Hat Yai, Thailand, with all its hustle and bustle, may not be everyone’s idea of a relaxing vacation spot. And for many it’s simply a transit city. However, Hat Yai has much more to offer than meets the eye, which a growing number of travelers are finding out. And like any popular city, the accommodation selections can be absolutely overwhelming. But I found that I could add a touch of luxury to my Hat Yai travels with the discovery of the Centara Hotel Hat Yai.
I initially found them, four years ago, through online booking, otherwise I would have completely overlooked them alongside the similar looking accommodation masses in the area. There is nothing particularly outstanding in its outward appearances that sets the Centara apart. But once inside, the difference is obvious; their customer service and gleaming decor speak volumes. And has made a repeat customer of me.
Just 30-minutes from the Hat Yai International Airport, the 18-story, 248 room Centara Hotel not only has a convenient, central location, the panoramic views from the hotel are unobstructed, with a Hat Yai vista few can offer. In addition to being interconnected to the Central Department Store, the Centara Hotel is just a short walk to Lee Garden Plaza (across the street) and the colorful Santisuk and Gimyong markets. There are also plenty of songthaews (taxis) readily available if you care to venture further.
The rooms at the Centara Hotel Hat Yai range from Superior and Premium Deluxe King and Twin to Studio Apartments and Executive Suites. Floor space is maximized in addition to the grand views of the cityscape from the generously sized windows. Soft earth tones and simple décor keep the balance of the room perfect for optimal relaxation, yet the ample-sized in room desk also offers a quiet space for business travelers (or digital nomads) to get some work done.
Room amenities include super-fast internet service, a stocked mini-bar, flat screen TV, coffee and tea set as well as oh-so-comfortable beds. Studio Apartments and Executive Suites also include small kitchenettes and luxurious bathtubs.
Plenty of Amenities
The Centara Hotel’s amenities don’t just stop at the rooms though. In-house perks are abundant! The spacious, rooftop pool is conveniently located next to the hotel’s well-equipped fitness center, Cenfit. Take a post work out dip or sooth your muscles in the poolside sauna. Or simply enjoy the view of surrounding Hat Yai. Already committed to another hotel? No problem, the Centara offers day passes to non-guests for gym and pool usage.
Also, included in the Centara Hotel’s rooftop oasis is their in-house spa, Cense by SPA Cenvaree. Cense caters to those with discriminating spa tastes, offering an excellent selection of treatments with the knowledgeable expertise and quality standards one might expect at a 5-Star resort. I had a full body scrub, traditional full body oil massage and a facial. Three hours of pure relaxing bliss within walking distance to my room? Priceless.
Wining and Dining
Centara Hotel Hat Yai itself has several eating and drinking options within its 18-story compound. In addition to the Cappuccino Corner on the street level ground floor, once you enter the hotel’s massive 6th floor lobby, it’s like entering a mini mall, complete with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating areas and restaurants.
With the Saneha Café, Ginger Japanese Restaurant and the cozy Skylight Lounge, with a daily happy hour and evening live entertainment, you won’t need to go far for good food and beverages. The hotel’s central location even offers excellent selections of street food just outside their doors.
Excellent Customer Service
The staff at the Centara Hotel Hat Yai are the epitome of friendly, attentive and professional and they also take those extra steps to ensure all guests are comfortable. I’m happy to report that this has not changed since my first check in over four years ago. You will find that staying at the Centara Hotel Hat Yai makes for an excellent Hat Yai holiday and you absolutely won’t be disappointed. You can check room rates and availability HERE