place is a straightforward family-run guesthouse in a central location. Rooms seem to emerge from every corner of the large concrete ... Read the full review of K Place.600B to 1,500B 2 votes Flashpacker
Wily gathering place10/1 Dechanuchit Rd, Hua Hin
T: (032) 512 747;
Smack in the middle of busy Dechanuchit Road, this long-standing guesthouse is set in an old beige concrete building that tells you straight away this is no upscale hotel. On the ground floor, the ... Read the full review of All Nations Guest House.
Northern Hua Hin: Naeb Kehardt Road and Soi 51
A 10- to 20-minute walk north of the central tourist area brings you to a far more relaxed neighbourhood with a trendy and artistic atmosphere. While low-budget travellers are out of luck in this, our favourite part of Hua Hin, those seeking a stylish flashpacker guesthouse or intimate boutique resort have several options to choose from.
Soothing and private2/52-54 Naeb Kehardt Rd, Hua Hin
T: (032) 514 285; F: (032) 514 284
Set in a residential neighbourhood that borders Klai Kangwon palace at the far northern end of Naeb Kehardt, Baan Talay Chine has a hidden-away feel that will suit couples and families in search of ... Read the full review of Baan Talay Chine.
Good value in a quiet spotSoi 2000 (access off Soi Hua Hin 51), Hua Hin
T: (032) 511 564;
At the end of a quiet lane off Soi 51, Pool 51 Villas is an excellent family-run choice for anyone seeking a plush room and a swimming pool for under 1,000 baht. Rooms are set in a single-floor ... Read the full review of Pool 51 Villas.
Great option for artistic couplesBeach end of Soi Hua Hin 51, Hua Hin
T: (032) 530 487;
Facing the beach at the end of Soi 51, Green Gallery joins Baan Bayan as one of our two favourite boutique hotels in Hua Hin. Half of the rooms are set in a restored wooden house just back from the ... Read the full review of Green Gallery Beach Boutique Hotel.
Makes you want to stick around43/21 Naeb Kehardt Rd, Hua Hin
T: (032) 516 640-2; F: (032) 516 643
Halfway between Soi 51 and the central tourist area, Hua Hin Place left us thinking that we'll be calling for a room next time we're in town. A very pleasant staff member was quick to welcome us to a ... Read the full review of Hua Hin Place Guesthouse.
Lively scene on weekends10 Naeb Kehardt Rd, Hua Hin
T: (032) 512 693;
Naab K Heart epitomises this trendy area better than any other single establishment. The ground-floor cafe has a lively atmosphere on weekends, when fashion-conscious young Thais flock here to sip ... Read the full review of Naab K Heart Hotel .
Southern Hua Hin: Soi 67 and surrounds
A 15-minute walk from the night market and train station but a one-minute hop to a decent stretch of beach, Soi 67 hosts a tightly packed selection of similarly equipped guesthouses in the 600 to 1,200 baht range. It also has a small, shabby swimming pool shared among the guesthouses. This general vicinity also includes a few upscale resorts, and a cluster of expat bars and guesthouses on Soi 80.
Exudes elegance119 Phetkasem Rd (near Soi 67), Hua Hin
T: (032) 533 540-4; F: (032) 533 545
Located smack on a quiet stretch of beach towards the south of town, Baan Bayan is an elegant boutique resort centred on a gorgeous 90-year-old wooden house. Located inside the house, the priciest ... Read the full review of Baan Bayan.
All-round solid choice113/10 Soi Hua Hin 67, Hua Hin
T: (032) 532 106;
The first place you see while heading down Soi 67 from the main road, Rahmahyah occupies a curiously designed building that looks like it might have hidden nooks and stairways in some of its corners. ... Read the full review of Rahmahyah Hotel.
A pleasant surprise214 Phetkasem Rd (just south of Soi 82), Hua Hin
T: (032) 533 644;
This small budget hotel feels like a relaxing Thai-themed retreat despite being right off the main drag towards the south of town. Two floors of rooms with pointed gabled roofs are situated around a ... Read the full review of Baan Khachathong.
Tried and trueSoi Hua Hin 67, Hua Hin
T: (032) 513 546; F: (032) 532 095
The long-running Leng now calls itself a hotel guesthouse (it used to be just Leng Guesthouse), making us wonder why Soi 67's guesthouse owners seem to be having an identity crisis. This spot is ... Read the full review of Leng Hotel .
Clean and cheerful113/30 Soi Hua Hin 67
T: (032) 515 309;
This intimate family-run spot has developed one of the best reputations on Soi 67 thanks to its consistently clean rooms and cheerful staff. It's very much a guesthouse; we're not sure why they've ... Read the full review of Sunshine Hotel .600B to 1,500B 3 votes Flashpacker
Far Southern Hua Hin: Khao Takiab Road
The road to Khao Takiab is Hua Hin's fastest growing area, with some massive condominiums and big-name hotels having gone up over the past few years. Head past those and you reach a laidback village with some intimate mid- to high-end resorts peppered into residential areas. The beach here is quiet and there's a decent selection of restaurants. Central Hua Hin is several kilometres away, but songthaews provide regular transport.
Friendly and intimate8/10 Takiab Soi 6, Hua Hin
T: (085) 109 2680;
Somewhat hard to find down a residential street that's a five-minute walk from the beach, we were sad to leave this sophisticated guesthouse. The family who owns the place is genuinely welcoming (as ... Read the full review of Sea Harmony Eco Lodge.
Romantic Thai-style resort46/4 Khao Takiab Soi 5, Hua Hin
T: (032) 537 112-3; F: (032) 514 161
Hidden down a side lane within 50 metres of the beach, this elegant mini-resort has made up for a lack of direct sea views with loads of lush foliage, goldfish ponds, fountains and a large deck ... Read the full review of Ruen Kanok Thai House.
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