A little pokey
Situated smack in the middle of town in a building that’s shared with a 7-Eleven, the Rattanapong’s primary selling points are its location and dirt cheap prices.
The lobby, which doubles as a car park, has an old, cavernous feel with large white pillars, but it’s not quite as bad as it sounds; there are a couple of plain tables providing ambience. With two or three generations of folk hanging around, it has the feel of stumbling into a family’s living room at times. Single fan and air-con rooms are big enough just for a single bed, chair, and small cold water bathroom, but for the price they’re not a bad choice for solo budget travellers. More spacious, larger fan and air-con rooms are on the dusty side and similarly appointed with old and very basic furnishings, but again they could be a lot worse at these prices. The old hardwood floors, at least, do lend the rooms a little bit of character. These rooms are also equipped with older model TVs and wooden wardrobes. The staff are straight-forward but reasonably friendly, although little English is spoken.
Address: 111 Phetkasem Rd
T: (076) 411 247;
Room rates: Under 600B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Sgl fan private bathroom||200 baht||200 baht|
|Dbl fan private bathroom||250 baht||250 baht|
|Sgl air-con private bathroom||300 baht||300 baht|
|Dbl air-con private bathroom||350 baht||350 baht|
Lana Willocks is a freelance writer from Canada based in Phuket. Her love affair with Thailand began on a university exchange programme in Bangkok, then she returned to Phuket on the auspicious date of 9-9-1999 and never left.
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