Me & my wife had a nice time in the hotel early May 2012. Though the sun was pretty tough (apparently we hit the peak season), the place was still one of the best in Pattaya.
Pattaya itself is not a place for quiet & relaxing beach vacation. It's more a city of sin (or fun, depends on how you tend to see it ;)). The town is pretty dirty, stinky & crowdy. The sea is dirty as are the beaches. If you fancy going for a really nice beach vacation with white sands - go to the Islands close to Pattaya but not to the town!
The hotel is the most remote resort to the south of Pattaya. It takes ca. 20 min. drive in a cab (non-stop) or, about 40 min. using the public mini-cabs "tuk-tuk". We never paid more than 350 THB one way for a cab. Hotel cab costs 550 to the town. The tuk-tuk ride (the white-colored ones) is 20 THB per person. We picked such a place on purpose - this is the best way to have both quiet & relaxing vacation but at the same time be able to travel to civilization pretty quickly & at a reasonable cost. There were no neighnour hotels within a reasonable walking distance.
The hotel is very nice. It has completely dedicated villas & tiny buildings with 2-3 rooms in each. Some of them have own tiny pool. We had a Garden Villa (202) which is a standalone chalet with 1 big room (~25-30 sqm.), a large bathroom & an open-air shower + the terrace with sun beds. The room had the safe, aircon (pretty loud) & the ceiling fan, TV, hair dryer etc. Daily towel change & water supply was provided (4x0.5 l bottles). There are a lot of ants all around the buildings so please leave no food in the room - they'll know it's there and will come to have a party in your apartment.
The staff was pretty friendly always smiling but that's somethig Thai do all teh time. Be careful though. Even if they pretend like understanding you and smile saying "OK", it doesn't mean they actually understood you. Their English is pretty poor and the accent is quite strong Asia-type "miau-miau". Thai are pretty slow in terms of service. They all know they would have other lives after they die so no rush doing anything - everything can be done some time in the next life. Thai are pretty at the roads driving their motor bikes though so watch out when leaving your car or a cab!
The hotel's restaurant was OK. Enjoyed the breakfast a lot - lots of fruits, "continetal" part, nice bread, nice juice. The a-la carte menu was average I'd say. Lack of comparable class competitors nearby make them feel relaxed about the price/quality ratio.
A few minutes walk along the beach to the south is a couple of places to eat - from vey basic village-style cafes to a bit more fancy cafes. The food there is pretty cheap - a dinner for 2 with beer was something around 300-400 THB. The sea food was really fresh - the fishing boats are right next to it. The beer is much cheaper than in the hotel.
The hotel is about 7 minute walk to the Sukhumvit road where a cab or tuk-tuk can be cought. If you walk 100m. to the north along the road, there will be the Nong Nooch park entrance - a "must have" place to visit. Tropical garden, elephant show etc. Rally nice!
A few issues with the hotel:
- no sun umbrellas at the beach. They do have the sun beds but not the umbrellas. Really bad for the tough Thai sun!
- the pool has quite a few shar edges. I cut my foot so badly in the pool 2/3 towards the end of my stay so had to run to the hospital in Pattaya, had 6 or 7 stithes applied and spent the remainder of the holiday with no sea or pool :(:(
- No free Wi-Fi. The paid option is just a rip-off.
- *Extra* The sea is pretty turbid but that's what the whole Pattaya area looks like. Remember, go to the islands for the nice blue sea & white sands. The Ko Lang island is just a 15 minute speed boat trip away from the Pattaya peer.
I do recommend visiting the zoo - feeding the elephants is something you'd probably love to do. The water sports are pretty inexpensive too. One more thing is of cause Thai massage. The little ladies tried really hard doing a 93 kilo man but still did a great job for a very fair price (200 THB for 1 hr.). TukCom - an indoor electronic fair is worth visiting as well. Didn't try the "red lights" sort of service so no feedback on that, sorry :)
Renting a motor bike is cheap and is the most popular way of transportation. Just remember the roads are just one hell of a mess and don't forget your helmet.
have a nice trip.
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