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.
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