Cheap and comfy
Spiffed up to a high degree in 2015, the Rayong President Hotel will get the job done if the nearby Caza V1 is a little too pricey for you.
The rooms are similarly comfortable but with a less-helpful staff and fewer bells and whistles. Refurbishing work on the long four-floor concrete building had been recently completed when we last passed through, and we must say the place looked sharp. Tile floors gloss up the lobby, wood strips add a touch of class to the otherwise boring exterior and even the new yellow-and-green signs project a modern vibe. Accessed by a lift, rooms were done up with fake wood floors, desks, firm beds on raised platforms and newish LCD TVs and fridges. Hot-water wet bathrooms are small and basic. Though lacking a place to sit, the balconies off the back-facing rooms afford views over the rusty old town roofs. The rooms lack decor but are clean and spacious, with free but patchy WiFi.
The two uniformed receptionists spoke minimal English and weren’t overly friendly -- opt for Caza V1 if you need advice for exploring the area. The President does print out an English map of Rayong for guests, albeit a blurry one. An air-con coffee shop and roofed car park fronts the property. A short walk west of Caza V1, the President enjoys a great location between the old town and Sukhumvit.
When we checked, the hotel’s website advertised rooms for 100 baht less than what we were quoted as walk-ins, and the booking sites were charging 100 baht more.
Address: 16/8 Sukhumvit Soi 46, Rayong
T: (038) 622 771-3 ;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º16'20.51" E, 12º40'50.38" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room|
Plus 180 baht for breakfast.
|600 baht||600 baht|
|Superior double room||700 baht||700 baht|
David Luekens first came to Thailand in 2005 when Thai friends from his former home of Burlington, Vermont led him on a life-changing trip. Based in Thailand since 2011, he spends much of his time eating in Bangkok street markets and island hopping the Andaman Sea.
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