When we first got to the hotel it seemed very nice, the staff were very friendly but didn't speak a great deal of English and the rooms were absolutely gorgeous - really large and luxurious.
However, we soon realised that we were pretty much the only people staying in the whole hotel (we saw one other couple during our stay) This seemed to be very strange because even though it's low season at this time of year there still seemed to be lots of people everywhere else.
On the plus side the food was very nice, but as there were so few people in the hotel instead of getting a "buffet style" breakfast, they served it to you at your table.
In the brochures and on the Internet, the rooftop pool on the 6th floor seems like it would be the perfect place to relax and take in the stunning views of Koh Samui. However, when we went up to sunbathe by the pool we discovered that it was green and slimy and looked like it hadn't been cleaned since high season (Christmas time) -it was so bad that you could barely see the logo on the bottom of the pool. We were advised by the other couple not to swim in it in case we got ear infections and that they had complained about the pool and were told by the hotel staff to use the pool in a different hotel further down the road.
Although the hotel is supposed to have two swimming pools, the other one had no water in it as there was some major building work taking place to the rooms above it, therefore this left us with no pool to use.
Another downside to the hotel was that it is about a 30 minute walk away from the main nightlife which meant that we had to pay for taxis to and from the hotel every night. Also the extremely close proximity of the hotel to the airport (about a 5 minute drive) meant that even with the double glazed balcony doors closed you could always hear the noise of planes taking off and landing.
After staying for 2 nights we managed to change hotels to the Chaba Samui Resort Hotel which is on the main road in the centre of the restaurants and bars. Although the rooms were of a slightly lower standard, we had a lovely, clean swimming pool and our hotel backed onto the stunning Samui beach. And there were plenty of other people staying in the hotel so we didn't feel as isolated!! The staff also spoke much better English. Even though we had to pay extra money to change hotels it was worth it in the end.
Typically, 2 days after we moved hotels the Cabana decided to clean their pool! But we were still glad that we'd moved as we had a much better stay from then on.
Maybe this hotel would be better if you went in the middle of the high season, but I definately wouldn't pay to stay there again.
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- Also Known As:
- Cabana Grand View Bophut
- Cabana Grand View Hotel
- Cabana Grand View Ko Samui/Bophut