We stayed at the Centara for 8 nights in Oct/Nov 2009. Upon arrival we were allocated a superios room in the terraces. Our room was big with a king bed but located right opposite the noisiest karaoke bar i have ever heard. Im a very light sleepr and knew I wasnt going to be able to sleep with the noise, even with the doors shut i was super loud. We asked for another room and the staff did their best to find us one, the one we ended up with was much quieter bit it was smaller and they had to put 2 beds together to make it a king size, not the greatest but it was fine for the 2 of us and id rather have a quiet night. Buffet brekky was included and it was very good, our only complaint would be that my partner is allergic to cows milk and there was no soya milk anywhere to be found at the hotel so we bought some at the supermarket nearby and took it to brekky every morning! We swam alot in the terraces pool, it was quieter than the lagoon pool (full of kids). Happy hour everyday for 4-6pm is 2 for 1 cocktails but they are still cheaper at the bars outside the resort. The gym at the resort is very good if youre that way inclined on holidays. Its about 5 minutes walk to the beach, head down in the morning and rent a beach chair for 150 baht for as long as you want. This resort is very well located as far as Karon goes, youre right in the middle of all the best restaurants etc whereas the Hilton is much further away from everything. It will cost you around 300 baht to get to patong in a tuk tuk, this is pretty much a set price though its a little cheaper coming back.Best places to eat in Karon were the Red Onion (amazing thai food and so cheap), a little indian/thai place right across the street from the hotel (great food and service, always quiet too), and the Little Mermaid is good for lunches. Get massages and manicures at Happiness Massage just across from the resort (you can bargain a bit with prices). Beware, if you are a party animal (we arent) then i would say to stay at Patong, Karon isnt really too happening at night time which was fine with us but may not be for those who like to go clubbing. If you like a bit more laid backness and peace and quiet though, with bars thrown in, Karon is definitely the way to go. Get your laundry done at one of the places on the street, there is one right opposite the Centara that was fabulous and so cheap. The supermarket is good too for basics and beers!Internet cafes are so much cheaper than the hotel which is crazily overpriced for net.Beware, bring tons of sunscreen as it is ridiculously expensive here and you will need it. Overall, we enjoyed our stay here, the Centara is good overall, in need of a a bit of a spruce up but the gardens are great and the pools nice. The staff can be a bit officious though.
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