Pattaya’s Best Hotels – $50+

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Pattaya has some amazing hotels in the $50+ range. Unfortunately, there are so many places it can be a 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. 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:

Penthouse from $50 [Wild card]

Areca Lodge from $52 [many repeat visitors only ever stay here]

LK The Empress from $66

Siam @ Siam Design from $72 [best rooftop pool]

Baraquda by Sofitel from $96

Holiday Inn from $104

Mera Mare from $115 [newly opened in Feb 2016]

Marriot Resort & Spa from $124

Hilton from $170 [best ocean views]

 

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Locations of the hotels in this guide compared to the 4 main bar areas of Pattaya

 

 

 

Penthouse [WILD CARD HOTEL – arguably the number 1 Adult Themed Hotel in the world!]

A 3-star, guest friendly hotel with 50 rooms.

Room rates start from around $50.

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 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 1707 for a room in September 2016)

 

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 $52.

Spacious, clean rooms with free WIFI. 2 nice swimming pools onsite and a fitness centre. Located on Soi Diana close to LK Metro gogo bar area.

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 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 online through this agoda link for the best prices (I was quoted 1800 baht for a night in September 2016 which represents good value for what you get). Areca Lodge often gets fully booked in the high season so book as far ahead in advance as you can to avoid disappointment.

 

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The Areca Lodge, a place to stay that many solo visitors swear by – they must be doing something right

 

LK The Empress (Beachfront hotel, superb value breakfast)

A 4-star, guest friendly hotel with 131 rooms.

Room rates start from around $66.

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 2286 baht a night for a room including the amazing breakfast in October 2016).

 

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The facade of LK The Empress, you have the option to sit on the front or inside for the breakfast buffet

 

Siam @ Siam Design (agoda award winning hotel for 2015!)

A 4-star, guest friendly hotel with 268 rooms.

Room rates start from around $72.

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 August 2016 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 insider deals prices (I was quoted 2502 baht for a night in October 2016 which was excellent value).

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!)

 

Baraquda by Sofitel (5-star, uniquely designed hotel)

A 5-star, guest friendly hotel with 72 rooms.

Rooms rates start from around $96.

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 3336 baht for a room in September 2016). Also they have floor to ceiling mirrors on the wall adjacent to the bed 😉

 

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The imposing Holiday Inn – Pattaya as viewed from Soi 6.

 

Holiday Inn from $104

A 4-star, guest friendly hotel with a massive 567 rooms.

Room rates start from around $104.

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 3625 baht for a room in September 2016). Make sure to book 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 checking out if you feel like dropping $300+ on a room 🙂

 

Mera Mare

A 4-star, guest friendly hotel with 80 rooms.

Room rates start from around $115

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 4159 baht for a garden room in Feb 2017)

 

Marriot Resort & Spa

A 5-star, guest friendly hotel with 298 rooms.

Room rates start from around $124

Nice 38 sq m rooms, well appointed to Marriott standards. There is a large swimming pool and great fitness centre onsite. The main entrance lobby area is from Second Road, but there is also a small garden entrance directly on Beach Road.

Overall: This Marriott is like a tropical garden oasis slap bang in the middle of Pattaya. It’s a great choice of hotel, and as of August 2016 is being refurbished and upgraded which is good for the future. At night the area is very quiet, and probably the best location of any of the hotels in this list which makes getting around easy.

Tip: This Marriott hotel has a very liberal guest friendly policy, and allows up to 3 guests with no extra charge. So it’s a good choice if you fancy an orgy 🙂

Book direct through this agoda link for the best prices (I was quoted 4295 baht for a room in September 2016).

 

Hilton (Iconic 5-star hotel with unbeatable sea room views)

A 5-star, guest friendly hotel with 302 rooms.

Room rates start from around $170.

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 5932 baht a night in September 2016). 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!

 

 

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Also consider if your chosen hotel is fully booked:

Page 10 A 3-star, guest friendly hotel with 79 rooms. Rates start from around $52.

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 1815 baht for a room in September 2016 which represents good value)

 

Hard rock A 4-star, guest friendly hotel with 323 rooms. Rates start from around $72

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 2500 baht a night in September 2016)

[Note: Be aware the Hard Rock swimming pool is undergoing renovations from 1 Sept – 31 Oct 2016]

 

Summary:

Thank you for reading this article. I would appreciate your comments or feedback and I plan to revise and improve this list to keep it as up to date as possible.

 

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(Prices in $ Dollars were taken in August 2016. If you book a hotel close to the date you stay then the prices might be higher)

 

 

Also, if you are planning to book a Bangkok / Pattaya / Patong hotel then make sure to read these posts first:

Where to stay near Nana Plaza

Where to stay near Soi Cowboy

Where to stay on Soi 11 – Nightclub street

Cheap Bangkok hotels under $30

Pattaya’s best hotels $20-40

Patong’s best hotels $15-$40

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      Bangkok 112

      I phoned the Hilton and they confirmed they are guest friendly. I relied on some outdated, secondhand info from the net originally (something I never normally do). Thanks for your comment.

  1. Dan

    Hello Bangkok 112-

    Next time could you please do a hotel research on the Intimate Hotel?
    See what your take on them is?

    I heard good things about em but wanted to see what you think.
    Thanks

  2. Amr

    Bangkok112 what about the Blue Ocean Suite? i can never find any reviews on it.you advise me how i enjoy in pattaya for 4 days & i book dream hotel in bangkok as your advised in your site for 5 days. i need to enjoy with pretty ladies & shopping with cheap and nice suite , watches & clothing. How much money shall i take it with me for 10 day with many thanks.

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      Bangkok 112

      Hey Amr, Blue Ocean Suite is just 5 private apartments in a private residence building from what I can see. Looks ok but I would prefer to stay in a hotel because with private apartments there is often trouble with neighbours if you make the slightest bit of noise. For 10 days budget anywhere between $50-150 per day excluding hotel charges and you will be fine. This includes girls, shopping and partying. It all depends on your lifestyle, if you want to live like a rockstar then maybe a bit more. Thank you to book the Dream Hotel, it’s a great choice in Bangkok. Have a great trip man! 🙂

  3. Yiannis George

    BKK112, had I known I could have booked hotels through your site, I would have done so at an earlier dates. I have already booked most my hotels already for my March trip but I will book the BKK and Pattaya legs via your site.
    Keep up the great site and VLOGS.
    Best wishes
    Yiannis

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  4. Yiannis George

    hi
    Just booked Areca Lodge via ur link thru Agoda based on ur recommendation under Nick. many thanks for the recommendation.
    On ur Cambodia trips u seem to finish the night at Candy Bar. Is the bar worth a visit and why?

  5. Steve

    Hi, thanks for the useful info.

    If you were in Pattaya for a week and money was not really an issue where would you stay and were would you pick up the best girls?

    Thanks.

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      Bangkok 112

      Totally standard unfortunately, I’ve made a complaint about that channel already and it will be taken down soon. It’s a bot channel that scrapes vids, most likely from Vietnam. Nothing to worry about as if they ever got any decent traffic their vids show up on my recommended lists and I put in complaints that fucks their channel up with copyright strikes 🙂 Thanks for your concern.

  6. Leo

    Love your videos and your reviews. LK President is a new hotel and the price on Agoda is very reasonable. Can you please review this hotel?

    Thanks

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      Bangkok 112

      Hey Leo, I mention LK President briefly at 12:00 on this video: https://youtu.be/23m0PxZWQeE This hotel was designed solely for the coach tour market so doesn’t make my top Pattaya hotel list. It has a very small pool and very large dining area relative to the size of the hotel. Checking in and out is a lottery as you might have to wait a long time due to the coach tours coming and going. There are some favourable reviews on tripadvisor and they all say request a high floor for the view if you do stay. Hope this helps!

      1. Leo

        Thank you for letting me know…

        Looks like Its going to be LK Empress and we will use your site to book. I will be there from April 3 to May 2nd and wanted to thank you for your videos….It keeps my blood hot and you do an excellent job.

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  7. Dee

    Bkk112 help me out here. I’m a newbie to Pattaya and reserved Baraquda, Blue Sky and Adelphi for my first 5 days. My other 5 days at Areca with some buddies. I wanted to try some other hotels on this trip. Obviously Baraquda is the pricier of the three but all have pros and cons. Your opinion as a newbie which of the three would be my best bet. I also really need a good pool to do laps and cleanliness is huge for me. Stay closer to beach road or stay more central Pattaya? I’m not there for the beach but safety and getting around easily are priorities. Thx!

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      Bangkok 112

      The Pattaya Adelphi is a little out of the way for a newbie and the pool is pretty small so I’d scratch off that one. Blue Sky is much cheaper but maybe a little rough around the edges compared to Baraquda, but both are in excellent locations for getting around. It’s about your personal preference about staying in swanky hotels or not. Both Blue Sky (3-star) and Baraquda (5-star) are well priced for what you get in Pattaya and you can’t go wrong with either IMO. Enjoy your travels 🙂

  8. Dee

    Thanks Bkk112! Big fan of your work! As a newbie was going to stay closer to beach road and stay swanky for the first time. 🙂

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