The centrally located Windsor was by far the best out of the three old-style budget hotels that we checked out in Nakhon Phanom.
A trio of staffers enthusiastically welcomed us in the lobby: one of them even struck up a conversation in English that went beyond the usual exchange about room rates. After a ride upstairs in a grumbling old lift that’s not for the claustrophobic (you might want to stick to the stairs!), we viewed a couple of well-kept rooms with fairly wide floor plans but low ceilings. Rooms come with mini-fridges, tiny wet bathrooms with hot water, TVs, desks, small balconies and good-size windows that afford a view of the Lao mountains and maybe even a glimpse of the Mekong from the upper floors. The mattresses are among the most ridiculously soft that we’ve felt anywhere -- you might want to pack a rope to pull yourself out of bed. The location on Bamrung Mueang is excellent, an easy walk to the riverfront, clock tower and night market. You could save around 50 baht by booking a cramped room from the nearby Grand Hotel’s frosty receptionist, or taking a much grubbier room at the First Hotel a bit closer to the river.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 300 baht, high season 300 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 400 baht, high season 400 baht. Notes: Plus 50 baht for two twin beds.
272 Bamrung Mueang Rd, Nakhon Phanom
T: (042) 511 946
Room rates: Under 600B