Holiday Inn is conveniently located in Ao Nang, a 20-45 minutes drive from the airport (depending on the traffic). Right in front off the hotel there is a beach, but the water is not clean nor beautiful (it´s an ugly beach as a matter of fact... we decided against it), specially if you consider the other beaches nearby. Hovewer, in this same beach you can rent longtail boats or even speedboats that can get you anywhere you want (and also drop you off on the return, meaning you can get back to your hotel in a 2 minute walk....).
There is a minimarket next to the hotel with great prices and a nice selection of ammenities, which is quite handy.
Finally, if you want to reach Ao Nang Town, just take left as soon as you leave the hotel and walk for 10-20 minutes. The town is in walking distance and there you cand find plenty of restaurants, massage parlors, tourism agencies, shops, basically anything you want.
Overall, we found the location excellent and recommend it.
The staff speaks reasonable English and the service were Ok, not impressive or exciting but fine, although a little bit impersonal for my taste. The hotel offers a tour desk next to the lobby which is very convenient for booking tours, renting longtail boats, shuttles from and to the airport and so on. We wanted to do a private tour to Hong Island (highly recommended) so the tour company representative took care of all the details, from booking to payment and all of this in a very short notice (the afternoon of the previous day where the tour took place). The company hired delivered good service and overall it was a nice experience (much better than the longtail boat service we hired ourselves at Koh Phi Phi). It´s quite handy that you depart (and return) from the beach in front off the hotel, which means you don´t get to spend precious minutes of your time reaching a meeting point or the likes of.
Overall, despite the fact that some of the staff could be a little bit more friendly and caring, the quality of service was good and we have no major complaints .
The room was big, clean and modern. The fan and the AC did excellent jobs lowering the temperatures and there´s also a minibar available. We booked for a "Premier Double Room with Pool View" but we were at third floor (the highest) far away from the pool and our view was only parcial, since we stayed at room 5308 (almost in the end of the floor). If money (or noise during daylight time) is not a major concern here, I´d definitelly suggest going for the rooms with direct acess to the pools.
The hotel facilities
The hotel has two major pools and a smaller one for kids and they were great (specially if you consider that the beach in front off the hotel is not good). Talk about a nice place to chill out, drinking cocktails, beers of even going for a snack. It gets even better if you have kids, since there are kids and teens zones over the hotel, and even waterslides so they can get fully immersed while all you need to do is relax and enjoy ourself. The hotel also has a fitness center, a pool table and a spa area, although we didn´t try them.
We found the breakfast slightly above average; good but not fantastic. There were some decent amount of options to choose for, but there were times when some of them ran out and no replacement was available.
The hotel met our expectations, the location is very good and the prices reasonable; the fact that the hotel has plenty of options for families and kids is very handy, and so is the tourism desk next to the hotel lobby. Bear in mind that the beach in front off Holiday Inn is really lacking in comparison to nearby beaches but this is only a major concern if you intend to just stay at the hotel. If you choose to stay in Railay Beach, Ko Lanta or even other places because of the beaches, that´s fine, but if your choice is Ao Nang area, Holiday Inn is a great option and therefore we recommend it.
As a final recommendation, don´t forget to pay a visit to Carnivoire Restaurant. It´s about 1 mile away from the hotel and it´s THAT GOOD (one of the best steaks I´ve ever had in my life)
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Krabi’s best value resort with a playful sense of tropical fun. Our Family Experience is second to none in the local area with wide a range of room options to suit your family size and budget. All children are given Kid’s Club membership and our activities program provides daily changing in-door and out-doors options. The kid’s pool is the highlight with fountains and 4 water slides to suit every age. Paid babysitting services are also available. Couples will be pampered in our exclusive adult-only Couples Wing with private pool and premium amenities. Discover direct pool access rooms, large balconies, ocean views and much more. A private swim-up pool bar offers daily Happy Hour and a range of easy dining options. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
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