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Orchid Suites
2.0 of 5 Resort   |   129 / 11M.3 T.Maret, Lamai Beach, Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #48 of 52 Hotels in Lamai Beach
Boston
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3 hotel reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Avoid this hotel!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2009

Avoid this hotel - there are cheaper places in Lamai Beach.
Our bungalow, as well as the rest of the hotel, really needs to be renovated. The staff were unhelpful - they seemed startled/perplexed by the presence of guests.

  • Liked — location
  • Disliked — hotel and room condition
  • Stayed December 2008, traveled as a couple
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 1 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Rating summary
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    2.5 of 5 stars
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  • English first
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Australia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2008

We chose the Orchid Suites Resort at Lamai Beach, Koh Samui mainly for the price. It was fairly inexpensive, compared to a lot of the overpriced resorts in Koh Samui. As the saying goes, you get what you pay for. Our room was very basic, and there are no little luxuries, but for a place to sleep it was adequete.

The resort consists of several stand-alone bungalows in a nicely landscaped garden. The pool area is nice too, although when we were there (off-peak season) the swim up bar was not open at all and looked like it hadn't been open in some time! Breakfast was a bit of a joke; the milk was always warm to the point of being off and everything else was a bit sad and soggy. Toast and jam for us!

We were only in Koh Samui for two full days (three nights), and on the first day we went into the main town at Chaweng Beach which was a twenty minute bus ride away. The resort had a free shuttle bus though, which was a great way to get into town but we never really could figure out how to organise to get the same bus to take us home. A tuk tuk did that in the end. On the second day we explored a little around our resort and found that by walking directly down the hill we could go through another, very shabby looking bunch of bungalows (not part of Orchid Suites) and come out right on the beach. The beach was stunning. MUCH better than the beach at Chaweng. It had crystal clear water, clean sand and free sunbeds! The big granite boulders dotted here and there made it even more picturesque. It was really the best beach we had come across in Thailand. No waves, just clear deep water. A couple of cafes sit just back from the sand along the beach, which stretches for quite a distance.

In short, the hotel itself leaves a bit to be desired, but the beach is only two minutes walk down the hill and is stunning. The free shuttle bus is handy too. Stay here if you want a cheap stay near the beach and you don't particularly care about breakfast!

  • Liked — Close to the beach, and cheap.
  • Disliked — It was a bit shabby and the breakfasts were awful.
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2007

This is a very basic hotel with basic amenities. We spent 6 nights here and got pretty much what we expected although the lack of available internet access at this hotel (or anywhere reasonably close by) was a major problem for us.
I know we're supposed to be on vacation but we need to stay in touch and i really prefer to reserve tours and everything else online....and read reviews of tours and activities online.

Room was small but clean. Unfortunalely it is almost impossible to take a shower without wetting the toilet paper. A little cramped. You get what you pay for so this was ok overall

  • Liked — price
  • Disliked — no internet. cramped
  • Stayed September 2007, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: 129 / 11M.3 T.Maret, Lamai Beach, Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Maret > Lamai Beach
Amenities:
Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#22 Top resorts Hotel in Lamai Beach
#28 On the Beach Hotel in Lamai Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Orchid Suites 2*
Number of rooms: 13
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Also Known As:
Orchid Hotel Lamai Beach
Orchid Suites Ko Samui/Lamai Beach

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