We took the "comfort" fan room, which we got for 800 baht a night (no breakfast) since we were diving with the Asia Divers (100 Baht/night discount). The comfort room is on the third floor of a building a little set away from the street, which can be noisy, so it was a fairly quiet. We checked out the cheaper fan room (600/night), which were quiet close to the street, on the main floor, and older and went with the comfort room for the slightly higher price. The beds are very firm and the pillows are hard as rock (they are actually made of a firm plastic), but the bed was quite large and the room was cleaned every day. The fan rooms do not include hot water, but the cold shower wasn't too bad. You should note that we chose the fan room because we were on the island during the relatively cooler period, but there are rooms with A/C and hot water for around 1200/night. We found the fan adequate day and night, but we were lucky we had an extra flat sheet and pillows which we brought with us.
Two small bottles of water are provided a day, and the television is limited, but there are channels in English (lots of movies and Discovery channel). The balcony is fairly spacious.
Wifi was touch and go in the room, but it worked relatively well in reception.
We didn't have the food at the hotel, but there are plenty of economical options just outside of the hotel. Try the little bakery just right when you exit the hotel and on the left side of the street - the sausage rolls, pasties and sandwiches are out of this world. The Orange shop has a little food stall where you can get a hearty pad Thai, stirfry with rice and a few other dishes for 40-50 baht.
There is a nice pool, but we didn't use it. The bar is good and economical and full of friendly divers!
The staff at the hotel are not friendly at all, just as the reviews said; in fact, they seem to make an effort to make clients uncomfortable and unwelcome. However, the people at the dive shop made up for this: everyone at Asia Divers was friendly, funny and warm and I would dive with them again anytime.
Ask for room 47, which is the furthest down the hall so you don't have neighbours on one side and more of a breeze, and it is not facing the street so the room is quieter. The only wild card will be neighbours - if you have noisy neighbours (we did the first night), earplugs will be a great help.
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- Also Known As:
- Asia Divers Hotel Koh Tao