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Chaulty Towers
149 / 31 Moo 4, Lamai Beach, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #3 of 42 hotels in Lamai Beach
Sherborne, United Kingdom
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“Great value, lives up to its excellent reviews”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

We stayed five nights in Koh Samui last month en route to Australia. Steve collected us from and took us back to the island's charming airport and made clear that he would be happy to drive us into the village.
The hotel is small and fully occupied during our brief stay. There are only six units arranged around the pool and I believe all are provided with efective air conditioning, cooling fan, TV/radio, security safe, tea/coffee making facilities and en suite shower room, etc. Simple, basic but everything one needs.
Fellow guests were very cosmopolitan and I should imagine that, with a collection of kindred spirits, the hotel could get very convivial.
Hearing the stories of other accommodation near the beach, Chaulty Towers is a bargain by comparison. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Rooms
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  • Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2013

Me and my partner stayed here in August after reading all the 'amazing' reviews!
We emailed and arranged the airport pick up - Steve didn't appear! On phoning him, there was no apology (this happened the next day when he realised he forgot) instead just a comment to get a taxi! Needless to say I was already peed off by the time I got to the hotel.
We were put in an upgraded room purely by chance. Steve's maid had booked someone else in ours. this may sound fab but we then had to move to our original room two days in as someone else was booked in the superior suite. this just proved to be a pain in the bum - not being able to unpack and moving from room to room. I would have rather been in the more simple room from the start.
The rooms are very basic. But, heh, you get what you pay for, and for the cost - the rooms were fine. Clean bedding, air con and a tv. Don't move any furniture mind you as they don't get moved by the cleaners! we didn't pay for breakfast included but we did have it one of the days and it was brill, with PG tips and marmite.
The hotel is a good walk from the beach but not a major problem in the day, a bit more so at night time when you are walking up tracks with no lights and lots of dogs!!!
The lifts to town were offered but we never asked. We did go and watch the Thai boxing but to be honest, I found it, and the offer of going on to another bar, all a little bit sleazy. We would have preferred to go to the boxing on our own and not witness the stereotypical British behaviour of our 'guide' and the other men from the hotel around the Thai girls!!!
If I had a bit of cash I would NOT stay here again, in fact, even minus the cash I wouldn't. Spend a few extra pounds and stay at some where that your girlfriend will feel a little more comfortable staying at.

  • Stayed August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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chault, Owner at Chaulty Towers, responded to this review, February 4, 2013
This review was posted word for word last year, I responded to the review 6 months ago, but you said my comment was not in your guide lines. I am now shocked to see the same review re-posted. It would appear that the client has copied and pasted there original review. and then deleted it, to enable to resumit it again now. This is not in your guide lines, but you have chosen to break your own rules. Further more I have two independant vistors staying in my hotel now who have read this review last year when they were choosing their holiday, and both of them said they are going to respond to the review, pesumably you will block their responce as well ? While I don't exspect you to do the decent thing and exspose the personal attack on me, I would appreciate its emediate removal. ( if you do print this, it would deter other people in the future breaking the trip avisor rules ). Many Thanks Steve
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

A second visit says something by itself. Small hotel but with all the facilities, bar, pool table, jacuzzi and a pool in a quiet location but only ten minutes walk to the town and nightlife. Excellent clean facilities and Steve, his wife and his staff cannot do enough to help. As an addition this year Steve can now organise personalised trips for groups which we found excellent and his knowledge of the places to go and nightlife is superb.
Same as last year, highly recommended, in fact even more so!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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DEVON ENGLAND
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18 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013 via mobile

Having stayed the previous night at weekender villa ( that rates highly on here) and looked at amity(+ville !) bungalows .I thought that the islands lower side of the under £50 search selection were all going to be terrible. That was until we struck lucky and booked Chaulty towers at the last minute. Steve is totally on top off his game. He understands that lower price does not mean lower standards . He has thought of everything . Fan, aircon and ceiling fan! Not just one all three. Beautifully well presented rooms with clean welcoming decoration and modern fresh bedding . Beds that are comfortable and showers and toilet wet rooms with a European tiled standard that 4* hotels would envy. The only thing missing is the hot tub and if you want that it's available pool side! The whole ambiance of the place is laid back and friendly . Should your trip advisor iphone map app put a star in the middle of the ocean ( like mine does) he is up the road opposite the only petrol station in lami ( pharmacy on rhs with back to petrol station) passed gym , passed muai Thai school and toward the top of road before bend . big house on right hand side. Oh 1 last thing . Moped rental 100 baht less than everyone else and better quality bikes too . Have a great stay . We did.

  • Stayed January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013 via mobile

We stayed for 2 nights and where very happy with the room and location. Steve is most helpful and happy to organise anything you need. It's a five minute walk to the town but is very safe and well lit.

Stayed December 2012
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dublin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

I have to agree with previous posts.This is a great place to stay if your on a budget.The rooms were a lovely surprise,much better than we expected to get for the money we paid.Steve was very helpful,giving us a lift into town whenever we wanted.We had the upstairs room with its lovely balcony overlooking the pool.A great stay,thank you Steve !

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  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

Myself and my partner arrived at Chaulty Towers without a booking in June 2012 and Steve immediately made us feel welcome and accommodated. Pool is wonderful, honesty bar fantastic and the entire atmosphere is very relaxing and comfortable. Upon arriving Steve informed us of an acoustic show that his musical duo would be performing that evening. We went along (as did the two other couples who were the only other residents at the time) and were taken to a fantastic beach-side resort in the back of Steve's car. Cocktails and bbq buffet were great and the entertainment was brilliant. Had a fantastic time and it was a wonderful opportunity to become friends with the people we were sharing Chaulty Towers with. Later in our stay Steve organised a personalised tour for the 6 of us including a boat ride to various islands, a trek around local waterfalls, a visit to a practically deserted island (save for a wonderful buddhist temple constructed of driftwood) complete with a meal consiting of freshly caught and cooked fish, amongst other local delicacies.

We had the guest apartment, kitchen was perfect for our needs, free wi-fi was more than good enough and the air conditioning was perfect. Steve cooks a fantastic british breakfast and even offers proper british tea.

A lovely find, well priced and Steve's local knowledge was a real added bonus. Had a fantastic time here.

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Also Known As:
Chaulty Towers Hotel
Chaulty Towers Hotel Lamai Beach
Chaulty Towers Ko Samui/Lamai Beach
Address: 149 / 31 Moo 4, Lamai Beach, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Lamai Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Lamai Beach
#7 Family Hotel in Lamai Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small villa style hotel, husband (UK) and wife (Thai) owned and managed. Visitors arrive as guests and leave as friends and often return several times every year. Don't be fooled by our low price, our rooms are of a higher standard than some much more expensive hotels and resorts. Enjoy a cold beer at the pools edge, we also have BBQs every week. ... more   less 
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