Visited with Thai family for a swim in the pool. Ordered food, European and Thai. Food was partly okay, one Thai plate floating in oil (yak!), the other one quite delicious, foreign food was okay but nothing interesting.
Prices are very high regarding the level of service and the local price level. The location is very far from anywhere and no signs on the street pointing a visitor where to find this place. Waiters are in plentitudes but they run like headless chickens around with no efficiency.
Room prices were quted of 1600 baht a night when we were thinking of getting one for relax after swim and cool off (was 40C in the shadow). That is around 3 times the price I would be comfortable with in a similar kind of rooms in a similar kind of resort. You can get a room in Khon Kaen centre in Charoen Thani hotel or many other better quality places with a swimming pool.
The pool was salt pool (no chlorine) and our family members two got an itch afterwards, me included so maybe it wasn't up to the standard cleanliness wise? Also some of tiles in the pool were loose exhibiting sharp cutting edges which in my opinion is just plain carelesness from the management sinec many children are attending and might get injured.
Overall cleanliness was an issue to me. Bits and pieces needing repairs and it wouldn't hurt to give a water and washing liquid treatment to surfaces. I personally do not think I will return. There is a beautiful and well-managed resort with swimming pool next to Khon Kaen airport and I got a room there 900 baht.
I would give much better rating if the place would be top notch clean and well managed. Unfortunately that is not the case.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Khon Kaen's Best Kept Secret.Castle Howchow Beach Resort Hotel is a retreat for friends and family alike, nestled in the Tranquil Countryside of Amphur Kranuan in the District of Khon Kaen, Thailand. Facilities for Weddings, Seminars and Parties. We have Rooms for a capacity for 146 Persons. A 20 rai Resort with three different geographically themed Thai locations. Within the Resort, you can reside, and relax with views over 'The Beach', 'The Lake' or 'The Orchard'.An Oasis in the middle of IssanImagine yourself in the middle of beautiful northeast Thailand, with breathtaking views of rice paddy fields from the comfort of modern chalets with all modern facilities. Castle Howchow is your private escape, where privacy is coupled with the ultimate in luxury accommodation. Make your escape now to rural Issan and enjoy the laid back lifestyle and friendly people from the comfort of our modern resort. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Castle Howchow Beach Resort Hotel Kranuan, Thailand - Khon Kaen Province