THE BEST HOSTEL I STAYED AT IN THAILAND. Apologies for shouting, but I had an incredible experience of staying in the Dearly hostel. Hostel/Dorms: I stayed for a week in a female dorm which I would recommend - sheets changed every 3 days, new towels available daily if needed, clean and nice smelling space, and comfortable beds that were not bunk beds. Modern and fresh decor with partitions between beds for more privacy. Such a simple and smart solution! Lovely and friendly cleaning ladies as well:)) The hostel itself surrounded by palm trees; I would definitely recommend to check out their common space on the 3rd floor (pictures attached). Shared Bathroom: clean, modern and nicely smelling bathrooms with shampoo and soap provided in the showers. Diving: I did the PADI open water course organised via dear hostel. As I was staying for a week the hostel offers a good deal for the accommodation combined with diving. The big advantage is a deep swimming pool at the hostel where you can practise diving skills before going into the open water. The swimming pool itself was great - they use salt instead of chlorine, which is both appreciated for the skin and hair. I would definitely recommend the diving instructor we had - Fam - who made us feel comfortable and ready to move from the swimming pool to open water diving. When speaking with other people staying in the hostel they also had a very positive experience with their diving instructors. Social: the hostel organised daily activities which were written on the blackboard in the lobby. I have not participated in many as I have been diving/studying for diving at the time, but it sounded like a good opportunity to meet other ppl. Personally, I made the most connections in my dorm bed and during breakfasts:) really great people and smiley faces with people wanting to be approachable. For partying we were going to the Sairee beach part of the island. This is not a party hard hostel, but it had a very good atmosphere of pre-drinks before going out and having a beer with some friends. Staff: very helpful, attentive and accommodating staff. Good email communication as well:) Breakfast: served 7-10 am; very useful to have it in the hostel when doing morning dives; everyday breakfast included toast, pancakes, fruit in coconut milk, and a rice/rice noodle dish. This was the first hostel breakfast I could eat in Thailand as I have food allergies and the rice/rice noodle dish was always very tasty. I recommended this hostel to three of my travel friends & all really enjoyed their stay here. For me, there is no other hostel alternative on Koh Tao ;) definitely will be back for another diving session! Thank you!…
I stayed at the Dearly Hostel july 10-13 and I was so happy with the staff, very reliable and friendly and helped woth extras such as ferry transport, my PADI diving course and breakfast was included. The bathrooms are very clean and spacious and they have a pool and hammock to relax in. There is space for Moped parking and it’s 3 minute drive from main Sairee town/Port. Overall would come stay here again in Koh Toa - highly recommend!
We LOVED our stay here! The Hostel itself has great vibes, clean and easy to find. The staff are incredible. They go above and beyond to make sure you are happy. G and Gulf in particular were super friendly. They often offer to take you out in the evenings to cool spots In Koh Tao - so it’s very suitable for solo travelers as well as couples/ friends. The photo attached is when they took us out one evening to a tree house restaurant where we shared a hot pot bbq - such a fun evening! Good social space included also to meet other people, play some pool and have a beer. Would highly recommend!!
If you are looking for a place to stay during your vacation in Koh Tao... I recommend this hostel. This place is fully packed with excellent facilities, comfy bed and the best service mind staffs... You will never get bored or dissatisfied here. All of the staff will handle and fulfill your requests at a fair price.. No mark-up, no cheating; they will provide you only the smiles and sincerity. I enjoy staying here and this hostel gave me one of the best vacation memories ever!! I will definitely visit here again...many thanks to P’JJ, N’Golf and N’Gee also N’Moo for taking a very good care of me
The hostel provides all what you need for the island life; comfy bed, clean toilet, nice swimming pool and overall of the hotel is high-maintenant. Besides, they are an eco-friendly hostel with a great hospitality. I have always heard that Koh tao isn’t only a place but the people. I have to admit people at the Dearly Hostel have made it true. I can’t forget to mention that all staff there are my reason to come back to the island and stay there. So if you are looking for a clean, comfy and eco-friendly place to stay together with friendship, this is your place.
The stay at the Dearly was an absolutely incredible experience. I stayed at the hostel after signing up for a diving course with the hostel, which lasted for about 3 days; after I attained my diving license, without much further thoughts I decided to stay longer at the hostel. The place is simply too hard to leave! The atmosphere, staff, hygiene and decor couldn't be any better. Jee and Gulf, the 'hosts' at the hostel, were incredibly friendly and helpful. From organizing a movie night to taking the guests on a night out to eating hot beef noodles at 2 am, they are always down to make your stay as amazing as it can be. All in all, if you're looking for the perfect place for a diving trip or a simple island getaway -- you've just found the right spot.
I originally stayed at this hostel after signing up for a diving course just down the road from them (Ocean Sound) - they highly recommended it and said most of their students stay here! I was very impressed with the entire experience here at the Dearly Hostel! I received an e-mail from them a few days before arriving to the island, and was offered to be picked up from the pier for only 100baht (super cheap for the distance and convenience)! I was welcomed warmly by the staff and had everything explained to me - free breakfast from 7am - 10am, pool outside accessible from the second floor, common area on the 3rd floor, and rooftop area as well! I stayed in a 4-bed mixed dorm, that had two single beds and one bunk bed - each bed had separate large storage to lock up luggage, and the room had a gorgeous balcony! I ended up extending my stay twice due to completing a second dive course, and simply not wanting to leave paradise! I never had any issues with extending my stay, or being able to stay in the same room and bed, I even received a discount for booking the extended days with them directly at the front desk! The breakfast was great - fresh fruit, toast, mini pancakes, and two warm Thai dishes as well! They also had a kitchen that you could order from - food selection on the menu and very comparable pricing if not cheaper than the restaurants nearby! The pool was just incredible! It had two sections that were chest/shoulder deep, and then a deeper section in the middle. The pool and area around the pool was kept spotless during my entire stay, washrooms and shower also available right at the pool! The hostel is in a perfect location, with plenty of restaurants, diving shops, tattoo shops, and even beaches within walking distance! I would absolutely stay at this hostel again, and I will be recommending this to everyone! Thank you Dearly for the amazing service and memories! …
Dearly Koh Tao was without a doubt the best hostel I've ever stayed in. The facilities were amazing, staff were friendly, and there was a great atmosphere. The rooms were very clean and spacious, and even had a balcony. If you visit Koh Tao, you must stay here.
WOW! Super friendly staff, very very clean (bathrooms are cleaned twice a day, you can change your towel every day & you have an actual blanket), a wonderful pool area, nice breakfast, very good location, a beautiful roof top terrace (we did some morning yoga there) and have I mentioned the amazingly helpful staff? We extended for 2 days because we felt so welcomed there. What a great atmosphere. We stayed in a 6 bedroom dorm with comfortable single beds. Will definitely be back! Thank you and see you next time. Anja & Kathi
I loved this hostel! The staff are super friendly and hospitable, the room was huge and spacious, bathrooms are clean, and breakfast is awesome! I stayed in the 6-bed female-only dorm, and loved it for the fact that you each get a proper bed (not bunk beds), with your own locker, bedlight and space to put our luggage and hang our towels and still ample of space to move around! We also have our own balcony which is great. Loved the female-only shared bathroom, which is ALWAYS clean. The cleaning lady is constantly cleaning it! The pool is awesome, great place to chill in the sunny afternoons. The staff, JJ, Jee, Golf and Rose are all super friendly and nice people; they are just like our friends. The best thing about this hostel is they run daily beach shuttles for free, as well as a shuttle to Sairee for a very cheap price (compared to taxis). They also organise a lot of different activities, from sunset views, to game night, Sunday BBQ (to die for) etc etc. The area is awesome as well, lots of restaurants and eateries around, but much quieter and peaceful than Sairee. Chalok beach is just 5-10 mins walk away with lots of beachfront bars/cafes. There is a supermarket and 7-eleven within 5 mins walk. Highly recommend! …