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Rayong President Hotel
Ranked #33 of 62 Hotels in Rayong
Reviewed 15 February 2014

I have stayed at this hotel twice - the first time for 3 nights and the second time for two. The hotel is quite large with two wings - one for 400 Baht rooms (which they advertise quite clearly outside) and the other for 650 Baht rooms which have nicer doors, furniture and televisions than the cheaper rooms. I have only stayed in the cheaper rooms. I think the room on my first visit was 419 and it was 420 on the second occasion, rooms that are located on opposite sides of the same corridor.

The view was better from the 419 side of the corridor since you can see trees, pretty buildings and a wat in the distance. However, this is also the noisier side as cockerels sing at the crack of dawn and you may also be able to hear oration sometimes from the temple. The rooms on the other side of the corridor face onto the car park and there is nothing of interest to see. Both rooms had ample furniture (although 419's furniture was in a partially damaged state), satellite TV with several foreign-language channels, fairly noisy and not so efficient aircon (in fact, a mosquito bit me during the night even though it was on), a fridge and a clothes-drying area.

You can buy breakfast at the same time as the room for 70 Baht extra. This is ok, if you intend having an American breakfast, but if you choose a Thai option, it can be cheaper to pay à la carte. Restaurant staff understand no English and I couldn´t get them to give me scrambled eggs, but a farang with a Thai wife did get it. The coffee is awful. So, you would be better off selecting tea or orange juice. In fact, the American breakfast is only so-so and not particularly good.

One of the cleaners will clean your room at a moment's notice.

There are a few annoying things about this hotel. The wifi involves loading up a page where you have to enter a username and password that change every day. Therefore, you will have to keep on asking for this information if you stay longer than a day (and possibly less than a day too). They switch off your electricity remotely so that you may need to ask them to switch this back on for you. The aircon remote control was broken in my room and had to be replaced, not once, but twice. The walls are paperthin so that if your neighbours are noisy, you will know about it. On my last night, there was somebody in the next room that played Thai music for hours on end. I felt like I was at a karaoke bar.

However, the hotel is good value for money, all told.

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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 January 2014

Rayong President is a very good value for the price paid-- just beyond the backpacker rates and at the low end of hotel rates. Rooms can average ~600B (breakfast incl is optional), which is OK, esp considering one has free choice from the menu, rather than a 'set'.
The lobby is minimalist, though attractive; the rooms are clean, without any decor to speak of (completely bare walls, no accent pillows), yet the mattress was good for sleeping.
I had made a reservation (620 incl bfast) the night before, and was arriving in the early afternoon. The reception staff said they didn't have the booking--I was surprised-- then they 'immediately' offered rooms for 470 or 570 (breakfast incl).
(( Bangkok was starting its Demonstrations the next day, so the thought is that's why the rates were slashed: BKK had cut many of its flights, and other lodgings' prices had been cut (this was seen 'later' on the internet)--tourists were avoiding going to or thru BKK due to the Demos. I also had altered my travel plans to be 'on the other side' of BKK before the 13th.))
Just before settling in my room, I checked the sheets: the top sheet was clean and neat; the 'bed sheet' was wrinkled, creased, and with a few long, dark, course black hairs. The front desk staff did come to inspect and did have two women come to change the sheets, after pointedly asking if I had already lain on the bed....
The room I had was next to the hallway for the elevator, so there was the sound of folks returning heard throughout the night. The bed was good for sleeping.
The location is ideal! Tesco-Lotus is a 5-10 min walk, the ATMS, bus station, and Market are 3-5 minutes away.
The staff are friendly, courteous, and helpful. When some English was not understood, they would have someone else come to answer. They have a photocopy-sketch-map of the area, and are ready to give directions.
This was an easy stop on the way to Ban Phe and Ko Samed.

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  • Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 30 July 2013

Nice and cheap great for the money staff was well informed and English was spoken by most if not all of the staff.the pool was not usable but we did use the kiddie portion was was great with the kids we had with us

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  • Stayed: June 2013, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 24 September 2012

This hotel just about outperforms the 'average' bracket - the main reasons being its convenient location and reasonable rates. If visiting with a family of four, it is inexpensive enough to consider taking two rooms. You could sleep an adult and child in each, or, if traveling with older kids, mom and dad could get a little privacy (and peace and quiet!).

The level of service is 'average', while the rooms and decor aren't really anything "to write home about". However, it is reasonably clean, has an extensive car park out front and is very convenient (you can walk to a nearby Tesco-Lotus in about 5-10 minutes).

This hotel is worth considering as an option if you are planning to visit Ban Phe, which is where the boats depart for the island of Koh Samet. You could probably stay here one night, head over to Samet for the day, take the last boat back and stay here for a second night for the same cost as spending one night on the island. The rate (around 600 baht + per night, per room [probably seasonal and 'negotiable') includes a breakfast, which is fairly basic (but 'okay').

  • Stayed: February 2012, travelled with family
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Reviewed 5 March 2017
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  • Stayed: December 2016, travelled with family
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Stayed: July 2016, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 March 2016 via mobile
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Stayed: March 2016, travelled as a couple
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Address: 16/8 Pojanakorn Rd., Tumbon Thapradu, Amphoe Mueang, Rayong 21000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Rayong Province > Rayong
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Ranked #33 of 62 Hotels in Rayong
Price Range: £10 - £16 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Rayong President Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 79
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