Kanchanaburi City Hotel
When considering where to stay in Kanchanaburi we looked for somewhere close to its main attraction which is the River Kwai Bridge. There is less choice around this area but it is so convenient. Alternatively, you can stay in the main town area where you’ll find lots of restaurants and bars. We found the area near the bridge to be a good choice. It’s quieter here and we could walk to the main area or take a cheap songhtao taxi to the main town. Of course, the best bit was being within walking distance of the famous bridge.
As I said, there isn’t a lot of choice of hotels in this particular area. We chose the Kanchanaburi City Hotel, mainly for its location and because it looked clean and had decent reviews. Paul looked up the hotel on google maps while we were on the train and it described the hotel as a ‘cheap no-frills hotel’. Although that’s not a particularly negative description I think it rather underestimates this little place. So, this is my review. If you like the look of it then you can check availability and book by using this link.
Arriving at the Kanchanaburi City Hotel
When we arrived, rather tired and a bit dusty after our journey from Bangkok on the train, we had just a short walk to the hotel. It’s always a bonus when the hotel is easy to find and you can’t miss the Kanchanaburi City Hotel as it is just opposite the Jeath War Museum.
Once inside we cooled off in the air-conditioned lobby while the receptionist checked us in. This may be a small hotel but it has very friendly staff. I always think this is important when you stay in a hotel. You want to feel welcome when you arrive. The hotel lobby is a good size and there is a nice seating area inside. You can also sit outside as seating is arranged around the sides and front of the hotel.
Beer, ice-cream and snacks are available from the small bar opposite reception and you can enjoy these in the lobby or outside or even take them away. Adjacent to the hotel there is a small restaurant. I’m not sure if it belongs to the hotel itself or if they just arrange for guests to have breakfast there. You access it through the door in the lobby and they give you vouchers for breakfast.
Breakfast consisted of a cooked dish which you select from the menu. They offer a few western-style dishes such as eggs and pancakes and also some Thai breakfast dishes. In addition, there was a small buffet with cakes, bread etc. It was a pretty decent breakfast and include in our room rate.
The Kanchanaburi City Hotel offers western-style rooms and also Japanese-style rooms. We stayed in a standard twin room which was a good size and very comfortable. Our room overlooked the pool and from the hotel layout, I think most, if not all, of them, do. For a budget hotel, we paid around £50 a night including breakfast, it’s very nice. They even put towel animals on the bed which is a nice touch.
Another reason why I booked this hotel when I was looking for where to stay in Kanchanaburi was the pool. This is why I find the term no-frills a bit derogatory as I can’t see what this hotel is missing. The pool area is excellent. It was very quiet when we were there so we rarely saw more than 1 or 2 other guests at the pool and it was a quiet place to relax. Also, after a hot day sightseeing, it is lovely to dip in the cool water.
Where to Stay in Kanchanaburi
So, in summary, I think that the Kanchanaburi City Hotel is a great choice when considering where to stay in Kanchanaburi. Certainly, it is great value for money. It’s in a fantastic location for walking to the Kwai River Bridge and yet the area is very quiet. The hotel itself is clean, comfortable and the staff are welcoming.
Of course, it’s not a full-service hotel. There is no room service and you need to head out for meals. If you’re looking for a luxury hotel then this probably isn’t the one for you. But if you’re looking for great value, clean accommodation with the added bonus of a fabulous pool then give it a try.