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The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only )
Ranked #4 of 85 Hotels in Ko Lanta
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed February 5, 2013

The Houben is an architects dream. It takes your breath away once you reach the front, the hotel with it's fabulous views wow!.The sunsets really are amazing. Shorna Houben is a little workaholic & does an amazing job of keeping all the staff in order. Breakfast was lovely, my ham & cheese omelette was the lightest & fluffiest ever, the guests were friendly & all chatted at breakfast. Kantiang Bay is so quiet & peaceful, we loved the area. It is only a 10min walk to the beach or 2 mins in a scooter.There are good restaurants in walking distance & a five star hotel with all its large restaurants etc near by if you like that sort of thing but, if you like a small hotel, all with fantastic rooms & great balconies overlooking the sea, good food cooked to order, watch the odd family of monkeys pass by, chill on a happy hour cocktail, maybe chat to Walter Houben with his dry sense of humour & laze your days away in beautiful Koh Lanta at the Houben.

Room Tip: We stayed on the top floor so had fab full sea views but all the rooms have a view
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2013

Dear Taylortowers ,

We have always known our staff to be our best asset and I am glad you had the oppurtunity to enjoy their hospitality. I will be sure to share this with all of them and thank them for a job well done.
We all look forward to having you back with us in the not so distant future. Please let us know how we may assist with your trip back to Koh Lanta . Well noted that it was fun to talk with you too .

Warm Regards,
Walter Houben

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Reviewed February 3, 2013

My wife and I traveling to Thailand in November and this was our first hotel on the trip. I would recommend it to anyone traveling to Ko Lanta. The rooms are very clean and the staff is fantastic. They had a salt water pool that was very fun to relax in and they have an on-site restaurant that serves delicious food. It was the perfect balance of boutique hotel and if didn't lack any amenity we wanted. And the views of the sunsets from our room was absolutely breathtaking.

Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2013

Dear Judson_Robertson ,

Thank you for posting such a wonderful review of The Houben Hotel , Koh Lanta . We were so happy to learn that your stay was amazing and that the salted water pool were able to enhance your experience with us . Please let us know if your plans bring you back to Koh lanta so we can assist with any of the arrangements you may require.

Warm Regards,
Walter Houben

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Reviewed January 30, 2013

We really enjoyed our short stay at the Houben. The rooms are very minimalist and chic and the private jacuzzi was fantastic! The pool is beautiful and great for proper swimming. Another big thumbs up was the breakfast which was delicious and with lots of choice! We have travelled a lot in Asia and this has to be the best we've encountered. The staff were very friendly and offered a personalised service, upholding their boutique feel. We would have rated the hotel 5 stars were it not for a couple of niggles - firstly, I thought I had booked a sea-view room but when we got there we actually had a ground floor room. This wasn't such a big deal, but I had been looking forward to the lovely view. We did in fact enjoy the direct pool access, but make sure you know which floor you're on, or request this, if it's important to you. Secondly, the air conditioning unit was really noisy - this problem was rectified to a degree by the very helpful manager, however longer term, I think this needs to be addressed as it stopped us sleeping. However, we were given a wonderful complimentary massage to compensate for this. On a separate note, the restaurant round the corner, The Drunken Sailor, was fantastic and the best we went to on our trip - we visited twice, it was that good!

Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this reviewResponded February 21, 2013

Dear lovetravelling71,

Thank you very much for taking the time to give us your great feedback, Im so glad to hear that you enjoyed our well prepared quality breakfast . Well noted with appreciate that we keep trying to fix the noise of the air condition to comfort our customer sleep .We are looking forward to having you back in the sooner, please let us know how we may assist with your next trip to Koh Lanta .

Warm Regards,

Walter Houben

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

We stayed at The Houben for four fabulous nights. We were immediately impressed in how friendly and accommodating the staff was. They are quick to bring a drink and provide helpful information about the island, but also know when to leave you alone. The hotel design is chic, modern, intimate, and cool, and is perched on a cliff with breathtaking views facing west on the Andaman Sea. We really appreciated the fact that it wasn't on the public beach but just a 5 minute walk away. We stayed in one of 2 suites available with unobstructed views of the sea, which provided memorable sunsets. The food is delicious with a variety of dishes to chose from. The breakfast is included and offers a wide range of breakfast eats. The Houben is on the south part of the island not far from the National Marine Park, which we highly recommend visiting. Just a stone's throw from the hotel is the Drunken Sailor, a restaurant which is a must. We were so happy with our stay at the Houben in Koh Lanta, that we will definitely return many times. Thank you Shana, Yindi, Bon, and the rest of the staff. See you soon! Doug and Pauline

Room Tip: If you want privacy, book a suite or third floor room.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Dear PaulineMEVE ,

Thank you very much for your kind review. I will be sure to share it with the our team . Our Houben team take great pride in delivering great service and we are proud to hear that we were able to do do for your most recent stay with us. We look forward to having you back with us and please us know if we may assist with your next trip to Koh Lanta .

Warm Regards,
Walter Houben

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Reviewed January 24, 2013 via mobile

Stayed here for 6 nights in January, and were really pleased. A small family run hotel, they were extremely friendly and helpful. Shawna was lovely and worked extremely hard long days but always had a smile on her face and would make jokes with you. Lovely sea views and sunsets from every room, we were on the top floor which is more private than the ground floor rooms. A few points...
It is literally a 5 min walk to a lovely quiet beach
Hire a scooter (only about £6 a day bargain) and you can cover the whole island, head south to the national park and stop at deserted beaches on the way.
Breakfast is very nice with plenty of choice (my husband got excited about it every day!)
All the staff are extremely friendly and helpful.
We ate in the hotel restaurant which was lovely but also ate outside of hotel, our favourites were Alma (first one you come to out of hotel) very cheap and very good, and the drunken sailor which has a chilled out atmosphere
This is in a nice quiet area of koh lanta don't expect partying, everywhere closes by about 10 at night but perfect for a relaxing stay on a beautiful Thai island, we would definitely go back!

Thanks for a great stay the Houbens!
Nicole & Chris

  • Stayed: January 2013
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Dear nicoleo ,

Thank you for posting such a wonderful review of The Houben Hotel , Koh Lanta Thailand . We were so happy to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us. Please let us know if your plans bring you back to Koh Lanta so we can be of service again. Also Thank you for the nice review to our neighborhood .

Warm regards,
Walter Houben

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

A wonderful experience at The Houben. Fantastic views, chic rooms and wonderful service. The top floor room with spa was stunning. Food and drinks were well priced and the staff were helpful and unobtrusive. A few days in heaven. Thank you!!!

Room Tip: A top floor room with spa, over the Red Alert restaurant is superb.
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  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2013

Dear Timark69,

Thank you so much for the wonderful review. The Houben Hotel strives on providing a memorable experience for our guests each and every time. Please let us know if you plan on returning to Koh Lanta, as we would welcome you to stay with us once again with our loyalty programme.

Warm Regards,
Walter Houben

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Reviewed January 14, 2013

This hotel is beautiful. The sunsets are AMAZING, we absolutely loved the pool. The location is quiet and peaceful. There are a few restaurants and a 7-Eleven close by. The Drunken Sailor was a great restaurant, it's a very laid-back vibe with hammocks for seats! We loved our room except that half of the view was of a roof. I was very disappointed about this as I thought all of the rooms were 100% ocean view. I also asked for a top floor room (definitely recommend top floor) but got a 2nd floor room. I would also recommend a room above the restaurant as they have the best views. The room was awesome and we really liked it a lot. The bed was comfortable. The jacuzzi was nice (except it had a view of the roof in front of us as well). The restaurant was great. I loved the bath products, I even bought some! The owner's daughter was so helpful and nice! I would stay here again but only if I had a top floor room above the restaurant. Also, we went for our anniversary and they decorated our room beautifully, that was really nice!

Room Tip: Top floor room above the restaurant have the best views. Only stay at the bottom floor if you want t...
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  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this reviewResponded January 31, 2013

Dear Enfermera82 ,

Thank you very much for sharing your valuable feedback from your most recent visit with us. I was glad to hear that you enjoyed the room provided (i.e. bed and etc. ) and the food at the restaurant , the organic soap and shampoo products . Sorry that we couldn't provide the top floor room as requested. Please let us know how we may be of assistance for your next stay with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the not so distant future, the requested is confirmed right now.

Warm Regards,
Walter Houben

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Address: 272 Moo 5 | Ba KanTieng Bay, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
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Location: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Spa Hotel in Ko Lanta
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ko Lanta
#7 Romantic Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range: $70 - $301 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:4 star — The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ) 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the hilltop of Kantiang Bay, Ko Lanta. Isolated from the crowds and villages , only 5 minutes walk down to the local shops. Overlooking at the great sunset view of Andaman Sea.The spacious rooms with comfortable bed, well-equipped with free WI-FI internet connection by cable access .The Houben affords the modern contemporary decoration. Outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi where you can view the tranquil ocean and listening to the serene sound of waves crashing along the shore. ... more   less 
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