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Kensington English Garden Resort Khao Yai
Ranked #9 of 40 Hotels in Pak Chong
Ayutthaya, Thailand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Some very nice touches”
Reviewed January 21, 2014

This hotel was originally built as a meditation centre, but changed to being an hotel before it opened. Given its remote location it would be a great meditation centre or health spa - no quick popping out for a bite of something unhealthy to eat. Unfortunately it's 40-50 minutes' drive away from my favourite places to eat locally (PB Winery, GranMonte). Don't even think of staying here if you don't have your own transport (but that applies to pretty much all of Khao Yai).

The hotel is built around a circular rose garden, with three accommodation blocks and the main hotel block with reception and restaurants. The rooms are decorated in a traditional English style, as if all the fabrics had been bought from Laura Ashley. Only the cheapest rooms has twin beds; the more expensive ones are exclusively double beds. The beds are on castors, so they move when you sit on them - a bit disconcerting. The rooms and bathroom are generously sized.

The rooms are clean, though there were loads of fruit flies in the bathroom which some might find disconcerting. The drainage was also not great: the shower flooded if used at certain times of day. Water pressure in the shower was mediocre.

Some of the nice touches I liked were the teatime fruit-in-jelly brought to the room, and a late night drink (also brought to the room). They also cover your car's windscreen to keep out the sun.

They're building a new housing development next to the hotel. There was no noise when I was there (but it was the weekend). Not sure how noisy it is during the week.

The swimming pool still isn't anywhere near finished. (It's been over a year now, I believe.)

On the Sunday night the place was almost deserted - perhaps only two rooms occupied. The main restaurant was closed, but we were able to get a pretty good meal in the bar. The following morning there was no buffet breakfast, just a choice of set breakfasts - American, English, Continental or Asian. They were pretty good - just not quite as good as the previous mornings' buffets. The buffet's home made yoghurt with dried fruits was delicious.

I suspect that the hotel is only ever really full around New Year, and good discounts are available for most of the year. (I paid less than half the listed price for our room.) All rooms in Khao Yai are (in my opinion) over priced, but this one (with discount) represented very good value for money for the area.

  • Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

We stayed one night there, the service is excellent more than perfect i would say that. Dinner in Four seasons all dinner was excellent too, the food was great and service ! If you wouldn't mind staying far away from all the attraction and just stay in the resort, here is the place where you MUST stay. It is very far from all attractions even restaurant. so all activities you can do is in the resort itself. But the service is soooo perfect that it doesnt matter to me where it is located. Definity will visit again. btw, the resident manager and all the front agent was giving bravo service, two thumb up!

  • Stayed October 2013, traveled as a couple
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Hua Hin, Thailand
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Reviewed April 7, 2013

I stayed in this hotel sometimes in the mid of 2012, and had a very good memory about it.
The hotel reminds me of my aunty house in Birmingham with a very beautiful back garden and plantation.

We also got free mocktail voucher and they served us in our room. Our breaktfast is one of the best allacart breakfast I have ever had in my life, we sat in the restaurant terrace, overlooking the small lake with ducks and garden! The breakfast was big and nice.

Indeed the location is not the best, you need to drive there, but i guess this is something you will need to do when you are planning to explore Kao Yai National Park.

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  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
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Reviewed December 19, 2012 via mobile

I chose this hotel as, according to the Trip Advisor map, it was located just a few km's from the entrance to Khao Yai National Park.  Turns out it is in fact over 25 km away!  I had already pre-paid through Agoda with no refund.  Over the 2 nights I spent here, I grew to quite like it, although it is rather austere for my taste.  For a new resort it seemed very dated.  The rooms were clean, but amenities, furniture and design were basic.  Restaurant was a large empty room with no personality.  There is no swimming pool ("Next year", apparently).  I'd give it three stars if I hadn't been misled by its location.

Stayed December 2012, traveled solo
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

we stayed there for one night. isolated locaton but overall hotel is nice and peaceful. we took the rose room and found it very pleasant, clean, and has a roomy bathroom. food there is great but price on the high side. breakfast is good - full buffet. hotel offers free bicycle so great for family ride / activity in the morning. staff friendly and helpful. garden is nice and you can have kids play outside within sight when relaxing in your room. great stuff, but better if they have an english pool.

Room Tip: Rose room - better decorated. Others are boring blue.
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Reviewed May 3, 2012

We stayed here two nights in late April 2012 when we visited the Khao Yai national park. We thought the service and gardens were great. The hotel is fairly new, so the gardens have a ways to go to live up to their namesake, but it is clear a lot of effort and loving touch has been put into these gardens and is continuiing. The owners should be commended. It is a small hotel with only 40 rooms, so the service is individual and genuine.
Upon arrival we were upgraded to a Rose room, and it was very nice, with a nice balcony overlooking the gardens and very nice room & bathroom with bathtub. The bed was a bit hard, but I am used to that here in Asia.
The service was very good but that may have been that I was the only foreigner there. The hotel had about 50 people attending a company's motivational seminar, but we were the only tourists to my knowledge. Finding the hotel was a bit of a challenge, but once you are in the area and stay on the larger roads, there are plenty of signs guiding you to the hotel.
The hotel is in the middle of nowhere, so do not expect to wander outside and find another restaurant or shopping or such. This is a great place to relax, but once you are there, that is where you stay.
After having drinks in the English pub, we had dinner there the first night, and the menu had a good selection of both Thai and international fare. It turns out the chef is from Morocco, and it is apparent the owners have invested in the talent and menu planning for a good international restaurant. I ordered the wrapped stuffed pork loin with fried potatoes and a great baked apple with a great filling. All was very good except the pork was undercooked. I returned the dish and the food service manager and chef both came out and apologized profusely -- clearly mortified. They served me a properly cooked version a bit later and took 15% off the bill. Not only that, but later in the evening when they bring your goodnight beverage (ginger tea in our case), the chef and manager were at our door and offered to cook us a special breakfast on our balcony in the morning. We quietly refused as we prefer to partake of the buffet, but it is clear the staff wants to insure your memories of your stay are good.
I would recommend this hotel, but be careful of the restaurant -- I think the food is good, but they are still early in their culinary careers.
The hotel has a facebook page in Thai, but you can view the gardens,etc. there. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kensington-English-Garden-Resort-Khaoyai/215217131832689

  • Stayed April 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed April 21, 2012

We decided to move resorts when we were in Khao Yai as the resort we booked before was not to our expectation. We looked at Agoda and we found this place and when we arrived, we were the only guests - and their first guests after listing in Agoda!

Its a new resort and even though we were the only ones, they made sure that there was enough staff looking after us and that we were able to use their facilities.

Everyone in the staff was nice and accommodating, most especially the manager, who took us to see the bat migration from the mountains near the resort flying to the Khao Yai National Park, which was spectacular!

Room Tip: The rooms are facing the gardens so if there are two of you travelling, you can order your breakfast...
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  • Stayed March 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Kensington English Garden Resort Khao Yai
Address: 585 Moo 5 | Wangkata, Pak Chong 30130, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Nakhon Ratchasima Province > Pak Chong District > Pak Chong
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Suites Swimming Pool
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Ranked #9 of 40 Hotels in Pak Chong
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — Kensington English Garden Resort Khao Yai 4*
Number of rooms: 40
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