Pattaya has some amazing hotels in the $50+ range. Unfortunately, there are so many places it can be hard to choose the best ones. This is a list of my personal favourites, I’ve stayed at some of these and would recommend them to anyone.
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NB. All the hotels below are ‘guest friendly’ meaning there are no girl joiner fees if you stay alone. Make sure you check 2 in the people staying in the room when booking.
As these hotels are in the $50+ category there is almost no problems with cleanliness, or lack of facilities.
All of these hotels are located centrally, and are great for getting to the main bar areas of Pattaya.
So here is my solid list of the best Pattaya hotels in the $50+ range. I have recommended these places to many friends over the years who come and stay in the area. Prices are from low to high and are quoted in $ Dollars for clarity.
At a glance:
Areca Lodge from $62
Penthouse from $68 [Wild card]
LK The Empress from $79
Siam @ Siam Design from $80 [best rooftop pool]
Baraquda by Sofitel from $112
Mera Mare from $113
Holiday Inn from $120
Wave Hotel from $168
Hilton from $191 [best ocean views]
A 3-star, guest friendly hotel with 50 rooms.
Room rates start from around $68.
32 sq m rooms, all different and uniquely designed. Great central location only a 3 minute walk to Walking Street, and a 1 minute stroll to the beach. Swimming pool and 24 hour room service.
This adult themed hotel unbelievably has 2 gogo bars attached, ‘Kitten Club’ (lady gogo bar) and ‘Obsession’ (ladyboy gogo bar).
Overall: There’s porn playing non-stop on the TVs, dirty magazines everywhere, erotic pictures on the walls etc.. you can only be in ‘The Penthouse hotel’ – Pattaya. This is a hotel tailor made for male solo travellers and adventurous couples and its a complete one off, and needs to be seen to be believed.
The Penthouse is a little rough around the edges, but that is not why you book a room here. This is such a unique place that its more of an experience than a regular hotel, and you will most certainly remember your stay for the rest of your life. It can be a very full on place so it’s not for the faint hearted! 🙂
Tip: Reserve a more expensive room as they have more features, such as large jacuzzis, mirrored walls, stripper poles and even sex swings! 😉
Book direct through this agoda link for the best room rates (I was quoted 2271 baht for a room in December 2017)
Areca Lodge (next to LK Metro, very popular with repeat customers)
A 3-star, guest friendly hotel with 216 rooms.
Room rates start from around $62.
Spacious, clean rooms with free WIFI. 2 nice swimming pools onsite and a fitness centre. Located on Soi Diana very close to LK Metro gogo bar area. Bathtubs are in all the rooms for shower hating people 🙂
Overall: There is a reason Areca Lodge has many repeat visitors who only ever stay here, it is a very solid hotel that does a lot of things right. The location is very good, close to Soi Buakhao with many inexpensive bars and restaurants around. LK Metro gogo bar area is virtually on the doorstep, but the hotel is still quiet at night.
I’ve stayed here before and I thought the place was clean and well run. Many beer bars are close by on Soi Diana, and getting around Pattaya is easy from here.
Tip: Book direct through this agoda link for the best prices (I was quoted 2000 baht for a night in March 2018 including breakfast which represents great value for what you get). Areca Lodge often gets fully booked in advance so book as far ahead in advance as you can to avoid disappointment.
LK The Empress (Beachfront hotel, superb value breakfast)
A 4-star, guest friendly hotel with 131 rooms.
Room rates start from around $79.
Located directly on Beach road close to Mike Shopping Mall. Spacious, clean rooms with free WIFI. Nice swimming pool and fitness centre.
Overall: Great hotel in a fantastic location right on the beach, Walking Street is only 1km away. It’s close enough to the action but at night is quiet. Service is good here, the rooms are starting to look a little dated but it’s not a deal breaker. Many repeat visitors simply book in here for the entire stay in Pattaya as it ticks all the boxes.
The breakfast buffet here is arguably the best for the price in Pattaya, 220 baht for walkin customers in August 2016.
Tip: Book direct online through this agoda link for the best insider deals prices (I was quoted 2550 baht a night for a room including the amazing breakfast in March 2018).
A 4-star, guest friendly hotel with 268 rooms.
Room rates start from around $80.
Clean, spacious rooms decked out in a trendy style with free WIFI. 2 rooftop infinity pools and a big fitness centre onsite. Located on second road opposite a nice shopping mall with a cinema. Around 3 minutes walk to the beach and 5 minutes to Soi 6.
Overall: Siam @ Siam Design has the WOW factor in spades! Arguably Pattaya’s best 4 star hotel, it won an agoda award in 2015 with good reason. The 2 rooftop infinity pools are unbeatable, and worth visiting just for a cocktail even if you are not staying there.
Rooms are clean and spacious, and the great service rivals 5-star places. Glowing reviews online with many satisfied customers recommending this hotel. The location is away from the bar areas on second road meaning the hotel is quiet at night.
Tips: The walk in rate as of 2017 was 3500 baht, so any price under this online is a good deal. They have 5 fast lifts so requesting a high up room is a good idea.
Book direct online through this agoda link for the best prices (rooms were available at 2600 baht a night midweek in March 2018 which was excellent value). Room rates here might be higher at weekends due to popularity.
Make sure to reserve a room as far in advance as possible, as it gets fully booked up even in the low season (as I am typing this I’m trying to check room prices for this weekend but it’s completely full!)
A 4-star, guest friendly hotel with 80 rooms.
Room rates start from around $113
Modern, spotlessly clean 35 sq m rooms, very well appointed. Very nice swimming pool and fitness centre onsite. Super fast in room WIFI, excellent service and nice restaurant with the lovely ‘Pastry Addiction’ coffee shop on the front.
Overall: This hotel is relatively new and opened in Feb 2016. So far almost every review is glowing for this hotel with many touting it as a 5-star in disguise. Great location on Beach Road, close to Soi 6, Soi 7 & 8 and a short baht bus ride to Walking Street. Many visitors have stated this is now their only place to stay when in Pattaya.
Tip: Book direct through this agoda link for the best prices (I was quoted 3671 baht for a room in March 2018)
Baraquda by Sofitel (5-star, uniquely designed hotel)
A 5-star, guest friendly hotel with 72 rooms.
Rooms rates start from around $112.
37 sq m clean, and contemporary rooms appointed in the usual 5-star standard from Sofitel. Swimming pool, fitness centre, free WIFI and a rooftop sunset bar.
Overall: A great 5-star hotel choice with a great rooftop bar and nice swimming pool. Of all the Pattaya hotels the service here is considered the best as the staff really go out of their way to make your stay more comfortable.
Tip: Book direct online through this agoda link for the best rates (I was quoted 3637 baht for a room in March 2018). One of the few Pattaya hotels that have floor to ceiling mirrors on the wall adjacent to the bed 😉
A 4-star, guest friendly hotel with a massive 567 rooms.
Room rates start from around $120.
Ocean views from the balconies of every single room. 4 outdoor swimming pools and a fitness centre. Located on the beach at the far end of Beach Road meaning it is quiet at night.
Overall: This enormous Holiday Inn property is a great choice if it falls in your price bracket. Very nice ocean views. Ideally suited for pretty much every type of visitor to Pattaya.
Tip: Book direct through this agoda link for the best prices (I was quoted 3909 baht for a room in March 2018). Make sure to book well in advance as the room rates go up steeply closer to when you stay. Also, this Holiday Inn has some amazing ocean view suites that are worth worth considering if you feel like dropping $300+ on a room 🙂
A 4-star, retro styled, guest friendly hotel with just 18 rooms.
Rates start from around $168.
If you’re bored of soulless, characterless hotels where you’re just another number then look no further than the Wave Hotel. Located directly on Beach Road just down from the Hilton. Almost every review on this place is 5 stars with outstanding service and food. For a more memorable Pattaya holiday then now is a good time to try this place as room rates have now come down from their previous $200+ levels. Book direct through this agoda link for the best prices (I was quoted 55440 baht a night in March 2018).
Hilton (Iconic 5-star hotel with unbeatable sea room views)
A 5-star, guest friendly hotel with 302 rooms.
Room rates start from around $191.
Larger than average 46 sq m well appointed rooms, every single one has a balcony with jaw dropping sea views.
Located centrally on Beach road, the Hilton is built on top of Central festival shopping mall, this is what gives it such an elevated position in the Pattaya skyline.
The regular hotel restaurant ‘Edge’ is amazingly on the 14th floor, the infinity swimming pool ‘Shore’ is on the 16 floor and the skybar ‘Horizon’ is on the 34th floor. All have unobstructed views over Pattaya bay.
Overall: This is the number one Pattaya hotel in my eyes. If you have the money then just book in here and forget the rest. Pattaya bargirls usually light up like a Christmas tree if you tell them you’re are staying at the Hilton (they’ll be picturing staying with you in 5-star luxury, with skybar, infinity pool, seafood buffet etc…).
Tip: Book direct through this agoda link for the best prices (I was quoted 6203 baht for a night in March 2018). Also of note this hotel gets fully booked often (even in the low season) so reserve a room as far ahead as you can to avoid any disappointment.
NB. The breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets are also very high quality at the Hilton and good value for what you get. Even if you are not staying they are worth checking if you feel like pigging out on unlimited food and drink!
Also consider if your chosen hotel is fully booked:
Page 10 A 3-star, guest friendly hotel with 79 rooms. Rates start from around $60.
38 sq m spotlessly clean rooms with balconies. Free WIFI in the rooms, fitness centre and rooftop swimming pool. Located on Soi 10 just 2 minutes from the beach. A very good, clean hotel with big rooms and nice facilities. Book direct through this agoda link for the best prices (I was quoted 2000 baht for a room in March 2018 which represents good value)
Hard rock A 4-star, guest friendly hotel with 323 rooms. Rates start from around $133.
32 sq m modern rooms decked out in a rock n’ roll theme. Free WIFI in the rooms, fitness centre overlooking the beach. Tennis/basketball courts available for use, as well as lots of water sport activities. Free guitar rentals, and the iconic ‘Hard Rock Cafe’ is onsite. Great location on Beach Road, close to Soi 7. Book direct through this agoda link for the best prices (I was quoted 4428 baht a night in November 2017)
NB: The Marriot Resort & Spa (now rebranded as AVANI Pattaya Resort & Spa) is no longer guest friendly as of June 2017 and charges a 1000 baht fee for a lady to come to your room. Also, be aware many Pattaya hotels in the high season (Dec-Feb) might be either fully booked or might temporarily boost their prices significantly from those advertised here.
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(Prices in $ Dollars were taken 3 months in advance of staying. If you book a hotel close to the date you stay then the prices might be higher)
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