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The Houben Hotel
Ranked #4 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
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Sydney, Australia
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“Highlight of our trip!”
Reviewed January 30, 2014 via mobile

Thanks to the Houben team esp Sharna for making our stay so memorable despite the initial hiccup with bookings. You guys went beyond our expectations to ensure we enjoyed the Houben experience! The silver lining was we got to sample all the different rooms on offer - you certainly won't be disappointed with the mod coms and view in each room, the boutique feel and serenity! But the best was of course the suite with its private verandah and jacuzzi to enjoy every moment of the sunset with a sundowner! There are activities to suit everyone - from relaxing by the pool, custom made cooking class to exploring the island on a moped! The location was convenient for beach spotting, try local Thai dishes (Phad Thai Rock n Roll is 5 mins walk away) or a relaxing massage (just ask for someone experienced).

  • Stayed January 2014
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel, responded to this review, February 3, 2014
Dear OverTheRainb0w2011 ,

Thanks you too for the kind sharing your experience at The Houben on Trip Advisor. It was great reading about how much you enjoyed the Houben service and our sunset . Thank you for your kind address to our neighbor , i will never forget to let them know. Please allow us look after your returning to Koh Lanta next time , you are the most welcome to The Houben HOtel .

Warm Regards,
Walter Houben
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Singapore, Singapore
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

Just back from 3 nights at The Houben and really left there very reluctantly. Stayed at the privilege suite and it was beautiful, private, cosy, romantic and .... well simply put it's super fantastic! Beautiful view of the Andaman Sea and the sunset just sitting on the patio of the suite. It just put you totally in a relaxing, romantic mood.
The room is very nicely furnished and decorated and the bed is one of the best we have ever slept on. Nothing like a good night's sleep.
If you are in a an adventuring mood, just rent a motorbike from them and explore the whole island. You can never get lost there. Or do a day trip to Koh Rok or the 4 islands or Koh Phi Phi.
We had a meal there having a steamed fish and red curry. They are very tasty and delicious. Price wise, I'd say well worth the money spent for quality food compared to other places in Koh Lanta which are cheaper but not that tasty.
Service and hospitality is impeccable at The Houben.
Accolades to Shana and staff t who provides small touches and went the extra miles to cater to our requests and needs making our stay memorable and pampered.
In my reservation mail, I indicated if they could leave a nice little card to wish my wife 25th wedding anniversary. On our first night there, to my wife's pleasant surprise, Shana prepared our room with nice flowers and candles. On top of that she prepared a playlist of lovely romantic songs. Lovely!
What can we say except Thanks Shana and team!
Keep up the great work!
If you ever plan to go to Koh Lanta for a vacation, The Houben is a must!

Lee

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed January 28, 2014

We stayed at The Houben for four nights and had a fantastic stay there. It is a perfect destination to relax and to get away from it all. The staff is excellent, the front desk is very helpful when it comes to booking activities/transportation and the breakfast is delicious. The price-quality ratio is very good as well, so we definitely recommend this hotel!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Antwerp, Belgium
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

We came back to the Houben and it's still the best you can find in Koh Lanta.

Great room with a superb sea view, no shouting kids around and a 100% relax vacation.

From the 9 days we were there we just ate one's at the beach and one's in the street down The Houben. We always ate in the Redalert the restaurant of the Houben.

Green curry, the snapper in lemon sauce, prawns in all different ways of preparing. Just TOP.

At 5 minutes from The Houben my wife went diving and had a great time.

Shana, See you next year.

Chris and Bea

Room Tip: all rooms are beautiful and great
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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New York, NY
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Reviewed January 26, 2014

This is a very nice hotel, and has some amazing views (I included a pic). Very modern hotel with friendly staff. I loved Kantiang Bay area, with so many good restaurants nearby (Pad Thai Rock n Roll, Kantiang Restaurant) and a 7-11 ;as well to pick up some essentials. The only negative is that the beach is like a 10 min walk away from the hotel (its a few minutes past the 7-11). We rented a scooter for a day for 350 BHT, you can get a cheaper rental from the place across the street, but it was convenient just to do it from the hotel. Btw, Same Same but Different is too far to walk, so you need a scooter to get there, I would highly recommend a scooter for at least one day because cabs arent as frequent down here. Went on a day trip to Ko Rok (1700 BHT per person) and it was awesome, best snorkeling ever. Oh, and try to avoid the rooms on the first floor, our deluxe room was on the first floor and it had a very obstructed view.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Naas, Ireland
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Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at the Houben as part of our Honeymoon in December. From the moment we were picked up to when we left we experienced the best in hospitality. The Houben is a stunning resort; great architecture, fusing contemporary European minimalism and Thai culture and landscape, situated overlooking a beautiful cove.

Our room was incredible. It was located on the third and top floor, with a sea view, which allowed us to view a wonderful sunset every evening. The staff had organised a beautiful honeymoon floral and towel art spread with romantic music in the background. Our room also had a complementary coffee machine, gigantic comfy bed and a hot tub. The range of complementary handmade shampoo and lotion was another nice touch. The pool was a great place to relax too.

We ate at the Red Alert every night, the on site restaurant. Prices were more expensive than other local places, but the food, ambience and service kept us coming back every night. A special mention has to be made for Shana, who was always friendly and helpful throughout our stay.

I recommend the Houben for a romantic getaway or as a place to relax and unwind in calm and beautiful surroundings. I love Ko Lanta and especially Ao Kantiang, and I recommend people get there now before massive development takes place around the village there.

Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed January 17, 2014

The Houben is a strikingly beautiful property, modern design on a clifftop in Koh Lanta with a layout that makes for incredible sunset viewing. Truly a unique space, with excellent tabeaux from all angles. However, when we were there, the place seemed understaffed and there were several problems which one would not expect from a place this expensive (around US$300/night, booked directly after pricing out online.) The hotel's owner, Walter Houben, has responded to previous Tripadvisor complaints about the sound of the air conditioning and the light through the white curtains, assuring others that these problems would be remedied, and they were not as of Jan 10, 2014. My wife had trouble sleeping with the locomotive-style AC and by 8 am the room was bright as day despite the curtains. Furthermore, our DVD player wasn't working and it took the staff an hour to fix it. The next day, we'd booked mountain bikes, as we wanted to explore the island. They were broken, sent out to be fixed, and not ready until 4 pm. (And even then, not really fixed -- brake pads made contact with rear tire making hills impossible.) Shanna, the owner's daughter, works incredibly hard, but she's running around doing almost everything, and the wait at dinner is interminable. Still, I give the Houben 4 stars because it's a romantic, beautiful place, and the management went out of their way to make up for the deficiencies of the first day.

Room Tip: Air conditioner is loudest on the first floor.
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  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel, responded to this review, January 25, 2014
Dear sethdirect,

Thank you for your comments and apologies for the dissatisfactory caused during your stay at the Houben. We do understand your complaint regards the AC's noises and light through the white curtains as well as the broken mountain bikes and do apologize for the inconvenience caused.
We have tried to ensure that our facilities are well maintained for our guests, but there maybe times that we were not aware of the damage occurred especially during the high season (eg. DVD Player, Broken Bikes) where the turnaround of the rooms are very rapid. But we are doing our best to making sure our guests are well accommodated by our service.
The Houben will certainly ensure that your next stay with us will be well served.
Again we apologize for any inconvenient caused and hope that our complimentary as our sincere apologies was acceptable.
We hope to see you again at the Houben.
Warm Regards,
Walter Houben
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Property: The Houben Hotel
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 Luxury Hotel in Ko Lanta
#3 Spa Hotel in Ko Lanta
#7 Romantic Hotel in Ko Lanta
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Hotel Class:4 star — The Houben Hotel 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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