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Royal Nakhara Hotel
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Nong Khai
Bournemouth, England
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Nice outdoor restaurant”
Reviewed 25 July 2013

The hotel appears impressive from outside but the internal décor especially inside the rooms is not of the same standard.

I found the front desk staff to be somewhat arrogant at times, which confused me as they seemed to have a much more positive attitude towards Thai guests, even cutting off conversations with me to service Thai guests.

The standard room is 1000 baht per night going up to 2400 baht for a VIP room which to many travellers is very affordable but this is the most expensive hotel in Nong Khai and there are just as good hotels offering rooms at 500/600 baht per night so this must be a consideration.

One positive was the outdoor restaurant, had a great selection of food and drinks, live music and some great staff that spoke great English and were working extremely hard attending to the all the customers regardless of there nationality.

Personally I wont be returning to stay at the hotel but definitely will go and enjoy the restaurant.

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled with friends
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Udon Thani, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 June 2013

After a 'disastrous' visit to another Nong Khai hotel on a previous weekend we have now stayed at the Royal Nakara Hotel on two occasions and found it to be exceptional. From the welcoming and helpful doorstaff to the reception desk and serving staff. Rooms have been impeccably clean and everything was spotless and just as it should have been. One evening the bar/restaurant was closed for a private function and we were shown to tables outside where we dined 'al fresco' and were entertained by a brilliant Thai solo artist who played numerous Western songs. He was loudly applauded by all in attendance. The food was excellent - so much so I ordered one dish twice.

I cannot fault this hotel and we highly recommend it.

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  • Stayed May 2013, travelled with family
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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
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Reviewed 25 May 2013

Checked into this hotel after a futile attempt at getting a refund ( non working air con / TV ) from another hotel 500 metres further on down the road = Nong Khai Hotel / Resort.
What a contrast ..... .friendly reception and a great room.Well worth losing my room money at previous hotel to stay here.
A high recommendation from me to anyone looking for a room close to Lao border..... 5 minute walk.

  • Stayed May 2013, travelled on business
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1 Thank paul k
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Pretoria, South Africa
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 134 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2013

Stayed here for one night recently en route from Nakhon Phanom to Phu Rua. The location is easy - if you come into town on the 212 just stay on the road towards the Friendship Bridge and it is on your left hand side.

The Hotel seems to be favoured by Thai groups en route to/from Laos, so if Thai Karaoke bothers you, ask for a room away from the restaurant.

The rooms are very nice, the bed is comfortable and there are hot showers to be had.The staff at the front desk are very friendly and helpful. The included breakfast was fine, unfortunately no decent coffee and there are no kettles in the room, to brew your own.

Although I had a rental car, the front desk suggested I take a tuk-tuk to the market, as parking is not so easy. The tuk-tuk cost me 50 Baht. I agree it is best to leave the car at the hotel but it isn't that far to walk - it took me 20 minutes to walk back to the hotel. Nong Khai, despite its proximity to the Mekong, isn't as hot and humid as Nakhon Phanom, so its easily walked. There are some lovely little restaurants and coffee shops on the road away from the market.

The market is relatively inexpensive, they have a lot of fakes but also dried fruit etc. There is a coffee shop along the promenade part of the market - the coffee isn't too great but it is served with a great view. They also have some nice silk shirts and skirts in this complex, as well as some very pretty but very expensive jewellery. There is also a lady selling Thai wine - I would refrain from purchasing - any wine, that has been standing outside in that heat, cannot be good anymore.

There is a large Tesco Lotus on the road to Udon Thani, about 2 kms from the hotel - should you wish to stock up on anything.

Nong Khai was a delightful little place to break a longish journey. The ride from Nakhon Phanom to Nong Khai was not all that interesting, the drive the next morning from Nong Khai to Phu Rua, was however scenically beautiful for me. I thoroughly recommend this hotel

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled solo
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Lilydale, Australia
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18 reviews
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

I stayed at Royal Nakhara Hotel in October 2011; it had been opened 3 months at the time.
It was very clean & tidy with about 10% occupancy. I was greeted at reception by 6 staff all eager to perform their job.
The food was good; room service was efficient; bed comfortable.
In Nong Khai, there are not many options for accommodation at this standard.

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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled on business
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6 Thank Robyn D
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Seoul, South Korea
Level 6 Contributor
282 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2012

This hotel is located on the highway, outside the centre of town. Not in an attractive location but the hotel has an attractive design(not the usual concrete box architecture you get in small Thai towns) and nice fishponds and plants around the entrance. The hotel looks quite new and has a sparklingly clean lobby. The staff were welcoming on arrival and allowed us to check in early. There are 5 floors and fortunately they have a lift.
The room is a standard size and has a balcony (although it overlooks a derelict building and you hear traffic noise from the highway so no incentive to go out there). The decor is nice. It is quiet inside the rooms. The bathroom is compact but has a big shower , however the basin is awkwardly positioned in the corner, with the towel rack over the top of it (when you put a bath towel on it,it hangs over the tap). The bed is very hard but has excellent lighting overhead so you can read in bed and nice clean bedding. There is an LCD TV but it is very small. There are no tea/cofffee making facilities an although it is advertised on the website there is NO in-room electronic safe. We took our passports to reception but they didn't really seem to have a proper safe-deposit there either. Although they did keep them for us is a sealed bag in a locked drawer-not ideal . It would also be good to have some information in the room about the town/area which tourists would like to know.
We did not eat dinner there but had their breakfast which was average . All the food was cold and they had run out of eggs on both mornings but we eventually got more. They were slow to replenish depleted items.
The hotel is a few kms from town with nothing of interest nearby, but it was easy enough to find a tuk-tuk to take you in. One day we needed a taxi to go sightseeing and the staff were exceptionally helpful in sorting this out for us (especially when the driver decided he would ask for more money on arrival!).
Overall this hotel is a very good option in a town with limited choices. The staff are very pleasant and helpful and there is always someone around who can speak english. It could be even better if they iron out a few small bugs.

  • Stayed August 2012, travelled as a couple
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
Level 2 Contributor
4 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2012

This hotel is located in the city near by the friendship Thai-Lao bridge 1 km. very clean room
comfortable and good breakfast ,helpfull staff , Great valued for the monies.
The hotel just only 7 months running But very good and professional service
in the evening you can shopping at The Tha-Sadej market near by Mae-Khong River
or you can go to vientiane just only pass the bridge.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with family
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Property: Royal Nakhara Hotel
Address: 678 Saded Road, Nong Khai 43000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Nong Khai Province > Nong Khai
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #2 of 18 Hotels in Nong Khai
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Royal Nakhara Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 80
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The hotel’s unique design is a combination of the beautiful Thai classical structure and the elegance conventional modern elements making it one of the most exclusive hotels in Nongkhai.The interiors were designed beautifully with high quality materials to further enhance your stay at Royal Nakhara. The hotel has 80 guest rooms, each with wireless internet and a cable TV. Try our Restaurant & Karaoke for Thai- International cuisine, or the bar for a relaxing nightcap. There is a massage room on site, as well as function rooms and a conference room, ideal for business meetings or weddings. The outside is surrounded with a gorgeous garden which is perfect for an afternoon tea or a laid back cocktail party after sunset. We also have closed circuit TV cameras all over the hotel facility to ensure the safety and privacy of our guests. ... more   less 
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