It was our second visit to Pattaya, and the first time at the Centara Grand Mirage.
We were 2 adults + 2 kids (10&4) and we stayed there 7 nights. The resort is perfect for families with young children. It has it all.
As soon as you enter the open lobby for the first time, you can enjoy the unique atmosphere of this hotel.
Check inn was fast and staff at the front desk had good English, so no problem there.
We got a room on the 12th floor. This is where the "Club Mirage" rooms starts (all the way to the 18th floor). This kind of room allows you to enter the lounge which is located on the 12th floor as well.
Lounge is open daily from breakfast time and closes at 11PM. You can enjoy free snack & free drinks all day long. It was great!! Don't be shy to ask from the staff at the lounge for your favorite soda.. they will bring it from the kitchen..
The rooms are absolutely perfect. We had 2 rooms as we had another family with us. The king size bed is awesome (size wise) and the twin beds (at the other room) are large as well and can accommodate 2 adults in each bed with no problems. Concerning the beds, I have only one remark and its related to the stiffness of the mattresses. It's just a bit too hard.
The resort is divided to 2 main buildings. Each section has its own elevators (3 of them) and it might be challenging to use the elevator during morning "rush hour"..
The rooms (as the entire resort) are very clean. You will find everything you expect in the room: LCD TV, coffee/tea facilities, DVD player (great for the kids!), fridge, daily complimentary drinking water, daily fresh fruits, huge umbrella, bathrobes, slippers, safe, hair dryer and much more..
The bathroom has a bath tub (huge one), shower and private toilet. Shower towels are huge. No need to bring shampoo & conditioner.. It's all there and replaced on a daily basis.
Each of our rooms had a small balcony overlooking the pool & sea. The view from the room was outstanding. On some days, cleaning of the room was done very late (around 4PM).
I can't tell anything bad about the breakfast. Whatever you imagine, you will find it there.. Cereal (3 choices), breads, hot Thai dishes, cold Thai dishes, cook to made omelets, toasts, pastry, bacon, sausages, cheese platter, huge variety of fresh fruits, cold juices and much more.. Too bad they close breakfast at 10:30..
Kids club is great. Many activities for young kids with very friendly staff that keeps the kids busy. My 4 year old just loved it. It was very surprising & disappointing at the same time to find out that they charge you hourly to use it..
The best part of this resort are the pools & surroundings. Very big main pool, 2 huge kids pools with "private sand beach", pool bar, pool activities, water park for kids, slides all over, water rings that takes you around the pool thru waterfalls, jumping corner, private adults only pool that overlooking the sea.. What else can you ask for?
We saw the nice fitness center, however, we didn't use it.
The bar in the pool offers "happy hour" twice a day. We didn't use it as the prices were too high, even for 50% discount.
The private beach is minute walk from the pool. The water are not very clean, but it's nice to spend there some time. Water sports are offered on spot.
If you can avoid ordering food/snacks at the hotel, you will save big time. They overcharge you for everything and even an ice cream can cost you an arm & a leg.. If you walk outside, the Family Mart is right opposite to hotel entrance and it's open 24 hours a day. Just get everything you need there.
Location is not the greatest if you wish to be close to Pattaya center. The cheapest way to get to city center is to walk (10 minutes) on the road going straight from hotel entrance and to catch the 10 BHT per person taxi Tuk Tuk on the main road.
You can take a taxi to the city right at hotel entrance, but the prices are 150-250 THB for the ride.
Massage facilities available just outside of the hotel & currency change as well. Just walk straight up on the road starts at hotels entrance and you will not miss it.
We can't wait to be back.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The new Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya is located on Wong Amat Beach & Naklua Beach, North Pattaya, and is actually built on the original beach front land of the former Central Wong Amat Beach Resort.Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya is a 5-star beach resort designed to be the first truly themed hotel in Thailand, this stunning 18-story property features 555 rooms and suites, all facing the ocean. Unlike other hotels & resorts in Pattaya, Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya is the only 5-star themed resort that has a direct beach access to the stretch of 230 meters of white sand beach complete with an extensive beachfront water park.This unique and exciting Lost World themed hotel is a true destination in its own right and will offer several specialty restaurants, a trendy bar, Asian restaurant, all day dining, large and versatile convention and meeting facilities, SPA Cenvaree, and a great variety of facilities for all members of the family including several swimming pools and water play areas in the exciting water park.The Centara Grand Mirage Beach Resort Pattaya is set to become one of Thailand’s most talked about resort hotels. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Centara Grand Mirage Beach Hotel Pattaya