I have stayed in hotels all over Thailand and several in Bangkok and Pattaya. For sheer value for money the Areca Lodge takes some beating. It is a solid 4 star hotel, and everything about the place is praiseworthy. The rooms are spacious, with large balconies and everything works well. The breakfast (included) is more than adequate, the pool is pleasant and rarely overcrowded and, the best part of all, the staff are totally welcoming and helpful.
The hotel is situated close to the centre of Pattaya, a few minutes from the beach and well-served by local amenities, supermarkets, shops, restaurants and bars. Everything is within easy walking distance (beach, Walking Street, Shopping malls, Hard Rock Cafe). There are cheaper hotels in Pattaya, but none can compare with Areca's basic honest approach, easy-going nature and affordability. The staff are, without exception, friendly and flexible and after several stays I would not want to back to the so-called branded hotels which can cost as much as double or more.
The hotel is not at all seedy and suits families, business travellers and single fun-seekers alike. There is a mix of local Thais and foreigners as guests. It works extremely well.More