Hotels in Udon Thani – The Ruysuk Hotel
The Ruysuk Hotel was opened towards the end of last year and has already established itself as being one of the best value for money hotels in Udon Thani. A room for two with cable TV and en suite bathroom is only 500 baht (US$16) a night, and that budget beating 16 bucks room rate gets even better if you make full use of the Ruysuk Hotel’s swimming pool, fitness gym and sauna.
A spacious car park area greets guests arriving at the Ruysuk Hotel’s 40 room (at a guess) complex which also has some resort style guesthouses on its grounds. The hotel plot is pleasantly ornamented with potted plants and trees as well as having a rather splendid looking ship marooned at the edge of its swimming pool. Nevertheless, lets start with a look at the inside of the Ruysuk Hotel and its rooms.
The Ruysuk Hotel in Udon Thani
The twin and double bed rooms have a freshness one would expect from a new hotel and their overall standard is excellent and on a par with most Udon Thani hotels in the 700-1,000 baht a night price range. Each room has cable television, a small fridge, and room service is available for meals, snacks and drinks. The hotel has internet available in the reception area where there is also a breakfast/dining area.
The Ruysuk Hotel’s outdoor swimming pool has an air and splash about it usually associated with much grander hotels but the poolside bar and restaurant area have prices which further reflect the hotel’s excellent value.
The swimming pool includes a kiddies slide and there are ample tables, chairs and sun loungers around the pool area. The fitness gym can be seen in the above photograph on the far side of the pool.
The amenities and budget room rates at the Ruysuk Hotel make it ideal accommodation in Udon Thani for both singles and families visiting the city. Kids can enjoy themselves splashing the afternoon away whilst their peers can take full value-for-money from the fitness gym, sauna and pool facilities which normally only merit inclusion in more grander and expensive hotels.
The only downside with the Ruysuk Hotel is that its location (on the ring-road heading towards Global House), is on the outskirts of the city and is about a 10-15 minute car ride from Udon Thani’s nightlife and new Central Plaza Shopping Mall. Udon Thani’s airport, train station and main bus terminal are all similar distances away as well. However that shouldn’t put you off booking into the Ruysuk Hotel because Udon’s taxis and samlors (tuk tuks) have very reasonable rates and the hotel’s friendly reception staff will arrange any transport you may require.
My overall opinion from my experience of staying at the Ruysuk Hotel is that its room rates, decent standard rooms and excellent facilities make it a top value for money hotel in Udon Thani and one I highly recommend for anyone wishing to ‘splash’ just a little of their cash on a decent hotel stay.
The Ruysuk Hotel is currently unavailable for online bookings via major hotel reservation sites but when that changes, as it surely will, I’ll edit this post with a link and booking option with Hotels Combined website.
332 ม.6 ถ.รอบเมือง
332 M.6 Robmuang rd., Nongbua, Muang Udonthani 41000
Photographs of hotel room, fitness gym and map (click to enlarge) are sourced from the hotel’s website.
Martyn this sounds like my kind of hotel, and in my price range too. I wish I’d known about it on my one and only stay in Udon…bet it doesn’t have bed bugs.
Snap – If they do have bed bugs I didn’t notice them and they’d be new ones anyway.
The hotel is great value and one I’d recommend to anyone on a short stay in Udon Thani.
I suppose 500 baht a night is a pretty good deal for a place like that one, but how much does a really budget place cost? The reason I ask is because in Phuket, 500 a night is about the minimum you could potentially pay and the hotel would be nowhere near as nice as that. What’s the bottom of the line, barely livable, backpacker’s dream hotel cost up there?
Lawrence – I’ve just had a quick check on hotels combined website and there are a couple of hotels listed for 319 baht. That’s a room for two adults. Not bad.
Apartments are cheaper and you’d get a room in one of the basic ones for around the 250-350 baht mark. We often stay at the Heritage Apartments and that’s 350 a night and not too bad a standard.
The Irish Clock opened a backpackers wing last year called The Station and that was 150 baht a night. I don’t know if the price has gone up. Here’s a link to it.
I should add that there is a Ruysuk Guesthouse in Udon Thani, the same owners, and it’s often referred to as a hotel. Anyone who wishes to book into the hotel reviewed on this post shouldn’t get the two confused. This new hotel is not currently available for bookings via hotel websites whereas the older guesthouse is and it’s not too far from the city centre.
Good to know Martyn thanks. That backpacker’s hotel looks pretty bad, oh well, poor backpackers have to save where they can. I think the backpacker place here is like 300 per night, which seems about right since Phuket is probably twice as expensive.