I arrived by taxi from Bangkok, and even with directions in Thai to the Thai and English speaking driver I had hired, it took him three phone calls and as many u-turns to actually find the place, which is tucked away in the sticks in a not-worth-mentioning residential locale. I arrived late morning and was allowed to check in right away. The downstairs is the living quarters for the family, and upon entering there was a foul smell in the air, from the sewage in the street as well as something stale, an odour from the kitchen, & ashtrays full of cigarette butts. Also junk strewn all over the place, filling me with a sense of foreboding. The room: large flatscreen and DVD player, an awkward wardrobe with no hangars and no shelves. The toilet is basically in the bedroom with a glass divider and curtain that do not reach the ceiling. You are essentially going to the toilet right next to the bed. The problem is, there is one (dirty) window in the room, that doesn't open with a view of a wall next to which they have hung some plastic flowers as a decorative gesture, but this just makes it more depressing. Major issues: sink full of grime & hair, floor in "bathroom" of stone tile surrounded by small stones which is aesthetically pleasing but also impossible to clean. Hair and soap scum abound. Mirror smudged and dirty. Wand in shower rusted and broken. Toilet seat broken completely off. The bed is comfortable, and the bed linens seem of good quality, but again - hair! I found hair in the bed. The room was sprayed down with a heavy enough dose of some chemical air freshener that the pillows on the bed were damp with it making it difficult to breathe, esp. in a room w/ no ventilation. I spoke to the owner & offered to pay for one night and to my great delight, the owner saw the sense of not keeping an unhappy guest hostage.
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- If you're tired of boring, impersonal, overpriced hotels, you will surely fall in love with our luxury amenities, plush rooms, and personal service -- all at a "no-nonsense" price! Relaxing, heated garden jacuzzi, free wi-fi internet, personal LCD TV with DVD player, teak wood furniture and bathtub, Sealy Posturepedic beds with soft 300 thread-count sheets, deluxe en-suite toilets with "rain" shower heads, room darkening curtains, romantic mood lighting in rooms, airport pickup, gourmet breakfasts, and a great location close to the beach and center of town! ... more less