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For a Standard Double Room we paid a mere £5 per night, which by any standards is incredibly cheap. Considering the room was very spacious, had a shower with hot water, free air conditioning and a flat screen TV and balcony, I’d say we won the hotel lottery with this one. Thira Residence is rated an 8.3 on Booking.com and I think this is in part due to the price, but mostly because of the standard of finish across the hotel. Breakfast was not included in the price, but that’s hardly a downside considering how cheap it was.
The decor of the hotel was very traditional inside the bedrooms, with a lot of bright white and dark wood. It was pretty bare, but had all the essentials and was a lot more nicely decorated than we had anticipated. It was situated in a brand new building which can often mean smaller rooms, but they certainly didn’t hold back on space in these ones.
The hotel itself was on a busy side street off of the 4055 main road. Around it were a couple of supermarkets, massage places and plenty of restaurants. It’s around a 15 minute walk to Bangla Road and Jungceylon Shopping Centre, and you’re able to jump in a tuk tuk or motorbike to there for 100 baht.
We stayed in the smaller of the two room types at Thira, the other being a Deluxe Double Room. They don’t offer single rooms but at the prices for both types of double (currently £12 and £14) it’s not too much of a stretch if you’re staying alone. The room had a hairdryer, plenty of counter space, a large wet room and a refrigerator which are all pretty luxurious when considering the price.
Our room was cleaned daily to an incredibly high standard, as was the reception area. As is pretty standard across East Asia, we were asked to leave our shoes outside as to not bring in dirt from outside which definitely helped with the cleanliness of the hotel as a whole.
The staff were wonderfully helpful, helping us arrange a transfer to Koh Phi Phi at the last minute and allowing us to stay in our room past the check out time because of our late transfer. They helped us upstairs with our rucksacks and with recommendations of where to eat and drink in the centre of town and were overall just incredibly gracious and pleasant to stay with.
The only drawback with this hotel is that there’s no lift, so if you’re given a room on the third floor like we were then it’s a bit of a hike up and down the stairs. You can always request a lower floor room when booking, so keep that in mind if the stairs aren’t for you.