Rising from a corner of the main tourist area in a barrage of tinted glass and light violet paint, the Chalelarn has raised the bar among Hua Hin’s midrange hotels.
All seven storeys are done in a sometimes over-the-top traditional Thai theme that relies heavily on polished dark wood, woven bamboo, colourful silk, old-style Thai carvings, glittering elephants and plenty of deep-crimson fabrics. Some of the rooms are awkwardly designed, with minimal space between foots of beds and the walls, and ill-conceived glass windows between bathrooms and sleeping space (there are curtains). The lack of balconies is also a disappointment. But the rooms are comfortable and romantic, and bathrooms particularly shine thanks to ceramic sinks, high-end appliances and turquoise ceramic tiles to contrast dark-grey walls. All rooms also come with safes, minibars and LCD TVs. A decent-size swimming pool and Jacuzzi top the place off and afford great views of the city and ocean. There’s also a restaurant, bar and shared computers in the lobby. The uniformed staff member who greeted us was polite but struggled with English. The owners also run Baan Chalelarn, a smaller and more straightforward hotel around the corner on Chomsin Road. We saw some fair deals for both places online.
Address: 53/1 Naeb Kehardt Rd, Hua Hin
T: (032) 512 322-4 ; (089) 255 8889; F: (032) 512 235
Coordinates (for GPS): 99º57'24.93" E, 12º34'23.33" N
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Room rates: 1,500B to 4,000B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||1,900 baht||1,900 baht|
|Deluxe double room|
Add 300 baht for a seaview
|2,200 baht||2,200 baht|
|Deluxe Suite||2,700 baht||2,700 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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