There is nothing like a good bed to sleep in after a hard days traveling. We were so happy when we go to the V.L. Hatyai Hotel in Hat Yai. It was a measly three blocks from the Hat Yai train station, up a road that had perfect side walks for walking people.
The reception at V.L Hatyai Hotel was fantastic. People were happy, smiling, and most were able to speak English. The language barrier isn't normally an important feature for us but after a very long day in minivans, ferries, buses, songteaws and on our feet it was a lovely surprise.
We had booked our night in the V.L. Hatyai Hotel because of tripadvisor's reviews and through Agoda, who offered a very good rate for the room without breakfast. The room alone cost just under $30 USD without breakfast. When we enquired about the breakfast it would cost us 100 baht each, a whole $3 USD each. It was a fine breakfast too. Bacon and eggs, yummy bread for toast, Asian savoury delights, the makings for tuna salad, coffee, tea and milo, and for breakfast-dessert, bbq'd sticky banana rice in banana leaves. Mmm!
As we were so tired on the night of our stay we got room service. This is not ordinary for us but when we looked at the menu in our room the prices were so reasonable we didn't feel the need to find a street food stall! How could a room service tuna salad only cost 80 Baht? Unheard of in a hotel. We ordered room service, pigged out on glorious food and watched English language television all night.
The only downfall the V.L. Hat Yai had was that you had to purchase wifi / internet. The cost was reasonable, 20 baht for 24 hours of usage. If you could get it working that is. We found that the wifi worked best down in the lobby.
All in all, the V.L. Hat Yai was a fantastic hotel. We really do recommend you consider staying there for one or two nights on your travels. Break up that marathon journey between Thailand and Malaysia. You won't regret it.