Siripanna was our 2nd stop on our honeymoon in Thailand in January '14. I have to start this review out by saying that I would have given it 5 stars if not for one thing...the thickness of the walls in the room. Everything else was perfect! We honestly stayed on the grounds for most of our stay (other than two day excursions), and there were no regrets. Part of our mentality may have been due to having come directly from the busiest part of our trip...Bangkok...and we were all set with dealing with street vendors and negotiating for deals left and right. Either way, Siripanna really did have more than enough to offer on site. More on those walls at bottom...
The service here was the best that my wife and I saw during our entire stay in Thailand, including Bangkok and several islands. Every person working here had a great vibe, a good sense of humor, and they ALWAYS had time for our questions. When we needed cash, they drove us to the nearest ATM...when we needed to book a last minute mountain bike excursion the next day, they reserved it and set up the pick up for us...simply outstanding!
The rooms were exactly what we expected from paying a bit more for luxury on our trip. Very clean, and a really nice dark wood everywhere. We did lose hot water one night, from about 5-6:30 p.m....not really sure what happened, but it seemed an isolated incident. The staff was quick to point out that mosquitoes could easily become a problem in our room if we were not careful, however, if one is smart about pulling the shades when the lights are on...and not opening the patio door at night...there shouldn't be a problem with this. We never had an issue with mosquitoes.
The spa was great, and they made us truly feel like royalty. One will probably get a better deal from a masseuse by heading into town, but it may not feel as special. The service was excellent, offering tea both before and afterwards, as well as letting us select the oil we would like to use (there was even one including gold flakes) for our massages. The pool seemed also pretty good, though neither of us actually swam in it. It is the centerpiece for the grounds, on which one can also find a hut for cooking classes.
The fitness room had enough to offer, regarding cardio equipment, and there was a TV mounted on the wall to keep you company. The universal machine was not the best I have ever used, but definitely still did the trick. The choice of dumbbells was a little too lightweight, but the quality was good. The one thing that may be uncomfortable for some guests is that two of the walls are completely floor to ceiling windows, facing towards both the lobby and one of the 4 major sections of rooms. So, guests and hotel staff are passing by frequently and can see everything...not a big deal, but maybe worth knowing to some.
The restaurant was PHENOMENAL and probably our favorite part of the Siripanna. Not only was the food tasty, but also very affordable and authentic. The servers always made great recommendations when we were deciding between several dishes...which was often. Happy hour was twice a day...5-6 and 8-9, I believe...we really had a great experience with the food/drink service! There was also a singer/guitarist duo every night in the restaurant, helping to put your mind at ease. The included breakfast buffet was huge, and there was something for every traveler...both healthy and greasy spoon.
The one complaint we really had about Siripanna, is that we were woken up VERY often by our two different sets of next door neighbors. Every night. We initially thought that the first set of neighbors was just really loud and we couldn't wait for them to leave, as they were a large family and seemed like they were yelling at each other whenever they came in the door...it felt like we were sharing the room with them. Well, they left, and then on our last night at Siripanna, we heard a completely different set of accents charging into the room next door around midnight, obviously just checking into the hotel and trying out every door and drawer, slamming everything. By then, we had put it together that it was the walls and the connecting door to the next room. They were just WAY too thin and couldn't block out a peep...even the connecting door had a huge gap between it and the floor, so it really felt like we were listening in on their entire conversation. It might have just been our room (3109), but I feel the hotel could insulate the rooms a bit better than they have.
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