The rooms at the Piman are clean, modern and spacious, it's a nice set-up built away from the road so the hotel rooms are fairly quiet even though its on a main road.
I hadn't made a reservation, I just happened to be walking past and saw a promotion sign offering rooms at 600 baht. At reception I was told all the 600 baht rooms were occupied, I looked around (it was nighttime) and I couldn't see a single light on in any of the rooms. I questioned the receptionists honesty and pointed the absence of a single light on in any of the rooms. She stuck to her story and told me she only had 900 baht rooms available. Being as I was only there for one night and it was getting late I took the 900 baht option even though I knew the receptionist was bent.
The next morning on checking out I was presented with an electricity bill for 127 baht. Astounded, I refused to pay, I've never been charged for electricity in any hotel in the world. I thought this was a really cheap despicable trick. The receptionists attitude was reprehensible, she obviously had a very slovenly attitude towards foreigners. After a few heated words they backed off, I told them to call the police and walked out leaving their bogus electric bill unpaid.
It's a pity they have devious dishonest staff working here because the hotel itself is good. As coincidence would have it I know a fellow Englishman who is married to a Thai and lives in Khon Kaen. He too stayed at this hotel a couple of years ago and they tried to pull the same stunt on him. That points to the fact that this is a ruse that is used on a regular basis and not just a one off.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique hotel in Khon Kaen City. Bars and restaurants are nearby but hotel is quiet and situated in its own garden. Ideal for visits to Khon Kaen University, Central Plaza shopping center and near Vietnamese and Laos consulates. ... more less
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