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The Bee & B
Ranked #108 of 316 Hua Hin B&B and Inns
Reviewed January 19, 2014

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.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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7  Thank Raymond_Carver
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dragen_owner, Owner at The Bee & B, responded to this reviewResponded January 20, 2014

We appreciate sincere reviews from all our guests, but I must first clarify a few important things.

1.) What this reviewer fails to mention is the "dirty" sink/shower, rusted wand, dirty mirror, etc. was in the toilet that is exclusive to our STAFF, not the guest rooms. For some reason, this guest chose to investigate and report on the staff bathroom, which is on a different floor and completely separate from the guest quarters. Unless there was some kind of hidden agenda, I can't quite figure out why the guest would report on this toilet AND not even mention in the review that it was a staff toilet. Furthermore, the staff toilet is normally quite clean, but our sole staff member (the manager) was extremely busy for a week straight because it was the peak of high season. Nevertheless, the key point is that this was NOT a guest toilet. If the toilets are in such bad condition, why hasn't any other reviewer mentioned that?

2.) The shower area is indeed separated only by glass, which is clearly shown in photos on our website. The idea behind the design was to make it romantic for couples. However, in case people are not comfortable, there is a curtain that can be closed to provide privacy in the bathroom.

3.) The guest complains of there not being a window that opens to the outside, but this is because he chose to stay in our smallest room. Again, on our website, we make it clear that the two larger rooms have several windows AND a sliding glass door to a balcony, but the smaller rooms do not have windows (many guests who sleep in late actually prefer that).

4.) Although most of our guests really liked the loose stones with bricks for the toilet design, we have just changed (as of January 15) the design so that the loose stones are now embedded in concrete, which does indeed make it much easier to clean.

We're sorry you apparently had such an awful experience, which actually makes your experience quite unique because we have NOT received similar complaints from other guests over the past 5 years. I hope you find a much more satisfactory accommodation for your next trip to Hua Hin.

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Reviewed January 15, 2014

It was in a very high season, and I booked the last room LAST minute (literally) in agoda. Due to the system problem, the Bee & B rented out the last room to another customer on site almost the same time. Both of us did not know until I got there. But the boss in Bangkok instructed his staff to ensure me and my wife to get one room from another similar guesthouse for us. His staff spent a great effort and time making sure we can get a roof over our head. I have no doubt that the Bee & B staff there can provide an equivalently good service to their guesthouse tenants.

  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank onenightinbj2014
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Our week-long stay are the Bee and B was excellent. The host, Apple was so incredibly thoughtful, helpful and friendly. She went out of her way to accommodate our every need. The food was very good and the variety was pleasant. There was a mixup in our reservation and the management was very accommodating and resolved everything very quickly and to our liking. The rooms are very comfortable (albeit the beds are very firm) and the bathrooms made for an unusual, but fun experience. The location is quite central and made getting around a snap. We look forward to returning to the Bee and B soon. You can be certain you will enjoy it as well.

Stayed: December 2013, traveled as a couple
2  Thank Denis B
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Reviewed December 30, 2013

Guesthouse with only 4 rooms on the first floor. To find the guesthouse, look for the Grand hotel on Patchkasem Road.
Included breakfast, wifi and jacuzzi. Al the houses in the street are only with grounfloor and first floor. It gives a village feeling inside a big city. It's very quiet and only 20 minutes to walk to the city center. The rooms are very beuatifull and so do the bathroom. Only one staff person, very friendly and very helpfull. She really want to give the guests an home feeling.

  • Stayed: November 2013, traveled as a couple
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2  Thank LouenStephan
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Reviewed December 25, 2013

Thank you for a local lady's assistance, she advised me to take a motorcycle from Bus Station (from Suvarnabhumi airport to Hua Hin directly) at Soi 96 at 50Bhat (with one big luggage), it takes around 5-10 mins to be the Bee & B and I stayed in the bumblebee room for 2 nights. It is a slient but safe place, close to the grand hotel and one of the night markets.

The staff at the bee and b recommended me a driver + taxi for me, he is very nice and friendly guy.

Room Tip: It seems that all rooms are on the second floor.
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  • Stayed: December 2013, traveled solo
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3  Thank Jasminehill
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dragen_owner, Owner at The Bee & B, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

Thanks for staying with us. We're glad you enjoyed your stay and found the transportation assistance to be helpful.

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Reviewed October 21, 2013

My wife and I are not ones to typically stay at guest houses, but the glowing reviews of the Bee & B lured us right in. We found the staff to be great, and even let us check in at 8am! After our long overnight bus ride this was incredibly nice of them. We stayed in the Humble Bee Room.

Pros:
Amazing homemade breakfast in bed!
Quirky fun bathrooms
Good WiFi
Cozy Bed
Selection of DVD's
2 free beers (Singha)
Homelike atmosphere
Friendly fellow guests...we made a friend!
Centrally located for ease of getting around
Nice list of places to do and things to see in Hua Hin

Cons:
Small room
No view from the Humble Bee
Barking dogs next door whenever we came and went
Glass enclosed bathrooms could be awkward for a couple that aren't at that "no boundaries" level in their relationship. We are married...not an issues for us!

Highly recommend the Bee & B to travelers of all types. You would be silly to pass this place up for a chain hotel. If you haven't stayed in a guest house you should definitely ease your way in with a wonderful place like this.

Room Tip: Opt for the step above the Humble Bee. Eat breakfast at the guesthouse...great cooks!
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  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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dragen_owner, Owner at The Bee & B, responded to this reviewResponded December 30, 2013

Hi Christopher,

Glad you enjoyed your stay with us. We certainly aim to give the "family feeling," which is what distinguishes staying at a bed and breakfast like ours, versus a traditional hotel.

The Humble Bee room is indeed our smallest room and does not have a view, so you may want to consider staying in either the Queen Bee or Honey Bee room next time. Both rooms are MUCH larger, have balconies, teak wood bathtub, etc.

As for the barking dogs, the good news is that the neighbor with the noisy dogs has moved out. :-)

Also, to anyone reading this review, I just wanted to clarify that the glass-enclosed bathrooms do have a curtain that can be closed to provide privacy if so desired. But our rooms were designed to be romantic, so many of our guests appreciate the design.

Look forward to seeing you on your next trip to Hua Hin.

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Reviewed July 5, 2013

So this was a very different experience, We had booked a room for 2 nights but and were expecting some sort of "Hotel" like atmosphere, but what we got felt more like if a good friend gave us the keys to their beach home. We ended up staying the whole week. We had a very comfortable room, I think there are only 3-4 rooms, and the downstairs had a living room and a kitchen that was available to our disposal. There was even a small patio with a very nice Jacuzzi. It was very Private and Cozy and Homey. The breakfasts were great and when we didn't feel like eating out, we would cook dinner in the kitchen. It is located on the back of a very nice night market and about a 5-10 min walk away from the beach. If you want a place where it really does feel like your home try out the Bee & B.

  • Stayed: May 2013, traveled as a couple
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5  Thank Alberto D
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Additional Information about The Bee & B

Address: 226/32 Petchkasem Road | (behind the Grand Hotel), Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Prachuap Khiri Khan Province > Hua Hin
Amenities:
Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Room Service Spa
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Ranked #108 of 316 B&Bs / Inns in Hua Hin
Price Range: $42 - $57 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 4
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
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 

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