Magnolias is a bit out in the sticks, about 25 mins from the centre of Pattaya, but a pleasant antidote to the hustle and bustle of the town. It is situated on the picturesque Maprachan Lake/reservoir, and you don't have to go far to find bars, eateries and shops.
We paid slightly extra for one of the poolside rooms, which was appreciated by our toddler. There was a slide going into the pool which was great fun for the little one but we had to keep a constant eye.
The room was clean and well decorated. Only small gripe was that the water didn't drain out of the shower properly, but nothing dramatic by Thai standards. The staff were friendly but only the manageress spoke any English, the barmen who also doubled as room maids were all smiles but otherwise the language barrier made them of limited assistance. They didn't always remember to replace the towels and forgot to make the room up one day, and there were a few confusions over food ordered but they seemed well intentioned.
The food was good but expensive compared with eating out elsewhere, although still cheap by Western standards. We only sampled the Thai food, although they did offer an American breakfast with sausage, egg and bacon.
For the money we paid we really can have no complaints. We knew the area and had friends around the corner and also we hired a car so location was not a problem for us, although if you are thinking of going out every night in the centre of town you would be better off getting a hotel nearer to the beach. A taxi into town is 300-400baht (around £6-8 / $10-12). Otherwise if you want a relaxing time lounging around the pool in a cheap but presentable hotel you could do a lot worse.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Magnolias Pattaya Boutique Resort is located next to the Maprachan Reservoir, just a short drive from Down Town Pattaya. Based on a general modern boutique themed style, all rooms are decorated with various fresh colors and shades to make your stay with us an unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Magnolias Pattaya Boutique Resort Thailand/Bang Lamung