Ubon city’s long-standing lineup of dirt-cheap to midrange hotels has been joined by a couple of terrific guesthouses in more recent years. Value is generally very good, especially when compared to Bangkok or the islands. We’ve listed a handful of our top picks, but you’ll find plenty of other featureless hotels scattered around town.
Opened in 2013, The Outside Inn is the guesthouse that Ubon Ratchathani has needed for a long time. Cushy rooms at very reasonable rates, fantastic food, a laid-back atmosphere and management that pays careful attention to detail all combine to make this a top pick in the Lotus City. Finally, a guesthouse that captures Ubon’s charm. American/Thai owners Brent and Tun have created something... Read our full review of The Outside Inn.
The charming 28 Rachabutr Hostel is the only choice in Ubon Ratchathani if you seek a small, backpacker-friendly hostel with a homestay vibe and river views. Thankfully, it’s a good one. It’s nice to see some smaller guesthouses opening in Ubon. Opened in 2013 and named after its address on this centrally located road, 28 Rachabutr occupies a 60-year-old house within sight of the Moon... Read our full review of 28 Rachabutr Hostel.
The Sri Isan is an old hotel that’s been lovingly restored in recent years. The modestly classy four-storey building has an open centre stretching up from a spacious lobby with several tables, a single shared computer and a piano. Some wonderful framed photos of Ubon’s people and places adorn the walls, and the original ceramic tile-patterned railings have been preserved. Rooms were all... Read our full review of Sri Isan Hotel.
In our opinion, Tohsang is the best of the few hotels offering more of an upscale experience in Ubon -- if you don’t mind an out of the way location. The shiny lobby greets you with high ceilings, modern furnishings and professional English-speaking receptionists. A large attached restaurant serves an extensive buffet breakfast, and beyond that an interesting roofed bridge with elegant louvred... Read our full review of Tohsang City Hotel.
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... Read our full review of Ratchathani Hotel.
Situated a 10-minute walk north of Thung Si Muang Park, the long-running Tokyo occupies a sizeable five-storey building set back from two of Ubon’s busiest roads. We received a warm welcome from a receptionist who spoke a little English, though you’ll be better served by some of the other options if you’re in need of extensive advice on how to explore the area. If you need nothing more than... Read our full review of Tokyo Hotel.
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