First the positives ....
Nice quiet beachfront location
Bright modern design
Great seafood buffet
And now some things to be aware of before booking ....
It's not finished:
The large beach level pool and swim-up bar is still under contruction - I reckon another 2 months work or more. Lower level ground floor rooms still being built.
There seems to be unfinished parts everywhere you look - ceiling in the restuarant, corners of balconies, stairways etc. Construction standards not too good - baths and showers do not drain properly - there needs to be some serious quality control/snagging checks to get everything sorted.
Not recommended for small children as there's unfenced drops, scaffolding and hazards at the beach facing area of the hotel.
Buffet breakfast below average and 'low budget'
Upper level pool overcrowded because main beach level pool not finished.
Mosquitoes in open air restaurant - not enough fans to keep them at bay.
Very noisy AC in the bedrooms - not possible to sleep with it switched on - so be ready for a warm night!
But despite this (and it is in a 'soft opening' stage) it's still worth considering for the large, bright rooms, funky design, good staff, excellent value evening buffet and nice little beach.
You need to use the shuttle to get to the town centre though - as it's a long-ish walk.
I will probably go back in March when it should be finished - but I guess I wont get such a good deal then!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Cape Dara Resort invites you to experience five-star luxury at a six-star location. Rising 26 storeys above a quiet residential section of North Pattaya, the resort stands amid lush natural surroundings including its own private beach on beautiful Pattaya Bay. At Cape Dara, guests enjoy the calm and tranquillity of a seaside retreat, yet all the while are but minutes from the pulsing centre of one of the world's top destinations for leisure and business travel. Note: ATM is available on site. ... more less
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