RONAN O’CONNELL finds stylish, affordable hotels
Jaw-dropping swimming pools, stunning views, incredible buffets, chic rooms — hotels with all these appealing features can cost a small fortune in Australia.
The ability to stay in nice hotels at an affordable price is one of the key reasons so many Aussies holiday in SE Asia.
Here are 10 fantastic hotels which cost $150 a night or less.
Kokotel Krabi Ao Nang (Krabi, Thailand)
There are incredible views of jungle-draped mountains, a rooftop swimming pool, big and plush rooms, an onsite kids’ playground, a big and free buffet breakfast, and it is just 300m from one of Asia’s best beaches, Ao Nang. Yet 22sqm double rooms at Kokotel remarkably start from just $50, while family rooms with three beds are only $70.
Has a talking robot ever served you fresh towels? If not, then you need to stay at this high-tech hotel in downtown Singapore. Yotel has two room service robots which roll independently through this modern property. This modern theme continues inside the rooms, which start from $150 a night and boast adjustable “smart beds”, smart TVs, and hidden storage compartments. Yotel’s location is fantastic, right on Orchard Road, Singapore’s most famous shopping precinct.
La Siesta Central Hotel & Spa (Hanoi, Vietnam)
Hanoi has some wonderful boutique hotels but La Siesta Central is the most stylish one I’ve seen. Its heritage-style decor is impeccable, its rooms (from $150) are sophisticated and well appointed, its buffet breakfast offers huge variety as well as great quality, and its location is wonderful, right in the heart of Hanoi’s Old Quarter. It also has a luxurious onsite spa, and Twilight Sky Bar, a rooftop venue with sprawling city views.
The Loft Hotel (Yangon, Myanmar)
One of a wave of cool new hotels in Yangon, The Loft is unique for having several split-level suites, with a glamorous living area downstairs and a big bedroom upstairs. Its rooms, which start at $150 a night, have trendy designs with wooden floors and exposed brick walls. The Loft also has a popular rooftop venue called Alex’s Gastro Bar and Garden where the buffet breakfast is served.
Avani Pattaya Resort & Spa (Pattaya, Thailand)
Location, location, location. This five- star resort owns the best possible spot in Pattaya, just 200m from Pattaya beach, next door to the Royal Garden Plaza shopping centre and among the city’s best nightlife and street markets. Yet it still has a tranquil atmosphere thanks to its lush gardens and gigantic swimming pool. Avani’s spacious 38sqm entry- level rooms are just $150 a night including a huge buffet breakfast for two.
J7 Hotel (Siem Reap, Cambodia)
Located opposite to the Royal Residence, in downtown Siem Reap, this five-star hotel feels like a resort thanks to its huge central courtyard which features a big swimming pool and Moringa Wellness Spa. For $150 a night you get a 60sqm room, finished in beautiful dark wood, as well as a buffet breakfast for two. J7 Hotel also has a modern gym, sauna and Jacuzzi.
Hotel Kimberly (Manila, Philippines)
Just a short walk from beautiful Rizal Park and historic Intramuros neighbourhood, Hotel Kimberly is great value, with its enormous 57sqm execute suites costing just $140 a night, including a buffet breakfast for two. The hotel has very good facilities including a gym and swimming pool, and is opposite the massive Robinsons Place shopping centre.
The Federal Hotel (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
The modern and huge 62sqm studio deluxe rooms at The Federal are just $150 a night and boast balconies with sensational views of the Kuala Lumpur skyline. The vista of the iconic Twin Towers from The Federal’s massive swimming pool is just as good. Add in beautiful gardens and four onsite restaurants and you have an impressive hotel.
Indigo House Hotel (Luang Prabang, Laos)
In the heart of this historic city, right next to its famous night market, is this boutique hotel where stylish 30sqm deluxe double rooms, with a big balcony, start from just $100 a night, including a buffet breakfast. Indigo House also has a rooftop bar and restaurant with amazing views of the Old Town.
Hotel M (Chiang Mai, Thailand)
Situated inside the old walled town of Chiang Mai — the best location possible — Hotel M is on the doorstep of most of the city’s finest temples, best nightlife and its famous weekend market. It has a beautiful pool, buffet breakfast included in all rooms and a free tuk-transport service. Its top-of- the-range deluxe rooms, with city views, are just $110 a night.