Classic Thai-style guesthouse
12/22 Naresuan Soi 1, Ayutthaya T: (035) 323 200, (089) 885 0257
Relying almost entirely on the walk-in trade, Chanthana House is a family-run place with well-kept budget rooms in an old wood-and-cement house.
There are no noisy bars or pushy tour desks here, just a quiet property set back from the road amid gardens and trees.
Downstairs rooms are clean, simply furnished and reasonably sized, with comfy beds and en-suite hot-water bathrooms. Rooms in the middle of the building have windows facing the corridor, so ask for a room along the side of the building if that bothers you. Upstairs is a quirky but comfortable "living room" area that feels like the library of an elderly Thai statesman, with a relaxing shared terrace attached. Off this "library" area are two additional air-con rooms with soft double beds, wooden floors and shared bathroom facilities right outside the doors of each room. The rather timid staffers speak limited English but are cheerful and will do their best to provide a comfortable stay. While few services are available apart from free WiFi, you’ll find plenty of travel offices just up the street.
Chanthana doesn’t have many rooms and they do sometimes fill up with dedicated repeat customers. In that case, you could go around the corner and try Baan Lotus
, or settle on the Ayutthaya Guesthouse
, which is directly across the street from Chanthana.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 400 baht, high season 400 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes: Same price for larger upstairs room with shared bathroom; plus 50 baht for room with balcony.
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