We were a party of nine people. We had two duplex rooms and one suite pool view room. The rooms were very nice, with good water pressure in the shower, which I like. For a westener, the breakfast was good, but no bake beans :). However, My Thai girlfriend did not like the Thai breakfast.
Getting from our suite pool view room to the residence swimming pool, we needed to go through three security doors, which required our room keys to open. This felt a bit like a prison camp, and not like a hotel. But I guess it was for security
The residence pool was nice and quiet. However my girlfriend's six year old son hit his head while in the children's pool, and required stitches at the hospital in Hua Hin. We were told this has happened a few times before by the pool staff. There is a large stone structure in the middle of the pool which over hangs on the top. This is where he hit his head. The hotel staff drove us to Hua Hin hospital, but could not stay with us, and we had to pay for the hospital treatment and taxi back. You would have thought the hotel would have some type of insurance for such accidents, but they dont. Welcome to Thailand.
The location of the hotel is not great. The nearest restaurant is a good 15 minute walk, and so ideally you need to hire a moped or the hotel has a tuk tuk you can hire. There is not much to do in Cha Am. I guess most visitors come here for the sun, and sea. Last month we stayed at the Hilton, Hua Hin ( 20km away ), which has more to offer the visiting tourist, is more family orientated, and is more central.
We did try a hotel dinner on our first night there. I had a steak which was very nice. ( i had already been in Thailand 6 weeks, and had Thai food most days, so I thought I would try a steak!!). My Thai friends had a nice Thai meal which they enjoyed. However the service was slow. But, as the hotel was expensive, as are most hotels of course, we chose to eat out after that, and found some lovely Thai restaurants in Cha Am.
While we were at the hospital, our ''Grand Pacific'' pool bag disappeared. We left it by the pool. The hotel made sure we paid for it, when it was time to check out.
Would I ever return to Cha Am? No. I would rather travel 20km further south, and go to Hua Hin. Would I ever return to Grand Pacific Hotel? Definately not.
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