Granted I came here during a bad time. August is not the best month for beach-going in Thailand. But there are some factors of the hotel that go beyond bad timing.
I admit the huts are a nice concept - it is bare-bones and has a return-to-nature feeling. The setting on the beach is wonderful - you are steps away from the roaring ocean (and roar it did when it rained).
But there are many problems. Foremost would be the bugs. I know this is unavoidable since this is a tropical island, and they do provide a mosquito net, but when there are termites living by the colonies inside holes in the wood that the hut is made of, the net suddenly feels insufficient. Bedsheets also did not look or smell clean - but it may have been the moisture - hard to tell since they were colored and the lighting is not so good. The first room I was shown had windows jammed - by the time I made a fuss and moved into the second, I found that the mosquito net had no strings with which to drape properly around the bed. I gave up on this point and stayed in the room. The floor felt dirty - could be dirt and slime but might also be sand. My room came with a showerhead and sink and toilet (you pay more for these) but of course there is only cold water. At night a lone fan with what seemed like an absurdly low fan speed proved difficult to keep me cool. I ended up sweating slightly into the already sticky pillow sheets. Despite that I did have a solid night's sleep because I was tired but also because it was strangely calming listening to the sound of waves.
I would not recommend Tiger Hut's restaurant. I ordered a simple Pad Thai and they couldn't do it right. Noodles and shrimp are not fresh and there was way too much salt. Instead go to the main road, take a right turn (walk east towards Kai Bae) and 500 meters down you will find Ka-Ti Culinary, a fantastic gem of a restaurant on this island. For breakfast I would recommend the Panviman about 2 minutes walk west along the beachfront - their buffet selection is not great and tastes only average but at 250 baht during low season with music and views over the beach its proximity and value are hard to beat.
The best part of Tiger Hut was I think the personable service of the family running it. They were not coy about admitting their huts were old and down-trodden (3 years old). The manager said they are getting a complete renovation within the year so might be better after that. Also, either I had terrific luck or they really went out of the way to cater to me but whenever I wanted to go somewhere, someone from the family owning the place happened to be headed there or about to so I always managed to hitch a motorbike ride up to the main road (around 4 minutes, and 15 on foot). In the rain that is very useful.
The price I paid for the room, 250 Baht, the value of a breakfast next door, somewhat redeem's Tiger Hut's negatives. If its a backpacking, return-to-nature experience you seek and you are friendly with bugs, do seek this place out.
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