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“Chaulty Towers - No Basil and Connie but the best place I've ever stayed in Samui bar none”
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Chaulty Towers
Ranked #14 of 50 Hotels in Lamai Beach
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“Chaulty Towers - No Basil and Connie but the best place I've ever stayed in Samui bar none”
Reviewed August 15, 2011

I don't know if it's the done thing to write a review whilst still staying at the establishment, but as I've already spent over three weeks here (with just under three weeks still to go) and nothing at Chaulty Towers is necessarily the "done thing", I reckon I can give an accurate and honest review of the place.

Let me start with the location. It's at the northern end of Lamai. It's located at the end of a quiet Soi, that is clean and safe and (important for you late nighters) has street lamps and is well lit. Chaulty Towers is nestled opposite palm trees and at the base of the hills that flank the north of Lamai. It really is picturesque; greenery all around. For those of you that do not want to be situated right in the middle of town, trying to sleep whilst late night music and revellers carry on into the wee hours, it's the perfect place. It's incredibly tranquil but close enough to the main strip that the life of lamai is easily accessed.

Chaulty Towers itself is run by Steve and his charming wife Ore, with their lovely dogs Rambo and Sam in attendance. It has a self-contained apartment with a kitchen (kettle, microwave, fridge, and all the kitechenware and cutlery needed if you fancy fixing a quick bite to eat), three deluxe rooms, and one standard room. All the rooms have very effecient air-conditioning, cable TV, DVD player, Music system, comfortable sofa/armchairs, coffee table (home to my portable computer for the duration), fridge, tea/coffee making facilities, user-selectable coded personal safe, large bathroom/toilet with shower and english toilets, and plenty of cupboard space and draw space for clothes and such.

The space in the apartment and deluxe rooms is very generous, whilst the standard room is quite large enough (my sister has stayed in that room at the start of her stay here and she was more than happy with it.)

I've stayed in many places at Lamai over 20-odd years of coming to the island and believe me you won't get better value for money anywhere else. If you are one of those holidaymakers who want 5 star luxury, then I suggest you go and stay in a 5 star resort and pay 5 star prices. If you are a holiday maker who wants a lovely place to stay, you will be surprised at what you get for your money.

The rooms/bathrooms are kept spotlessly clean and are cleaned daily. Towels are provided fresh every day, and soap and shampoo are replenished when needed, so that you don't have to keep remembering to buy soap/shampoo when you are out and about. A small detail maybe, but one which I appreciate no end.

All the rooms have their own patio space (table and chairs with sunshades) and sunbeds ... and they are all spaced around the pool ... quite literally a few steps away. Awesome!

The area around the poolside is replete with palm trees and greenery and by day is very tranquil and a great place to rest, chill out and relax. There is also a small drinks bar, a free pool table and a great sauna that is big enough for three. I've had a few relaxing sessions in that sipping a long cool one.

The pool is plenty big enough for the guests and most days - with people going out and about in Samui - you often have it all to yourself. Get off the sunbed, get up from the patio table, take three steps and you're in the pool. No effort, no-brainer ... it's great.

By night, the pool area is lit by a tasteful combination of orange and green lights, which gives a superb atmospheric effect and makes a late night dip quite the thing.

Have a look at the guest photos ... what you see is what you get.

Oh yes ... and there's also the not inconsiderable benefit of a very fast and reliable free WiFi access. Just like home. Great stuff!

My last comment on location and the establishment itself, is that just opposite is a lovely Thai lady who will do your laundry at a very reasonable price. Clothes and beach towels come back the next day clean, fresh and ironed.

So much for location and the facilities. What's it actually like to stay here? Well, in a nutshell it's the best place I've stayed in on Samui bar none - and I mean bar none. Steve and his wife operate a very relaxed place, where there are no rules and "do/can't do" notices ... instead they leave that to the good judgement of their guests.

There are no time restrictions on using the pool. All they ask is that guests use their judgement so that other guests/neighbours are not unduly disturbed. I have had many a night where I have shared drinks and chat in and around the pool into the wee hours. All that is required is common-sense and not making unnecessary noise. This freedom by the pool is not allowed in many establishments. I've been here over three weeks and I've not seen this aspect abused even once.

Likewise, Steve operates a very trusting policy towards the bar and his guests. There's a big cooler fridge by the bar and guests are free to help themselves to beers, spy coolers and the like, and Steve trusts them to keep a note of what they drink. He then adds it to your tab (which you can pay at the end of your stay or at intervals, whichever suits you best). This is definitely not a facility you get at anywhere else in Samui (or wherever) I've stayed before. In my opinion, you'd have to be pretty mean and selfish to abuse this level of trust. It's just another example of the convenience of staying here that Steve extends to his guests that makes this such a little gem of a place to stay.

Chaulty Towers doesn't have a restaurant on-site, though there are plenty of eateries five mins walk away. What Chaulty Towers does have is a breakfast taken on the upstairs veranda. There isn't a set menu as such. Better than that, you can see Steve (better the day before if you can) and tell him what you would like, and he will go and get it for you fresh that morning. Basically, you say what you would like, and if it's available, Steve goes and gets it.

For those of you who are tired of the typical Thai "English-Western breakfasts" available in the majority of eateries here, forget that. You want a proper English breakfast, with proper sausages, bacon, mushrooms, grilled tomatoes? You've got it! Fancy a baguette with a filling of your choice? Purchased fresh from a bakery that very morning! Cereals and fruit? A light breakfast? Up to you. And plenty of coffee and tea as you require.

There's no skimping on the portions either. A good mid-morning breakfast here sets you up for the whole day. Most days, I don't feel hungry until the evening. Quite simply, one more aspect of staying here that is tremendous value for money.

And the benefits of staying at Chaulty Towers are not just confined to the above. As I said at the start of this review, it is located on the northern fringe of Lamai. It is a 10-15 walk to get into the heart of Lamai or the central beach area. Whilst that may not appeal to those who like to fall onto the beach the moment they step outside their place of stay, its not an arduous walk at all. However, when any of his guests step out, he does ask if they would like a lift to central Lamai/the beach and that is another generous aspect of life at Chaulty Towers. For myself, the walk was so easy I didn't really think to take advantage of the offer, but plenty do and so there really isn't anything to complain about in that respect. Steve says it's all part of the service. That it is so is another part of the value for money stay you enjoy here.

For those guests looking for an interesting evening out, they would do well to take Steve up on his offer of taking them along with him whilst he plays music gigs a couple of evenings or so each week. I would especially recommend the Tuesday night gig. It's a resort right on the southern beach front, and the draught beer is very good value for money. More than that, Steve and his musical partner offer a very enjoyable night's listening (just don't request "Hey Jude" with an elastic band in tow). Oh, and let's not forget the incredible steak BBQ with accompanying eats that's incredible value for money at Bht 350 (as many steaks and accompaniments as you can eat).

Top all of the above with an in-depth knowledge of where to go and what's on around the island, great deals on trips out (boat trips, round the island trips etc), motor-cycle/scooter/moped hire and it's easy to see why so many guests keep coming back again and again. (I've already booked my trip next year for another six week stay, and I already know I will be sorry to leave at the end of August.)

I came here as a solo traveller on July 22nd (though my sister joined me for two weeks at the beginning of August), and while solo travellers might wonder what it's like to venture here alone they need have no concerns.

Because it's a small, intimate place, you can't help but get to know the other guests. There have been some really great people I've met here ... and I'd like to thank Paul from Sydney, Steve and Gwen from Middlesboro', Caroline from Glasgow, Duncan and Wills from Adelaide, Ewa and Kate from Warsaw for the pleasure of their company, both around the pool and in and around Lamai.

But most of all I thank Steve and his wife Ore for running this smashing gem of a place to stay and I honestly do say that it's the best place I've ever had the pleasure of staying at in Lamai. Heck, for that matter, in Thailand or anywhere else.

Tonight (as he does from time to time), for all the guests - from the UK, Australia and Poland - Steve has organised an evening of drinks around the pool with home cooked eats. It's simple, it's relaxing, it's just the business.

It's a bit of a lengthy review, but I've taken the time to write about it as fully as I can, because I found this place through reading the reviews on Trip Advisor, and if anyone reading this considers staying here and it sounds like the place for them ... I say go and book it! You won't be disappointed, you'll love it.

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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled solo
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Reviewed July 4, 2011

We chose this property based on other reviews and proximity to Jun Muay Thai training which is just down the road. Steve was amazingly hospitable and accommodating, having a high trust approach with his guests e.g. simply write in the book if you help yourself to anything from the bar. The room was spacious and had everything you need for a relaxed long stay. If you wanted to save your feet he would give you a lift into town. Steve also had a wealth of knowledge of local entertainment haunts (see heading) and we are thinking this could be a great spot for a boys trip back!

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 11, 2011

My self and my partner found this hotel on trip advisor and booked it straight away ,we stayed from 28th may -12 june 2011. well what can we say.....!! The service was well above what was expected. "the best holiday ever..!!'.

As has been said already Steve "the ledge" is fantastic and a great host, nothing is to much trouble and "the ledge" goes the extra mile to make sure your holiday is memorable.
We can safley say that our holiday would'nt have been the same without "the ledge", he took us on trips such as , elephant treking, paradise park, waterfalls, arranged scooter hire and booked days out for us. We were made to feel part of his family and on one trip he brought his lovely wife a beautiful daughter."The ledge' joined us on many memorable nights out for which we will never forget, one in particular involves "the reggae bar" , ask "the ledge" for details...
"The ledge" knowledge of koh samui is great and being able to speak thai is a huge bonus .. Anyone traveling to this lovely island should stay at chaulty towers because in our opinion you wont find anywhwere better that offers this level of great service.

Steve "the ledge" ... We say thank you and we will miss you . We plan to comeback soon.

Brian & Tracey...xxxx

  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 3, 2011

We were met by Steve at the airport who quickly gave us a breakdown of key attractions and events happening on the Island. What you see is what you get with Steve, now known to us as "The Ledge".

Never have we been made to feel more welcome during our stay at Chaulty Towers from beginning to end. The Ledge invited us to watch his latest attempt for global musical dominance at the Billabong bar in a small fishing village 45 minutes away. It was a great night, made more interesting by the fact his partner in crime that night is a far better musican and the first chinks of The Ledges armor may well of been appearing. We finished in the early hours the following day following drinks in a few of the many watering holes in Lamai.

We found The Ledge's knowledge of Koh Samui's attractions and best spots to visit invaluable as we were only staying for 6 nights. Boat trips to Mu Ko Ang Thong National Park, The Waterfalls, Elephant Rides, "C" & "P" rock (The Ledge can explain...) social gatherings and birthday party's were either all arranged or invites extended to guests (a nice touch). Unusual breakfast requests were also met with military precision and accuracy.

If we decided to go elsewhere, we were always offered lifts there and back. This was no more appropriate and welcome than that of our trip to the reggae Rock Bar. An awesome setting and evening endured, which quickly revealed The Ledge has no chinks in his armor.

We were sad to leave, but will be oh so happy to return with a bigger brood and gang next year.

Steve - you are "The Ledge"

Thanks for a great holiday!!

Stuart & Jaime
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 2, 2011

Had the best week at Chaulty Towers! The rooms are massive and very clean, all rooms are pool side and are extremely comfortable. The owner Steve is a legend! He picked us up from the airport and had the best bangers and mash ready for us as soon as we got there. He gave us a free guided tour of the town and entertainment straight after dinner. Only booked 2 nights but ended up staying the whole 2 weeks of our holiday! Steve took us to the driving range, the free Thai boxing and an amazing day out to the waterfalls. Never had such good service for such a low price before! The vibe of the place is so relaxing and welcoming. Best part is that it's only a 10 min walk to town/beach so it is quiet if you want to chill out but near the strip if you want to party (Steve is the best party tour guide).

Thanks Steve, will see you again next year for sure mate!

Tom

  • Stayed May 2011
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Reviewed May 19, 2011

We showed up at the airport, a day and a half late, and tired of trying to find the right island, and steve was waiting at the airport for us. He took us home and showed us our guesthouse. Steve is an AMAZING host. W had thebest time going with him to the boxing matches, seeing him play music at a close resort, and going to bars for pool and drinks. Steve organized any excursion we wanted to do, as well as organizing our lift out of lamai beach. He is the perfect person to stay with if it is your first time in Thailand, i couldnt reccomend a better host.

  • Stayed September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2011

I'm a Canadian traveling alone in Thailand and thank god I stumbled upon chayote towers and Steve! The rooms are huge and awesome, it's walking distance to the beach and close to shops etc.

That being said now onto the good stuff. Steve plays in a band (or at least tries to...) and it's a must see! He's got the best information on restaurants bars and all the fun the island has up for grabs.. By far the nicest/ best value in koh samui. So the only question is, why r you still reading this and not trying to book there? If anyone has pictures of our times together please post them. Oh and great vegetables at rock bar..

  • Stayed May 2011
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Property: Chaulty Towers
Address: 149 / 31 Moo 4, Lamai Beach, Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Maret > Lamai Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Lamai Beach
#6 Family Hotel in Lamai Beach
#10 Romantic Hotel in Lamai Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — Chaulty Towers 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small villa style hotel, husband (UK) and wife (Thai) owned and managed. Visitors arrive as guests and leave as friends and often return several times every year. Don't be fooled by our low price, our rooms are of a higher standard than some much more expensive hotels and resorts. Enjoy a cold beer at the pools edge, we also have BBQs every week. ... more   less 
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