I have been backpacking in Thailand twice now and, if I return again, I won't go back to The Lounge. Firstly, the website suggested it was very well located - I disagree with this entirely.
I was travelling with a friend and we had booked this hostel quite far in advance as we were planning on staying over Full Moon. We arrived after a 12 1/2 hour journey from Phuket, staff were very slow to respond to us, it took over half an hour for us to get checked in. Even though we had booked together, we were told we would not be able to be in the same room which we were very unimpressed with.
After finally checking in we were absolutely starving, we were recommended a small local restaurant. We followed the advice and went there, both ordering a vegetable green curry (which you would think is a safe bet). That night I was up vomiting for hours, which caused me to get severely dehydrated, and with a very unstable temperature. My friend was also up and very ill all night. In the morning we were both so unwell we had to go to hospital. We were both diagnosed with bad food poisoning and ended up with over £100 hospital bills. We understand this was not the hostels fault, however it made the already unpleasant stay even worse.
The bedrooms and communal spaces were clean, however the bathrooms were pretty grim. The showers were broken, not very powerful, not warm and very smelly; I think there must be problems with the drains.
The hostel provides a complimentary breakfast, however we did not eat anything as flies were crawling all over it - not nice at all!
We also used the hostels transfer service to the Full Moon party - it was an absolute joke, do not use it, it took us over 3 hours to get there.
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