We were a bit apprehensive about this hotel, given the limited number of trip advisor reviews. However we were pleasantly surprised! The hotel is one street away from the south east corner of the moat and so is 2 mins walk from old city. This location is great as having also stayed in the old city, its nice to be away for hustle, traffic and tackiness of the central tourist area.
The rooms are large, with huge beds. The beds are a bit on the hard side but at least you have space. Rooms are minimally but tastefully decorated with teak furniture and dark wood floors. Bathroom looks horrendous on website but it is styled as "distressed concrete" and overall effect is actually quite stylish. Wet room bathroom, so you do get water on the toilet seat from shower but bathroom is large enough that you can hang clothes and toiletries at far end and they stay dry. Very clean.
Best thing about hotel are lovely communal areas. There is a huge balcony with large wooden chairs. It's pretty quiet as the hotel is small and guests are not the party types, and so we brought our own beers and chilled out there every night. Much nicer than facing the crowds in old town bars.
Also staff are very friendly (though English is a bit ropey) and they gave us a discount for off season price, even though we had booked full price (and we were unaware of another rate) on website.
The two negatives about hotel were nearby construction and breakfast. The building next door is being renovated and we had an end room so could hear drilling from 8am. Not the hotels fault but negated the peaceful ambiance of evening! Also breakfast isn't great. It's included in price and consists of industrial portions of papaya, some stale toast and eggs with 4 different types of unppealing bacon and hot dogs. However you can just eat fruit and get an early lunch!
The room cost 900 baht a night. I don't know rates elsewhere but for a tasteful (if not basic) room in a quiet location with great communal spaces but not a hostel vibe, this seemed fairly priced and a good option to us. We would stay again.
As a final note, there is also a Smile Guesthouse in old town. Same company, but don't confuse the two. The Guesthouse has a pool and is in centre of old town and so is much more "amongst things" with a younger, party atmosphere.
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