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Long Beach Inn
Ranked #23 of 144 Hotels in Hua Hin
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Reviewed March 2, 2014

We love Thailand, have been in Bangkok several times, and in Chiang Mai once. Now we were looking for a beach holiday, but wanted to stay away from Phuket and Krabi because we feared that it would be a tourist trap. A colleague advised us to go to Hua Hin. Tripadvisor is our guide nowadays, and this is how we found Long Beach Inn. It turned out to be 25 km south of Hua Hin, in a small conglomerate of resorts and hotels, relatively luxurious private homes, and dilapidated wooden homes of local people. You don't find shops selling the "tourist stuff", nor attractions for kids, other than a nice beach and a beautiful nature in the Sam Roi Yod national park. We heard only bird songs and no cars or motorbikes in the early morning. Long Beach Inn has 9 or 10 rooms, around a nice garden with a pool and jacuzzi. Meals are served in the garden, breakfast is not "buffet style" but you order what you like from Thai style rice soup, rice with omelet, to western style toast with omelet, fruit salad, or muesli with milk, or American style pancakes and waffles.The lunch and dinner menu has a good choice of oriental and western food. I don't care for pizza, french fries, hamburger, goulash or spaghetti in Thailand, but others may do. The Thai food was delicious, but for variety we had half our dinners in other restaurants. During our stay there were guests from the USA, Canada, England, France, Russia (?), The Netherlands. We had a spacious executive room with king bed and a balcony "without a view" which in fact we didn't use much, but it offers more privacy than a terrace in the garden. I uploaded pictures to show this. The honeymoon suite with a jacuzzi was the other room on the second floor, with a balcony overlooking the garden. All other rooms are ground level. The bed was firm, but we slept well, the bathroom had a bath/shower combination, (no rainforest shower or other fancy stuff), there was a minibar and daily complimentary water (not only the first night). The hotel website has more detailed information. We didn't find a safe, though we didn't need one. It takes more than 3 hours by car from Suvarnabhumi, and the hotel can arrange this transport (the local driver knows how to find the aiport, a regular taxi could have a problem finding the hotel...) for 3000 Baht (67 euro, 92 USD). One of the things we liked most is the free use of bicycles, and we used them to visit the Sam Roi Yot national park, and other places. The wifi had problems, and except for the first few days I couldn't use my Android phone except for telephone and text messages. Strangely enough my wife could use hers, as well as her Apple.
We have seen more resorts (from the outside, swimming pool, garden etc) in the neighbourhood, but will definitely come back here when we return to visit sites we didn't go to this time.

Room Tip: we had room #10
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  • Stayed: February 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

We, two couples, stayed 2 nights at the Long Beach Inn.

It is a small boutique inn or guest house run by a Dutchman and his son. The Inn is beautifully decorated with Satellite TV, free Wifi, and free bicycles to ride. The owners are helpful and knowledgeable when they are available, but sadly they have spread themselves a little too thin.

One of our rooms was fine though a bit noisy because it is attached to the Inns living quarters.

The other (room 5) had these problems: no windows and only a patio-door covered by a sagging curtain, a beautiful bathroom with a door that didn't close and a broken handle, two sinks of which only one worked. A single sheet for a bed covering, no hangers in the closet, and finally an air conditioning unit that leaked and was finally repaired four hours after our arrival.

The swimming pool is small and does not have enough lounge chairs (this is because some of the other guests "reserved" a chair by leaving their towels on it) or beach towels.

Long Beach itself is about a 200 meter walk away and the part near the Inn is a little below average for a Thai beach.

I think the owners of the Inn do their best to make things work, but are as I said above spread too thin and as a result the Inn doesn't reach its true potential.

My rating for the friendliness of the place is very good, but room 5 is poor. In my opinion there are better alternatives in the area.

Room Tip: Avoid room 5 if at all possible.
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank himalayafan
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Reviewed January 15, 2014

We stayed at Long Beach Inn for 6 nights in January 2014 - the hotel is situated 45mins drive south of Hua Hin. The hotel has a small intimate feel and throughout our stay our every need was met by the friendly dedicated staff who were constantly on hand to provide food and drinks. The owners Willem and Bram ensured we had a fantastic time - no request was too much trouble and they offered great advice about day trips and local attractions. The hotel is situated a 5 minute walk from the beach (and a short drive from the Sam roi yot national park) and is sheltered from the afternoon sea breeze. The rooms are very comfortable with a wide selection of English speaking satellite TV channels. The hotel has fast/free 24/7 internet wifi access. The hotel also has a selection of bicycles for exploring the local area and scooters which can be hired. Our kids loved the pool and often had it all to themselves. The hotel food was superb with a mix of Thai and Western choices. We we able to order food throughout the day and enjoyed eating at various spots around the pool. There are lots of day excursions available depending upon your energy and thirst for adventure - day trips can be arranged by the hotel staff. We enjoyed visiting the Phraya Nakhom Cave and managed to see the elusive Dusky Langur Monkeys. The hotel has courtesy golf clubs and is situated a short drive from the cluster of quality local golf courses.In summary we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We also appreciated the hotel organising our transfers from Bangkok Airport - the vehicle was spacious and comfortable and good value at 3200B for a family of 4. Drive time around 3 .5 hours.

Room Tip: We had an upstairs room with a balcony- lovely and spacious
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  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled with family
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

We booked to stay 4 nights at this accommodation. The room we stayed in was largish and clean (could have done with a few more chairs, though, as places to throw your clothes were at a premium.). The room has satellite TV (though we never used it) and a large bathroom.

Long Beach Inn is about 200 m from the beach and is situated in a quiet spot. The Inn is run by Bram, who can be found very often chatting to guests and serving breakfast. The place is charming and (when we were there) was populated by what looked like retirees and empty nesters (not a child in sight).

Breakfast is complementary and was a good to start the day. Bram will organise trips (say to the Marshlands, which are about 20 minutes away by car – 400 Baht return, or Hua Hin, which is about 45 minutes away – 700 Baht one way). There are many small places along the road that is parallel to the beach where you could likely find cheaper travel options.

Along the beach road there are quite a few eating places. Some offer ‘European style’ Thai food (for example the Dolphin Bay resort), but I am pleased to say that there are more authentic options available. For example, if you stay at Long Beach Inn, walk towards the beach then turn left on to the beach road. Walk about 500 metres and you’ll reach the Thai Thai road side restaurant. Go for the Morning Glory and the fried noodles with pork – excellent (and cheap!)

When we were there it was only Bram that spoke English, so if you have an Ipad (or a pc) , set it up to do English to Thai translation – we found that worked quite well.

The sea is ideal for swimming (warm, shallow with no surprising currents). We borrowed push-bikes and went up and down the beach road (probably about 4 km end to end). One word of warning – many people are tempted to hire or borrow motor bikes. We saw at least 4 people, probably not used to motor bikes, who were carrying injuries (bruised legs and arms, for example) from falling off their bikes.

All in all, if you want a place for quiet contemplation after the rigours of Bangkok, then this could be for you!

  • Stayed: January 2014, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Les K
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Reviewed January 5, 2014

Difficult to review this one. Long Beach Inn didn't really feel as a hotel. More like a good bed&breakfast. The owners, Bram, and also his father Willem are helpful and they are an important part of what LBI represents. They have plenty of tips and advice when you want. We had an executive room at the back side with view on the mountains. Room was of good size with comfortable king size bed. A lot of mosquitos though; also because the balcony doors doesn't close very well so the mosquitos come in all the time. There is no safe in the room. We gave our valuables to the owner Bram who kept them for us. We would have prefered a safe though.
Bathroom is of good size as well. We were not crazy about the shower/bathtub; showercurtain was not clean and we removed a lot of hair from the shower drain.
Cleanliness was not bad but could be better....
Location is very good. We have rented a scooter and made plenty of tours in the area which was a wonderful experience. It is great to visit the fishing villages. The area is very unspoiled, the people are very friendly. You do need a scooter or car. Near the hotel there is not much to do. The beach is nice for a walk to the nearby fishing harbour but not suitable for swimming or sunbathing. LBI has a nice swimming pool.
We went for dinner to Koram resort (Monkey bar) nearby a lot.They also have live music during the weekends which is nice.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 20, 2013

Had a really enjoyable stay last month with Bram and his excellent staff.
LBI is an oasis of comfort, peace and contentment.
Stayed in the executive rooms which were clean, large and comfortable.
Wonderful breakfast where you can pick of a large menu and served al fresco in the pretty garden by the pool.
Bram was a good host and even ferried us a couple of times to Hua Hin when he travelled there.
There are some good restaurants along the beach mostly reasonably priced.
The only sadness was the chronic state of the sandy beach which with a little tlc could have made the whole resort so much better, we did not venture in the sea as there were significant numbers of large jellyfish both in the sea and beached on the sand.
One curious note to finish -the resort closes early around 9pm and the only place to eat was an Indian restaurant-in more than 20 visits to Thailand I have never eaten Indian there even though it is one of my favourites in the UK-well the food was fantastic-wonderful King Prawn Pakora about 15obht for 6 big shrimp, great tasting and fragrant curries as well as good breads and rice-2 will eat for about 800bht with beer.

Room Tip: spend the extra on the exec rooms
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  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank brucemb
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Reviewed November 19, 2013

We stayed here last week for 7 nights with a 14 month old toddler. We were in room 11 and It was superb. The room was exceptionally clean and very spacious with a beautiful balcony. There was even a big bath in the corner of the bedroom which my little girl loved. The a la carte breakfast each morning was superb. The other food served in the hotel is also very good. Possibly the best in the area. Bram and his family were very friendly and welcoming. I can not fault this hotel. We have stayed in a lot of hotels in Thailand and Long Beach Inn is possibly the best.

As regards the location...there is not a lot to do in the surrounding area other than enjoy the beach. The beach is nothing special. The sand isn't white and the sea is a little murky. However it is very safe, quiet and very relaxing. Our little girl loved it. The hotel is located just a 2-3 minute stroll to the beach where there are a few small restaurants. The restaurants in the area are not particularly inspiring. We ate most nights in Dolphin Bay Hotel which was very near. Our little girl played was well entertained by the play area there plus the restaurant has an excellent kids menu. One day we hired bikes and another day we took a boat trip to monkey island then we were a little stuck for things to do so we just chilled on the beach most days. This is a very good place to come with small children.

Room Tip: Room 11 is very good
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  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled with family
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Address: 223/4 Moo 4 | Sam Roi Yot National Park, Hua Hin 77120, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Prachuap Khiri Khan Province > Hua Hin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #23 of 144 Hotels in Hua Hin
Price Range: $48 - $62 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Long Beach Inn 3*
Number of rooms: 11
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The resort is nestled between the majestic mountains of Kao Sam Roi Yot National Park and the unspoiled beach of Phu Noi (only 150 metres away). The tastefully decorated rooms are equipped with air conditioning and ceiling fan, mini-bar, satellite TV and en suite bathroom. The swimming pool with Jacuzzi is set in tropical gardens. Our restaurant provides an excellent a la carte breakfast, and is well known for home made Italian dishes. A golf course is available within walking distance. There are a great variety of outdoor activities. ... more   less 
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