The Avani hotel in the Thai city of Khon Kaen is directly connected to its vast convention centre, making the property an extremely convenient place for business travellers to stay comfortably in and meet at.
The hotel offers 196 keys across five categories.
I spent three nights in the lead-in category room and found its 30m2 space more than ample for my needs as a business traveller. The king-size bed was more firm than soft, which worked out great for me as a person with back problems.
There was a desk with a lamp, and in-room Wi-Fi was speedy. Ample power points were dotted all over the room to ensure my devices never ran out of juice. I also liked that I could control the lights from my bedside. My bathroom featured a rain shower, as well as a handheld shower head. Water pressure was strong, and the hot water temperature was constant.
The property is located around a 10-minute-drive from the town centre, and because of this, its surroundings were peaceful and quiet.
The best part of this hotel was its location, as it is directly connected to the Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre. I could walk from my room and be seated in the conference hall in a mere five minutes.
The convention centre bills itself as one of Khon Kaenâ€™s largest meeting venues with space for up to 2,000 guests. In total, it boasts more than 4,000m2 of venue space across eight function rooms.
While attending the conference was convenient and meant that I didnâ€™t have to get up extra early, I personally wished that the hotel was a little nearer to the centre of town and its night markets. However, even though Khon Kaen is one of the less-popular Thai cities, Grab was surprisingly an easy way to get around, and I could easily find a car to take me to CentralPlaza Khon Kaen or a night market nearby.
The property has an infinity pool that overlooks a calming field of green. It would have been a perfect place to unwind, but unfortunately, my packed PATA Destination Marketing Forum schedule meant that I had no time to vegetate by the poolside. Other recreational facilities include a gym and a spa.
F&B options include the dim sum restaurant Ju Fang, as well as all-day-dining restaurant The Globe, where buffet breakfasts were served every morning.
Excellent. All staff I came in contact with were courteous and extremely eager to help, plus they always did it with a smile. Itâ€™s nice to always feel the warmth of Thai hospitality whenever Iâ€™m in the country.
Also, when my housekeeper realised that I finished the two provided glass bottles of water on the first night, she thoughtfully added a third bottle from the second night onwards.
Room count 196
Tel (66) 43 209 888