I have stayed in a few places around Pattaya and this was by far the most expensive room I have stayed in there. I had one of the suites. The room was huge with a living room and bedroom. There is a small powder room just inside the front door. there are two sinks in the bedroom/bathroom area. There is a safe and tons of storage space.
At check in things went fairly smoothly. For some odd reason though the guy who was showing me to my room didn't know where it was. The suites are in their own little pod on the front of the building while the majority of rooms go down the side. Once we got all the way to the end of the side he realized that I was in a suite which is basically right next to the elevator. My luggage arrived at the room before we did.
The bedroom has an enormous jacuzzi tub right behind the round bed. So, everything is a little over-designed but I guess that is the point of this place. The shower was big enough for at least two with a couple of big rain shower heads. Unfortunately there was quite a bit of mold in the shower as well. I am fairly sensitive to mold so this was an issue for me.
There are about 100 little switches all over the room and I never really did figure out which switch controlled which lights or other functions. The air conditioning in the bedroom did not shut off no matter where you set the thermostat. So I had to turn it off altogether. So there were certainly some maintenance issues.
My rate included breakfast which was quite good and was served until fairly late.
The service was generally friendly but not everyone had much command of English.
The pool is very large but I do not spend time at pools so I can't comment beyond that.
It is a very loud location, there's no denying that. The shopping center next door hosts concerts most nights so there is loud music until late at night. But it is also quite convenient right on 2nd road. The Royal Garden Plaza is a very short walk away. And the new Central mall is a bit farther walk. Beach road is not far. You can easily walk around to entertainment and places to eat.
Was it worth the money? Not really, but I was looking for a splurge. If the room had been better-maintained I would have rated it higher. I will likely stay there again in one of the regular rooms rather than a suite if I can get a decent rate.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel Baraquda Pattaya, a hip boutique hotel located in the heart of Thailand's bustling Pattaya City, is joining Accor's MGallery Collection of unique hotels. This hotel is dedicated to the lifestyle of modern travelers with a signature design of "modern nautical cool". Located on Pattaya's colorful 2nd Road, Hotel Baraquda Pattaya is a calm sanctuary with an easy access to the beach, shopping and entertainment centers. The facade and interior of the hotel reflects a devotion to bold and contemporary designs, while unique personalized services are provided to enhance each individual stay. Hotel Baraquda Pattaya is comprised of 72 thoughtfully-designed guest rooms and suites, each with a balcony overlooking the unique fish-like, blue mosaic pool. ... more less
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