My husband and I booked 3 nights here after reading the TA reviews. We booked through Agoda and paid $90 for 3 nights. Before we arrived we decided we would like to stay an extra 2 nights, but would wait and see what the room was like before booking further.
On the first night, we stayed in an okay room... not great but okay. But the next day they said they had to move us as we had been put in the wrong room. Our new room was tiny, and didn't even have a window, never mind a sea view! The bathroom was just a wet room and had the shower coming out of the wall, right next to the toilet.
There was no balcony, fridge, safe or tea/ coffee facilities, and right outside our room was the games area with pool tables, fussball table and ping pong. There was a notice saying no games after 8pm, but there were people playing pool at 4am one morning.
On checking-out, while I was waiting for the guy to get our invoice ready, I saw a list of rooms with prices next to them. Our room (203) said $20. I pointed this out to the guy at reception and said we had paid $30. He just shook his head and shrugged, and so I gave him our Agoda invoice. He then said that Agoda had overcharged us and just walked away. When he came back I explained this didn't any make sense, and he started saying it was taxes and 'extra charges'. To be honest, we should have pushed it and asked to speak to the owner, but we didn't, we just left it, so we have to take some responsibility.
We had numerous power cuts while we were here, but apart from one, the generator was turned on quite quickly.
The main attraction is probably the location as it's only a few steps from the beach, but don't be fooled by the name Sea View Villa.... it doesn't have a sea view, well certainly not from the rooms we stayed in, or the restaurant, but maybe some of the others do.
The restaurant was okay but again there are much better options. We ate here twice and both times it was mediocre, but if you go next door to the Black Grouper, you get a much better meal and better service. Also, the Beach Road Restaurant and Led Zephyr Bar had much better food. However, they do make an excellent Mojito!!
For the extra 2 nights, we went directly across the road to the Serendipity Resort. Our room was only $38, which we thought was excellent value as we had a huge room with, king size bed, sofa, chair, balcony with table & 2 chairs, safe, fridge with complimentary water, tea/coffee making facilities and huge bathroom with bath and separate shower. The hotel also has a large pool with sun beds, and given it was only $8 more than what we were paying to Sea View, it was a much better deal for us.
We really don't like giving negative reviews, but at the same time we have to review it as we found it, and we certainly wouldn't stay here again, and likewise, we wouldn't recommend it to anyone.