I stayed for 2 nigths in this 'resort' hotel. First impression was good and the check-in process was staright forward. The lobby area was housed in an open-planned traditionally styled building. The only problem was that it was not airconditioned.
My room was in one of the buildings around the pool, on the second floor. The usual amenities were present in the room. There was a minibar with the usual drinks with 2 complimentary bottles of drinking water per day. The bathroom was spcious and clean with a big walk in shower (no bath tub) and came with plenty of toiletteries.
There were plenty of storage spaces and wardrobes, with bathdrobes and non disposable slippers which I did not use. The TV was big but I could not find any English language channels at all and I gave up after a few minutes. There was also a DVD player. I had a balcony with view of the pool but I did not use it as there was no chair. There was, however, a drying rack for your wet towels and swim suit I pressumed. The bed itself was big and comfortable with nice pillows. I had very good night sleeps.
The was a medium size pool with lots of pretty plants around. However, there were also some slightly tacky decorative porcelain items around e.g. a penguin in the middle of the pool, and ducks in the little fountain. The hotel also had free wifi which was of decent speed and quality. There was a 'spa' area with sauna and gym, which I did not use.
Buffet breakfast was in a separate building and was served from 7 to 11am. There was a decent selection of western and oriental / Thai items. They had the usual breakfast cereals, various Thai interpretaion of western breads / rolls, western breakfasts items (sausages, fried potatoes and bacon), an 'egg counter' with freshly made omelette and fried eggs, lots of cut fresh fruits, a selection of juices and many Thai items (rice, noodles, curry etc). Althought the selection was not huge, it was adequate and tasty. The waiting staff was very helpful and friendly and always topped up my coffee.
The location of the hotel is probably not ideal for a typical tourist that comes to Pattaya for the beach and bars. It is about 20 minutes away on foot from the beginning of beach road (or a THB 10 Tuk Tuk ride). From there, it is another 30 minutes or so to the 'walking street'.
However, it served my purpose (on business) pretty well as there were many local Thai eateries around (within minutes of walking distance), a couple of convenience stores (handy for drinking water etc) and a few massage parlours which do not hassle you when you walk pass.
There was an interesting incidence during my stay there. I woke up the second morning to find a leak from the ceiling, probably from the air conditioning unit. I contacted the front desk, who immediately sent a supervisor to attend. She was very sweet and apologetic about it. I left my room for breakfast and upon my return, she informed me that they could not fix the problem staright away and had offered me a new room next door. I had no problem with that. She then started to help with my packing, which I was very surprised. I politely declined her help and did it myself. The new room was pretty much just a mirror image to the original one, minus the leak !
In summary, this is not what I call a 'resort' hotel but served my purpose well. It was clean and I had very good sleep. The staff was friendly and helpful.
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