Lotus Village

170 Ratchathanee Rd., Sukhothai, 64000, Thailand

French owner Michel Hermann has expanded his modest guesthouse into one of Sukhothai's finest resort hotels, adding a spa with massage rooms and a sauna. It's favored by visiting archaeologists, historians, and other academics, who feel at home in its cloistered but cozily comfortable ambience (the teak-built rooms, for instance, have no TVs, because peace and quiet are valued here above entertainment). Michel's Thai wife, Tan, is a talented jeweler whose creations are displayed and sold in a corner of the property where Sukhothai antiques and pottery are also exhibited. There's no restaurant, but snacks and salads can be rustled up on demand—une salade Niçoise is a guest favorite. The breakfasts are also French-influenced, with excellent coffee.

PROS

  • helpful owners
  • lovely grounds
  • nearby market and ethnic restaurants
  • massage

CONS

  • shabby neighborhood
  • long walk (at night through dark streets) to town
  • ugly flood-protection walls block river views

HOTEL INFO

Phones: 055-621484

HOTEL DETAILS

10 rooms
Rate Includes: Breakfast

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