Yala has two kinds of hotels; very cheap Thai-Chinese style places that are generally very basic and often double as short-term haunts, and quite fancy mid range options that offer outstanding value. If there was ever a town that was worth nudging your budget up to 300B, Yala is the one -- the mid range places are a steal.
Situated about a fifteen minute walk from the train station, one wonders what kind of tourism boom the owners had in mind when they put together this 15 floor monolith with enough rooms to host a bird festival and banana eating festival combined. The rooms are very clean, all kitted out with fridge, cable tv and hot-water bathrooms and at their walk-in rates is an absolute steal. The only minus... Read our full review of Chang Lee Hotel.
The most central of the midrange options, the nine floor Yala Rama has perfectly adequate rooms, all very clean with hot water bathrooms, bar-fridge, cable tv and aircon is really difficult to fault for the money. Reception staff are very friendly and speak some English and there is an attached restaurant and a popular disco. The top floors ave good views over town and of the sunset through the... Read our full review of Yala Rama Hotel.
Located just past the Yala Rama, the Thepwimarn is the best choice for those who just can't bring themselves to break that 200B barrier. Their fan rooms are clean and in reasonable condition and the location, as with the Yala Rama benefit from limited traffic noise. Very chatty desk-staff are good... Read our full review of Thepwimarn Hotel.