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“In need of TLC” 2 of 5 stars
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Vimarn Samed Resort
13/18 Moo 4 A.Meung Rayong, Ko Samet 21160, Thailand   |  
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Ranked #12 of 21 hotels in Ko Samet
Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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“In need of TLC”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

This was my first trip to Thailand to visit my son who resides in Bangkok. He made it plain there would be 3 adults sharing. When we arrived there was only 1 double bed and we were told another "bed" would be brought up to us. What arrived was something akin to an old stained judo mat, and equally stained bottom sheet, one pillow and a kind of fleece thing with a hole and iron burn on it, the lot was dumped onto the floor and left. I tried sleeping on this but ended up sleeping on the edge of the double bed with my son & partner.Non of us got any sleep at all. In the morning I took the burned "blanket" to reception and pointed out we had paid for 3 beds and at 60 I was not going to sleep on the floor. We were offered a family seaview room with a loft bed.Better but half the light fittings were broken, wires visible, bits of the walls repaired with sellotape.The place could be lovely but its rundown, the staff try hard but I guess the owners are not really interested in investment or training. We ate at other places further along the beach because one meal arrived still partly frozen. Photos give the impression of top class accomodation be prepared for some disappointments.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 stars
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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

I couldn't really rate Vimarn Samed as Very Good, but Average seems a little low - it is somewhere in between. The staff were generally friendly, except for one guy who was setting up breakfast and looked totally flustered. Some staff are Cambodian, and once we realised this it made communication a little easier (as we speak a little Khmer and absolutely no Thai).
The hotel is on a rocky outcrop in between two beaches. Basically, you need to not have hugely high expectations for Koh Samed. It is close to Bangkok, which makes it really convenient, but it is not like the islands further south with their pristine beaches and fantastic snorkeling off the beach. But it is a nice place for a quick break. We only had two nights there, which really meant only one full day, but it was a nice day with some okay snorkeling near some rocks at the opposite end of the beach and seafood for lunch and dinner. The hotel restaurant is okay, although we only had the free breakfasts and one other meal there. Food and drinks are much cheaper than Bangkok, which was a relief because $3 beers in Bangkok were depleting our budget. But there are other restaurants on the beach that are also good.
The rooms in the hotel are nice. If you wanted to be awfully picky you could whinge that there was a tiny bit of mould in the bathroom and quite a few mosquitos, but it isn't the hotel's fault about the mosquitos and the mould is barely noticable. The shower is fine and the bathroom clean. The rooms are quite small, but you don't spend much time in them so it doesn't matter. Beds are good, not too hard and not too soft. And the balconies attached to the sea view rooms have a nice view.
Basically I would recommend Vimarn Samed, even though I have only scored it a 3. This is because it isn't ridiculously expensive and if you are there for a quick getaway from Bangkok, then you probably aren't going to be in the rooms much anyway.
The only things that I would suggest could be improved is that they have huge plasma TVs in the rooms, with 200+ channels, but absolutely none in English (I would probably not bother with the TVs at all), and they cranked up some really loud pop music when we were eating at the restaurant, and we were the only people there. I guess I would've preferred to listen to the waves.
So in summary, quite a nice place, most staff are friendly, and good if you just want to get out of Bangkok but don't want to pay too much.

Room Tip: Pay extra for a sea view
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We've stayed there for a night on a weekday, so the resort was quiet with not so many guests. If you arrive on a different beach, you'll have to travel on a bumpy road to the resort... which wasn't so pleasant. About the place, the view was great, food ok, service ok. Not good if you can an exotic nightlife, but if you're looking for a relaxing vacation, then this place is recommended :)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

This could be a lovely hotel the room was comfortable but furnishings now a little tired. The room and balcony needs some TLC restaurant furniture also needs painting or tidying. Breakfast is ok but there is limited choice.There are no safes in room or safety deposit box at reception either which is a minus too. However the view from our balcony was amazing, the beach was lovely and the sea very warm.

Room Tip: A sea view room is the best. No twin rooms so if you need 2 beds you have to book duplex bungalow, b...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2012

Booked superior room as needed twinbeds. The room clean and looed out to sea. Duplex means up steep ladder with matress on floor. Duplex floor had its own air conditioning which was new and effective. Light switch at opposite end to bed.
Balcony furnirure and dining furniture in need of some T.L.C. No safes in room or at reception.
Staff will transport luggage across sand to taxi rank. Breakfast average.
Sun loungers in need of cushions but pleasant to sit on jetty and look out to sea.
Maid service late in day. Very hard matresses.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

In spite of sending an e-mail to arrange transfers from Bangkok we got no response and it is not exactly easy to get there. While other hotels on this beach have their own ferries this place gave us no help or information about getting there. The last bit involves a long and arduous trek with luggage which is pretty difficult as it involves trying to drag your baggage through loose dry sand. The staff though helpful when goaded is not forthcoming. A tad overpriced for what they offer. We had what they call superior rooms, and still wonder what they were superior to?
We must however say that in spite of all this we had a pleasant stay here.

Room Tip: If you stay here make sure you get the sea facing bungalows. Though overpriced they are the only roo...
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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2012

Stayed in superior sea view building for 2 nights, glad with this decision as our room is at the end of the building, top floor with a great sea view (from bed and balcony) and quite private. Hard mattress but got extra padding on the top for better sleep. Shower area is very awkward (opposite sink with no curtain). Something wrong with tap as water just dribbled out (no point to complain as don't think they can fix it soon enough and we didn't wanna move to another room).
Room was fairly clean. There were a line of ant parading near the front door searching for food in the room.
Room decor still looks fairly new, plenty of lighting options.
Wi-fi signal ok in some areas, in our room was weak and disappeared often.

Service really needs to improve. On our floor there was only one small clothes hanger provided and it was already taken. I walked down myself to the reception area where most of their staff were gathering there in preparation to close the restaurant for the day as there was no more customers. The answer was there is only one hanger on the floor and nowhere else, the owner did not buy enough for every room. Next morning I noticed that there were plenty provided individually at their superior twin house rooms (room cost only $5-$10 more and not very private) which were also vacant overnight! They could not be bother!
Breakfast (buffet) is served till 9.30 but you may find there is not much left even if you come down at 9am as their staff may start to collect some of the foods even though there are still some guests that arrived earlier hanging around and enjoying their breakfast.(During our stay, at least half of the resort’s rooms were occupied.) When we asked, one of the staff gave a signal to the other staff to bring the food back.
We had dinner with them on our first night. A few dishes were not available. Apparently their restaurant does not get many customers (I found out the reason myself eventually) so don’t expect to order any freshly caught seafood.
One of our dishes was spicy and sour steamed squid, pretty disappointed as it was not cooked all the way through, needed to ask to get it cooked more. When it came back, it looked cooked but the accompaniments were now dry and overcooked, and we were even more surprised when we found a dead insect on the last piece of squid! We paid and let the in-charge staff member know before we left. His sudden excuse after a quick examination was that it was a mosquito and it could have happened at the table but absolutely not from the kitchen as it was not a fly…!
By the way, I also speak Thai so communication with their staff was not a problem.
Overall, it is ok to stay there for a couple of days and don’t expect much of their service and food. There are many nearby resorts and restaurants along the beach that you can also try.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 13/18 Moo 4 A.Meung Rayong, Ko Samet 21160, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Rayong Province > Ko Samet
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Ranked #12 of 21 hotels in Ko Samet
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