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Vimarn Samed Resort
Ranked #17 of 20 Hotels in Ko Samet
Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed January 27, 2013

I Stay at Vimarn Samed Resort last week with a friend in Cottage Garden View Room. Nice cottage in the tropical garden, clean room, comfortable bed, shower with hot water ok. If there is a table to place our belongings would be better. More attention on keeping the area around clean should be better, the swing is broken.

Breakfast was good enough, but a bit early finished.

Overall good, recommended.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok, Krung Thep, Thailand
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Reviewed January 20, 2013

This hotel can be easily reached when taken a speedboat directly to Au Wongduan (name of the beach). We took a boat to the main pier and then a taxi, which is not very comfortable. Then you have to walk around some buildings and over the beach to get to the hotel, something that can be hard when carrying a lot of luggage. The hotel is nicely situated on rocks on the tip of the beach and there is a nice terrace/restaurant to have a drink or something to eat. Rooms are clean and aircon works well, but a bit worn. We were in the Vimarn Suite on the side of the hotel that faces Hat Sai Kaew, where there is daily nightclubbing until 03:00, so if you are a light sleeper, it is wise to request a room facing Au Wongduan. Also, the standard rooms looked a bit small but sufficient. The hotel has no direct access to a beach, but does have nice platforms over the rocks where one can relax and enjoy the sun. All beaches are walking distance. The staff in the hotel is at times more interested in what is going on on the television than taking care of the guest or cleaning the tables so that they are not being invaded by ants. Breakfast is very dissapointing with cold eggs, no fruit and not many choices. Having read other reviews about this hotel, it would be a good idea for the owners to improve this.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled with friends
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Basrah Province, Iraq
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

I stayed here a few weeks ago for second time, and to be honest, I'll probably stay there again.
It's nicely situated on the end of the cove and away from the bustle of the beach bars, but less that five minutes walk from them.
The room are nice if a little careworn, but the aircon works, they're clean and have a nice feel to them.
My only problem with the place is the breakfast. It's not great, although quite edible. The main issue is that it finishes at 09:30 !
Now, I don't know about other folks, but when I'm only holiday, I like to be able to have a bit of a lie in if I want to, and having to set my alarm clock to be able to make breakfast before the buffet closes is a little annoying to say the least.
Having said that, there are plenty of options for having a leisurely and late morning repast all along the cove so it's really not a huge issue, but I suppose the main thing that annoys is the feeling that the hotel sees then breakfast service as a necessary evil to be just gotten through as quickly and painlessly as possible.
I'd suggest to the hotel management that if this is the case, then give people a room only option with an appropriate rate. At the moment rooms can only be booked on a B and B basis.

Other than that, I love the place. It's reasonably priced, nicely situated, and the staff are nice and friendly if a little linguistically challenged.

If I go to Koh Samet again, I will be booking in here.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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Shrewsbury, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

This was my first trip to Thailand to visit my son who resides in Bangkok. He made it plain there would be 3 adults sharing. When we arrived there was only 1 double bed and we were told another "bed" would be brought up to us. What arrived was something akin to an old stained judo mat, and equally stained bottom sheet, one pillow and a kind of fleece thing with a hole and iron burn on it, the lot was dumped onto the floor and left. I tried sleeping on this but ended up sleeping on the edge of the double bed with my son & partner.Non of us got any sleep at all. In the morning I took the burned "blanket" to reception and pointed out we had paid for 3 beds and at 60 I was not going to sleep on the floor. We were offered a family seaview room with a loft bed.Better but half the light fittings were broken, wires visible, bits of the walls repaired with sellotape.The place could be lovely but its rundown, the staff try hard but I guess the owners are not really interested in investment or training. We ate at other places further along the beach because one meal arrived still partly frozen. Photos give the impression of top class accomodation be prepared for some disappointments.

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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 17, 2012

I couldn't really rate Vimarn Samed as Very Good, but Average seems a little low - it is somewhere in between. The staff were generally friendly, except for one guy who was setting up breakfast and looked totally flustered. Some staff are Cambodian, and once we realised this it made communication a little easier (as we speak a little Khmer and absolutely no Thai).
The hotel is on a rocky outcrop in between two beaches. Basically, you need to not have hugely high expectations for Koh Samed. It is close to Bangkok, which makes it really convenient, but it is not like the islands further south with their pristine beaches and fantastic snorkeling off the beach. But it is a nice place for a quick break. We only had two nights there, which really meant only one full day, but it was a nice day with some okay snorkeling near some rocks at the opposite end of the beach and seafood for lunch and dinner. The hotel restaurant is okay, although we only had the free breakfasts and one other meal there. Food and drinks are much cheaper than Bangkok, which was a relief because $3 beers in Bangkok were depleting our budget. But there are other restaurants on the beach that are also good.
The rooms in the hotel are nice. If you wanted to be awfully picky you could whinge that there was a tiny bit of mould in the bathroom and quite a few mosquitos, but it isn't the hotel's fault about the mosquitos and the mould is barely noticable. The shower is fine and the bathroom clean. The rooms are quite small, but you don't spend much time in them so it doesn't matter. Beds are good, not too hard and not too soft. And the balconies attached to the sea view rooms have a nice view.
Basically I would recommend Vimarn Samed, even though I have only scored it a 3. This is because it isn't ridiculously expensive and if you are there for a quick getaway from Bangkok, then you probably aren't going to be in the rooms much anyway.
The only things that I would suggest could be improved is that they have huge plasma TVs in the rooms, with 200+ channels, but absolutely none in English (I would probably not bother with the TVs at all), and they cranked up some really loud pop music when we were eating at the restaurant, and we were the only people there. I guess I would've preferred to listen to the waves.
So in summary, quite a nice place, most staff are friendly, and good if you just want to get out of Bangkok but don't want to pay too much.

Room Tip: Pay extra for a sea view
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
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Bangkok
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Reviewed September 13, 2012

We've stayed there for a night on a weekday, so the resort was quiet with not so many guests. If you arrive on a different beach, you'll have to travel on a bumpy road to the resort... which wasn't so pleasant. About the place, the view was great, food ok, service ok. Not good if you can an exotic nightlife, but if you're looking for a relaxing vacation, then this place is recommended :)

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

This could be a lovely hotel the room was comfortable but furnishings now a little tired. The room and balcony needs some TLC restaurant furniture also needs painting or tidying. Breakfast is ok but there is limited choice.There are no safes in room or safety deposit box at reception either which is a minus too. However the view from our balcony was amazing, the beach was lovely and the sea very warm.

Room Tip: A sea view room is the best. No twin rooms so if you need 2 beds you have to book duplex bungalow, b...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Vimarn Samed Resort
Address: 13/18 Moo 4 A.Meung Rayong, Ko Samet 21160, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Rayong Province > Ko Samet
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Ranked #17 of 20 Hotels in Ko Samet
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Hotel Class:3 star — Vimarn Samed Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 13
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