My husband and I stayed at the Jomtien Hostel (I'm not sure how they can call it
Jomtien Hostel Hotel, as it's not a hotel) while on a larger trip around Thailand
and Cambodia. We stayed here due to the previous reviews, although
we now notice that it's overall ranking has dropped significantly.
When we arrived in Pattaya (at the bus station), no one knew where this place was,
and we had to take several different songthaew's to get there (more than what it
should have taken), so getting there was a bit frustrating. The hostel is past the
main restaurants of Jomtien Beach, and then down an alleyway (soi), near the end, by
some abandoned-looking buildings. Although there was a security guard in a booth at
the beginning of the street, by the time you reached the end where the hostel was,
it didn't feel too safe, and female travellers (especially those travelling alone)
might be best to avoid it. However the people who actually live along the soi
themselves seemed nice enough - it's very hard to tell, but doesn't initially give
off the greatest vibe in the safety department.
On the upside, the beach is very close, and Jomtien Beach is a lot quieter than
Pattaya, so if this is what you are looking for then it's a welcome relief from the crowds of Walking Street, etc. There is a 7/11 not too far up the road, so you can stock up on any amenities, and further along (about a 5 or 10 minute walk) there are many restaurants to choose from, as well as street vendors. So the location gave us mixed feelings in some sense - it was quiet, which meant it wasn't completely surrounded by things to do (you can't really get one without the other), but it wasn't really the safest area, plus the view was pretty stink. BUT, it's closed to the beach. It depends on what you are looking for as to whether you would enjoy this place, I think.
Our room was large, but needed a decent clean. There was stuff stuck to the tables
(we had to wipe them down), and the towels were really shabby. The bathrooms are not
as good as they look in the pictures, the tiles and grouting are yellowing, and we
had cockroaches in our bathroom (OK, just three, but that's three more than we'd
like). Despite the size of the bathroom, it wasn't very nice or relaxing really. The
main room itself was OK but the air con took a long time to really have any effect
due to the size of the room. There was a small fridge and a TV with some English
channels, and our room had a balcony. The bed and bedding seemed relatively clean
and comfortable, but wasn't of a considerably high standard. The guy in the room
next door to us had his TV on max volume, and was drunk and yelling all night, so it
was very hard to sleep, but once he was gone, it was a lot better - there doesn't
seem to be much sound proofing of any kind between rooms.
There is a lift, so it would suit people with disabilities, especially as the rooms
are large, and the showers are "wetrooms" so to speak, but I wouldn't recommend this
hostel for older people, unless they can handle the cockroaches, the overall location, and the less-than-clean rooms (rather than what you gather from the less than accurate photos on the website). In the lobby there are two computers, but you have to pay to use them (Wi Fi is free in the rooms), and there is also a small area to watch DVDs. There is
a breakfast room next door with a couple of tables, but I didn't see anyone take them up on breakfast.
We hired a scooter from the hostel, but it was a bit of a mess really - the auto
start didn't work, so you always had to put the scooter on the big stand to kick
start it, which would only really suit a taller/heavier person, or someone who knows
about scooters. They had one other scooter there but didn't seem keen to hire it
out. Service was very average and the level of English wasn't great, so while you
could usually nut out what you wanted with them, it took some time and some effort
to get the information you needed. At night time, you can only access the lobby by
swipecard, so that security issue is covered at least.
Overall, the hostel was in average condition, in an average location, with average
service. It was nothing special in the slightest, and certainly not as nice as their
website and previous reviews note. It just kind of seemed like a shabbier version of what they represent on their website. If you're used to sleeping in a cardboard box, or are on an extreme budget, the this place might seem like the Ritz, but otherwise, try somewhere else or increase your budget.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- We are the first original hostel in jomtien near Pattaya .total 26 bunk beds sleeps 52 .others travelers who look for good value, PRIVATES rooms clean spacious rooms, discounts for long stays.7 dorm room with controlled A/C dorms. 15 Standard room ,( double beds triple and Quad beds and 15 superior rooms All with Mitsubishi Air conditioned, some flat screen and Microwave available. We have a lift Cable TV . and communal TV/games room. 2 nd floor has communal KITCHEN on balcony .Free water refill from our fountain tap.Motorcycles rental (International drivers license required ) ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Jomtien Hostel Hotel Jomtien Beach, Pattaya