The B rises in a flurry of polished concrete and primary colours near the centre of the nightlife strip on Rueangrat. It has some weak points but remains a solid option for flashpackers in the heart of town.
Featuring bright red and acid-green sloped plastic furniture and black-and-white framed photos on polished concrete walls, the industrial-chic design is over-the-top trendy. A typical problem with “design” hotels is that they look great when brand new but wear and tear becomes easily visible after a few years. While still clean, The B didn’t look quite as sharp to us as it used to.
The funky theme continues into rooms designed to the tune of different primary colours, accessed by stairs or a lift and equipped with extras like LCD TV, fridge, safe, air-con, glass windows and rain showerheads in the hot-water bathrooms. Higher-end rooms come with more space, bigger TVs and additions like bathrobes and basic coffee/tea facilities.
On the top floor is a small infinity pool with views to Burma backed by a deck that attaches to a large common room with billiards tables and a bar that was being used for a private party when we last passed through. The hotel is set back from the street next to a cramped parking lot and fronted by a large bar and restaurant hosting live music on most nights. There’s also a collection of antique cars stuffed into a ground-floor garage.
The receptionist who greeted us was smiley but spoke limited English, and we got the feeling that The B caters more to trendy Thai travellers. If you’re after a cheaper but also centrally located option, the nearby Rueangrat Hotel has small but clean and reasonably comfy rooms for 690 baht. There’s also the Farmhouse, a newer hotel with no pool and plain rooms that are as cushy as The B’s for roughly the same rates.
Address: 295/2 Rueangrat Rd, Ranong
T: (077) 823 111; (081) 326 2366; F: (081) 326 2366
Coordinates (for GPS): 98º37'59.64" E, 9º57'58.63" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Superior double room||1,100 baht||1,100 baht|
|Deluxe double room||1,300 baht||1,300 baht|
|Deluxe Suite||1,800 baht||1,800 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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