Comfortable and convenient
One of Ubon’s best-located hotels, The Ratchathani is another oldie that’s undergone considerable upgrades in recent times.
The five-storey hotel pulls off a more upscale face than the nearby Sri Isan thanks to polite and cheerful uniformed receptionists and a sleek lobby with dark-wood trim and funky chandeliers hung over modern sofas. This boutique-y design unfortunately gets left behind in the standard rooms, inexplicably called “deluxe,” which are fairly small and straightforward deals equipped with utilitarian tile floors, old mini-fridges, TVs, small private bathrooms and large windows. The superior editions were more recently updated and are a solid step up, with larger LCD TVs, hot-water kettles and tubs in bathrooms with newish appliances. WiFi is free and a simple buffet breakfast is included in the rates. There’s also a lift, bicycles for rent and an on-site restaurant, though we’d skip its Thai fusion menu and head straight across the street to the night market. The best part about The Ratchathani is its location, within easy wandering distance of the riverfront, Thung Si Muang Park, the National Museum and several temples. If The Ratchathani and Sri Isan are full, you could try the larger Ubon Hotel, which has acceptable rooms at slightly higher rates just down the street.
By David Luekens
Last updated on 3rd February, 2016.