The old Chao Phaya Inn’s sign pulsates from red to blue to yellow after dark, looming large in the centre of Khorat -- you certainly won’t have trouble finding the place.
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The location near a bunch of eateries and within a five-minute walk of Ya Mo is the best part, but rooms aren’t too shabby for the price. After being greeted by a smiley English-speaking receptionist, we were sent upstairs on our own to ask one of the cleaners to show us a few rooms. They’re all quite dated, with fake wood accents, basic wet bathrooms, firm beds and wide glass windows -- modest city views are available if you don’t mind an upper floor. Available in a few different sizes, all rooms come with TVs, free WiFi, fridges, desks, 1970s-style vinyl chairs and rather hideous floral prints. No, this is not the most memorable place, but the rooms appeared clean and we detected no foul smells or mould in the bathrooms -- and the location is tough to beat.
Chao Phaya Inn has long been a go-to option for foreign travellers and expats who prefer a hotel rather than a guesthouse. It’s a landmark that every local knows by name. A few pubs and massage shops surround the car park, and the terrific Anego Japanese Restaurant is attached to the front of the building.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 550 baht, high season 550 baht. Notes:
Room: Superior double room, low season: 600 baht, high season 600 baht. Notes: 700 baht for larger room