Very well equipped
Spanning multiple wings within a three-minute stroll of the bus station, the business-style Star Hotel is stacked with facilities.
While the location isn’t too charming and the rooms lack character, it’s certainly a comfortable choice. With vine designs on the wall-to-wall carpets and out-of-place Japanese art placed above the beds, the Star’s rooms are typical of large Asian business hotels. Old-fashioned tables and chairs, wide windows, desks, minibars, safes, TVs, WiFi, air-con and marble-wall bathrooms with tubs round out the antiquated but well-kept superior rooms. Deluxe editions bag you an extra 10 square metres along with sofas and better-quality furnishings. All accessed by lifts from a cavernous lobby, some of the rooms look down over the huge lagoon-style swimming pool while others afford city views. Buffet breakfast is included in the rates.
A sauna and gigantic fitness centre are also counted among the facilities. Operating a large neighbouring nightlife complex, shopping centre and huge roofed market, the Star is something of a destination in Rayong. The location on the north side of Sukhumvit Road is a quick walk northwest of the bus station and 15 minutes north of the old town.
Address: Sukhumvit Soi 37, Rayong
T: (038) 614 901;
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º16'16.9" E, 12º41'7.32" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||1,100 baht||1,100 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,800 baht||1,800 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.