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Samed Grand View Resort
Ranked #10 of 20 Hotels in Ko Samet
Reviewed January 6, 2014 via mobile

My friend and i booked twin bedroom. But upon checking in front desk lady said none of deluxe rooms are twin rooms. So we took one double bed. Building looks new. But room was a strange shape. When you walk into the room there is a shower and toilet. (No closet, hanger for towel etc) then tiny bedroom located on top of shower. Again..no storage for suitcase etc..two people barely pass thru the room.


I understand jan is high season...but paying 150usd to get this kind of weird room?


Lunch there was good. Fish, curry, noodle everything was delicious and not overpriced. Better than any other places on koh samet.

There is a famous finale bar on the beach. I was worried about bar noise at night. But i didnt hear anything fron bar.
However room wall was so thin. I could hear what language next room speak...bothered me a lot.

Location fantastic !

  • Stayed: January 2014
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Reviewed September 29, 2013

We have visited this Hotel many times with friends & alone, We select this hotel as they allow us to take our Family pet. the rooms are very clean the Garden rooms not so keen on, We prefer the cottages which are Thai style wooden chalets of a very high standard with very nice area to sit and relax outside your cottage.

the breakfast are excellent western style & Thai with eggs served on request which there is nothing worse than cold eggs for breakfast.
the location is right on the beach reasonable bar prices

  • Stayed: December 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank johnBP
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Reviewed August 16, 2013

This resort are easy to be located from the shoreline due to its attractive outdoor bar "Finale". Check-in was quick and easy. Stayed in the "Thai House Cottage" T3 that is facing the beach. The room has all the basic necessities with 2 pair of slippers provided for guest. The room will get very dirty after we are back from the beach. I would suggest the resort to prepare pail of water for guest to wash away the sand, instead of having to walk to the toilet near the reception to wash the feet. The lock for the my room wasn't working fine too. Had to push it in by force.

Breakfast has limited choice too. I tried the omelette and it wasn't good. It is oily and has a pungent corn smell which was too much for my taking. Other than that, everything is acceptable.

When you walk alone the beach, you will notice many other resorts too. Feel free to consider them as well.

  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Jun Wei T
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Reviewed January 18, 2013

we got to the ferry with heavy luggage and thought it would be nice to get a speed boat to our hotel .After we were forced to wade ashore with some difficuly (there is no pier) we found we had been put ashore at the wrong end of the beach a expensive rip off don't bother. .Arriving at the hotel it was not much more than a building site the rooms were small and grubby No way could we stay there we then looked around at a few other hotels which were also not much better and then got back on the ferry to the mainland wthin the hour .This hotel i had been prepaid for at a local travel agent who on seeiing the photos of this dump refunded our money which is hardly heard of in thailand . What a start to a holiday thankfully it got better but at one stage we considered flying straight back to the uk after being in thailand for 3 days we had been to hell

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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10  Thank RICHARD E
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Reviewed October 12, 2012

The lock wasn't properly working, we had to go back to reception to ask for help. The plugs in the room weren't working, we had to ask the reception to send someone to fix them. The second night of our stay the water stopped running, we went to the reception and told them about the problem. Fifteen minutes later still no water and none coming to say what's going on so we went back to the reception to find out it's gonna take another ten minutes - the people there didn't consider it might be nice for them to come to our room and inform us, nor they ever appologizec for the inconvenience.

Very poor breakfast, coffee was some kind of brown water. If you ordered fresh coffee from their menu things changed in terms of quality but also in terms of price - 90 thb for an iced espresso!!!
Although they have a nice designed and decorated terrace and restaurant it is useless as at 8.30 in the evening lights are turned off, the pillows are put away, restaurant and bar are closed. There's none available at the reception at that time, in case you have a problem, you are doomed. Not to mention around 9pm the latest they lock both gates leading to the village. In case you are late you have to take a detour and come to the resort from the beach.

The room was dirty, yellow sheets, dirty towels, sand and hair all over the floor. The first day I went to 7Eleven and bought my own cleaning products to clean the bathroom, otherwise I ccouldn't have touched anything in there.

The personnel looks bored and treats the guests with the biggest indiference I have ever met in this country. Not to mention they can barely speak English. I've been living in Thailand for two and a half years and I must say this was the first time I experienced such bad service.

Room Tip: Do not book this resort! You pay for 3 stars and get 1.
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  • Stayed: October 2012, traveled with friends
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1  Thank Elenakiko
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Reviewed September 20, 2012 via mobile

When we arrived I wanted to leave right away! The roads from the pier were fluded from the rain and there are just mud roads no asphalted roads. About the Grandview Hideaway at Ao Cho. The rooms are basic but sold to you as 3 stars. Anyhow we saw other resorts and came to the conclusian than better than we have it's impossible. They serve meals at the beach ( the resort being on the beach) the furniture is very old and dirty. One evening we sat on a table and somebody from the staff told us not to do that cause the tables are used the next morning for breakfast but they didn't send away the dog laying confortably on a table. When you try to explain nobody understans you, staf's skills are poor for English and poor for serviceability. There are al over the eating tables and chairs termites and ants. The chaislongs are old and dirty. Breakfast is made in early mornig and laying at the need of ants.
But if you like spending your time in a quiet place and don't mind the hard bed or the unhelpfull staff it can be your place for a at the beach vacation.
Never come back here and never advise somebody to visit.

  • Stayed: September 2012
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2  Thank CarmenEindhoven
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Reviewed August 24, 2012

We stayed here for three days after ten days of energetic sightseeing, trekking etc. and it was exactly what we needed. The rooms are in separate 'huts' and are very basically decorated and furnished, but ours was clean, and when the toilet failed to flush staff dealt with it immediately. The location is hard to fault for a short stay - there are a couple of small shops if you walk along the beach - and we found no reason to go further at all, as sellers on the beach kept passing offering fruit, tattoos, sarongs, massage. This could get annoying, but they took refusals well, and we made various purchases. Our accommodaton and breakfast was part of our group tour, so I don't know the rate, but prices for meals seemed reasonable (with a good choice of Thai, some European and fabulous barbecue), especially when you consider that everything has to be brought in by boat, and as the restaurant is right on the beach, we didn't bother to go further afield. My teenage daughter said the pool was lovely, but I was so happy in the sea that I didn't check it out. We slept well, so maybe the construction work is finished, or maybe we were just tired enough that we didn't notice. I'd be very happy to come back here.

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  • Stayed: August 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank Talya B
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Address: 95/2 Moo 2, Ko Samet 21160, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Rayong Province > Ko Samet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Spa Hotel in Ko Samet
#5 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Samet
#6 On the Beach Hotel in Ko Samet
Price Range: $87 - $159 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Samed Grand View Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 78
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
If what you're looking for is a conveniently located hotel in Koh Samet, look no further than Samed Grand View Resort. The city center is merely 0.300 km away and the airport can be reached within minutes. A haven of rest and relaxation, the hotel will offer total renewal just steps away from the city's numerous attractions such as Wat Ko Samet, Sai Kaew Beach, Open Air Cin ... more   less 
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