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The Englishman's Retreat Guesthouse & Resort
Ranked #39 of 91 Udon Thani B&B and Inns
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“A great value and great place to stay”
Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

I had the greatest pleasure in returning to the Englishmans retreat for my third visit,still a fantastic place to stay,great staff and really good value for money,just far enough away from the hustle and bustle of the main town,but near enough to access everything easily,anyone who is going to visit UDON THANI give it a go and you will not regret it,thanks to Glyn and staff for making my stay so great

  • Stayed September 2012
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Phoenix
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Reviewed September 3, 2012

I want to start by saying everything about the place was great.The only thing i could think that someone could complain about is the distance from the traffic.(but it's a retreat). The breakfast was excellent . The only issue i had was from finishing my business early not their fault completely mine. But when i gave notice to Glyn's wife i would be leaving early ( i thought there would be no harm in asking for a refund)Well she got really short with me when i tried to explain my reasoning.I arranged to speak with Glyn later on .He came to my room I explained my situation and told him that i fully understood that it was my problem not theirs. WELL Glynn gave me a refund and a voucher for time i had left. That's a great manager.I would not have felt bad if he did not give me a refund .HIS policy states NO REFUND. NOW don't expect to go and get a refund.I don't want to put him on the spot . BUT i think he went well above what had to be done. The staff while i was there were great. The other residents that were there were great . Now i don't know if i will get back to that side of town but if was i would definitely stay again .IT is a super bargain. THANKS GLYN James vineyard

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled on business
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Crowsnest Pass, Canada
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Reviewed June 20, 2012

This Guesthouse is owned by a young/middle age couple (Glyn and Onuma) with a two Children, the oldest in school. As shown from Glyn's photos, there is a 3 lane lap pool that is kept in near immaculate condition. I have stayed here twice, once about 18 months ago, the past time for the first 3 weeks in March 2012. On both occasions, my room was in good/very good conditon. The staff clean my room and changes towels daily, with changing the linen every week at minimum. There is a sign in the room indicating that you are to "just ask" and they are willing to change the bedding as often as you wish.
Glyn keeps himself busy with any maintainence that needs to be done, or constantly doing up-grades to the complex - such as having concrete poured for vehicle parking. Constructing a patio area for one of the rental apartments. Onuma is in charge of renting rooms, supervision of staff that does the cleaning, bartending, or the small kitchen/resturant that is on site. On both of my stays at The Retreat, I always had good quality food with fair portions, and pleasant servers.
They have a couple of small scooters for rent to tenants, the costs at a fraction of the cost that a rental agency would charge.
Glyn and Onuma make themselves available to pratons to answer any questions that they may have, or, offer assistance/guidence if asked.

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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chaing mai
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Reviewed April 17, 2012

i think the popularity of the englishmans retreat is culturally and personality based.  a few places we have been to, on our travels, were like that.  its basically what i would describe as a 'blokey' place, lots of falang guys with thai partners.  the onsite restuarant menu reflects that too.  meaty western stuff for the men and thai food for the ladies.  so, obviously, if you are a thai/farang couple, this really is the place for you.  you will meet plenty of like souls to connect with and have a fine time. i suppose you could call it a niche market.  

if you like to utilize tuk tuks as a means of getting around, are on a budget and enjoy eating 40 baht noodle soup from street stalls, crepes and fried bananas, you are basically stymied.  there is no way out for that kind of lifestyle and you are required to pay upfront for duration of stated stay, plus 1000 baht bond.  so once you walk into the place and pay your dues you are committed and, unless you want to forfeit your upfront payment, there is no way out.  

even if you should manage to escape to the nearest 7/11, approx 2km down the road, or into town a 150+ baht round trip p/p, or to the lake 2.5km away to buy some cheaper supplies, you wont be allowed to put them in your fridge, because the fridge is for mini bar purchases only, its  filled to capacity and you are not allowed to remove anything to make room for your stuff.   you cant leave your purchases on or around the fridge, or anywhere else in the room, because the ants will get at it.  

i think glen and ornuma parry, the owners, who are quite young, have made a huge achievement in establishing this place, and it is clear that the people who frequent it are a thight knit group. a group that my husband and i, middle aged vegetarian falang on a tight travel budget,  can never hope to to belong to.  but it was an interesting cross-cultural experience and i wish glen and ornuma and their devoted patrons the best of british luck!

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Ornuma, Owner at The Englishman's Retreat Guesthouse & Resort, responded to this review, April 18, 2012
Hi guys, thank you so much for your review, we tried our best with the vegetarian food, I hope it wasn't to disappointing, but you are right we don't have much call for such speciality food and I understand your predicament. In the internet era there really is no need to reserve a hotel/guesthouse unsuitable for your needs as every advertisement is accompanied by a true scale map and lots of information about the surrounding areas. I'm afraid if you make a reservation that reservation has to be honoured, as you know while you were here all our AC rooms were full and we have been turning away business for most of April. For future travellers if you turn right out of The Retreat there are 3 or 4 little shops selling most food snacks and other essentials all within 100m. But turning left (the main route) there is nothing for 350m, and the Tesco Express & 7Eleven are a further kilometre down the main road. Anyway it was a pleasure to meet both of you and I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip around Thailand.
Glyn
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chiang mai
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Reviewed April 16, 2012

i was collected from the airport for free the guest house was clean the staff friendly 400 baht with air con small pool a walkin closet that locks for a guest house it is first class some peopl pay 400 / 500baht and expect a 5 star hotel i will be going back and i my wife and i may make it our home i did find one thing i did not like, frozen chips.

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  • Stayed April 2012, traveled with family
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Ornuma, Owner at The Englishman's Retreat Guesthouse & Resort, responded to this review, April 17, 2012
Thanks Derek for your kind words, for future guests and your next visit, if you ask the staff for fresh chips they will do them, we nearly always have enough potatoes, we only use frozen for convenience, but fresh is not a problem, Glyn is the same as you, prefer real potato.

See you soon
Ornuma
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 5, 2012

The Englishman's Retreat is a cold, stark establishment which lacks character. Although It has a pool and gym, the manager sees fit to ban their use should anyone violating even the simplist of his rules. The common area has little to offer in comfort...a few cheap folding chairs near the pool and hardly a place to walk around, Private parties can last well into the night, and it can become very noisy as the billiard table and pool are very close to the rooms. The hotel is located near a Thai military base, and you will hear all the associated sounds that come with that, as well as uniformed soldiers within the grounds of the hotel. Several children reside at the hotel and use the pool frequently...creating more noise. The hotel is far from the Night Bazaar and there is virtually nothing to do in close proximity. I would say this hotel is definitely overpriced and undermanaged. Not a friendly place at all, owner seems nervous and hostile.

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled solo
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Ornuma, Owner at The Englishman's Retreat Guesthouse & Resort, responded to this review, April 11, 2012
Although this review relates to The Retreat, the man in question never stayed here and therefore has no right to comment on my rooms' value, cleanliness or sleep quality. The man is very bitter because he was asked not to holler in the bar, he continued to holler at the top of his voice until he was eventually (but politely asked to leave) he then got aggressive and abusive so he was told never to return even to use the pool or fitness centre (as he lived next door he had until this time been given access to the facilities) what private parties go on next door to The Retreat is not really something I have control over, however they are far and few between, in fact the party he refers to is the only one I can ever remember as most parties actually take place at The Retreat. His moaning about pool balls banging is his attempt at comparing the noise he was making, the balls cannot be heard in the rooms (he has no experience of this), but balls banging is a necessary noise, hollering at the top of your voice is not necessary, my staff do not speak good English and loud shouting of this nature is always interpreted as aggressive. I was in my apartment at the time and actually thought there was a fight/argument taking place, although when I arrived I could see his intentions were not aggressive I could still not allow him to continue, my apartment is further away than my guest rooms so how might my other guests have thought of the noise, my objective is to protect all my guests not just please one by allowing him to be as boisterous as he likes because he's putting money behind my bar, that may wash in other parts of Thailand but not at The Retreat.. We are resident bar in a small confined space, and people should behave accordingly. As for our location we are a retreat, we have everything you need on site, we're suppose to be hidden away otherwise it wouldn't be much of a retreat, however the best bars and restaurants are all within 2-3kms and there are more and more small bars opening closer all the time. There are a few Ma & Pa shops within 100m and 2 coffee shops at 300m, BB villa is a stones-throw away with a nice bar and restaurant, and of course there are the fishing parks and golf course just 5mins by bike/car.

Regards
Glyn
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Reviewed March 30, 2012

well another visit to THE ENGLISHMANS RETREAT and yet another big smile on my face.A very clean ,tidy place with great staff,nice pool and a good restaurant.The owner Glyn is making improvements and all looks good.A very great place,and really good value for money,thanks to everyone there especially the staff,A very secure looking place,I would still be willing to pay extra for a room safe personaly,a really great place to stay

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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
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Property: The Englishman's Retreat Guesthouse & Resort
Address: Pansam Road | Nong Sam Rong, Udon Thani 41000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Udon Thani Province > Udon Thani
Amenities:
Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #39 of 91 B&Bs / Inns in Udon Thani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 9
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
A family run resort, on the outskirts of the city, a few kilometers from the shopping complex. The resort is centered around a 15 meter pool, there is a well equipped fitness center on site and a poolside bar and restaurant. All rooms are en-suite, with cable TV and well stocked mini-bar. Other services: Free airport shuttle, Laundry, Car/motorcycle hire ... more   less 

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