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Hat Yai

When it comes to accommodation in Hat Yai, you can't judge a book by its cover. From the outside a place could look a tad swish but have an affordable price tag plus little perks that add bang to your baht. You will also find that many of the 'fancy' hotels actually charge for WiFi whereas the guesthouses or newer hotels offer this for free. Rates can be very variable and negotiating the price and getting it clarified before you unpack your bag is advisable.

Aloha Hat Yai Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
120-122-124 Nipatuthit 1 Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 235 999

The Aloha Hat Yai Hotel is a bit more of an upmarket hotel located next to the Kings Hotel. The modern lobby is a bit lacking in ambiance as are those in most hotels of this genre and what the front desk staff lacks in warmth they make up for in efficiency as they cater to business clientele as well as travellers. The recently renovated air-con rooms all have new furnishings and include TV, WiFi,... Read our full review of Aloha Hat Yai Hotel.

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Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
29 Prachathipat Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 261 111

If looking for affordable comfort the Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel is the place to go. Located in the heart of Hat Yai, the 33-storey landmark has magnificent views of the surrounding city as well as having a large rooftop pool. They are also one of the few hotels that offer a fitness centre. Rooms are clean and spacious, with all the amenities that you would expect from a hotel of this calibre. The... Read our full review of Lee Gardens Plaza Hotel.

Louise Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
21-23 Thamnoonvithi Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 220 966

Louise Guesthouse is conveniently located on Thamnnoonvithi Road just a short walk from the train station. Tucked into a small alley next to Robinson's, this guesthouse is a stand out in more ways than one. The eclectic lobby is covered with old photographs, memorabilia and various knick-knacks commemorating historic events of Thailand, including the King of Thailand meeting the King of Rock,... Read our full review of Louise Guesthouse.

Asian Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
55 Niphat Uthit 3 Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 353 400-14

The Asian Hotel is another centrally located winner that makes up for its slightly higher rate with lots of amenities – it's a breath of fresh air compared to the impersonal Diamond Plaza across the street. They have 184 spacious rooms and with their large windows they offer some great views of central Hat Yai and beyond. An added bonus is the minibar and a safety deposit box. WiFi is also... Read our full review of Asian Hotel.

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Kiss Garden Home Chic Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
51/2 Hoimook Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 234 444

Faux-colonial-style Kiss Garden Home Chic Hotel (or Garden Home Hotel) is one of the better Hat Yai accommodation options and it comes with a surprisingly affordable price tag. Its location across the canal from the more central part of Hat Yai may not be as convenient as other hotels, but with all they offer on-site they make up for the few extra steps. The 81 newly refurbished rooms are... Read our full review of Kiss Garden Home Chic Hotel.

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Laem Thong Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
46 Thamnoonvitti Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 352 301-5

Located just a few blocks from the train station, the Laem Thong Hotel has a comfortable worn-in feel to it. Rooms are spacious and have large windows, which makes them light and airy. On closer inspection everything is a bit worn around the edges, but the rooms are clean and available with or without air-con. They include a mini-fridge, TV and hot-water showers in the ensuite bath. One drawback... Read our full review of Laem Thong Hotel.

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Park Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
81 Niphat Uthit 2 Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 233 351

Although the entrance to Park Hotel is tucked off the street behind a row of motorcycles, the bright yellow building is difficult to miss. Their small lobby with its dark wood interior has a slightly historic feel and a certain 'ring-bell-for-service' charm. Located on Niphat Uthit 2 Road they are within a short walk to the markets, train station and department stores as well as having the... Read our full review of Park Hotel.

Cathay Guesthouse
Backpacker - Under 600B
93/1 Niphat Unit 2 Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 232 202

Cathay Guesthouse may well have been a trendsetter when guesthouses started to open in Hat Yai, but she is showing her age these days and could definitely use a makeover. Located just off Thamanoonvithi Road on Niphat Unit 2 Road, their convenient location is a plus, but there are more inviting options available elsewhere. One must pass through their indifferent tour operation office to climb the... Read our full review of Cathay Guesthouse.

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Hat Yai Central Hotel
Flashpacker - 600B to 1,500B
180-181 Niphat Uthit 3 Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 230 000

Hat Yai Central is located just south of the shopping district and is easy to find due to its prominence on the skyline of Hat Yai. The rooms are clean and the interior design is basic hotel circa-1980. Like other older hotels in Hat Yai it is showing its age, but the rooms are clean and all have air-con, satellite TV, hot-water showers and a stocked minibar. The on-site restaurant offers both... Read our full review of Hat Yai Central Hotel.

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Kings Hotel
Backpacker - Under 600B
126 Niphatuthit 1 Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 261 700-7

Located just a few blocks from the train station, Kings is cheap and convenient. Although rooms look a bit worn out, this simple accommodation option has enough perks to overlook some minor plumbing issues or an occasional boisterous guest roaming the hallways late at night. The rooms come with a small table with chairs, mini-fridge and free WiFi. Add in the air-con and TV and you have all the... Read our full review of Kings Hotel.

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