A couple of friends and I stayed for 5 nights over the Full Moon Party period and before we arrived we were all really wary after having read all the bad reviews about the bad/rude staff. But I'm not sure where all these reviews are coming from! because for the entire time we were there for, they were friendly to us, chatting to us when we were sitting by the tables/pool and gave a reasonably good service (can sometimes be a bit slow with food orders). The food was average but really cheap which was a nice change as we were in Koh Samui before and food was quite pricey where we were staying.
Before we settled into our rooms, we had an inventory check with one of the staff members to make sure everything worked as it should and that nothing is broken/missing. The rooms themselves were good, beds were comfy and the bathroom was basic but functional. We had to book the rooms with aircon as the 'just fan' rooms were already booked up; the aircon worked as it should.
Another plus is that the hostel is right on Haad Rin Nai beach and a short 10-15 minute walk to the 'main' Haad Rin Nok beach. I had no problems with the pool as it was clean, even the morning after a pool party.
As it was low season when we were there, the first 2 nights, the pool parties were ok but were lacking in numbers. The night before the Full Moon Party was a lot busy and we had a better night out compared to the previous nights. The hostel had arranged free transport to get to the Full Moon Party which was convenient.
There wasn't any secure place inside the rooms to keep valuables (they had safes behind the reception desk for a cost), however the staff shouldn't have any reason to go into your room because if you wanted anything cleaned/changed then you take it down to reception yourself, thus we didn't feel the need to use the safe behind reception and nothing of ours got stolen.
Expensive wi-fi which hardly worked most of the time (better to pay the extra and use the internet room by reception). We also had to get our own toilet paper which we knew about before arriving. Yes it should have been included but wasn't so much of a big deal for us as there is a 7/11 store about 5 minutes walk away.
Everywhere around the hostel had signs letting you know of the extortionate fines if you were to break/lose anything or if you went into the pool out of hours. Thankfully we didn't break anything! Just be careful/don't be idiotic and you won't have to worry about the stupidly high fines.
Finally, we had to book 5 consecutive nights as a minimum. Not sure if that's what they normally do or if it's because of Full Moon Party but along with the rooms being quite pricey already meant we had to pay 7500THB for 2 people.
In summary, a few minor niggles but it didn't really detract from an overall good experience with friendly staff (despite most of the reviews saying otherwise!), ok cheap food, good pool parties and great location for the beach/Full Moon Party!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Coral bungalows is ideally placed between peace and party. A 5-10 minutes walk will take you into centre of Haad Rin and the Full Moon party beach of Haad Rin Nok. A 5 minutes walk in the opposite direction will take you into an area of secluded beach and sea. Over recent years Coral Bungalows has grown in reputation as well as size. But still offer a very warm welcome to new customers. We also pride ourselves on the many regular customers and friends who have returned to us over the years and given us great memories. The things that make us difference is, we like to get know our customers and provide a personal touch to their stay in Koh Pha Ngan. At Coral we believe that friendly staff, affordable prices, good facilities and a great atmosphere has made your holiday at Coral Bungalows the unforgettable experience. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koh Phangan Coral Bungalows Haadrin Nai Hotel Koh Phangan