The arrival was not inspiring as the hotel has a Russian communist-era design aesthetic, complete with a supremely ugly abandoned tower-block looming over the carpark. However once inside the lobby things improved. Yes it is a little dated, but not shabby. With nice artwork around. We arrived very early in the morning and the staff were very welcoming (and they did speak good english-to my surprise) and checked us in with no hassle. We were on the 11th floor and our room had clearly been recently renovated, so was fresh and new. The room was the standard business hotel size (not too small), with comfortable beds, flat screen tv, fridge, tea&coffee making facilities, adequate lighting, a strange safe (where you have to get the lock from reception) and standard (new) bathroom.
There was a pool area with lounges to sit on (only a few). It was a bit cold for us to swim as it was in the shade, but it was quite an ok pool. They also had a good looking gym, but I didn't get to use it. The hotel also has a few different restaurants and coffee shops as well as a dubious-looking nightclub out the back and ditto for the karaoke lounge in the basement (most of the large hotels in Khon Kaen appear to have these entertainments).
There was a nice large bright breakfast room. The choices catered to Asian and Western tastes, so was good. They have their own bakery so there is a good choice of baked goods.
The location is very handy as the hotel is next door to a shopping centre, there is a 7/11 just out the front and many dining options are a short walk away (seemed to be lots of good food places in this town) and there are a couple of other large hotels just next door also.
Conveniently the hotel has a shuttle bus to take you to the airport (for 70B pp) .
Overall a good value, comfortable hotel. Would stay again.
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