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The Pannarai Hotel Udon Thani

The Pannarai Hotel Udon Thani by Dan Keegan

Located on Sampanthamit Street, the mid-sized hotel is situated at the epicenter of Udon’s entertainment and shopping district. The Pannarai Hotel is an elegant yet comfortable hotel that’s likely to become an Udon favorite.

The Pannarai Hotel Udon Thani

Pannarai Hotel Udon Thani

One of the Pannarai’s best features, is its location.  The hotel is within easy walking distance of Udon’s top attractions.  Just behind the hotel, is the stunning Central Plaza shopping complex, with shops, restaurants, a movie theater, and bowling alley.  On Sampanthamit Street itself (Soi Sampan), the Pannarai is surrounded by Udon’s nightlife scene and popular foreign food restaurants.  East of the hotel, are the lively night market and UD Town shopping center.

The Pannarai offers guests many amenities.  One, is the hotel’s swimming pool, nestled in a small private garden.  It’s a nice place to cool-off or sip a drink, away from the city bustle.  The hotel includes the full service “Pannawadee” restaurant, which specializes in gourmet Thai food.  There’s also a coffee shop in the lobby.  While the hotel lacks a dedicated exercise room, they may add one in the future.

Ease of access is important for a hotel. Udon’s main bus station and train station are just a short walk from the Pannarai. Guests will appreciate the hotel’s shuttle bus to and from the airport. The hotel’s underground parking makes coming and going a breeze.

One thing you’ll notice about the Pannarai is its natural ambiance.

The hotel’s color scheme is soothing brown, beige, and white colors bathed in natural light.  In guest rooms, the interior design, furniture, and bathrooms are elegant and tasteful. Most rooms have natural woods floors.  Each guest room has a small balcony to survey the surrounding city.  Room prices start at 1280 Baht.

Many travelers will seek out the Pannarai for its size.  With just 79 rooms (58 Standard, 19 Deluxe, and 2 large Junior Suites), this is not a huge hotel.  You won’t get lost in endless dark hallways here.

Instead, the Pannarai is big enough to provide upscale guests with the features they desire, but small enough to feel comfortable and homey.

The Pannarai’s motto is, “Best Service is Our First Priority”.

The Pannarai offers two meeting rooms and a theater for conferences and weddings etc.  Each of these rooms holds 50-80 people.  Management expects the conference facilities to draw quite a few Thai guests to the hotel.

During the “soft” opening period, the Pannarai Hotel will accommodate a small number of guests.  The management team will use this time to ensure that guests receive the high-quality experience they expect.

The hotel plans a Grand Opening a few months after the soft opening.

Feel free to drop by the Pannarai to see it for yourself.  After experiencing the hotel first-hand, I expect many Udon residents will recommend it to family and friends coming for a visit.

For more information about the Pannarai Hotel, please visit their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/pages/The-Pannarai-Hotel/183957345036968.