by Santorini Dave • Updated: November 27, 2018
The 5 Best Hotels in Krabi, Thailand
Swish, low-key resort, modern but isolated.The tasteful brown-and-white frontage and welcoming lobby-lounge set the tone for this stylish boutique hotel. The rooms are elegantly decorated with rattan furnishings, and feature a huge four-poster bed, long wooden desk, extra seating, and small balcony – but some rooms may suffer from direct sunlight. Although perched on a slight hill close to the river, only the highest floors offer river views, while arguably the grandest vistas in town are available at the rooftop bar/restaurant on the 7th floor. The pool is oddly square, but surrounded by wooden decking and shady palms. The hotel is isolated in the suburbs, a 15-minute walk from downtown and the night food markets, with only the impressive marina and delightful Thara Park nearby. But a shuttle bus is provided for guests.
Likeable budget option in quiet part of downtown. Where a typically frenetic Thai town centre flows into the more easy-going backpacker area, the setting is fascinating, as well as convenient for bus transport. Unlike others nearby, this hotel is along a short laneway, which is distant from traffic and lined with souvenir shops and appealing cafes. And unlike most budget options, the beds are large, the bathroom is agreeable, the TV does have satellite channels of interest to westerners, and the rooms are spacious enough for two desks. Rooms at the back have no views, but are still reasonably bright and airy, while those facing the laneway have balconies, although oddly, there is no access.
New, modern and spacious, but isolated. Where the Krabi River joins the Andaman Sea (but with no beach in sight), this resort is sparkling-new and expansive, but lacks some ambience. With a subtle Islamic design, it caters more for Thai and Malaysian tourists, while westerners may prefer nearby Ao Nang, with its extensive beach and numerous shops/cafés. Rooms offer views of the sea and mangroves, or gardens, but the plastic table and chairs on the balcony are unappealing. Inside, the nautical theme is pleasing, however, with a four-poster bed, long desk and delightful tiled floor. A children’s splash pool is attached to the attractive third-level pool, with its bar, bistro and far-reaching views. Convenient for the inter-island ferry terminal, shuttle buses do help offset the isolation from downtown Krabi.
Serene and convenient, with perfect riverside location. Krabi’s crown is the river, and this hotel is arguably the finest in town for location and views. Facing a path meandering through a leafy park alongside the river, it doesn’t overlook the busy road, unlike other hotels facing the river. Within a short stroll of downtown and the renowned night food markets, the hotel is tranquil and cosy, with a genuine family-run feel and so, unsurprisingly, it’s perennially popular. The rooms without direct river views are comfortable but modest with all the mod-cons expected, as well as large windows. But those with the million-dollar vistas are better furnished and feature a floor-to-ceiling sliding window and sizeable balcony. The ground-floor lounge/breakfast area is also breezy and convivial.
Small, peaceful hotel, more likeable than most in downtown. With almost mid-range facilities at a budget price, this is ideal for anyone who wants to be amid this fascinating town, but still within a short stroll of the riverside backpacker scene and night markets. Located along a quiet street and convenient to souvenir shops, bus transport and the majestic temple, all rooms are squeaky-clean and newly-renovated. And with only 18 rooms, staff are attentive. Rooms facing the street feature balconies and are sheltered from the limited traffic noise by thick windows, while the other rooms are smaller but still bright and airy.