One of the oldest places to stay in Old Sukhothai, Old City Guesthouse has a few different buildings with rickety fan rooms and straightforward air-con editions within a two-minute walk of the historical park.
Dirt-cheap fan rooms occupy a Thai-style teakwood house that we were told is well over a century old; at first glance it looks like it could have been preserved simply to add to the ambiance. These offer nothing more than a firm bed, fan and window to go with cold-water shared bathrooms that include both squat and Western toilets. With hardwood floors and walls, staying in these ancient rooms could be an experience in itself.
A couple of newer log-and-cement buildings flank the old house on either side, offering basic but clean and spacious air-con rooms with soft beds on tile floors and hot-water showers in large ensuite wet bathrooms. The fan option is solid value but you can add air-con and TV for 150 baht extra. These rooms lack character and don't get much natural light, but the ones that we inspected appeared well kept. WiFi is free, rental bicycles are available and a car park fronts the property. The location at the end of a short side lane ensures that you’ll get a quiet night’s sleep. The woman who showed us around seemed a bit frustrated, but that could have been due to the 40-degree heat.
We felt that Old City beats the nearby Vitoon Guesthouse, which is about 100 metres closer to the ruins and also has a range of fan and air-con budget rooms. If you want something a bit more upscale within a quick walk of the historical park, the nearby Wake Up at Muang Kao Boutique Hotel has decent rooms for around 1,000 baht.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Dbl fan share bathroom, low season: 200 baht, high season 200 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl fan private bathroom, low season: 350 baht, high season 350 baht. Notes:
Room: Dbl air-con private bathroom, low season: 500 baht, high season 500 baht. Notes: 700 baht with a fridge
Room: Family room, low season: 900 baht, high season 900 baht. Notes:
28/7 Jarod Vithithong Rd (just east of the historical park), Old Sukhothai
T: (055) 697 515
(081) 886 4886
Room rates: Under 600B