i simply cannot recommend this place. Even if I didn't get bed bugs here (which I definitely did, see the attached photos) I'd give this place a bad review. I stayed for three nights, leaving after the bed bug incident But given this was recommended by Lonely Planet (which I only read for their recommendations on accommodations), I wasn't expecting such an underwhelming experience. My advice to the traveller is to skip on this place.
I stayed in the 400 baht rooms, which are admittedly the cheaper rooms that come with a fan. The shared bathrooms (and shower stalls) are on first floor (for men). You have to pass through the reception area to get to them, and there are always people there. This is a slight annoyance, since I don't especially like getting dressed just to go to the washroom or the shower.
The walls are very thin and made of woven mats of some sort. I could hear conversations in adjoining rooms, as well as coughing and sneezing. Some sounds were not family friendly, if you get my drift...
The attached restaurant is decent, expensive, and serves Thai food for western palettes.
I probably got bed bugs here. After the first night I had these insect bites all over me, but those could have been Mosquitos, so I just went about my business. My bites were in straight lines across my arms and legs, which is typical of how bedbugs bite.The day after I noticed small bloodstains near a corner of my bed. See the attached photos. Management was adamant that this was not bedbugs...you be the judge.
I then went to management and told them of the problem. All they did was change the bed sheets, but they didn't even replace all of them. One lady was going to spray insecticide on my bed, but i stopped her before she got the chance to poison me. They didn't give me another room. So i had to sleep in the same bed as my hungry friends. The manager earnestly suggested that I catch the bed bugs using a rubber band, which would be difficult given how small these bugs are. i know that bed bugs are something hotels have a hard time controlling, but they should have taken care of the problem instead of acting Incredulous. I DID manage to get a 30% discount after negotiating. But seriously, I got bed bugs so a 30% discount isn't that great.
I used to work as a canoe guide in northern Canada. I wasn't too bothered with the fact that at night a colony of beetles were feasting on my blood. But most of you probably would be. In any case I really would have liked to upgrade to a room without bed bugs.
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