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The Library
4.5 of 5 Hotel   |   14/1 Moo 2, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #20 of 77 hotels in Bophut
Bundeena, Australia
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“Great design”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

I loved the minimalist design of the hotel it is really different, but in a good way. The library hotel is a member of the 'design hotel group' for a good reason. The only issue we had was with the cleanliness of the bathroom. We found hairs in the bath tub, the mirrors have not been wiped for a while and the wall in the shower with filthy with soap scum around the soap dispenser. Why go all out with this amazing design and attention to detail only to stick a cheap soap dispenser with a generic shower gel onto a bathroom wall??

  • Stayed August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

My wife and I stayed here for 4 nights and extremely enjoyed, well, practically everything. The location is awesome, just in the middle of Chaweng's main street, however you don't hear any of the street's commotion once you enter the hotel area. The rooms are big, comfortable and have all the perks you need (even an iMac for surfing). There's also a library of books and DVDs you can borrow from (complimentary service). The pool is small but very clean and fun, and the beach is just perfect - white sand and turquoise water. And the breakfast is the best we had for a long while. I'd have given this place six stars had I could.

Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013 via mobile

Was highly recommended by friends should drop by the resort for my forthcoming group retreat.

Lovely entrance! I was a bit over excited by taking lots of photo but however, being stop by the security and showing snobbish looking at us.

The way of answering is like we are not welcome if we love taking pictures.

Can you imagine, I was paying at least BT60,000++ a night in Conrad for a single villa and being look down by just the library resort... Come on...

The security told us if you want to know about the resort, perhaps You may proceed to the reception, they will offer you a price.

I will never recommend this resort to any of my business partners.

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013

Spent 3 weeks here in 2012 and then again in 2013. As the title states, favourite place on earth.

From the moment we were collected from the airport, the morning ritual of poolside coffee's, staff remembering our favourite breakfasts, cheerful pool boys, the worlds most comfortable bed, to the moment you leave, the Library is Koh Samui's own little paradise.

The page offers excellent food and very high quality. We tried to venture out to eat but found ourselves back at the Page most days. The Ox cheek curry is a favourite that should not be missed.

The drink gallery was where we started most evenings with a bottle of rose wine. Sit out on the terrace for great people watching.

'Sax on the beach' - 2 nights a week a saxophonist plays over sunset drinks adding an element of kitsch to an otherwise sophisticated backdrop.

The charm of The Library is the size. There are only 26 rooms so there is never a crowded moment.

The pool is another favourite. We spent most of our mornings, afternoons and evenings in it!

The Library is headed up by General Manager Chutima. Leads her team in an great way. Every one here is happy and i think this comes down to her management. she spends time with both guests and her team.

We cannot wait to return again next year.

Steven & Robert x

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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Venice, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

The modern sleek design was very beautiful with the all white and red accents. We especially liked the light box in the room that changes colors. The service out at the pool and on the beach was superb, they setup you up for a relaxing day at the beach and bring you treats all day long. The room design was cool although it wasn't the plush feel. The mattress on the floor combined with the big step down made for dangerous night time bathroom trips. There definitely were way too many geckos for my liking. The geckos come out at night, they were all over outside our door and there was one in our room that kept us up all night. Also we did have trouble with the noise coming from the lively town at night. Wasn't the most restful stay but the design, the beautiful beach, and the service made it a very enjoyable experience.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2013

Great concept! Definitely a design hotel with a whole lot of emphasis on design and not necessarily comfort. I loved the design and the minimalism but it was perhaps just a tad too minimalist. I found it inconvenient that my side of the bed was up against a wall so I had no access to a side table nor reading lamp or switches to turn off the lights. Getting in and out of bed was via the foot of the bed. Actually the bed was not a bed at all, but a thick mattress on the ground. Having said that, it was comfortable. There were a few too many geckos around for my liking, coming out at night and making way too much noise! There should be some sort of control over the gecko population within the resort - chase them away or something! There was actually one living behind the tv in my kids' room which kept them awake at night. The red pool is stunning! Loved it! The pool side lounges were comfortable and served their purpose well. The beach is clean and sandy, certainly the best along that stretch of Chaweng. Location was excellent, being right in the midst of the action. Noise from the bars and restaurants was not a problem at all. Once within the resort, it was a blissful escape from the goings on outside. Meals within the resort were expensive for Samui but as you would expect of an upscale resort. The breakfasts were very nice, made with lots of love. Would I stay there again? Only if I could have the side of the bed that had easy access and a bedside table!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

Chic & modern.. A nice place to unwind after a long day of shopping .
Prices for food for an upmarket & modern place is reasonable .
Loved the decor & atmosphere . Staff were attentive, drinks were delicious. Overall recommended even just to dine & drink

  • Stayed July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Address: 14/1 Moo 2, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#12 Romantic Hotel in Bophut
#15 Luxury Hotel in Bophut
#15 On the Beach Hotel in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$
Hotel Class:4.5 star — The Library 4.5*
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Library is a stunning conceptual hotel built in a semi-minimalist architectural design, located at the heart of Chaweng Beach. Shaped by the hands of an island local who was inspired by books and a simple lifestyle philosophy, the property has now become an international icon of style and was recently recognized by Tripadvisor as the number one trendiest hotel in Thailand (2012).The Library offers its guests a total of 26 unique accommodations in the form of Exotic Suites located on the ground floor, Smart Studios on the upper levels, and a new ultra-luxurious unit called the Bookmark which is set to launch by October 2012. Interspersed with age-old trees and various works of art, The Library and its surroundings boast a balance of nature and culture. Interiors bathed in a minimalist palette are completed with modern facilities such as 42-inch plasma screen televisions, iPod touch, and iMAC computers with high-speed Internet connection. True to the belief that a perfect holiday equals an opportunity to enjoy one good novel, guests are invited to browse through the well-curated collection of books at The Lib, which gives The Library its distinctive name. An award-winning restaurant called The Page is also open for all-day dining, and the new Drink Gallery whips up an artistic blend of good food, warm vibes and the island’s most fantastic drinks. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
The Library Hotel Bophut
Library Koh Samui
Library Hotel Koh Samui
The Library Ko Samui/Bophut

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