I came back to Koh Chang for the first time in 5 years. The island changed a lot since then but I still found "my" Thailand there.
When I came last time, there was only the "Alina Resort" located on the beach side, now there is also a bigger hotel complex opposite called the "Alina Grande". Both places belong to a Canadian/Thai-Couple (Dave & EK). Somebody told me that they are a part of the Tourist-industry there for nearly 20 years!
Anyway, some of us stayed in the Resort, others in the Hotel. The Resort is cute and more familiar style. You can choose between single bungalows with a terrace or propper rooms with a balcony. All rooms are very close to the see, have a fridge, air-con and TV and are only a few steps away from the attached Resto. There is also a supermarket and a little beauty saloon part of the Resort.
Pro: Close to the see, cheap prices, friendly reception, good atmosphere and located at the end of the beach where everything is a bit more relaxed than in the center
Con: Not the newest rooms anymore, can be a bit noisy when you are too close to the restaurant or the street
Tip: Take a room with seaview (beautiful!) and get yourself a haircut or manicure/pedicure in the beauty saloon. Very friendly staff there which is doing a great job.
The Alina Grande is only about four years old. The whole Hotel is very spaceious and modern but therefore naturally a bit more expensive than the Resort opposite. But without any doubts it is worth the money: The rooms are huge (as everthing there) and offers all you need. Seems like a lot of Thais are going there too which is always a good sign.There is a also beautiful pool in the back that invites you to hang around - perfect for families with kids. Internet, Supermarket and Resto can be found there too.
Pro: Huge and lovely rooms, very clean, reasonible prices, relaxed atmosphere and what I have never seen anywhere else in Thailand with special facilities on the ground floor (e.g. ramp, toilets) for people with wheelchair or a baby buggy. Located at the end of the beach where everything is a bit more relaxed than in the center
Con: Long ways to walk inside the hotel-complex, not located on the beach side, Restaurant seems to be open only for breakfast which is included but a bit ordinary.
Tip: Take a room with poolview which avoids the noise from the street and offers a nice view.
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- Also Known As:
- Alina Grande Hotel Koh Chang
- Alina Grande Hotel And Resort