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Hotel des Artists

Classy digs

4 Thanarat Rd, Khao Yai T: (044) 297 444 (084) 358 7744 F: (044) 297 744

Hotel des Artists

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Our favourite of the upscale options found along Thanarat, Hotel Des Artists sports a classy French-colonial design along with a pair of swimming pools and mountain views.

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The cheaper rooms occupy the main two-storey building with a broad sloping roof, glossy wood floors, tall turquoise doors and olive-green louvred shutters. Though the building was built fairly recently, designers did such a good job that it wouldn’t look out of place among restored colonial-period architecture in Phnom Penh or Hanoi.

Rooms are on the small side but still luxurious, with sumptuous beds and terraces overlooking a long and narrow marble swimming pool. Take the tree-lined paths further back and you hit a string of larger villas set around a much larger pool. These are worth the extra couple of thousand baht and bag you espresso machines, huge bathrooms with tubs, duel sinks and rain showers set side by side. All rooms come with soft white drapes, tasteful art and expected amenities.

We've had far worse views from our room.

We've had far worse views from our room. Photo: David Luekens

Several indoor and outdoor common areas feature soft lounge chairs, long tables and even an antique desk on an upper floor. Included breakfast comes with a good range of Thai and Western options. Staff seemed to be mostly used to servicing well-heeled Thai guests but English is spoken and all are welcome. Our only concern was a lack of security; we arrived to find no one in reception and didn’t encounter a single guard or other staffer until after we’d wandered back into the complex and returned to the lobby on our own.

Common areas are tasteful too.

Common areas are tasteful too. Photo: David Luekens

Situated a few kilometres north of the park’s northern gate and near the turnoffs for Muak Lek and Wang Nam Khiao, the location is ideal for exploring with your own vehicle. If you don’t mind a more isolated location, you also might consider the luxurious digs at Sala Khao Yai and Ndol Streamside Thai Villas. The Hotel des Artists group also runs properties in Pai and Chiang Mai.

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Walk-in rates at Hotel des Artists

Type of room
Type of room, low and high season prices
Superior double room
3,000 baht
3,800 baht
Deluxe bungalow
5,000 baht
5,500 baht
Room: Superior double room, low season: 3,000 baht, high season 3,800 baht. Notes:
Room: Deluxe bungalow, low season: 5,000 baht, high season 5,500 baht. Notes: Villa

Where is Hotel des Artists

Hotel des Artists
4 Thanarat Rd, Khao Yai
T: (044) 297 444 (084) 358 7744 F: (044) 297 744
Coordinates (for GPS): 101º22'11.84" E, 14º31'12.94" N
Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B

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