Opened in 1952, the Sri-Trang remains one of the easiest to find and most popular options in town.
Just across from the train station, the attractive heritage building sits in the middle of a cluster of travel offices and restaurants. Despite being called a "hotel," the place has a definite guesthouse vibe thanks to a low-key cafe, shared computers, potted plants near a goldfish pond, shelf to stow your shoes before going upstairs and boat info written on a chalkboard. The clientele is mainly Western travellers. Fan rooms had been done away with since our last visit, placing Sri-Trang firmly in the flashpacker category. (They now try to sell budget travellers on dorms at Nokhook House, which is managed by the same owners). Rooms are spacious and clean, with cable TVs, fridges and large wet bathrooms with hot-water showers. Front-facing rooms come with balconies, though you might stick to a room towards the back to avoid the morning traffic noise. Every room is a little different from the next. The young staff members don't speak perfect English, but they do their best to be helpful. The free WiFi does not work very well.
Type of room, low and high season prices
Room: Standard double room, low season: 640 baht, high season 640 baht. Notes: 740 baht for a larger room
Room: Superior double room, low season: 840 baht, high season 840 baht. Notes: With balcony
Room: Family room, low season: 950 baht, high season 950 baht. Notes: Sleeps four