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Goodtime Beach Hostel
Ranked #12 of 79 Koh Tao B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 20, 2013

I was looking for somewhere relaxed and quiet for a few days and I found it. This place is a little bit down from the main village (bout 10 minute walk) but there's still plenty of restaurants and bars around. Stayed in the hostel dorm which was roomy, beds were comfy and room was cleaned every day. Only thing I didn't really like as a solo traveller was the fact there was no common area but it was still ok. The wifi connection went from weak to non existent but there's several places around to get signal from!

Stayed: October 2013, traveled solo
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Nicki180, Manager at Goodtime Beach Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded December 4, 2013

Sorry I must have missed this review so late response, but Thank you for your comments!
However since your stay we have had 2 more Wifi modems put upstairs in the Hotel/Hostel and now have a very good fast connection that works well in all our accommodation :)
With regards to a common room, we have no free area space upstairs with the accommodation but in November we have now started using the Cafe/Bar area for a common area. All residents staying at The Goodtime Beach Hotel receive 10% off all food and drinks and a large T.V has beed installed to play movies etc.
Hopefully you will visit us again and enjoy the improvements!!

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Reviewed October 14, 2013

We stayed in an ocean view private double room. The room was spacious and well appointed with a wonderful view of the ocean. The bed was comfortable and there was plenty of hot water. We were diving with GTA which made our stay so convenient. I would highly recommend this hotel.

  • Stayed: October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Nicki180, Manager at Goodtime Beach Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2013

Thank you so much for your great review and thank you for being great guests, it was a pleasure to have you here!
The location and view is great and its even better for taking courses and diving with us, straight from your bed to breakfast to the water - easy. Goodtimes :)
Hope to see you back here again soon....

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Reviewed September 6, 2013 via mobile

The location was good but the front desk girl was not able to be on the place she was. Since we arrived there she treat us really bad and the service was not expected. Be careful cause we put all the towels on the bed and when we did the check out she said one towel was missed and she charged us 500 bath for it... she didn't want give our passaport back. If you have another option to stay I avoid to stay in this hotel. We stayed there for 4 days and the staffs didn't care about the costumers. The toilet was dirty and the shower was broken.

  • Stayed: September 2013
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Thank theopaul2
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Timsahb, Owner at Goodtime Beach Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded September 10, 2013

Thank you again for staying in our hotel and thank you for giving me the opportunity to reply to an unjustified review from you that was clearly borne out of your frustration with communication across languages, not the hotel as such.

You may not have been aware but myself (Western Owner) was close by both when you checked in and when you checked out of the hotel so I was aware of your behavior from the start. When you arrived you were very rude and aggressive about a booking discrepancy of other customers and started threatening our receptionist by taking photos of and calling her names. She handled herself quite professionally in defense of your unjustified tirade.

At check in it is very clear when staying in the dorm rooms that the towels, sheets etc we give you; are required to be given back at the end of your stay, just like every hostel in the world. And like every hostel in the world, you will be charged accordingly if you lose something entrusted into your care. After your case, we have re-looked at the way we check people in and out and made it even clearer for you to bring the towels and sheets back to reception on checkout.

You were very aggressive and extremely rude (again) to our receptionist at check out when this problem occurred, I was watching from across the path and thought I would have to intervene, however I wanted to let our receptionist handle the problem. You were threatening legal action, Interpol and all sorts of action based around you lacking the personal responsibility to look after and return a $12 towel.

It became very clear to us when your two friends had to come back and apologies for your behavior and expressed that they really enjoyed their stay with us.

We pride ourselves on our customer service; please look at the reviews on Goodtime Adventures for a realistic assessment of how we operate. While the hotel operation is still in its infancy with us, it’s the same people working with the same attitude and we are often praised for helping out customers over and above what’s expected - such as assisting with legal issues or lost luggage.

The toilets are cleaned every day, however as you were staying in a dorm room, they can become dirtier through use after time, however I remind you the bathrooms are also internal (8 bed dorm with internal bathroom, AC right on the beach) and all it takes is one person to mess it up. If we are not told then our cleaners are not aware there is a problem.

If you are going to travel around the world, you need to be able to follow the rules and accept some personal responsibility - not become rude and aggressive towards local people - exemplified by your friends coming back to apologize for your behavior.

Regards,
Tim
General Manager / Owner

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Reviewed August 19, 2013

Arrived during high season with no accomodation and Sairee beach was fully booked out. The wonderful staff were able to sort me out for my stay and put an extra bed in the dorm to stay with friends! The place was perfectly clean and it's in a great location in the middle of everything you could want. I'd recommend to book in advance and stay in an 8 bed dorm. Enjoy!! I'd do anything to return!

Room Tip: 8 Bed dorm was perfect! There are private sea view rooms that are more expensive also.
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  • Stayed: July 2013, traveled with friends
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Nicki180, Manager at Goodtime Beach Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2013

Thanks Marianne for your lovely review! Of course we wouldn't see you without a bed to sleep when your friends in the room were more than happy to have an extra bed put in for you, good job the rooms are so big...
Your definitely right about booking accommodation on Koh Tao now, before and after the full moon periods there are no spare beds available in the Sairee area and many people are disappointed when they arrive. So you need to book with us again Mairanne? When are you back? :)

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Reviewed August 17, 2013

Good time is a nice place to stay. The rooms are a good size (dorm rooms with 8 bed) and it has facilities you would want eg wifi. The bathrooms weren't very clean and the shower had no power at all. In one room, the shower was cold and you could get no heat. All in all a pretty standard hostel and good for backpackers. A great way to meet other like minded travellers but could be that bit cleaner.

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank holiday602
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Nicki180, Manager at Goodtime Beach Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2013

Thanks for the review, I'm glad you had a good stay and appreciate your comments.
The 3 hostel rooms here at Goodtimes are a new addition, and with that we had some learning experiences. High season meant not a spare bed in the building, our A/C dorms were proving popular! We soon realized that with extra bodies in each room and bathroom facilities 'en-suite', cleaning staff found it difficult to keep on top off, and so we have since taken on a extra member of cleaning staff to look after the dorms. Sorry for the uncleanliness during your stay but know for your next visit we will be Spic 'n Span :)

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Stayed 1 night because fully booked during following days. The view is magnificent, the rooms aren't fancy enough for the price asked: 2800 bath. Goodtime café where you get breakfast is very nice, great pad thai!!

  • Stayed: August 2013
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Thank YL_Belgium
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Timsahb, Owner at Goodtime Beach Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded August 16, 2013

Thank you for staying with us on Koh Tao and for your review. We are glad you enjoyed your 1 night stay with us.

Unfortunately Thailand is not as budget friendly as it once was and was and small islands like Koh Tao have seen massive increases in land and lease costs over the years. We feel the price under $100 USD for a spacious room with TV, AC, hot water, mini fridge, bean bags and the open balcony directly above the beach, on the best part of Sairee beach is more than fair and actually a little undervalued in comparason with other locations on the beach or islands in Thailand.

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Reviewed August 3, 2013

We stayed in the beach front view room for 10 nights and would come back and stay here again in a heart beat. The staff are friendly and care about your experience while staying in their hotel. The rooms are very spacious and clean. They also have the best pancake stand in all of asia right outside their door steps. :-)
If you are looking for a place to feel right at home being surrounded by great people, I would recommend this to be the place for you.

  • Stayed: July 2013
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Thank CanadianMinnie
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Nicki180, Manager at Goodtime Beach Hostel, responded to this reviewResponded August 6, 2013

Wow what a great review, Thank you!
I will definitely pass on your comments to all the staff and its so great to hear that we are doing things right. Our aim is in the name and we want all guests to have a Goodtime and feel at home with us :)
The pancake man opposite is amazing and recommend all visiting to try one of his many varieties, but directly outside my office daily they are a temptation I can not resist way to often.
Thanks again and I hope someday you will be back to stay again...

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Additional Information about Goodtime Beach Hostel

Address: Sairee Beach, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 79 B&Bs / Inns in Koh Tao
Price Range: $14 - $47 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Goodtime Beach Hostel is centrally located on Sairee Beach, close to bars, restaurants and shopping areas. The hotel offers deluxe beachfront doubles, triples with a private balcony, AC and TV included. There are also roadside triples and quads with AC and TV, with all rooms on the second story. The hostel is in location with Goodtime Adventures, the beach cafe and bar. The hostel itself is located in the heart of Sairee beach that is famous by it's bustling nightlife and is popular amongst people who love to laze on the beach by day but like to dance the night away! ... more   less 
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