Solid value at the beach’s heart
First off the rank as you reach the beach road and turn south, Talay Hotel is worth keeping in mind for a centrally located room if Cha Inn is full or you require a swimming pool—even if it’s a tiny one.
The main “hotel” part of the property is a bland four-storey block of concrete—formerly JJ Hotel—that Talay made somewhat more enticing with pastel paintjobs and some sea-cottage-style decoration. Accessed by stairs, these are small but clean and equipped with LCD TVs, small safes, desks, fridges, firm beds and bathrooms with hot-water showers in glass stalls. Some have private balconies and partial sea-view windows, and the value isn’t too shabby considering the central location.
The better rooms are set further back beyond the car park in a long two-floor building facing a walkway. These are little larger than rooms in the main building, with more modern designs and front terraces. Sleek deluxe family editions have beds on either floor connected by spiral staircases.
A few loungers beside a tiny swimming pool face a white wall off a corner of the car park, adding to the overall quirky setup. There’s also a coffee shop attached to reception, where a few young staffers did a fine job with us.
For a little more cash you could go for nearby Banlansuan Resort, which has slightly better rooms but no sea views or pool. There’s also Paso Resort offering decent sea-view rooms for 1,300 baht quite a ways further south down the beach road.
Address: 277/2 Ruamchit Rd, Cha-am
T: (063) 398 6222;
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º59'0.98" E, 12º47'38.69" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||990 baht||990 baht|
|Superior double room||1,300 baht||1,300 baht|
Up to 6,000 baht
|3,500 baht||3,500 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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