I've given this hotel two stars. The first one is for the location, which is away from the noisy bars and the other for the view, which is absolutely stunning.
Sadly, I am echoing what a lot of others have already written about Bay View. Having read the negative press before booking, I was aware of what I was getting myself in for, however over the Easter weekend, we were not spoilt for choice so we sucked it up and booked anyway.
You enter the hotel via long boat, which I think is quite cool. Upon arrival at the resort, we were greeted by utter chaos at reception and a hotel that looked absolutely nothing like the pictures on the internet.
After getting off the boat, we hauled ourselves up the beach to reception to explain we were checking in. None of the check in staff spoken English and despite being told our room would be ready in 30 minutes, we were left waiting and waiting without any update or communication. When we asked about the room and when it would be available, we were just grunted at while the reception staff continued to answer the phones and shout at each other. There was a lot of shouting going on - at guests as well.
We had to "choose" the room first, being lead up and down the many hills in the searing heat. We chose the cleanest one that was closest to the reception. I would suggest anyone reading this does the same.
The room looked clean but upon further inspection, it was not. The toilet gave off the most awful stench and as others have written, if you want hot water, you need to keep the air con on around 30 mins at 18 degrees. The sheets were also embedded with sand.
The pool area is OK but the water is filthy and warm like a bath but I suspect you'll get this anywhere on Phi Phi. The shock is that the pictures on the net make it look like the pool overlooks the ocean. It does not, it looks over some bungalows and a few bins.
We were only here for one night and I was glad of it.
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- Also Known As:
- Phi Phi Bayview Hotel Ko Phi Phi Don
- Bay View Hotel