Clean and central
The Red Planet will do the trick if you’re after a clean double or triple room slap bang in the centre of downtown Hat Yai.
Formerly the Tune Hotel, this eight-floor property opened in 2011 as the first under the Red Planet brand, which runs 24 hotels in various Asian countries at time of writing. Expect a sterile, corporate design that goes so far as to place promotional material on walls of rooms where art would normally be. However the uniformed staffers were notably helpful and spoke excellent English.
A lift takes you up to two types of rooms: standards with windows facing a wall or larger superiors with more natural light and the addition of fridge and kettle. All rooms are forgettable but clean, with tile floors, comfortable beds, air-con, LCD TVs, safes, WiFi, desks and small wet bathrooms with hot water. A maximum of three guests are allowed in each room.
Red Planet offers a spa and tour desk, but no restaurant. The location is a selling point, placing you around the corner from the train station and the restaurants and bars of Thumnoonvithi Road. The nearby Aloha Hotel has smaller, more business-style rooms for a bit more cash, but also a small swimming pool.
Address: 152-156 Niphat Uthit 2 Rd, Hat Yai
T: (074) 261 011-3 ; (02) 613 5888;
Coordinates (for GPS): 100º28'13.42" E, 7º0'8.11" N
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Room rates: 600B to 1,500B
What we were quoted as a walk-in.
|Standard double room||830 baht||830 baht|
|Superior double room||1,030 baht||1,030 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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