I booked Thistle for my entire family, and got 4 standard rooms. Booking online was a breeze and when we arrived, all the rooms were ready! Checking in was a bit slow but I guess there large groups checking at the same time so it was understandable. But they do need to add more fans or airconds at the lobby cos it was hot.
The standard twin rooms were all right, not much to complain because we were going to be out most of the time anyway. Only thing is I'm not too keen on stone floors which gets cold real fast, but you get what you pay for.
Since we had 8 kids in the group, most of the time was spent in the pool and the beach. The kids play area was great and I like it when a hotel actually has life guards working. Some hotel life guards just sit on their high chairs and look bored, but at Thistle, they do look out for guests and they do remind guests if they're doing something wrong or the kids are too close to the deep pools.
We tried most of their facilities for kids including the movies room which was nice and cool and also the kids play area, which I find should be free and not chargeable. But the play area was a good alternative when the kids were not swimming.
Breakfast at Fresh was crowded because of the large groups but the food was okay. Enough choices to satisfy the tummy, but service was slow. I think the staff were overwhelmed when the crowd was big so perhaps next time they should have more on standby.
The ladies tried the spa and found that it was of average quality. Ambience is good but the massage was average for some.
Overall, I think Thistle is a great choice if you're coming down to PD and want to stay at a good hotel/resort. I know most of the other hotels have poor reputations and service but at Thistle, the kids had a great time so I'm pretty pleased with that. I'm definitely coming back next if we choose PD.
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