An architectural beauty.
Originally the Railway Hotel, built back in the 1920s is an architectural beauty. I love this colonial style architecture with old fashion decor.
It was bought by Sofitel Centara in 1985, restorations and renovations have been made, but so to say: it has been a very well kept hotel ever since.
The hotel dates back to the time when Hua Hin itself was evolving into Thailand’s first beach resort.
The beauty of Hua Hin was noted by the engineers surveying the southern railway route in 1909. Land was set aside for a station, and when the first section of the line opened in 1911 Hua Hin became a destination where wealthy Bangkok residents built their holiday homes. The southern line to Malaysia was completed in 1921, making it possible to travel between Bangkok, Malaysia, and Singapore by train.
Mr. A. Rigazai, the State Railways’ Italian architect, designed the original building as a luxurious two-storey European-style resort hotel made of brick and wood, in accordance with royal command. The hotel was constructed on State Railways land while existing bungalows were moved a short distance away. The hotel featured 14 bedrooms, a lobby lounge, bar, restaurant, billiards room, wine storeroom, and large verandas, costing a total of 128,366.75 baht, a staggering sum at the time. A veranda surrounded the building, cleverly designed to protect guests from the sun’s heat and prevent rainwater from running back along the tiles. The building was remarkably similar in appearance to the Marukhatayawan Royal Residence in nearby Cha-am.
The hotel opened in October 1922 and had its grand opening on 1 January 1923.
King Rama VI commissioned road maintenance engineer A. O. Robins to build a golf course on land opposite the railway station, completing the original nine-hole, 3,000-yard Royal Hua-Hin Golf Course and tennis courts in time to welcome the first hotel guests on 26 October 1922.
“The railway era brought great changes to Siam, as Thailand was then known,” says Thirayuth Chirathivat, chief executive officer of Centara Hotels & Resorts.