Reasonable budget rooms
50/2 Klang Mueang Rd, Khon Kaen T: (043) 334 045, (043) 334 047
Gucci or Ferrari certainly did not design the curiously named Roma, and nor does its claim of “boutique style” ring even the slightest bit true.
Even so, the large and long-running hotel continues to sell fairly solid rooms for 500 baht or less. After taking a small lift upstairs, we noticed fresh light-blue paint in the halls and later a staff member told us that the rooms are gradually being spruced up as well. Both the fan and air-con room that we peeped into smelled fresh and appeared to be well kept apart from a small amount of grime in one of the bathrooms. The fan room was rather cramped but bright, with a firm bed, small TV, desk and hot water in the dark bathroom. An air-con edition with more space, a mini-fridge and a softer bed represents very reasonable value -- and it even had a stumpy pleather loveseat! Some guests have reported problems with the staff, but the receptionists that we met seemed friendly. The free WiFi is patchy, and the long and narrow front lobby with a couple of motorcycles on display does not exactly capture the feel of Rome in the springtime. Still, backpackers looking for something comfier than the nearby Saen Samran should do fine here.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 9th September, 2015.