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“As Average as average can be”
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Beach Garden Hotel
Ranked #46 of 63 Hotels in Cha-am
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“As Average as average can be”
Reviewed October 7, 2013

To me this is the definition of a 3 star hotel. The hotel is basic but clean and comfortable. A bit out of the way at the very bottom on Cha Am. This hotel had one of the hardest beds I've ever slept in. All in all the room was clean and the staff was nice.

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  • Stayed October 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 27, 2013

This is an awful hotel, we put up with it for one night then moved to a hotel further down the road in Hua Hin. The room was disgusting - highlights included a door that it looked like someone had kicked in the day before, heavily stained carpet and a dead gecko under the mat in the bathroom. The last straw was eating at the beach cafe next door only to see the couple next to us place their plates of half finished lunch on the floor for the beach dogs to eat off (I kid you not).
The hotel we moved too was fantastic so don't be put off by the region just think carefully about where you stay!

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Kristinehamn
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Reviewed May 4, 2013

This is a place for longstayers, that was pretty obvious. We immediately were corrected when we tried to get a couple of sunbeds. Lousy system; you get sunbeds assigned to your room,and then keep them for the duration of your stay.
To be fair, we only stayed here for one night, on our way across the country. We thought the room was ok, the breakfast was fine, and the pool nice.
There´s probably thousands of beaches in Thailand that´s nicer.
We took a taxi to Cha-Am in the evening to do some shopping. Didn´t like it at all.
Why live like this when you travel to Thailand. You could just as well go to Spain or Greece. And, if you put big signs in the restaurant that you don´t want the guests to feed the dogs, then enforce it! There were even guests that had bought dogfood, which they brought to the table. Astonishing!
A one night stay, no more.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

The only thing I liked about this place was the swimming pool, although it could have been cleaner.
Other than that I can only complain. The restaurant was overpriced with lazy waiters and terrible food. There was no isolation between the rooms, due to a very dumb placement of a simple wooden door between you and some random strangers. We could hear the screams of a baby at random intervals during the night.

The location could have been ok except that the only way to get anywhere is to use the hotel's own overpriced "taxi" service that will try to scam you out of every last baht you have on you. They give you one price at the beginning of the night for return trip then starts to haggle with you for more when you are ready to go back.

Not recommended at all.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Zurich
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Reviewed February 5, 2013

Was greeted on arrival by unfriendly receptionist. Every day was told no more beach towels and no vacant beach chairs. Rude staff that walked away if I complained. I'm a person that doesn't complain often. Coffee and sugar or mini bar not restocked. Room staff sweet when I asked then for something though. Thin walls, can hear the person in the next room snoring. Rooms generally noisy.Would never stay here again. Not much good to say about this hotel, rooms are OK but water from shower leaks all over bathroom.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Bangkok
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Reviewed January 8, 2013

We have stayed at this hotel several times over the course of 10 yrs here. The hotel is trying to upgrade its facilities. The pool is fine although the chairs next to the pool get snatched up really quick or have tags placed on them the night before which makes it hard to get a pool chair. The best part is the beach. It is clean, only one jet ski around, and few venders. The beach is clean as compared with some beaches in Hua Hin that have many glass fragments. The beach is also wide with plenty of area to find whatever privacy you want. Another plus is the restaurant along the beach off -site that serves Thai and western food. Price very affordable with great views at night. The hotel rooms themselves are very average. If you are looking for a place to spend a lot of time in your room this is not the place. The breakfast was pretty much the same each morning but sufficient. Overall, we would come back for the value for the price here. Can get pricey if you have to use the shuttle to Hua Hin each day.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with family
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed December 29, 2012

This hotel is somewhat confusingly sold as Beach Garden Cha-am Resort & Spa, since the name "Beach Garden Hotel Cha-am" is used in the hotel and the road signs.

The hotel pool and beach fully met the expectations created by the web site photos. Nice soft sand and not crowded since the neighboring plots are not occupied by large hotels. I saw only a single jellyfish, but that encouraged me to move the kids to the pool. The number of vendors on the beach was not large, but you could get a massage, buy some clothes or ride a horse, if you wanted.

The number of sun beds is fairly limited. You are supposed to able to tag two beds for your own use, but the system did not work too well. One morning when we arrived late to the pool somebody had just removed our tag... The pool attendant sells ice cream in addition to managing the towels. There are also some balls that you can borrow for playing in the pool or for volleyball on the beach. The pool area starts being in the shadow of the hotel in the afternoon, so if you are keen on sunbathing, it is better to get a chair on the side of the pool away from the hotel.

The room was clearly old but reasonably well maintained. Our balcony faced to a garden and had no furniture so it was somewhat useless. Although the photos do not make it very clear, the two beds in the room are truly singles and you barely can fit one adult and one young child into one. If you have bigger children, you really need to get an extra bed. One extra bed fit reasonably well but two extra beds would be a real challenge.

The room had a minibar. It stocked snacks, soft drinks and beer. The price for drinks were quite close to normal restaurant prices. When we arrived it turned out that some items were missing, so it is good to verify the contents upon arrival to avoid hassles when checking out. The room also provided an electric kettle and free tea and instant coffee. Each guest got one bottle of free drinking water each day.

The television was and old model and the signal quality not was great. There were alltogether
about ten channels, most in Thai but MGM channel was in English. Deutsche Well was also available, but the French channel had horrible image quality. No kids channels, so need to provide other entertainment for them. The hotel Wi-Fi does not reach to the rooms and even AIS mobile network signal strength was really poor, so you probably are stuck with using Internet in the public areas.

The bathroom had a shower in a separate booth. The only provided amenities were shower caps as well as soap and shampoo from a dispenser on the wall. The room had also a hair dryer. Annoyingly there were no hooks for hanging your towels.

The air conditioning was not too noisy but quite strong. At least during the cool season setting the selector to 30 degrees made the room already really chilly. The room had no other ventilation, so you pretty much have to run the aircon to avoid the room becoming too stuffy overnight.

A pleasant surprise was that the room had three wall sockets available for your own electrical equipment. You had to unplug the floor lamp to make use of the third one, but the lighting was good enough even without it.

Unfortunately the room did not have a safety deposit box. You had to use the ones at the reception. Fortunately they had also boxes large enough for keeping laptops.

The lobby, pool area and beach restaurant have Wi-Fi coverage. You can buy vouchers at the reception. The rate was 100 baht for 24 hours, and we could use it over three days. However, the connection seemed to be permanently assigned to the first device used. The speed was fairly good but not really fast.

The breakfast was served at the beach restaurant Rim Thalee. It was a buffet with Western and Thai dishes. We found it quite good, and they even changed half of the dishes every day. On the other hand, if you are willing to eat Thai food, the choice is quite limited (sausage, ham, fried eggs, omelets from the egg station). Corn flakes and milk were not available every day. Three different kinds of fruit were available (one changed each day). In addition to toast a couple of different kinds of bread were available. The salad bar was very limited. Coffee and tea was available, as well as water, orange juice and one daily changing juice (e.g. pineapple). You were given breakfast vouchers when checking in. Our child without extra bed was charged 125 baht for breakfast on the first day as expected, but later they just waived the charge.

Room service was available and the prices were reasonable.

We never actually had lunch or dined at the hotel, since there were other restaurants close by. On the beach next to the hotel there is the "Cha-am Little Shop" restaurant which was fairly cheap and food was quite good. In front of the hotel there is a small strip mall with a Dutch/Thai restaurant, an Indian/Thai restaurant and a minimart quite normal prices for beverages and snacks. A laundry shop and motorbike rental are also available. One or two taxis seemed to hang around at minimart. A bit further away from the hotel in the opposite direction there are two ATMs and a larger minimart which seemed to have cheaper prices.

The hotel provides a paid-for shuttle bus service to Hua Hin and back, but the schedule is quite sparse. If you do not do a return trip, a normal taxi at the rate of 300 baht one way is the same price for a family. A taxi back from Hua Hin cost also the same 300 baht. The taxis willing to drive the distance to the hotel (about 30 minutes) do not actually have a taxi sign on the room - you hire them from people waiving "taxi" cardboard signs on the street. This worked quite well in the end.

The hotel offered transfer service to Bangkok and Suvarnabhumi airport. The price was quite high at 4500 baht. A local taxi company was able to provide a taxi to Bangkok for 2000 baht.

Hotel seems to be used by several German tour operators. The lobby had also tour operator guide books in Polish, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, etc. We also spotted some French guests. During Christmas Thai guests were a clear minority but they were definitely there, including large groups from some company and an English language study camp.

Many off the staff did not seem to have great English skills. When I called the reception to get the housekeeping to come and spray the room to clear it from mosquitos, the first person had to hand the phone over to someone else.

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  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Beach Garden Hotel
Address: 949/21 Tambol Cha-am, Amphur Cha-am | Petchaburi, Cha-am 76120, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Phetchaburi Province > Cha-am
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#16 Spa Hotel in Cha-am
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Cha-am
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Beach Garden Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 199
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Beach Garden Cha-Am Resort And Spa

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