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“Lovely oasis” 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cha Wan Resort
Ranked #37 of 104 Hotels in Ao Nang
Certificate of Excellence
Kiama
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31 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Lovely oasis”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2012

Cha Wan resort was a welcome oasis from the gaudy touristy hustle and bustle from the Main Street and only 5 minutes walk to the beach. Great place for us as a couple as we were happy to get away from the town. Staff extremely friendly and package deal very good value

Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Location
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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Singapore, Singapore
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25 reviews
11 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2012

When the mini van arrived at the resort porch, we thought it was a mistake as it was almost un-hotel like. It looked small and almost unnoticeable.

Check in was a breeze and the lady brought us to room 10, and gave a short brief of the facilities etc to us. She was polite and helpful. The room is quite big and it comes with a veranda. The bathroom is huge and the toilet is in a separate 'room' just beside it.

Breakfast was good I must say, and you get to choose from 3 menus. I opted for the local menu which included fruits, phad Thai, coffee, porridge and juice. You can also choose from american and continental menu which I thought was straight forward, with toasts and cereals etc.

The only gripe i had was the heater. The hot water was pretty erratic and you need constant adjusting to get the temperature constant. So if you go there, do test the heater and change the room if it ain't working too well. We were too lazy to make changes and thus didn't bother.

It is quite a walk to the amenities but i dont mind walking. From Cha Wan you get to walk past Ley lei Grill and Carnivore Grill and Steak, which were highly acclaimed. The hotel is quiet and clean and during my stay, there wasn't many other dwellers, so i did enjoy the exclusivity. But as it is rather close to vegetation, mosquitoes are a plenty.

I wont mind staying there again. Its a good choice if you do not want a typical hotel kinda lodging.

Room Tip: Ask for second floor.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Chris Q
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Australia
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21 reviews
17 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2012

In some respects we have to agree with the previous reviewer.

To be fair to this hotel, the room was nice, large and clean (we stayed in room 6 on top floor). There is not much around the hotel so you could say the surrounds are very peaceful and well suited for a couple wanting a romantic, quiet break. Although the occupancy was low during our visit so this may have accounted for the peace and quiet.

We travelled with small children, so we found the 20 minute walk each way to the shops and the beach quite difficult, especially as it was monsoon-raining every day. Tuk tuk is THB20 per person each way. The hotel did have a courtesy shuttle which wasn't mentioned. However once we asked, the manager said they could take us to the shops but only if the driver was available.

As it was low season, management said they could not deliver our breakfast to our room as they were low on staff. Also the restaurant was supposed to close at 9pm but on our first night closed at 8pm.

The breakfast was quite OK. Only three choices - American, Continental or Local.

Overall the large room was wonderful. The tranquility would have been perfect had we been a couple with no children wanting a chill out. But having small children, next time we would stay closer to Krabi beach and the shops.

Room Tip: Room 6 upstairs.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank SquiddyAustralia
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Singapore, Singapore
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2012

Based on the number of positive reviews, I had high expectations for Cha Wan, but it inevitably, fell short. Cha Wan is a small hotel with 10 units. Odd numbered units are on the ground floor; even numbered, on the 2nd. We stayed in Unit #7. If possible, ask for an even numbered room.

First the pros: Large room and a bathroom w/ a shower and a separate tub-for-two. There's even a private patio where a delicious breakfast is delivered every morning at a time of your choice (try the Pad Thai). And they threw in a free dinner for two with our booking.

Now the cons: The room smelt a little musty and felt rundown. TV was sad with spotty reception and limited channels in English. Internet was also iffy (both of these wouldn't have mattered if we weren't there during the the rainy season). The hotel is about a 15-20 min walk from the beach. Also, hot water didn't work the first night and the a/c kept on freezing.

After learning about the idiosyncrasies of the a/c from the staff, we learnt to 1) turn it off whenever it froze, 2) blast it at 30 degrees centigrade for half an hour, before 3) turning it back down to 20 degrees centigrade. While this system worked, it really wasn't something we wanted to deal with on our holiday.

Also, if your balcony is on the ground floor, you might get amazing views of barb wire to accompany your daily breakfast (which may sometimes arrive cold).

For a hotel this small, the level of customer service should be high but it was sorely lacking. Noor (sp?) was lovely but I can't say the same for the other front desk lady. She always had this grumpy look on her face and didn't take a lot of initiative. One morning, a friend came by to take us to the Tiger Cave. He mentioned to the front desk we were staying in Unit #7. But instead of calling us and telling us he was here, the grumpy front desk didn't mention anything. We ended up missing him and only found out later that he was waiting for us!

Room Tip: Choose even numbered rooms away from the street. Try the drinks from "Take Away" bar, a co...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank chanstress
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6 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2012

We arrived at cha wan in september, we got a great price online after the reviews we'd read. Everything seemed great when we first arrived, we stayed in room number 3, there were a few gaps in the door but we covered them up quite easily.

After going out on the first night we returned to the room and picked something up off the side, something ran off the side very quickly maybe a mouse or a lizard. We complained to reception the next morning and after showing a google images photo of the mouse the receptionist did her best to help. We looked at room 1 but the gaps in the door were bigger so we decided to wait until the next day to move to the upper level room 10.

The stay was perfectly fine and enjoyable until we went to check out.... On arrival we were told that the free drinking water was in the fridge (after reading other reviews about mixing up the water i made sure i asked) so each day we had been drinking the water from the fridge. On check out we were given a bill for 300 bahts for the water. This is clearly a scam they set up. Funnily enough it looked to be the owner checking us out rather than the usual pleasant receptionist and the one who had originally said the water was in the fridge. The water is twice as expensive as a can of coke on the mini bar and each day they continued to replace the water we'd been drinking in the fridge without telling us the complimentary water was on top.

I don't believe the original receptionist was at fault, we got the impression the hard faced owner forces the staff to do this as when we left the normal receptionist gave us 5 key rings to make up for the water. After an enjoyable stay here this made us leave on a very sour note and extremely annoyed at the way they conned us. Thailand is a great county but you feel like you have to watch your back and check everything everywhere you go - here is no different.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Roberts2345
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Sydney, Australia
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37 reviews
10 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2012

We chose to stay at the Cha Wan recently based on the reviews of Trip Advisor whilst our travelling friends stayed at a nearby resort opposite the beach. We were disappointed, and here are the reasons why.

We did our research( including checking google earth) and by all accounts, this hotel appears to be about 100m from the beach. It is not!!!! It's about as far out of town as you can get....approx 20 mins walk from the beach. That's 20 minutes in the Thai sun!!!! Not good. When we traveled to a place like Krabi we needed to be near the water. We were very very disappointed to find we were so far away....so much so that we moved hotels after only a few days. We went to the prince ville aonang which was cheaper, and opposite the beach.

The staff at Cha wan were lovely, and we cannot fault the, nor the rooms which were spacious , although not clean. The biggest drawback was the shower which ran either too hot or too cold, and no amount of tinkering could fix it. Don't have a bath....besides the poor temperature control, you could grow vegetables in the dirt between the bath and the wall.

We read and re read some of the trip advisor reviews after we arrived because we just couldn't believe that some people had written about the hotel being extremely close to the beach???? We seriously have to question the (integrity of such ) reviews"

We found the hotel to be a poor choice, and for one of the rare times in our lives, moved our booking whilst on holiday.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012 via mobile

Very lovely and charming place to stay. Surprised by the clean big room. Free Internet and wifi with no password!! Only bad was Breakfast (incl free with room) was average. Not a problem as you can get good food walking distance from here.

Other than that our experience here was lovely and very pleasant.

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Rooms
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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1 Thank tnafoo
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Property: Cha Wan Resort
Address: 159 Moo 3, Ao Nang Muang, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town > Ao Nang
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beverage Selection Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#4 Romantic Hotel in Ao Nang
#12 Top resorts Hotel in Ao Nang
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Cha Wan Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 10
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