The Charoen Hotel in Udon Thani is a good quality Thai style luxury hotel much in the same style as the Manhattan Hotel in Bangkok or the Porn Ping Tower in Chiang Mai, which are two of my favourite hotels in Thailand.
Rooms at the Charoen Hotel
The rooms are well proportioned and nicely decorated. The bed is comfortable. The bathroom adequate. There is a large flat screen TV with plenty of European language channels. Everything is clean and the sheets and towels were better than average.
The size of the room we had was also surprisingly large, especially given how it cheap it was. I really wish that there more hotels in Thailand where cost offer this type of room in this price range.
Facilities at the Charoen Hotel
The Charoen Hotel has a lot of rooms and it has a substantial conferencing centre holding occasion like wedding receptions and very large corporate events. Everything is on big scale here from the large lobby to the expansive restaurant and outdoor seating areas around the swimming pool.
This is a big operation and they seem manage the room business alongside a substantial catering business almost flawlessly. I have very few reasons to want to complain when I stay here. They have a popular nightclub in the grounds of the hotel behind the main building and most evenings have live musicians playing by poolside the bar. I think this is a great place to stay.
The lobby and restaurant
The lobby is well furnished, large and airy. Next door is the restaurant, where the daily service starts with a buffet breakfast, which in the style of an ‘Asian buffet’ which means lots of rice dishes, eggs, sausage, salad, toast, coffee, orange juice, fruit and cakes. Not what you might be used in your home country but actually pretty good.
At lunch a different menu of international dishes, including good Japanese sushi, is produced. Alongside the international menu is a lunch buffet which a fantastic range and represents excellent value for money. I rate the lunch menu better the dinner menu largely because the evening menu focuses more heavily on Thai food, which I like but eat every day already. In the evening time there are lot of Thai people who come this restaurant which explains the reason for the menu change.
More Photographs of the Charoen Hotel
We Rate the Hotel 76 out of 100
|Indicators||Score (out of 5)|
|Proximity to shops and restaurants||4|
|Proximity to major attractions||2|
|Getting public transport||4|
|Getting a taxi||4|
|Speed of Check-in||4|
|Communication skills at front desk||3|
|Maintenance of room facilities||5|
|English language Television services||5|
|Quality of bed||4|
|Quality of temperature control||5|
|Quality of bed linen||4|
|Quality of towels||4|
|Quality of toiletries||4|
|View from room||4|
|Quality of wifi connection||5|
|Quality of lobby||4|
|Quality of bar/restaurant||3|
|Quality of gym||0|
|Quality of breakfast||3|
|Score out of 100||76/100|
More Information about the Hotel
- Central Festival shopping centre is behind the hotel
- It’s on the main road and not pleasant for an evening stroll
- 1,100 metres to the train station
- Large car park
- Pleasant outdoor swimming pool
- Great indoor and poolside restaurants
- Bar and live music venue by the pool most evenings
Value for money
An oasis of comfort in Issan. Money well spent, particularly if like me you have ventured ‘up-country’ to stay in the villages and you are in need of some home comforts. I will come here again when I am next in Udon Thani.
Route Map to Udon Thani Train Station
- Walking distance from Chareon Hotel to Udon Thani Train Station: 1,100 metres
- Walking time from Chareon Hotel to Udon Thani Train Station: 13 minutes