Staying at The Athitan is like living in some indeterminate old time while enjoying 20th century luxury. The rooms are laid out so you feel like you have your own private entrance to an ancient palace. The room doors are unusual and heavy, with tricky locks and old-fashioned keys that took some getting used to. Inside, you feel like you are a queen in your regal Asian chamber, with huge paintings built into the bed frame, dominating the room, and other artistic touches. The bathroom is amazing, with an old stone tub/shower stall that provides excellent hot water, a counter with two sinks and really cool soap dispensers, and many small touches I've never seen anywhere else. Outside, the gardens and little shrine and shaded rest area make you feel like you are in a peaceful temple. The staff all wear picturesque costumes and are very kind and helpful. Breakfast is great if you get there early - they serve you your choice of eggs, etc. at the table; later, it seems, you have to load your own plate at a buffet table. But the room is sunny and pleasant, the tables nicely prepared with colorful tablecloths, and the pace unhurried. The pool just outside the breakfast room looked very refreshing - a long blue rectangle tucked into a pretty deck - but I did not swim, partly because of mosquitoes that come from the river next to the hotel. Likewise, I had to leave my (free) Internet session in the reception area prematurely because I was getting eaten alive. Take care not to let any of these voracious insects into you room!
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