My cycling buddy and I recently stayed at the Aran Mermaid Hotel on our cycling trip through Thailand and Cambodia. We paid 850 baht per night. The exterior of the hotel and lobby is very nice and clean. The rooms were very good, a bit small for the price, but bed was very very comfortable and the AC kept the room very cool. The cable TV did not have a single station in English. We had been told at check-in that the room had WiFi in the room and had told us that there was no WiFi password. WiFi in a hotel room for me is very important as I write an online journal of the bike trip and upload pictures to my website. So when I'm told that the hotel has WiFi in the room and it's very fast, I book a room at that hotel for primarily that purpose. The WiFi in the 2 rooms that we had stayed in was abysmal. Neither of our computers or smartphones even found the WiFi network in the room (or hallway where the router was directly outside our rooms). When I called the front desk about this, I was told "WiFi does not work in the room, lobby only. Their WiFi was also very bad in the lobby and non-existent in the restaurant. Another example of a Chinese hotel. Chinese hotels will typically have fabulous hotel exteriors and lobbies but their infrastructure like WiFi throughout the hotel is virtually non-existent. We have stayed at maybe 5 or 6 Chinese hotels on this cycling trip and in every one, the internet either did not work at all or was extremely slow and non-existent in the rooms. This hotel was rated #2 on Tripadvisor. I've stayed in guest houses that were not only much much cheaper than this place but they had fast Wifi in the room and throughout. I would not stay here again for this reason.
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