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Somkiet Buri Resort
Ranked #61 of 110 Hotels in Ao Nang
Reviewed June 17, 2013

We stayed for 4 nights, this is the low season so it rained a lot but we expected that and just wanted a good break and rest.
On arrival the welcome was OK, no tour to show the pool location etc. mostly disinterest from the staff as we come from Thailand so probably did not expect a tip from us. However the rooms are spacious and well equipped, minor issues like the shower not working properly were reported but never fixed, the grounds are beautiful and sitting on the veranda to chill out was perfect, even if it was raining!
One unusual point, no alcohol available in the hotel but given the predominately Muslim community in this area of Thailand is not a problem, there are plenty of bars or shops to buy alcohol within a short walk.
The breakfast was not the best, the first day they ran out of ham, this at 7:30 ! We did not eat in the hotel, plenty of places to eat outside, but avoid the places catering for foreigners, overpriced and poor quality.
Customer service poor, given that only 10 rooms were occupied then it must be a nightmare in high season.
Overall, beautiful location and rooms but let down by indifferent customer service.
Ao Nang is the area the resort is in, not the best beaches in Thailand and too much foreigner type bars and restaurants for us, but we all have our own preferences.

Room Tip: Upper floor is better and quieter, facing the pool is the best
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  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed June 13, 2013

The best thing about this hotel is the wonderful tropical garden that surrounds the accommodation buildings, the pool and the restaurant (which in fact is a gazebo). You really feel you are in an exotic place while going from the reception to the room or from the room to the restaurant or pool. The pool itself is also great due to its surroundings. Also the location is very good, very close to the main street of Ao Nang but not exactly on the street, so there is privacy and quite comparing to the noise from Ao Nang. You can reach the beach by foot in no more than 10 minutes. The personnel is OK and the breakfast repetitive but quite fair. Dinner at their restaurant is a good option as they are cooking it well and the prices are very good.
As a negative aspect I will point to the noise made by the Air Con machines. The hotel is formed by a few buildings (each having 4 rooms, 2 on the top floor and 2 below) and on each building there are 4 external Air Con machines attached (one for each room). While walking in that beautiful surrounding all the charm is killed when you get in the area of the accommodation buildings because all you can here there is a permanent noise made by those old ac devices. And that is not all... If you are a bit sensitive in your sleep (like me) then you'll have serious issues even if you close your ac (which is very noise inside the room anyway and during the night I did not feel the need of using it) because your sleep will be seriously troubled by the noise made by the external Air Con device of your neighbor. First I stayed in a Superior Room and both external ac devices (mine and my below neighbor's) where attached on the same wall where my bed was. The noise and the vibrations did not allow me to sleep for the first 2 nights, then I bought some ear plugs but even so after another 4 nights it became insupportable. So I had to change the room (paid difference for a Deluxe Room) and sleep better for the rest on my stay there (I stayed 12 nights). The Deluxe room has a different position, the external ac device is attached on a different wall, away from the bed, so no vibrations and the noise was considerable reduced. Even so it was annoying, but not so much as in the Supperior Room I had first (first I has Supperior room number 2008 - so please avoid it if you have sensitive sleep on noises, then I moved to room 2005 which was better).

  • Stayed: March 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank Bogdan P
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Reviewed June 1, 2013

This is a very lovely place to be. It looks like a private jungle eco resort with lush vegetation nice wooden boardwalk. Rooms are very cosy and nice. Good aircon, clean rooms, good beds, nice balcony are a few to mention. Then there is the swimming pool. Again located round a very lush vegetation. It has a bubble bath, nice smooth declining edges so you can sunbathe or relax in the water lying on your back. It was one of the best constructed swimming pools I have seen and a real treat to be. We were sad we had to go, would have loved to stay much longer. Food is good, nice buffet breakfast. Be early because some of the dishes are not restocked. Friendly staff.

Room Tip: has no gym (can't reset it). But a very lovely place.
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  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 22, 2013

Arriving late on Friday afternoon, we just expected a place to sleep for the night before heading onward. We were PLEASANTLY surprised on arrival. Beautiful Gardens off the busy main road. Jungle surroundings! Quick Check In, Room was ready for 3 adults as requested. Room was exactly as described, with lovely balcony, views of the cliffs and clean. The pool was amazing, night and day. Breakfast was plentiful and yummy. Would recommend to anyone and would stay there again.

Room Tip: We have a room with balcony which was lovely to sit out on and enjoy the views.
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 20, 2013

It’s hard to review this hotel due to the mixed experience of our stay so where to start...

The good things: The hotel itself is extremely striking from the moment you arrive. (Well once you pass reception which I will get to...). You walk through raised wooden walkways to get to the rooms. The walk each morning and evening was beautiful. It’s like walking through a tropical rainforest, the plants and flowers are lovely and you occasionally get a glimpse of a nice bird or lizard however it still feels like you’re in a hotel resort and closer to hotel amenities than the jungle. And you often forget that about 100m away is a nice town with shops and bars. You either have a ground or first floor room and we were on the first floor. The rooms are very big, far larger than we were expecting as was the bathroom. The rooms are nicely laid out, clean and tasteful and the balcony was a decent size and looked out into the jungle and stream.

The bad: Unfortunately the first person we spoke to on our arrival was a receptionist who was less than interested in helping us and it felt like us being there had seriously disrupted her otherwise relaxing day. This wasn’t a good first impression and if I ran a hotel I would like a friendly face on reception more than in any other role. That being said there were other members of staff there who were very helpful and friendly.
There is no alcohol in the hotel whatsoever which was inconvenient more than a massive deal. There are fridges in the rooms so you can buy drink and keep it in there so it’s not too much of a big deal. The breakfasts were awful. We went down at around 9-9.30 each day and got the impression that everything laid out had been there since 7 uncovered. There were ants and flies on the pastries and bread and the only safe thing to eat was probably the omelette. Some cake nets or covers would have gone a long way.

All in all I would recommend this for a short stay, it is after all quite good value and very pretty. It was a nice enough hotel but I probably wouldn’t spend 2 weeks there.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 17, 2013

After a bad experience we move to this hotel and were made very welcome by the staff, bungalow are doted around the lush tropical gardens and you really feel like you are in the middle of the jungle, you walk around on some wooden elevated walkway, and in the middle you find a beautiful pool surrounded by tropical trees.
The room are very spacious with Tai deco very tastefully presented.
Breakfast buffet very good, had lunch there and that was good also.
Only bad point but that is personal is that they do not serve any alcohol apart from beer in this hotel but there is plenty of place just outside so can not complain.
Will definitely go back!

Room Tip: Just try it!
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  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed May 14, 2013

Stayed here for 2 nights. Rooms are well maintained - neat, clean and thai style. The jungle environment inside the hotel premise is unique. Staff were friendly except that they took too much time to swap the credit card.....

Given that all rooms are at a quite a distance, room service is not very good. Used plates & towels were not taken care of on 2nd day.

Location - excellent. 2 minutes walk to McDonald's.

Breakfast was decent.

  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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Address: 236 Moo2 | Ao-Nang Muang, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town > Ao Nang
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Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
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Ranked #61 of 110 Hotels in Ao Nang
Price Range: $41 - $111 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Somkiet Buri Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 30
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