Acceptable budget rooms
Sporting a vintage two-person lift in a faded lobby, the bright-orange New Hotel’s name is misleading.
This old budget hotel has stacks of rooms stretching far back from the elephant statue roundabout in front of the train station. We checked out a few rooms; one smelled extremely strongly of cigarette smoke, another was dark but acceptable and a third was unexpectedly fresh and bright, with a large window and newish air-conditioner. All rooms come with saggy beds, rotary telephones on chipped desks and at least one window. We noticed some grime in the bathrooms with Western flush toilets, though it wasn’t nearly as bad as at the similar Siri Surin Hotel. In the pricier rooms, bathrooms come with hot-water heaters and newer showerheads in addition to the old cold-water spouts. A range of rooms is available, with more cash stepping you up to a TV, hot-water heater and mini-fridge. The road out front gets busy so we’d opt for a room towards the back of the building. Though she came off as brusque at first, the older woman at reception spoke good English and was friendly enough. The best part is the easy-to-find location that puts you right in front of an area where a lot of the elephant activities take place during the festival. Just down the street, the Siri Surin (formerly Sang Thong) Hotel is another old budget choice that hasn’t been kept up as well.
Address: 6-8 Thanasan Rd, Surin
T: (044) 511 341, (081) 878 7301;
Coordinates (for GPS): 103º29'37.95" E, 14º53'26.86" N
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Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan private bathroom||180 baht||180 baht|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||300 baht||300 baht|
|Sgl air-con private bathroom||350 baht||350 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom|
50 baht for fridge
|460 baht||460 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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