We really had a TERRIBLE experience and I encourage all of you to read the following lines and NOT to stay at this hotel for any reason.
First of all, the small bungalow is definitely not worth the 1200 bath we paid. For this money you get a small, dirty and basic bungalow, no A/C, and you sleep with insects and geckos. Breakfast is NOT included.
During our trip all over Thailand, in high season, we paid maximum 600 Bath for a room with these characteristics. It’s a rip-off.
Moreover, the owners of this place have created a perfect machine to suck the money of the people that don't know much of Thai transport. Here is what happened to us:
We needed to stay in a place close to the airport, so we picked this accommodation. When we checked-in we asked if it was possible to book us a taxi/tuktuk to go to the airport the morning after.
They said that a taxi would have cost us 150 baht. Considering Thai fares and the fact that Garden Cottage is 2km from the airport, this price is at least 3 times the price you would get with a normal taxi. Just to make you understanding we arrived from Phuket (40 km away) on a taxi for 600 baht.
Considering the above we asked if it was possible to have a tuk tuk collecting us or if it was possible to have at least a taxi with a taximeter: answer was “there are no tuk tuk here and taximeter exist only in Bangkok”. Of course we knew this was not true, we tried to insist but there was no room for negotiation.
They just said that it wasn't possible so we were obliged to choose that option.
We woke up early to get on this very expensive taxi and I couldn't believe at my eyes. It wasn't a proper taxi, was the owner that was going to drive us to the airport with her car and of course take the 150 bath in her pocket.
When we explained we didn’t think this was fair, she started to argue and finally parked the car and told us to walk away. Which, of course, we did.
This was the only time I’ve been treated like this by a hotel owner.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Garden Cottage is a unique little resort, hidden away in peaceful location. It consists of 17 bungalows in tropical garden with a hugh of number of tropical plants and flowers. It’s just perfect place for enjoyable and relaxing. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Garden Cottage Phuket, Thailand