We stayed here for two nights in August in the Rabat room on the ground floor for 4550 baht per night, inclusive of breakfast. It is debatable whether everything in this resort is Moroccan in style, but since we are not in Morocco, any lapses could be overlooked. Some would argue this place is overpriced.
We found the staff to be friendly and helpful. A staff came out to greet us when we got out the car and helped to take our luggage to the car when we checked out. We were served iced lemongrass juice while waiting to be checked in. We booked and paid in advance during a travel fair months before, so check-in was quick. We had booked the Sale room but due to electricity problem in the room, we were upgraded immediately to the bigger Rabat room at no extra charge. We were quite happy with that. The staff helped us to move our luggage between rooms.
If you are looking for a nice and quiet getaway not heavy on touristy activities or entertainment that you usually find in cities (i.e. nightclub, fine dining, theatres, etc), then this is not the place for you. It is located at the far western end of the Khun Vimarn beach and is far from any major sightseeing spots. Nearby are other lower-end beach front resorts and outdoor restaurants, but nothing more. There are no convenient stores or supermarkets within walking distance. The beach is right in front of the resort, although the water is muddy and not particularly attractive. Most people come by car, although I heard there are minivans leaving from Victory Monument and/or other locations within Bangkok that bring you to Chanthaburi (not sure, however, where they drop you).
Our room has large windows and a healthy dose of natural light. The whole building seems to be built with quality materials, with thick walls that insulate well against the heat outside. This is evident in the coolness of our room (may be warmer for upstairs rooms) without turning on the air-con. The mattress is comfortable and is placed on an elevated platform. In the Rabat room, the platform is much bigger than the mattress so you have ample room to sit on.
The room opens up to a small porch, half of which is taken up by a small open air tub with a built-in seat, as well as with a shower head above the tub. However, the porch overlooks the garden with little partition, so it is not very private and you certainly cannot take a shower or a soak naked.
The doors to the room, however, have gaps around the edges and are thus not very sound-proof. On a positive note, it was great to fall asleep to the sound of waves breaking on the beach. Some insects do get into the room, but we did not have any major problems with them (only the occasional ant).
The room comes with an air-con, which to the credit of the designer is not aimed at the bed! There is a small fridge (with a few soda and bottles of beer you can enjoy at a charge), a DVD player, and a medium-size TV (not flat-screen). On the second floor you will find a big shelf with a small selection of mostly English and Thai movies (DVD and VCD) that you can borrow at no charge. There is small wardrobe with a hair-dryer and safety box inside.
Two bottles of water at room temperature are provided at no charge and two more in the fridge. They served us a plate of pomelo (already peeled) when we first checked in. There is even a box of dominoes for each room. Hot water can be provided upon request though it would have been nice if a few tea bags are provided (hint: bring your own tea bags or instant coffee).
The Rabat room comes with two small low chairs (supposedly Moroccan, but what do I know) and a low coffee table, all placed on a bamboo mat.
There is a reading lamp next to the bed.
There is no pool or fitness room.
There is free wifi in the lobby and on the second floor common area, but the signal does not reach our room or the rooftop.
The bathroom in the Rabat room is reasonably spacious for two people. There is hot water for the shower and water pressure is good. Shower head is removable. Towels, big and small, are provided. The toiletries provided include: two glasses, a shower cap, a bar of soap, shampoo, bath gel, and a pack of q-tips. There are no hooks in the bathroom, but sufficient shelf space, as well as a short ladder, apparently used for hanging towels/clothes.
Breakfast is included in the room price and is served with coffee, tea or ovaltine and with a mixed pineapple/papaya blended iced drink. You get to choose one of 3 dishes. It is served in the lobby, on the porch, on the beachfront platforms with tables/chairs just outside the hotel, or on the roof top.
For lunch and dinner, you could either eat at the hotel or at one of the cheaper restaurants just down the road to the left of the resort (15-minute walk), which serve pretty good fresh seafood dishes plus the usual Thai numbers. We had dinner at the resort both nights we were there, and you can order in advance and tell them when you wish to start. The second night we had them serve dinner on the rooftop, which was quite cool and breezy after-dark (though get your mosquito repellant ready). They have a 'house red' but we didn't try it and would certainly encourage you to bring your own wine. Beer is readily available in the other restaurants down the street and at a cheaper price.
The food at the resort is not exceptional but is fine, though definitely overpriced. The menu is mostly Thai, with a few Western dishes here and there.
- Also Known As:
- Al Medina Beach House Hotel Chanthaburi