In the 18th century, Ayutthaya was Thailand’s capital city as well as the largest city in the world. Nowadays, Ayutthaya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Thailand’s most popular tourist destinations. Full of ancient ruins, beautiful temples and palaces, Ayutthaya is also popular with budget travelers who enjoy staying in a nice hotel but don’t want to pay a high price. There are a number of excellent budget hotels to choose from in Ayutthaya, but these are three of the best.
The Lima Place – An unbelievable hotel, particularly for the cheap price, The Lima Place is a 75 room budget hotel just a couple of kilometers from downtown Ayutthaya and close to the ancient city ruins of Ayutthaya.
A modern hotel, The Lima Place offers three types of guest room – a fan room, a standard air conditioned room and a VIP air conditioned room. Even the electric fan rooms though are cool and lovely. Each room has an en suite bathroom, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi internet, a mini bar, complimentary bottled water and a balcony. VIP rooms have a DVD player, a refrigerator, electric kettle and bathrobe and slippers.
The hotel has a small restaurant serving Thai and Western food, a minimart, internet room, library where you can borrow books and DVDs, a laundry service and tea and coffee in the lobby area. You can also rent motorbikes and bicycles at the hotel.
Room rates are phenomenally cheap for this high-standard budget hotel. Electric fan rooms are 400 baht ($13) a night, air conditioned rooms with King size bed are 500 baht ($16) a night, and VIP air conditioned rooms 650 baht ($22).
Ayothaya Riverside Hotel – Located right on the Pasak River in Ayutthaya, this traditional Thai style hotel is close to the city’s railway station and just a couple of minutes by tuk-tuk from town.
At the Ayothaya Riverside Hotel, you’ll have a choice of superior, deluxe or executive suite rooms. Guest rooms are large and all have en suite bath, satellite TV, minibar and tea and coffee making facilities. Views from most rooms are lovely, either out over the river or the city.
The hotel has a karaoke room, a restaurant and a lovely floating restaurant where you can eat lunch or dinner in the open-air looking right on the river itself.
Room rates begin at 900 baht ($29) a night.
Ayutthaya Grand Hotel – Close to the center of town, the Ayutthaya Grand Hotel is a budget hotel that still has a large lovely swimming pool, fitness room and massage center.
The hotel’s guest rooms are air conditioned and all have en suite bath with tub and shower, satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities and river or city views.
The hotel has a nice restaurant serving authentic Thai cuisine, a small gift shop and a laundry service. They also offer some business services if you haven’t quite managed to cut ties with your job.
Room rates are cheap at 1,240 baht ($34) a night and include a Thai or Western breakfast.
Photo – Elephants in Ayutthaya, Thailand