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“Nollaighb."Average with expensive restaurant"” 3 of 5 stars
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Samed Club
3.0 of 5 Ranch   |   25 Moo 4 | Phe, Mueang Rayong, Ko Samet 21160, Thailand   |  
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Waterford, Ireland
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“Nollaighb."Average with expensive restaurant"”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2011

Spent 3 weeks travelling Vietnam ,Cambodia & Thailand, then spent a week here to relax..The restaurant was the most expensive of all the countries we were in.Would not mind if the quality and standard of food was good.Dined there the first night, the food was cold and the quality poor.. Breakfast was a hit and miss affair, one day cold,ok the next.Restaurants in the village much more authentic and cheaper.Someplaces half the price.Only good thing was its location to the beach.Really ripping off tourists.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

Restaurant and room is nice and worth.
Beach is nice but has too many bloody sucker bugs. I couldn't even sit more than 5 mins. I have 10 huge spots back home. It is not mosq but blood sucker bug.
Pool is nice to sit around but not for swim, too dirty to swim.

Service is almost good. Just miscommunication between front and guard that made trouble to me. Front said I can park in front of hotel but guard said no. I told them to talk and let me know if I need to move it. In the morning, my bike is moved without notification.

  • Stayed September 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2011

we stayed here for 3 nights and we often felt like we had stepped out of reality into a magazine photo shoot for a tropical island paradise! we were greeted on our arrival with a cool and refreshing fruit drink and within moments were in bungalow #201, very close to the beach. our teenage children were in a nearby bungalow, not next door as we requested, which we were initially were upset about, but as time wore on, we realized we were very safe there and there was nothing to worry about!

the bungalows were so lovely. we had a king bed and our children had two twin beds. very confortable, and a large separate changing area with closet, mini bar and safe in the room. the bathroom fittings were very new and modern and the air conditioning units all new LG slim units. patios had nice wooden chairs and tables and drying racks. You get two free bottles of water a day.

the beach was incredible, on the small side, but deserted! we were the ONLY people on it! the water was so warm, it was so clean and well maintained, sweep and raked very morning. the lady manager was always asking us how everything was. we went on a day time snorkeling trip and no sooner had we got off the boat was she there asking after us. we also arranged for bicycle rental from the front desk for 24 hours (500baht each) and cycled everywhere, it was fabulous! saw so much of the island. i recommend going to see the BIG white buddha and visiting the monk there. i recommend this option, much safer than renting motorbikes!

the breakfast was fabulous at Samed Club. you help yourself to crossiant, toast, jam, cereal etc and order a la carte off a menu, as much as you want. (i have taken a picture of the menu in my photos) and everything is delicious. there are sauteed potatoes too, that are not on the menu. you sit there, on the beach, you can't believe where you are! heavenly! pool is lovely, no chlorine, fresh water system.

we had one dinner there and it was fabulous. quite expensive. for our other dinners, we either walked into town or rode our bikes. if you want drinks and snacks, instead of using the mini bar, walk out of the resort, turn right and walk 90 seconds down the road and buy stuff at the mini mart there, it is WAAAY cheaper!

i would definitely recommend staying at Samed Club again!

  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2011

We stayed here for three nights before having to move for our last two nights to Mooban Talay, the next hotel up the coast, as Samed club was fully booked for Mother's Day.

The hotel provides a free shuttle boat from Seree Ban Phe and you pay 200 baht per person at the pier for your entry into the national park. We were greeted with genuine smiles and a nice cold drink on arrival and shown promptly to our room. The room was well presented and clean. However, western customs have infiltrated this non tipping culture and I was surprised when the porters actually hung back in anticipation of their tip (which I was more than happy to provide...but didn't anticipate that they were expecting them). The bathroom was perhaps a little disappointing for a hillside deluxe room as it was primarily made of concrete but this was really a very minor issue. The television provided an array of english speaking channels and there was a security box in the room for our convenience. The hotel (as many thai hotels do) provided two bottles of free drinking water each day.

Breakfast was virtually on the beach which was very pleasant each morning. There was a selection of continental breads and fruit and then you could choose what hot foods you fancied from a good menu selection.

We only ate once at the hotel for lunch. However, the food was fresh and tasted really good. I can recommend the duck and the chicken with cashew nuts. However, price wise we felt that the hotel was about 25% more expensive that other restaurants you could visit for similar food quality....and unfortunately it is clear that they are profiteering a little from the western clientel. Watch out for the 17% they add to your food bill as all prices are listed as net. All in all though the meal was still quite reasonable £20 for lunch and drinks for two.

The hotel is on the northern stretch of the island and I would recommend that you hire scooters to visit the island. However, beware the roads are very treacherous and you will not really manage to do more than 20 kmph, especially when navigating the roughest road that leads to the south of the island.

The beach at the hotel is fine but we preferred to venture out and visit as many as possible. For entertainment at night Sai Kaew Beach is always busy and with the best choice of restaurants. However, in the day, we preferred the more relaxed beaches of vonduearn, sangtian, ao prao and our favourite ao wai, which really was quite secluded and pristine.

We did have one item of clothing stolen from our balcony. However, it wasn't valuable. We reported it to reception and the Head of Housekeeping tried her best to help us but we never got the item back. We can't be sure whether it was staff or customers who took the item. So just be weary of leaving things on your balcony!!!!

We had a pleasant time here and would recommend it as a good choice for the £50 per night budget.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2011

Location is too far away from Saikaew, the beach is bad, room build quality is awful (see the title), the pool is mediocre, the staff speak poor english but they try really hard and are friendly

  • Stayed August 2010
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2011

I had booked this place because the trip advisor app showed me this hotel is very close to the Saikeaw beach, when I arrived I found the hotel located up to the north-east of the island call Noina beach, and it is in the middle of no where, and no plublic transpiration unless you can ride the motorbike, even though you have to walk 20-30 mins just to have a good dinner, suck....

  • Stayed March 2010
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2011

The rooms are nicely decorated and have comfortable beds. A road runs close to some of the rooms and the motorbike traffic can be somewhat disturbing. The pool area is nice and there are always sunbeds available. The beach is small and almost disappears at high tide but it is clean and the sand is good. The staff is service minded but impersonal. The food served in the beach side restaurant is expensive (for Thailand) and unfortunately not so good. The breakfast is ok though, with lots to choose from, although the "hot" food was always cold when we were there, except for the omelets made to order. There are few other restaurants nearby and taxis are expensive, rent a motorbike to go to the Sai Kaew beach (about a 10 min ride), where you can find lots of good restaurants and a fantastic beach. A big advantage of Samed Club is that there are much less tourists around as compared to the hotels on Sai Kaew.

  • Stayed January 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 25 Moo 4 | Phe, Mueang Rayong, Ko Samet 21160, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Rayong Province > Ko Samet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #7 of 32 Specialty Lodging in Ko Samet
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Samed Club 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Samed Club, is located on the north coast of beautiful Samet island, famed for its pristine white beaches. This small, intimate seaside resort offers 30 bungalows and cottages with sea, garden or moutain views, set around a magnificent swimming pool and backing onto green hillside. Only 2 1/2 hours by road from Bangkok to Rayong, or one hour from the lively resort town of Pattaya, followed by a short sea crossing in our shuttle boat. ... more   less 
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