Crappy exterior, great rooms
Ignore Hotel Glory’s awful exterior because inside you’ll find comfortable, tasteful rooms at good rates plus an enticing rooftop restaurant. Hotel Glory is a tall, thin concrete block painted an earth brown.
The front gives directly onto the street and the reception area is decidedly unimpressive too. But get past this and the 2015-opened hotel offers spotless, well-appointed, tasteful and airy rooms with varnished wood floors and simple decor. The air-con and hot showers are efficient thanks to the hotel’s young age, and the the tall, thin design means that all seven floors above the first or second provide great views across town. Views are either west towards the river or east towards the lake. The restaurant on the eighth floor has correspondingly impressive vistas though it is all enclosed by windows, which is a slight shame as there’s no open-air terrace. Staff are friendly and helpful.
The location is up by the lake -- slightly on the edge of town -- but still only a short walk or moto ride from the centre. The same owners have a second hotel 100 metres further down the same road named Angel Land; if their brochures are anything to go by, Glory was formerly named Royal Angel. Angel Land is their older establishment and still perfectly adequate with slightly cheaper rates, but new Glory is the better deal.
Rates seemed somewhat arbitrary and clearly vary according to how busy they are, how many nights you’d like to book and whether you book directly or through a booking agent, but we were quoted the below walk-in rates when we visited.
Address: Kan Nar (Yone Kone) St and cnr Padauk Rd, Hpa-an
T: (095) 660 830;
Coordinates (for GPS): 97º37'41.93" E, 16º52'56.18" N
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Room rates: US$20 to $40
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard single room||US$30||US$30|
|Standard double room||US$40||US$40|
Based in Chiang Mai, Mark Ord has been travelling Southeast Asia for over two decades and first crossed paths with Travelfish on Ko Lipe in the early 1990s.
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