I chose this guesthouse following a few recommendations on here and on other websites. I have to say, I was initially hesitant as it appeared to be a little out of the way. Noland was quick to respond to my emails though and I thought "what the heck' and booked.
I'm very glad I did - this was one of the most perfect stays I've ever had in a hotel/guesthouse. From the moment I arrived, I felt like i was at home - Noland is a great host, he makes you feel very comfortable and relaxed and gave some great pointers on the local area. As he was leaving to go back to the states a few days later he was having a party in his restaurant next door and asked me along. Well, when you turn up at a guesthouse having booked on a whim, you may as well continue with that. His restaurant next door is a lovely little place, artfully decorated, serving amazing food in a great location. Noland is a born entertainer as well and spent the night on stage with his keyboard and Thai "backing singers" (i.e. the restaurant staff)
Back to the guesthouse - I had one of the villas at the back and it was lovely. Noland spoke knowledgeably about the build, the local timbers used, the little touches they had added (the bathroom was very nice - copper sink) and it real adds to your experience to know these things. After all, this is a guesthouse that someone has built/restored/added to and not a faceless hotel chain.
I found the grounds to be very peaceful, though you can hear the sounds of the city around you, it's never loud and always a nice background. The local area (Chuang Puak) is great - many local shops/restaurants/bars around and as it's a more studenty area, there's a different vibe to the place. there's also the usual assortment of tuk tuks and sonthaew for transport and you're not far from the main city. Breakfast is an assortment of pastries and fresh local fruit. Also - as I missed breakfast on my last day (early flight), Nolands business partner (who's name i forget!) stopped of on the way to dropping me at the airport to get me some nice local delicacies.
My only regret was (cliche alert!) having to leave as this was a brilliant trip that was made all the better by having such a nice base, and great people around. My apologies to Noland though as I should have submitted this review early a year ago when I stayed (March 2012). Hopefully he'll forgive me if I come back!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Enter the magical kingdom of Thailand and then enter the magical property of Santitham Guest House! We have created a sanctuary of gardens and art for the weary traveler or the hip Eurosex crowd. Relax in our outdoor setting with the lovely sounds of waterfalls or visit our wildly popular restaurant and pub, Sabaidee Santitham. All of our rooms are non-smoking with free high speed Internet and air cond. We have standard rooms with shared baths in elegant Thai Lanna style with Teak and hardwood floors. The Deluxe rooms have spacious rooms and private baths with unique styling in each room ... all with lovely wooden floors and elegant decor. Pay us a visit and we are sure it will not be your last! ... more less
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