Sukhothai has been on my bucket list for almost a decade now, and I’m ever so happy to make it to this ancient city! It only took a train ride, tuk-tuk, bus, and then a walk to get to our hotel but it was worth the journey!
We picked this hotel based on proximity to the Sukhothai Heritage Park and price. We left the planning to the last minute during our year of long-term travelling, and so we relied on Booking.com ratings to make our choice.
Hotel De’Peal looked good on photos, and after reading the reviews, we decided it is worth taking the chance.
But first, where is Hotel De’Peal Sukhothai?
Of all the cities we’ve visited in Thailand, Sukhothai has been the trickiest to travel to so far. Despite our pre-trip planning efforts, we were so lost during our travels to Sukhothai and had no idea what was going on when we hopped on our bus to get to the city. We were at the mercy of strangers and were a bit worried that we’d get dropped off in some random place. Luckily, we met some kind people who helped us get to our hotel and we were ever so relieved to see the hotel as we passed by on our bus ride.
First impressions of Hotel De’Peal
Hotel De’Peal is owned by a super kind and helpful man named Wit. The hotel is less than three years old, and we could tell it is still very new.
The Sukhothai Hotel Room
We were upgraded to a larger room at Hotel De’ Peal. The hotel itself is tiny, with maybe no more than six bedrooms, so it felt more like a guesthouse than a hotel.
The room was spotless and very well maintained. There was some outside noise, but it wasn’t too bad. As I mentioned in a previous post, when we stay in budget hotels, our criteria is a bit different. The things I pay attention to are the following:
- Is there clear, hot water?
- Do I feel safe?
- Does the room smell ok?
- Are there bugs?
- Will we have issues with the toilet?
We found the hotel to meet all of the criteria listed above. I know some people don’t brush their teeth with water in Thailand, but we felt the water was clean enough to use to brush our teeth.
Our room faced the main road that leads to the Sukhothai Historical Park. But the noise was subtle and didn’t bother us during the day or night.
One thing to note is that there are no elevators in the hotel, so we had to lug our heavy suitcases to the second floor. Luckily, there weren’t so many stairs.
The service at the Sukhothai Hotel De’Peal
A lovely lady takes care of the whole hotel when the owner is not around. She is delightful, although it is hard to speak to her in English. The lady manages everything – she checks you in, does the cleaning and cooks breakfast!
What’s nice is that the hotel has a setup where you can eat bread, snacks and get water and drinks, free of charge. That’s a pretty good deal, considering how the hotel was already very cheap. We paid 600 baht per night.
The Food at Sukhothai Hotel De’Peal
Only breakfast is available at this hotel. We never had to place any orders with the lady. She would always notice when we were heading down for breakfast and would prepare a meal before we even asked. We had delicious noodles (stir-fried instant noodles… omg so yummy!) some days while others had Western-style breakfast on the menu.
The location of Sukhothai Hotel De’Peal
The hotel couldn’t have been more perfect. Bikes were available free of charge, and we would often take the bikes to visit the Sukhothai Historical Park. The ride was about 15 minutes from the hotel and was very scenic and safe.
The bikes were first come first serve, so there were times when we had to wait for the other guests to return the bike. A minor inconvenience, but it worked ok for us.
The hotel is also a five-minute bike ride to 7-eleven, outdoor markets, and a few restaurants.
The hotel is a ten-minute walk to the second bus station, which made it convenient for us when we left to catch our train to Chiang Mai.
The dog at Sukhothai Hotel De’Peal
We found the area to be very safe. In fact, the hotel is so loved that a dog would come and sleep in front of the hotel every night. At first, we thought it was the hotel’s dog, but we found out that the dog is a stray. He’d spend his days wandering the streets but would return to sleep in front of the hotel on a nightly basis (You can read heartwarming stories of my dog encounters here). It seems like even animals loved the hotel.
Sukhothai Hotel De’Peal is perfect for budget travellers
This hotel could not have been perfect for our trip to Sukhothai. For the price we paid, this hotel exceeded our expectations and is so ideal for anyone who is exploring Sukhothai.
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