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Chaulty Towers
Ranked #16 of 51 Hotels in Lamai Beach
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Reviewed October 27, 2010

My girlfriend and I booked this hotel based on previous reviews on TripAdvisor. We had never been to Koh Samui before, going there was a spur of the moment decision from elsewhere in Thailand. We are certainly glad we made the journey, and even more happy that we chose Chaulty Towers as our home away from home. So much that we ended up doubling our time in Samui.

We were picked up from the ferry port by the owner Steve and his wife Ore free of charge as we were staying for a week. The hotel is located at Lamai which is about a half hour trip from the port. Upon arrival we were greeted by heads of security Rambo and Sam (Steves dogs) and were then shown to our room.

Our room was fantastic. The rooms at Chaulty Towers are clean comfortable and come with everything you need. The bed was nice and comfortable and the aircon worked a treat. You are provided with tea/coffee making facilities, lcd tv, dvd player, sound system and a security safe. Finally a dvd player to watch all the cheap movies we had accumulated during our trip! On top of all this, the pool is about 3 steps outside your front door! Next to the pool is a free to play pool table and a newly added Jacuzzi.

None of this is what would make uis come back to Chaulty Towers, its all about the hospitality. Steve, his wife and staff really do go out of their way to ensure your stay is comfortable and hassle free. Breakfast is served right up until around 1pm and you are able to have whatever you want whether it be Steves english breakfast, fresh baguettes, cereal etc. I left for Bangkok yesterday and am already missing that English breakfast.

The hotel is down a local rd on the outskirts of town, I'd say it probably takes about 10 minutes walk to get to the start of the main strip and about the same to the beach. Dont worry its an easy walk, not that it mattered anyway because Steve offered to take us in his car every single day! In addition to trips to the beach, we also tagged along for Steves music gigs in Lamai and the fishing village, and also went on a great island tour with Steve and some of his other guests.

Lamai is a great place and we definately prefer it to Chaweng. There is plenty of stuff going on but its small enough to escape easily when you have had enough. The ladyboy show and the Shamrock bars showband are must sees and alot of fun. If your going to lounge around on the beach, do so at Swing Bar. Cheap food and drinks, incredibly friendly staff and free sunbeds.

Thankyou very much Steve for your friendly and helpful nature and for helping to make our stay in Samui enjoyable. Good luck to you both with the new baby girl.

  • Stayed: October 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 10, 2010

This is run by Steve and his wife Ore who will do all they can to help you have a great holiday. The rooms are spotless and well maintained. They have great Air Condition which is a must, along with CD, Fridge and the rooms are very spacious. Breakfast is served up to lunchtime,its great no rushing after a late night out. Also Steve gets in fresh bread etc each day. You are a leisurely 10 min stroll to town and Steve will run you down when he is around. There is a little shop selling cigs, milk, sweets etc just down the road. Also there is a great laundry service which is so cheap, around £3 for about 12 items to be cleaned (unbelievable). Everything is so laid back it is a great feeling, Steve will take you on a tour of the island, we did it and had a great time, no hanging around waiting on a coach load of travellers. Also he took us to some of the places he played (he sings) in and the food was very good. He also told us other places to go to eat which were great too. We were out in Koh Samui for a wedding and part of our group were staying in some of the other big hotels in Lamai, they said our rooms were better then theirs.

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 6, 2010

Starting from the top i booked this accomodation from reviews off here from trip advisor, booked flights seperately and away we went not sure what to expect, but have been to Phuket so had some inclination that things might be similar.
Good flight using EVA and sweet transfer to Koh Samui via Bangkok Airways. Yes on arrival tired but was greeted in person by Steve and his wife Ore.
Obviously tired didnt really want to do much because of late evening so bed to start fresh the next day.
Steve's property is on the outskirts of the town of Lamai, very easy walk in and as far as we were corncened very safe. It is a lovely small dwelling with a lovely pool to dip in when you want a quick dip.
Steve greeted us warmly in the morning and after taking our request for breakie went and purchased very fresh produce for which he did every day and changed it when ever we wished. Service was great, very friendly and gave us a wealth of information.
Steve gave us lifts everywhere when he was free nothing was too much trouble and yes he is a fun guy with good humour. His lovely wife Ore speaks some English and always greets you with a lovely smile and her sister cleans the rooms to a high standard.
We enjoyed their company so on our last but one night treated them to a meal as they made our holiday very very special!
Steve plays guitar and sings and is pretty good, plays twice a week in two venues and we attended most of his gigs as we like the style of music he plays from Dire Straits, Clapton even through to Elvis. If he has room he will take you along and if he is playing with Chris its a must!
Lamai is lovely, nice beach the end where Steve is and nice and quiet with a good beach restaraunt called the Zenith. 10 min walk tops with brousing to do on the way with no hills as such for you non walkers!
Tesco Lotus is about a 8 min walk and oh my god what a fab clean supermarket. After doing a little shopping / browsing we had lunch there in a big food hall which was expensive at about £1.20 a big wow and fab!
Eating in Lamai is good however the street stalls knock out great local food at silly cheap prices.
A must visit to the Shamrock (Irish bar) who have live music from 10pm every night and we loved the band Ovada who are very entertaining. Say hello to Noel and Danny who will make you very welcome with their great staff. In Lamai go see the lady boy show very funny indeed and the Thai boxing was great Saturday night in the centre, both free events.
Back to Steve and Chaulty Towers. My partner suffers from a bad back and initailly found the bed hard (it wasnt) however he looked after us and laid on some extra bedding!!!!!
She soon found it was fine and as beds go very comfortable and plenty of room. Steve can guide you with some good sights to see and can organise transport delivered to the premises if needed which is cheap and saves you going through passport details.
Steve speaks fluent Thai and is simply a great host and now a good friend as we will be returning at some stage for sure! There is lots to do on Koh Samui and we need to see the rest as the island its simply lovely, in my opinion ahead of Phuket by miles. It is exotic, quite, lively and what scenery especially when you get into the hills.

If you failed to enjoy a stay with Steve we would be surprised as he is a gem for help and fun.

Big thank you Karen & John xx
ps life mega hectic since we have been back and hating it!

  • Stayed: September 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 29, 2010

Lovely spacious rooms, clean with air conditioning and music/TV. Excellent breakfast of our choice, fresh every day. Steve was available to take us wherever and whenever we wanted including the beach daily. He took us to many attractions (good knowlege of places to go and where to eat etc.) Brilliant holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 25, 2010

Don´t be fooled by the cheap room price! This is a great place with top-class service from the owner Stewe and his wife O. We stayed 3 months, and during the entire stay we where very satisfied. Chaulty towers is a nice small hotel, and we all very quick felt as a part of the family. The location is good - close to town and night-life, but far enough away from the noise :-) Stewe will allways try to make you feel comfortable, and his BBQ´s is famous among all the returning customers. I would recommend this hotel 100% afther I have been travelling in Thailand for over 15 years.

Michael

  • Stayed: July 2010, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed September 9, 2010

First time in Koh Samui and at chaulty towers and would definitely recommend both to anybody.
Steve and his wife made us feel very welcome right from day one,and Steve always gave us a lift into town if needed ,nothing was too much trouble .Steve also took us on trips around the island,and to other places that we would not have seen without his knowledge.
The breakfast`s are very tasty, and set us up for the day ahead.The location of chaulty towers is just outside of main street ,so ideal for me to go bird watching in the early morning.The rooms were very clean and had air conditioning which kept us cool when it was so hot and humid outside.
It was also so nice after a long day out to jump into a refreshing pool .
Can`t wait to return ,had a wonderful holiday.

  • Stayed: August 2010, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 26, 2010

I visited Thailand and especially Koh Samui many times during the last years. I would definitely recommend this accommodation - it is simply excellent. If you are looking for a quiet and comfortable hotel, with frindly management this is the place. The location is perfect, not to far from towncenter and nightlife if you into that, but still quiet in the night. I stayed for nearly 3 month and must say this was my best stay ever. Thanks to Stewe and his wife for a pleasent stay. I will return :-)

  • Stayed: August 2010
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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:
#2 Best Value Hotel in Lamai Beach
#6 Family Hotel in Lamai Beach
#10 Romantic Hotel in Lamai Beach
Price Range: $16 - $36 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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