Stayed at Tapae Inn for one night during Songkran. For starters, it is located in one of the buildings along the Tapae Road and is a short walk to Tapea gate. It also not too far from the Night Market. Tapae Inn bills itself as an "Antique Hotel." It is not necessarily in an old building, but rather contains a number of "antiques" like an antique shop, such as old coke bottles, plates, cigarette packages, posters, etc. There is certainly a lot of potential here, but the front comes off as a bit too shabby and unorganized.
The rooms are where the major disappointment comes in. Though it is only 350 baht for a small room with air con, heated shower and cable t.v., the rooms are just plain dirty. It seemed like the room hadn't been thoroughly cleaned in a while. The bedding, sheets and pillows were also dirty, worn and just needed to be tossed in the trash and replaced. I could see long hairs both on the bedding and the floor. There were holes in the ceiling and the walls were begging for a scrubbing. In addition, there are no "antiques" in the rooms or anything that would help the hotel continue that theme to its rooms.
While one shouldn't complain too much due to the 350 baht price, even a cheaply priced room deserves a poor rating if its dirty. A clean room with decent bedding should be the first priority. As I said, there is certainly potential here. If the staff organized and cleaned the front, thoroughly cleaned and painted the rooms, replaced the bedding and moved some of the interesting posters, etc to the rooms, even with a price increase, it certainly could be a decent place to stay. As it is, however, despite having an attractive price, the rooms are just too dingy and dirty for my tastes.
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