Having been a frequent traveller to Asia over the last 15 years I generally stay in smaller hotels/B&B establishments. I usually shop around and try to find the best deal that I can as usually I'm booking rooms for between 5-10 people and I need to make sure that they enjoy there holiday as well as me.
I chose the Tatum firstly because Phil always responded to my queries in a timely manner (You have to keep it in mind that Thailand is 7 hours ahead of the UK)
Secondly because of it's location. I have previously stayed in this area but that particular Hotel/Guesthouse was more expensive) You have to remember that the days of 5* hotels for the price of a packet of cigarettes are long gone! To add further on the location I don't believe that you can get better. You have a great little restaurant just across the road. (See my other reviews) There is a 24 hour shop on the next corner that pretty much sells all your holiday essentials. You are 2 minutes from the beach and that includes a quick browse in the market stalls on the way. If you like an English Breakfast (I do after a few beers then try the 99 Baht one in the Irish Bar on the sea front. In the other direction from the hotel just before the Hard Rock Café there is a market and if you walk through it you will find about 30 smaller quieter bars which do bring some relief from Bangla Road.
Anyway, Phil sorted us out with our Limo that arrived as we left the airport with our bags. The transfer was good as was the check in. Phil explained about the hotel and we spoke to his staff. All of whom were friendly throughout. There are staff available 24 hours and the night porter always let me know who from my group was missing etc...
There were two little issues that had been resolved as soon as I mentioned them to Phil's staff and neither could have been planned for these were also resolved very quickly.
All our rooms were on the 3rd or 4th floor and were clean and large in fact mine was the smallest. One of them had a bed that looked about 8 foot wide!! Yes there is a list of dos and don'ts in the room but I would rather be forewarned than have a surprise halfway through my holiday. Not any of my party had to make any extra payments, nor were they asked to do so. Would I recommend the Tatum well I've booked another trip and a 10 night stay in November. If you want a 5* hotel then you can pay 5* prices. For me great value for money, cheerful and a good nights sleep.
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