I stayed for 2 nights in early December 2011 and expected to be impressed, given the reviews here. I had spent the last 10 days travelling through Isaan, staying in similar priced hotels, all of which far surpassed the Sri Isarn in terms of value for money and general maintenance.
I'm sure it was once a great hotel but time has passed and attention to the basics, like painting and cleaning of the upper floors is long over due.
The location of the hotel is very convenient to the river front and night food market area. It is an easy walk to the Museum and park area. The staff can be very helpful.
There is no lift so be sure to request a room on a lower floor if stairs are an issue. I had room 341 with a market view. Lugging my bags up the stairs was, at best, good excercise.
The hotel dinning area serves meals and is of quite acceptable quality and pricing (and frequented by locals) for a meal if going out is not an option (eg due to rain).
The included breakfast was a choice of 3 set menus (American, Asian or Continental). The American consisted of 1 over cooked egg, 2 pieces of warm bread wih frozen butter and some jam and a pretty average cup of coffee.
The WiFi did not work at all during my 2 days there, despite staff saying there were going to fix it. The signal strength was good in the lobby but there are issues with their settings that block popular web sites (yahoo, gmail etc, to name just a few). The place on the same street as the TAT Office (to the right, opposite side - about 300 metres) with mushroom tables and stools outside and all pink interior has great internet for 12 baht per hour.
The building is looking dated, the reception area being the best maintained and most pleasant area in this hotel. There is mould showing on the atrium surrounds, particularly on the 3rd floor, that detracts from the hotels appeal. The fire escape ladder system looks to be in need of some attention also.
The rooms are quite small with poorly designed bathrooms and the attention to room cleaning could be better. There was a small dead insect just behind the hand basin (in clear view) that was still there after my room was cleaned twice.
The rooms at the front can be a bit noisy (mine also had the bright lights from the hotel sign) as the market is about 200 metres away starts quite early, ie 0500 hrs or so.
On a positive note, the hotel will arrange transport to and from the airport and train station for 50 baht and to or from the bus station for 100 baht.
There are some cafes and very casual restaurants along the river front (10 minutes walk from the hotel) which offer good views of the sunset. Perhaps better for a beer than a meal though.
The night food market is straight up the road that leads to the hotel (5 minutes walk away) and has a great selection of local foods plus tables and chairs (unlike most night markets in the region) where you can sit to eat your meal - more like a food court style of dining.
There are not a lot of tourist sights in the town as such and the TAT (Tourist Ofice) staff are not particularly helpful. I asked about local restaurants and a night market and they suggested I go out to Big C or Tescos on a song taew. They did provide a good map with song taew and bus routes marked on it. As it turned out, the night market was only 100 metres from the TAT Office, on the same street, to the left when facing their office.
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