I stayed at Sofia for 3 nights in January 2012. I paid 2500 baht for a "superior" room which was an absolute rip off, but it was last minute and I wasn't sure if I could just 'turn up' and find something (in retrospect, that would have been a far better plan)
After the wonderful service of other Thailand hotels, I was taken aback by the Sofia staff's grumpy, unhappy and totally unhelpful attitude - plus they NEVER smiled. I almost always grab a quick bite at the hotel's restaurant but the area was made so unpleasant by the staff's grumpiness that I never did. At one point the reception lady was plucking her nose hairs (honestly!) at one of the tables people eat at!
The room was very basic and small, with a hand held shower and a tiny balcony that looked over a very unpleasant view of a mud puddle and wrecked car. I can sleep on anything but I found the bed almost unbearable as it was so hard.
The worst aspect of Sofia's was the atmosphere. I felt highly uncomfortable there as it seemed to be a place that women brought their clients. I was kept up all night by the people in the room next door - VERY unpleasant! I am pretty open-minded (I'm 20) but really, it was awful.
Breakfast was okay and the wireless internet worked well. The pool seemed nice but given the atmosphere I didn't really use it. The location is okay and there's a nice bar/cafe across the street, and a place to rent bikes next door which was handy.
All in all, it was a really horrible experience. Honestly, just avoid staying here, no matter how last minute you are!! I have stayed in $3 a night guesthouses in SE Asia so I was not expecting much, but this place is really awful.
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- Also Known As:
- Sofia Garden Hotel Koh Chang