Hat Yai is filled with delicious local food, Instagrammable cafes and fun things to do. No wonder it’s popularly termed as ‘mini Bangkok’.
If you’re planning a trip here with the family (great choice!), the best area to be based at would be near the popular Kim Yong Market and Lee Gardens.
It’s convenient, and you won’t be wasting precious time (or money) on unnecessary travel, especially if you’ve only got a few days in town.
We’ve sifted through the stays, and found a lovely selection of family-friendly hotels – all located super close to the popular Kim Yong Market and Lee Gardens.
From contemporary cool to living in the 50s, check out the cool stays we’ve found below!
1. Looking for a little modern with fairytale accents? – The Bed Hotel Hatyai
From their checkered floors to Japanese Koi art murals across the walls… If you’re looking to spend a few days on the contemporary side of life, this hotel is right up your alley.
You’ll easily be able to spot The Bed Hotel from the outside. Just look at that white, funky architectural design creating the cut-out shape of the building, splashed with big and small black polka dots.
Clean and modern in design, each room is filled with fairytale line-work illustrations. If you’re a bunch of modernist creatives, le familia will really appreciate the creative touches and accents here.
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The rooms are spacious yet cosy, and they’ve got two options for family rooms: a double bed and bunk bed (which every child loves for some reason), or two singles and an extra large double bed.
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PS: This is also a great wheelchair-friendly hotel and they provide a lot of ramp access areas, so if you’re bringing great gran along, or need stroller/disability assistance, this is an awesome choice!
2. Classy grandeur in an excellent location – Diamond Plaza Hotel
Located in the heart of Hat Yai, and literally a 2-minute walk from Kim Yong Market, this is the perfect place if you’re wanting a little bit of classy grandeur for the next few days.
It has this 80s / early 90s feel to it – BUT in a good way. Think ‘Pretty Woman’ era, which creates a warm and rich feeling about it.
Each room has some sort of seating area, and if you’re looking to upgrade, the executive suite is just dreamy – and is more like a home with carpeted floors and a dining area, as well as a lounge.
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Oh and my personal favourite, you’ll find a…..bathtub!! So after you’ve bought enough food at the market to last a lifetime, time to relax and enjoy an hour indulging in a frothy bubble bath.
FYI: This one is PERFECT for location, but if you’d prefer something more light and airy, we would suggest a different option.
3. There’s a cool ‘pack of cards’ theme here! – Room2u
Cool and compact, Room2u is one themed modernist delight.
Interestingly done in red, black and white, there’s a ‘pack of cards’ theme to it, and if you look to the hall’s ceilings, they’ve hung different faces from your deck of cards in a frame from above.
Each room has everything that you’ll need and it’s quite cleverly designed, creating so many little spaces within the room. Although it’s not ginormous (but it’s not small either), there is still a sense of free space.
It’s location is great as it’s not too far from the hustle and bustle of Kim Yong Market, but it’s not directly in it either.
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It has a hostel feel to it, and they also offer a 4-sleeper option with 2 bunkbeds, if you’re a group of travelling friends.
There’s no elevator/lift here, so please take note if you’re travelling with the elderly or bringing a stroller along. Walking up 5 flights of stairs after a long day out ain’t no joke – I can testify to that!
4. Perfect location if you’re traveling through Hat Yai via train – The Train Hotel Hatyai
This is awesome for spending a night or two in Hat Yai, especially if you’re planning on hopping on the next train outta here, early morning the following day. It’s literally 10 metres from the transport station, hence the name.
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The rooms are clean, well stocked with mini fridges, bottles of water and a kettle – and they can organise a microwave in the room on request.
It’s quite a new hotel, so everything works at top class, the staff are super friendly and welcoming. As a whole, it’ll make a delightful stay for your travelling brood.
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They can organise interconnecting rooms for you, catering better to your needs, so it’s suitable for a family of four.
Alternatively, if you’re travelling with friends, you and the mates can opt for a dormitory room with standard (comfy) bunk beds. However, this is the only room that doesn’t have a city view.
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5. Look here for the full hotel experienceee~* – Hadyai Golden Crown Hotel
Here’s a little secret, apart from the fact that the location here is pretty much amazing – if you’re travelling with kids under 12, an extra bed can be added to your room, free of charge.
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Every room in this hotel comes with an ensuite bathroom, mini fridge, flat screen TV and flowers. You can either opt for two standard single beds, or one King-sized bed.
If you’re the type of people that want the full hotel experience – restaurant, gym, spa, the whole-shabam, then you’ll find yourself happy with your time spent here. There’s an on-site wellness and spa center, as well as restaurant (serving a la carte) and coffee house.
So if you’ve come for a bit of shopping, street food and relaxing down-time, you’ll feel perfectly comfortable here.
6. Bee ready for a little fun with Winnie the Pooh and gang! – The Hive Hatyai Hostel
True to its honeybee theme, there are tones of golden yellow running throughout the building. The coolest part about this joint though, is the way they’ve built the structure of the place, so that it feels like it runs up like a hive.
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Kids will love it here too, and you’re greeted by a mural of Winnie the Pooh and friends at the reception. I’m sorry, but who doesn’t love Pooh Bear, Tigger and the gang?!
Because we’re all little bees in our family’s hive, the rooms here are all designed bunk-bed style, however one of the family sleepers does come with a double bed bunk-bed, because we all know the little ones love a cuddle in mom and dad’s bed in the night.
Again, if you’re travelling with a group of friends, no problem. It’s extremely suitable for groups of four. Each bunk-bed is spacious, soft and comfortable!
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7. Artsy, playful and vintage always sounds good to us – Hat Yai Youth Hostel
If you’re travelling with friends and looking for a fresh, cute and happy accomodation, the environment of this youthful hostel will make you smile.
It’s got a laid-back artsy playful vintage vibe, and their common area is definitely made to welcome and bring guests together.
Spot the old-school Vespa, black & white television from the 50s, and frames of caricature faces to quirky life-mottos.
Here you’ll only find bunk-beds, but they do range in sleeping sizes; a family room for four with a view of the city or a 6-sleeper room with a balcony, if you need some space / fresh air.
The rooms are bright and beds are made from white-washed woods. The mattresses are thick and soft – which is one thing that’s always on my prefered list when travelling!
8. Step outside the chaos into some peace & quiet – Hatyai Holiday Hotel
Comfortable, clean and pristine, that’s the first words that come to mind when I think of Hatyai Holiday Hotel.
It’s a lovely hotel that offers guests a pleasurable stay, with the amenities that you’ll need when away from home – hairdryers, TV, free, fast WiFi and a warm, cosy bed.
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If you need some peace and quiet and don’t feel like being in the total chaos of the city, this is a great option and it’s a short 6-minute walk to the market.
However, we know what travelling with kids can be like, or perhaps your feet have been shopping till they’re dropping like in Bangkok. The hotel offers a free shuttle service to Kim Yong Market & Lee Gardens Plaza – just don’t forget to make a reservation in advance!
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9. Retro and royal with a sprinkle of luxury – Kosit Hotel
From the outside it doesn’t look like much, and has more of an apartment block style feel to it. But if you follow the red Chinese lanterns into the lobby, you’ll find the reception where you’re greeted with a smile.
The interiors have a retro/traditional feel to them, all done in rich woods of beige and mahogany.
The rooms are carpeted with royal green or red, and are warm, spacious and definitely have a touch of elegance to them. There’s this sort of royal feeling about them too.
They also come with the luxury of a bathtub (!!!), and here you might also be delighted to know there’s an in-house barber too. Perhaps for the gents looking to get nicely groomed while on vacation.
On top of the barbers, their restaurant serves a yummy mix of Chinese, Thai and Western so if you’re craving crab….Ahem, room serviceeee! No, for real…
10. Spacious and perfect for a travelling family of 4 – Pacific Residence
This is a very handsome hotel, done in dark browns and navy blues. The entrance certainly adds a bit of grandeur to the place, but the rooms tone and mellow things down a bit.
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The rooms are really nice and spacious, so you won’t feel ontopofeachother all the time!
The family suite is awesome as it offers two comfortable king-sized beds, with tons of open space to spare. So if you’re travelling with younger kids, they’ll still have plenty of space to play around in.
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There’s also a writing table on one half of the room, and a flat-screen TV attached to the wall on the other half. If you need to catch up on some work and the kids wanna watch TV, it’s a win-win situation.
11. Traditional and full of warmth and flowers – Asian Hotel
Very traditional in it’s design, this hotel has personified what was expected of staying at a hotel in Thailand – maybe about 15 years ago too (in decor).
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The rooms are really cosy and beautiful in their traditional accents from the patterned silk bed liners, to the stems of flowers that greet you on your bed.
Be greeted by the sunshine every morning since every room has a nice big window.
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It’s another great choice if you’re looking for comfort, a feeling of Thailand and a hotel that offers its guests everything you’ll need.
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Here you’ll find a double bed or two single bed options. They also offer interconnecting rooms too!
12. Classic, pretty, light and airy. We loooove! – Mayflower Grande Hotel
Oooooo, I like this one, especially for the family, and their Family Room is actually gorgeous I’d say.
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It’s really light, modern and classical, and it’s got all the basics of a home in two rooms.
The whole pad/family suite is done in browns, whites and neutrals, so there’s a very relaxed and calming feel to it.
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This hotel is grand in the sense of how big it is, and is a tall building filled with many suites.
As a result, your view is quite spectacular if you’re staying on one of the higher floors, with big windows opening out to your city view on the horizon.
IMAGINE sipping on your morning coffee in bed whilst staring out the window to that sort of sunrise!
13. If it were the 50’s, we’d consider this a true luxury– Hatyai Greenview Hotel
I must say, Hat Yai in general is quite a random little city that just loves to follow themes, in one way or another.
It seems that it’s the same way with their hotels, with this rich retro sense about them (that’s intentionally done), and this one is no exception.
Again I’m getting a 50s feel about the place, using classic architectural design reminiscent of the time. It literally feels like I’m being transported back to my nan’s (granny’s) house which was modelled, built and designed in the 50s!
They of course realise we are now decades ahead, so they have adapted and ensured that there’s all the comforts of today.
The lobby is filled with old school chairs and sofas, racks of newspapers and baskets of flowers, which adds a real ambiance and special touch to the place.
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14. Good location with decent family rooms – Grand Plaza Hatyai
With everything you’ll need for spending a couple of nights or more in town, this is a hotel that’s not overly glamourous, nor crazy shabby too.
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The rooms here are spacious, and you’ll find yourself a seating area, no matter which room option you choose.
Along with a family lounge area, you might enjoy the Flat screen TVs, especially if the kiddies do want to watch some TV while they have their dinner – we are on holiday after all – there’s the perfect space for them to do so!
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It’s close to all markets and shops around you, and is just a 30-minute drive from Samila Beach.
You’ll also be happy to know that their front desk is open 24/7 for any latecomers and night owls.
15. Lush green potted plants everywhere! – Siam Mansion
Now this is the kind of design I would go for – aesthetically pleasing to the eye, with tons of textural contrasts throughout this upper-class hostel.
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It feels SUPER fresh and modern, along with the abundance (❤.❤) of lush green potted plants scattered everywhere with flora and fauna hanging from the ceilings and walls. I.LOVE.ITTT.
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The rooms are crisp, continuing with the simplistic/naturalistic vibes and opens up onto a small balcony.
It really is a gorgeous find filled with lots of natural light due to it’s big windows/balcony sliding doors.
Special Mention 1: Time to indulge a little – The Three Hat Yai
Step things up a tiny notch, and indulge in a little modern day elegance at The Three Hat Yai.
Decorated in warm and rich browns from coffee to camel, the rooms here are super spacious, and I love the leather couches.
Each room has its own patio, so you can chill and have some chit-chat sessions on the veranda.
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Now, you can’t disagree with me when I say that a great bathroom is always appreciated. Especially when the shower pressure is perfect and therapeutic, and you’ve got hot water (and not just for 3 minutes).
If you’re looking to relax in comfort and a bit of style, you won’t be disappointed with this hotel.
PS: They also offer snacks, tea and coffee for guests to enjoy from their cafe bar all day long (and it’s free!).
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Special Mention 2: This feels like tropical Thailand with a very warm feeling to it – Wungnoy Hotel
This is simply gorgeous purely based on the fact that you’re constantly surrounded by a bit of nature, wherever on the property you may be. And that includes the inside, it’s almost like a nursery/hotel here.
This is so ideal for families and the bottom units of this guesthouse (although rather large) open out into the garden, so there’s plenty of space for the kids to run wild – if they haven’t already used up all of their energy.
Perhaps you might simply want to enjoy a glass of wine with your partner under the stars after a busy day with everyone, the bottom units opening out to the garden would be perfect too.
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The rooms are beautiful – all boasting the colours of autumn, with a splash of white here and there.
Each room has a (huge) balcony, so you’re guaranteed an apartment full of sunshine.
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