While slightly away from the centre, we reckon delightful Phoomthai Garden Hotel is still well worth considering -- it's probably our fave pick for Phrae. A couple of three-storey blocks in an L-shape are set in a very cute garden area, with a pool one side and cafe on the other. They did well to preserve some mature trees during construction and the garden, though small, is lush with ferns and... Read our full review of Phoomthai Garden Hotel.
Tucked away down an alley off Charoen Muang Road is the three-storey, Lanna-style Bua-Khao Hotel set in a spectacular old teak mansion just back from a quiet lane in the heart of the city. Though lacking a garden, the location is convenient and it is peaceful enough. The rooms are small but cosy, and while nowhere near as ornate as the exterior of the building, they are comfortable and agreeably... Read our full review of Bua-Khao Hotel.
This large hotel, opposite the bus station, seems to have cornered the foreign tour group market for Phrae and as such is definitely the hotel most set up for Western visitors. In high season coach loads of Dutch, French or Belgian tourists may suddenly rock up flooding reception or the cafe, meaning the needs of a solo traveller may take a temporary back seat. In low season however things are... Read our full review of Maeyom Palace Hotel.
While the exterior of the Nakorn Phrae Hotel could serve as illustrative photo for a ‘shabby’ dictionary entry, rooms are not bad at all and staff are friendly and helpful. (The hotel is run by the same guys as nearby Nakorn Phrae Tower.) For 60 baht less, it’s barely worth considering the fan-cooled rooms, unless you’re seriously budget strapped, though we would recommend skimping on the... Read our full review of Nakhon Phrae Hotel.
Paradorn is another older hotel that doesn’t look much from the outside but has clean and acceptable rooms inside. Fan-cooled rooms in the older block are a bit on the dingy side though the air-con rooms in the newer block at the rear are fine, and quieter, with WiFi, fridge, TV and hot ensuite showers -- the price includes an Asian-style breakfast, with Western breakfasts available for a... Read our full review of Paradorn Hotel.
Wacky was the word that sprung to mind when we visited one of the few old town accommodation options, Priwan Home Stay. It is a one-woman operation, run by ex-English teacher Priwan. We had to return three times before we found her -- so some patience is required if she’s out at the market or having coffee with her mates. It is definitely the best budget bet around though, and conveniently... Read our full review of Priwan’s Homestay .
A large generic-style hotel that saw better days quite a number of years ago, Nakorn Phrae Tower flatters to deceive from the outside with an elaborate entrance. When it was first opened it must clearly have been the smartest address in town but these days illusions are shattered as soon as you step into the tired looking lobby. While in need of a make-over, rooms aren’t bad – they are better... Read our full review of Nakhon Phrae Tower.