My family have been visiting and staying at Anantasila since we met in Hua Hin 20 years ago and have never been disappointed.......until now.
Last week we stayed at their rooftop penthouse suite, and paid 200 dollars a night, which is fine I guess for the space and the spectacular sea and beach views, however, our privacy and our vacation was disturbed by leering painters and other building workers who saw my wife naked in the apartment shower, which is located on the apartment terrace, and were caught by me several times looking directly into our apartment while my family was inside, which was very disturbing for everyone.
My young son also slipped on a plastic sheet covering the stairs down to the elevator which had been laid by the painters in the morning, and as a result suffered severe bruising to his back and a great deal of pain.
I also found the toweling and bed linen provided for 200 dollars a night of poor quality and insufficient quantity, same for the tiny little toiletries.
We were glad to see that the apartment sofa and chair had been recovered since our last visit, but unfortunately both were still to uncomfortable to sit on for any length of time, which meant we often had to lay on the floor when watching TV, or add several pillows.
The breakfast buffet was of a fairly high standard, (despite the miniature versions of almost everything) however, when we entered the restaurant we were stopped at the door by a rather unfriendly waiter who said "room numbers" without a Sawasdee, or good morning, or welcome to breakfast, which upset me as a hotelier and as a guest.
We only ate dinner once at their restaurant as the food was so bad, with the rubbery lasagna burnt and blackened, and the so called Wiener Schnitzel deep fried (instead of pan fried) to the texture of old shoe leather.
Five days after our return to Bangkok we are all seeing the large sores on our legs and bodies reduce in size and severity, all of which were caused by the local sand fleas and sand flies, which are prevalent on this particular beach for some reason, perhaps attracted by the open sewage and all the horse manure littering the beach.
We had all applied insect repellant as usual, but this time were attacked worse than ever, which caused everyone great distress, especially me as I have many open wounds on my head and legs which required hospital treatment.
Worst of all perhaps was the fact that the wireless internet was the worst I have encountered in decades of travel, (not available for 50% of the day, and when it was, it was to weak to download even small files) same goes for ipad, no signal, which meant my wife and I were separated from our businesses, and my son was none to pleased either being cut off from friends and the outside world.
As a hotelier, I guess I can forgive and forget the small stuff, such as all that mentioned above, if an apology is forthcoming, and the absence of any kind of welcome letter or fruit basket for such regular guests, even if I did pay 1000 US dollars for a less than satisfactory 5 nights stay, but I am afraid we cannot return unless the wireless internet bandwidth is brought up to an internationally accepted standard, such as that offered by the nearby and far superior InterContinental Resort, the fabulous Hilton, the fantastic Centara Grand, and the wonderful old Colonial Dusit Thani, all of whom charge less than 200 dollars a night for a full on 5 stars product and service.
Goodbye Anantasila we will always remember you, but we will never return
Gordon James Gorman. General Manager. Avari International Hotels, and Bangkok Resident.
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