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“Minimal yet clean guesthouse” 4 of 5 stars
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Sairee Sairee Guesthouse
30/10 Moo1, Box 7 Koh Tao, Ko Tao 84360, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #17 of 54 Ko Tao B&B and Inns
Haifa, Israel
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4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Minimal yet clean guesthouse”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

Pros - We stayed at the guesthouse for one night. The room was big, clean and it had free wi-fi. The service was kind, and we were given a snorkel and a mask free of charge. There are a few good cheap breakfast places nearby so food was not an issue.

Cons - mattress was extremely tough, like sleeping on a floor. There was no blanket in the room.

Bottom line - Very nice guesthouse for its price.

If you come to Koh Tao in the low season, travel by scooter to Hin Wong Bay at the eastern side of the island. Most beautiful snorkeling I've done.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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17 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We stayed here for 3 nights in August. It is located on the main road but noise isnt an issue as the rooms are at the rear of the building.
Rooms are decorated in a modern "urban" minimalistic style,very nice,someone mentioned marble floors,but looked more like polished concrrete to me.
A/c,fridge,tv+dvd player in room,plus courtesy water every day.
Rooms were cleaned immaculaetly and clean towels/sheets throughout our stay.
My only complaint is that our shower was no more than a drip, and when I mentioned it to the manager he looked at it,shrugged his shoulders and said he would try and sort it,it was still the same 3 days later!
Sairee beach is not for me though,pretty dirty with empty beer bottles and rubbish everywhere,plus when we were there the water is very shallow all day and you could really on get in after lunch.
My advice would be to hire a moped and discover the other beaches,my favourite being aow luek bay,bit difficult to get too,but the water is crystal clear and the snorkelling is superb,even saw a black tipped reef shark whilst i was there,

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

I wouldn't say there was anything at all bad about Sairee Sairee guesthouse. However, I wouldn't say anything particularly bowled me over either.
Location-wise, it's right on the busy main road, although the rooms are round the back and I didn't get kept awake by any noise.

The rooms were clean and pleasant enough and mine had both fan and air conditioning, but my aircon didn't work particularly well. Water pressure in the shower was pretty weak, but that wasn't the end of the world.

My main gripe about this place is that you have to pay cash to stay there each day - even when booking online. This wouldn't necessarily be a problem but all ATMs in Thailand charge 150 baht each time you use them, so when you factor in the amount your bank charges on top I think it was working out something like £9 in charges each time you get out £200. Even though you can live very cheaply on Ko Tao, we were charged over £30 a day for a room at the Sairee Sairee guesthouse. One guy we met here was renting a beachfront bungalow in a much nicer location for about a third of that (he just turned up and found somewhere rather than pre-booked).

Staff were friendly enough and there is a restaurant there (although can't comment on food quality as I didn't eat there - it seemed fairly expensive compared to some of the other places nearby).
It's about a 4-5 minute walk to the beach from there and there are various bars/restaurants along the paved walkway that runs all along the back of the beach (watch out for motorbikes though).
Don't think there's a pool there although the sea at Sairee beach is decent enough for swimming in (or at least it was while I was there).
Overall, Ko Tao and Sairee beach seemed like a pretty nice place to stay and I would like to go back at some point - however if I did I think I would take my chances and try and find a room on arrival for a better price rather than pre-book at a fairly high rate.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Dublin, Ireland
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

A group of us were travelling around Thailand for a month so stayed in many hotels. Sairee Sairee Guesthouse stood out for us. The rooms are modern, bright and very clean. The decor is completely marble (incl. floors) which makes a nice change from beach huts. It felt so clean. The rooms were really affordable and we really liked the French lady who runs the guesthouse. She seems very helpful and friendly. Location was also perfect. Just 5 minutes to the beach. Plenty of shops and pubs nearby. No swimming pool but you really don't need one on this island. The beach is too good to miss! We never got a chance to eat in the restaurant but the food looked nice. We could see into the kitchen once or twice and it was so clean. I will definitely return!

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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bangkok
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2012

In room wi fi, mini fridge, location is just a road back from the main drag of Sairee Beach.
The restaurant and guesthouse are both new and very stylish with stark white walls, concerete floors and inbuilt furniture, the modern bathroom acctually had good water pressure.We ate at the restaurant a few times, everytimes was fairly good, the pizza and calzone were the best we have had so far in Thailand. They also have a DVD collection that you can borrow for free from the desk.
Staff and hotel management are great. There are cheaper places to stay in Koh Tao, but Sairee Sairee was definitely worth the money!

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

Rooms have a simple modern style. Everything is new, clean and tidy. The restaurant in the same building has wonderful food. The hotel is very centrally located, but you do not experience any noise in the rooms. The owners are very nice and welcoming!

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

We stayed here as a couple in April 2012. We booked this hotel last minute and were some what cautious as to the limited amount of reviews. But our worries were soon put to rest when we arrived at Sairee Sairee Guesthouse. The staff were most welcoming and the rooms were nice, spacious and clean. We felt the accomodation was newly opened as there were somethings in the room that weren't complete, such as the TV being plugged into an aerial, but on holiday in Koh Tao who needs TV? The rooms were cleaned daily and the staff didn't harrass us early in the morning, they would only clean the room when they knew we had left for the day.

The restaurant downstairs is an Authentic Italian Bistro with Italian owners to boot. The food was delicious and after 6 months in Thailand the Pasta was the tastiest we've had in our time here. There is also a small discount for guests of the hotel.

The beach is a short stoll down the hill, with many bars, restaurants and shops along the way.

We were lucky enough to stay here during Songkran(Thai New Year) and the owners and staff made us very welcome and we thouroughly enjoyed ourselves during the celebrations. The hotel was actively involved in the giant waterfight that took place throughout the whole day.

Book now before word of mouth spreads on how good this hotel is.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 30/10 Moo1, Box 7 Koh Tao, Ko Tao 84360, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Tao
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Ranked #17 of 54 B&Bs / Inns in Ko Tao
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Number of rooms: 11
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