The Centara first opened in 1922 under the name Railway Hotel and was Hua Hin’s first hotel. Today it offers some of the classiest accommodation in the area (and is by far the best choice for families, more on that below). Renovations over the years have expanded it into a large and luxurious hotel without sacrificing a bit of its former [']20s charm and genteel vibe. The whitewashed buildings, shaded verandas and walkways, fine wooden details, red-tile roofs, and immaculate gardens with topiaries create a cool, calm, colonial effect. There is a small museum of photography and memorabilia, and the original 14 bedrooms are preserved for posterity. These rooms have a unique appeal, but the newer rooms are larger, brighter, and more comfortable, with swank niceties as rain showers and soaking tubs. Though they boast furnishings that reflect the hotel’s old beach resort feel, they are still modern and cozy.  Many of the room categories are large enough for families, a big perk, as is the superb kid’s club which offers a wide variety of activities daily, including some creative ones for parents and kids to do together.