I stayed over at Indra Hotel on 29 and 30 August 2013. Overall, it was a good budget hotel with a fantastic location right in the heart of the shopping belt. Opposite was the Odeon Shopping Centre and a stone's throw away, you get to The Central and a little farther up, about a couple of minutes' walk, there is the Robinsons.
KFC, McDonald's and Starbucks gave the place a metropolitan feel but let's face it: Hat Yai is Hat Yai so do not expect to feel as if you are in Tokyo, New York or Shanghai.
There are also lots of small shops around selling mainly food, bags, shoes and various local snacks all in the vicinity of the hotel. If you need a massage, you should have no problem finding a massage parlour but you have to open your eyes wide to know whether you are going to get a pure massage or whether it comes with 'extras'.
Indra Hotel does not have a restaurant so I went over to the Centera Hotel to eat a really good dinner all for only 520 Baht. However, for all the other meals, I ate local food, which was the way to 'live' like the locals did. The kampong chicken rice in the same building as The Indra Hotel was excellent, reminiscent of how it was cooked in Singapore n the 1960s.
The room was neat and clean and came with air-con. No bed bugs detected. There were two bottles of drinking water, compliments of the hotel which the chambermaid replaced daily. Usual amenities included a TV with a reasonable selection of channels and a bathtub with hot water. I do not understand why they needed to keep my passport which I do not believe in leaving with anybody whenever I travelled. In the end, the hotel receptionist agreed to my placing a deposit of 200 baht refundable upon checking out. That was better. It gave me peace of mind. displayed at the counter was 550 Baht for a room with a double bed.
The price for a room with a double bed displayed at the counter was 550 baht per night. I got it for 650 baht, all because I was stupid to follow a tout to a travel agent to do the booking when I got off the coach.
My advice to anybody going to Hatyai by coach: coaches stop at the vicinity of the main shopping belt and there are several hotels around. You do not need the not-for-free service of a tout to bring you to a travel agent to book an hotel room. You can easily walk about and find a hotel which suits your budget. And you probably pay less, believe me, so if you are ever approached by a tout, shoo him away.