We so wanted to love this little place. Set a short walk back from the main Sairee beach on Koh Tao the place has just 4 rooms and a nice little cafe underneath.
Modern in design and nearly new, the rooms are all chic minimalism, polished concrete floors, high ceilings and naked brick walls, it's really very well designed, and feels like a modern city loft.
What makes it not so good could so easily be fixed it's frustrating to see.
We appreciate the design quality of the rooms and do get the urban minimalist look they're trying to achieve, but at the expense of comfort in a hotel is a fail in our minds, the rooms do not have a chair of any sort, so you have to sit on the bed, which is fine, except there's no side lamps next to the beds, so you have to leave the industrial lighting on at night if you want to read, it's really harsh and ugly, and you will want to sit and read because there's no TV, there's a TV cabinet, just busting to have a TV on it, but no TV.
You could of course take advantage of the wide and deep balcony to relax on, except there's only a couple of hard, straight backed dining chairs on the balcony, not really conducive to a relaxing time.
And the balconies, you'll want to get along with fellow guests, you'll be sitting right next to them on your balcony, the design allows for a couple of concrete poles to act as privacy buffers, but really, you're pretty much sitting on a communal balcony, heaven help you if you strike a smoker staying next door, it would be very unpleasant.
So all up, it's a pretty good choice on the island, close to the night-life and restaurants, it comes with a pretty standard breakfast, eggs, or muesli, fruit cordial and a coffee or tea, nothing wrong with it, but nothing great either.
And for the lack of just a few little items, a kettle, a couple of comfy lounge chairs on the balcony, a lamp beside the bed, it would be very good.
Ohh, and the internet doesn't work very often, and we only got hot water once.
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