I'm a Bangkoker who went to this hotel with my girlfriend. I'm giving this hotel 5 stars out of 5 not because it's comparable to a 5-star chain hotel like the Intercontinental Hua Hin or V Villas, because it's not. I give it this score because it more than meets our expectations given the price that we paid for.
My girlfriend and i stayed at this hotel on Jan 2-4, 2012, after the new year. We were trying to stay within a budget for our trip, so we wanted a range of 2,000-3,000 THB/night for our hotel. We booked the hotel on agoda.com and it came to about 2,700THB per night. And for this price, i think it was a better choice compared to the other hotels that were in our consideration set such as Kaban Tamor, Regent Cha-Am, among others.
Let's start with the location. Yes, it's not next to the beach, but it more than makes up for it. It's only a few minutes from the Cicada Market (opened only on Friday-Sunday), and there is a 7-Eleven that is a one-minute walk from the hotel. The hotel staff recommended a somtum shop near the hotel, and my girlfriend and i went there twice during our stay (the somtum shop is called ยกครก and is located after Bangkok Hospital but before Tesco Lotus Market Village. The somtum suits well to the local taste and is cheap. The ลาบหมูทอด is good and also has many dishes of somtum). And it's a short drive away from the Night Market, so it's quite near the town center.
Upon our arrival, we were quite impressed with the infrastructure. The hotel is new and the lobby is well decorated. The hotel's been opened for 3 years, so everything didn't seem too run down. Once we got into our room, my girlfriend was really impressed with the room decoration and its wooden tone color. It was simple yet had a tough of elegance to it. The LCD TV wasn't the biggest size (only 32"), but the bathroom really impressed me because not only was it spacious (it was almost as big as the bedroom), but it used good quality material (VRH brand shower glass and ware). The bathtub is huge, and the shower head in the shower room could be adjusted to different water pressure. All the shower amenities were offered, and the bed was comfortable that i was sucked to sleep for 10 hours on both nights that i stayed.
the breakfast was acceptable and offered various choices. On the first day of our stay, there was a buffet breakfast with eggs, spaghetti, salad, boiled rice, waffles, cereal, among others. the 'kanom-krok' and soy milk were nice touches that you rarely see at other hotels. On the second day of our stay, the occupancy rate was low, so we had made-to-order breakfast. Though the choices weren't as much as the first day, but there is attentive service to our table and we could order as much as we wanted.
i didn't go into the swimming pool, but it looked really nice and relaxing. i didn't see the gym so i cant comment on that (but i dont think this is a problem for most Thais because we dont indulge in this sort of activity on our vacation).
not everything was perfect during our stay, however. We stayed in room 304 on the third floor, and the wireless router in that section of the hotel had connectivity problems. we called the front desk, and the female who answered the phone wasn't quite too helpful in fixing the problem. She did send an IT guy to the room, and he failed to rectify the problem.
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