Aranyaprathet is a small town that grew in prominence due to the land border crossing between Thailand and Cambodia that is just a couple of kilometers from this town. A lot of Thai people come here to do bargain shopping in bulk and also cross the border into Cambodia to do some gambling. It is because of this large influx of tourists that a lot of hotels have come up in this town in recent times. I got to stay at one of those hotels when I was here recently on behalf of an invite from the tourism authority of Thailand. I stayed one night at the Tournesol Boutique Hotel and the below review is based on this recent experience of mine.
1) The hotel is brand new and thus it is in prime state with everything smelling new.
2) This boutique hotel, which has a French name, has a French look n feel to it with fountains and French style architectural style.
3) The place is not five star material, but is a very comfortable business/boutique class hotel with ample parking, good levels of service, free breakfast and the usual stuff.
4) They don’t have an in-house restaurant, but they serve free breakfast. Vegetarians might not have a lot of options at the breakfast table, apart from the usual fare.
5) For a remote town, this hotel has blazing fast internet in each of its rooms.
6) The hotel doesn’t have an elevator, but it has a total of 3 floors only.
7) It is a bit away from the heart of town, which in a way is good as you are away from all the border traffic, but you would need your own transport to move around between the market, border and the restaurants.
The Tournesol Boutique hotel is good for those people looking to spend a night or two and then move on to the next destination. It offers a comfortable pit stop between Bangkok and Siem Reap.