Accommodation Review: Ayutthaya

I didn’t plan on staying in Ayutthaya as long as I did, but because I stayed so long, I stayed in three different places. They were all different, so I decided to make a seperate post and review them, giving the pros and cons of each.

Ruen Tubtim Hotel/Resort

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First place I stayed in was the Ruen Tubtim. It had really good reviews on Agoda and Tripadvisor, and the hotel is a family-run traditional Thai house with antique furniture that was visited by King Rama VII. It is located on a very small island in Ayutthaya, a short boat ride away from Ayutthaya’s main island. Room was $27 per night for a single room, which was a large bed on the floor in one of the rooms. Hotel has a restaurant and bar and breakfast was pretty good. Bathroom is shared, there are two for the rooms upstairs and two for the rooms downstairs.

What I probably should have anticipated is that the location on a small island a boat ride away from town turned out to be very inconvenient for me. The hotel’s reviews made it sound like it wasn’t that big of a deal but for me it was why I stayed somewhere else the next night. When I went to Thailand I didn’t get a phone or sim card, instead deciding to just rely on public wifi and the wifi in my accommodations. But in order to get the boat to the island from the dock in the city I needed to call the owner. So because of that I had to rely on payphones or borrow someone’s phone. Not only that but Ayutthaya is absolutely scorching in August and I couldn’t go back to the hotel to lay down and take a break for awhile before going to another temple in the heat because that would involve calling the owner, waiting for the boat back, laying down for a bit, and then having the owner call the boat again and waiting again.

Pros: Beautiful house and area, good breakfast, nice owners.

Cons: Out of the way location and a boat needs to be called to get to and from the hotel. Too inconvenient without a Thai sim card.

Goodmorning Guesthouse by Tamarind

This was the second place I stayed at and I stayed two nights. As far as budget accommodation goes this was very good. Location is great, near the city center and the main temples on the island, as well as a few restaurants and a 7-11. I booked a twin room with a private bathroom for only about $15. They didn’t have any single rooms left, but the twins were so cheap that it didn’t matter. They had free coffee, tea, small cookies and bananas. Room was very clean.

Pros: Location, price, clean room, nice staff.

Cons: Bed was a bit hard, and the staff had limited English.

PU Resort

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My last day in Ayutthaya, I chose to stay in the PU Inn because it had a pool, and I really wanted a swim in all the heat (without putting my head in since I couldn’t get my stitches wet). The hotel had mixed reviews, but the location was great, right in the middle of town, so booked the night before on booking.com. When I arrived, the owner showed me to a room in PU Inn, which is a separate building from PU Resort. She gave me a key for a single room with bathroom, which cost 600 baht or $16. The room looked okay except for the fact it had some small ants running around. I don’t mind ants but it did make me nervous for whatever else I might be sleeping with that I couldn’t see yet (though I don’t remember reading about excessive pest control problems in the reviews). However, the lady that gave me the room then realized I had made a reservation on booking.com, which was actually for the Resort and not the Inn, as the Inn isn’t listed on booking.com but the Resort is, which I didn’t realize when I booked.

The room in the resort was a little over double the price, at 1400 baht or $39. But it was also a much nicer room with a balcony, and no ants, so I was willing to pay the extra. The bed in the resort was super soft, a bit soft for me but would be great for people who like really soft beds as they are rare in Asian hotels.

Location was the best out of all of them for sure, it was right next to most restaurants, the city center, and the stop for the vans to Bangkok. The pool and breakfast were great as well. Owner spoke pretty good English.

Pros: Pool, breakfast, nice owner, nice room, and location especially.

Cons: Price is higher than other rooms in the area but also much nicer. TV only had a few channels, all English news stations.

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