Above: Centara Hat Yai Studio Apartment with a living room, a kitchenette and a partitioned bedroom. Even more awesome with their online promotion (pay 2 stay 3 nights) perfect for a long weekend.
We stayed at the Centara during our recent trip to Hat Yai and had a fabulous time with this trusted brand and their well-operated facilities. Hat Yai, despite being the trading hub of Thailand’s deep south, is not too expensive a destination, hence a great value when it comes to a very comfortable and spacious studio apartment room in a full-service hotel.
Above: From the entrance door. Love their dedicated working desk. A spacious kitchenette is perfect to make my morning pour-over coffee and store snacks we daily hoard from the Gim Yong Market. Also, there’s a small dining table. Very comfortable space.
Once you have stayed in an apartment-style room of a hotel and appreciated its comfort, you will try your best to stay that way if the budget allows you to. Depending on the timing, the rates for this studio apartment room (located on the top two floors) starts from Bt3,000++ per night including breakfast. I would say prior to your trip, check Centara Hotel’s online reservation regularly and apply The One card membership at the reservation process for a further price reduction. 😀
Above: The provided fridge and microwave make it so tempting to make a midnight meal in room :D. Tops Supermarket is just down the same building.
Hat Yai is a shopping town. The whole downtown cluster is packed with shops selling everything you’d imagine. Watches, retro and modern, electronics of all kinds, snacks of all flavours, clothing of all fashions, accessories and also a great array of delicious foods. All in all, shoppers will have a field day in this community.
The Centara Hotel Hat Yai is smacked in the middle of the downtown cluster. Just a perfect location. The hotel is walkable to the Gim Yong Market, the Hat Yai Junction Train Station and it is also linked to Central Department Store, Tops Supermarket is just one elevator down. Super convenient.
Above: The bedroom with sliding doors that partition it off from the living room area, making the sleeping space very nice and quiet. Large closet at the side hides a safe deposit box large enough for a laptop and DSLR cameras.
A lot of visitors to Hat Yai are from Malaysia, Singapore and China. The Centara Hat Yai is Halal-certified, meaning Muslim visitors can feel comfortable dining away the delicious offers from the hotel’s multiple outlets. Hat Yai is a perfect hub if you want to stay and hop around to explore other parts of Thailand’s deep south. We did two day-trips to Ko Yor (about half an hour drive) and Songkhla which is the province municipal district. An old charming small town that is worth your visit.
FURTHER Reading – A Long Weekend Guide to Hat Yai + Songkhla
Above: The ensuite, all-marble, very luxurious bathroom with shower and bath areas. Lightings can be individually adjusted with individual switches. Very nice.
Breakfast at the Centara Hat Yai
Our room came with a daily breakfast buffet. And it is served at Saneha Cafe on the sixth floor. The breakfast choices at Centara Hat Yai are huge, with dedicated counters for freshly made noodles, steamed dim sum, daily savouries being either Hainanese style chicken rice or chicken biryani rice or sticky rice with deep-fried chicken which is another of Hat Yai’s specialties.
I liked, in particular, and very much, their roti corner. Freshly made warm crispy roti is served with a very delicious chicken curry. They also have tender, pillowy roti with stuffings being banana and eggs. Love them all, especially with the extra squeezes of condensed milk.
One tip though, the hotel is always busy and crowded. So expect the people rush during the early hours, although the breakfast is served at leisure pace from 06.00 – 10.00. But we found their staff super efficient and all smiling. Replenishments of the foods were also regular while we were there especially at my favourite roti counter :D.
Above: Our breakfast from the buffet – stir-fried noodle with soy sauce and crispy roti and chicken curry. Assorted coffees and teas are available. Cappuccino or kopi style with black coffee whitened by condensed milk and Chinese style tea.
Above: Hat Yai is known for their deep-fried chicken (if you ever heard of the phrase ‘Gai Tod Hat Yai’ just to warrant the taste). Above is their deep-fried chicken with light biryani rice and another plate of pa tong go or fried Chinese doughs slathered with condensed milk, scrambled eggs and fried eggs.
Above: This might not look much. But this chicken rice, served one morning at the breakfast buffet, was a bombshell of tastes. Juicy pieces of chicken, tender fragrant rice, awesomely gingery chilli sauce. So good.
Being a chain hotel of the renowned Centara Brand, Centara Hat Yai is fully-equipped with everything you’d expect from a worldwide hotel icon. Their Hat Yai facility, being about 21 years old, is a bit tired, but complete in services. Their well-maintained gym room and a swimming pool are good and open for the guests. Also, if you want to do some deep relaxation, they do have a branch of Cense by Spa Cenvaree as well.
Above: The view from our top floor. The blue-tinted window dyed the colours of our view of the city.
Above: The Centara Hotel Hat Yai is also conveniently linked to the Central Department Store and Tops Supermarket.
Summary: Perfect downtown location. Great value, efficient and impressive services, delicious foods and peace of mind for a stay because this is a worldwide trusted hotel brand.
For more information, visit Centara Hotels and Resorts.
FURTHER Reading – A Long Weekend Guide to Hat Yai + Songkhla, HAT YAI DINNER AT PA YANG RESTAURANT Centara Ras Fushi Maldives
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