The rooms look better after some beers
280/92 Liap Chai Fang Rd, Ban Phe T: (038) 651 976, (089) 834 9103
Impossible to miss if you’re strolling the main drag near the piers, Christie’s is a long-running pub servicing the beer and soccer needs of expats and travellers.
While the bar is a lot of fun and the kitchen cooks up good food, the half-dozen budget air-con rooms don’t get quite as much attention.
Situated up a dark stairway accessed via a sometimes-locked door between Christie’s main bar area and the billiards hall, rooms are equipped with loud ceiling fans in addition to air-con, TVs with few English channels, fridges, tables, small safes, a couple of shaggy red carpets and bright “Louis Vuitton” linens on decent spring beds. The room that we stayed in had a random picture of Angkor Wat along with a tinted window overlooking the street -- ask for a room towards the back if the hum of traffic will bother you. Our room was a bit dusty and the cramped hot-water bathroom had cobwebs and mold in the corners. Opt for the nearby I Na Seaview if you’re a neat freak.
While the room left something to be desired, we did enjoy the atmosphere at Christie’s. The English-speaking owner rented us a motorbike without holding our passport or any sort of deposit. During our stay he checked in with us several times to make sure that we were happy, and the other staffers were always friendly as well.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 23rd April, 2016.