When my husband and I first arrived at this hotel I had to quickly double check to make sure I got the price right because we couldn't believe it! This place was beautiful yet the least expensive place we had stayed in in Thailand.
The rooms are immaculate, spacious, and come with all the amenities (including flawless wifi). Ours had a balcony which was lovely to enjoy our complimentary coffee on which we could find down in the lobby.
The breakfast (included) was buffet style and out of this world delicious and with both Asian and western options. Again, we could not believe what we were paying for this place. The restaurant for dinner was disappointing for us as the service wasn't great and they forgot to bring my meal out and although I let them know, they didn't bring it out for another forty-five minutes while everyone else's dishes came out. By this point I had eaten my husband's left overs and to their credit, they took it away and didn't charge us for it. His meal was supposed to be red tilapia but was truly just deep fried batter shredded on a plate with no fish to be tasted.
The only drawback could be the location. We felt a bit isolated as a young foreign couple as most of the guests appeared to be there for a local wedding or gathering although the staff made us feel very welcome of course. A taxi ride to town was only 50 baht but the tuk tuks will charge 100 baht to return. This may not be the best place for a backpacker feel or if you are looking to meet other travelers.
Communication in English was a little tricky so it was a bit tough for us to figure out how to navigate ourselves (we rented a motorbike). My main suggestions would be to offer your guests a proper map since the one we were given was a very blurred print off from the computer and it didn't have any streets shown or street names listed around the hotel (they just drew a line into space and wrote "hotel"). We didn't realize this so one night it took us over an hour and a half to find our way back. That same night we had difficulty as well because as you come down the off street you need to turn left into the hotel's road and needless to say, their signs are only in Thai so we kept missing the turn until a local showed us. I think it would be a nice gesture to have a small English sign at the turn, even in marker!
These are small things and really just suggestions. The hotel is amazing and the best deal I have come across in three months of traveling! (I also liked how you could use booking.com to book the room without using your credit card details).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to Kong Garden View Resort. We are located just 3 kilometers from the midst of Chiang Rai and we are providing a comfortable room for you with great circumstance. You can take a rest with the lake view, green natural and you can try delicious food for Chakom restaurant. We are looking forward to see you. ... more less
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