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.
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.
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.
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.
Address: 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
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||3,000 baht||3,800 baht|
|5,000 baht||5,500 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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