We left this hotel yesterday. Overall we had a lovely time, though there are a couple of negatives. The arrival was very well organised by the hotel. We were picked up from Klong Jilad pier from Phi Phi Don by minibus, and taken to the pier for speedboat transfer. The sea was very rough, but it was an exciting arrival to a spectacular view of the hotel and bay. Walking down the floating pier was a challenge with such rough seas, but the staff were very helpful. Check in went well and we were given cold towels and a drink which was very welcome. We were escorted to our room by buggy. This hotel has hundreds of steps. We were at the top, yet had to walk down 3 flights of stairs - a crazy design. The room was very nice, but the view was non existent, and I was so terribly disappointed. We booked a deluxe ocean facing room. It had thick palm trees and was too low down to see anything, but a tiny glimpse of sea through the trees. Every time we went back to our room it felt like we were being punished having to climb to the top of all the hundreds of steps, only to have to go down these 3 flights of stairs again and see nothing from our balcony but trees and the top of a roof. I wonder how many people actually do Infact get a view? Is it only those that pay for the more expensive rooms? Or is it just a small few that can see anything? The palm trees help to keep it cool during the day, and help with the steep steps up to the room. You really have to pack your bag for the whole day, as it's too far to go back if you forget anything. The room itself was very nice and big. Could of done with some work though - toilet seat hinge broken and the toilet door could not close! It needed re-hanging - strange not to be able to close a toilet door (room 1121).
The beach was lovely, and the pool was too. People did reserve their loungers and it filled quickly, however we never spend a whole day there so that helped. The food was more expensive, but the quality was excellent, and we had no disappointing meals. So I do think you get what you pay for. We ate in the town, but preferred the hotel for quality and setting. We got most of the boats we wanted booked to leave the hotel, but you must plan in advance. We also did the monkey trail. It is really very quick, 10 mins max. However it is very steep and very hot. But it's so close to where you want to go. The speedboat drops you off at the very end of the bay and you have to get a tuc tuc in to town. This all takes time in both directions, though the speedboat is quite fun to go on. We did a trip out to the Hong island and had a great time by speedboat.
The staff at this hotel are pleasant, helpful and courteous. The views from the pool and jacuzzi are very beautiful, and the background of the high cliffs spectacular. We have stayed in other Centara resorts which is why we chose this one (and are now currently in a Centara in Bangkok). They are an excellent chain of hotels, and standards are high. Just a great pity we didn't get a room with a view!!
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- Also Known As:
- Centara Grand Beach Resort And Villas
- Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hotel Ao Nang
- Centara Grand Beach Hotel
- Centara Grand Beach Krabi
- Central Krabi Hotel
- Central Krabi Bay Resort
- Central Bay Resort Krabi
- Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Krabi Ao Nang