This is one of the nicest hotels in the gem district in town. That might sound sad considering my title. There are not so many choices here in Chanthaburi but if you want to come here to buy gemstones or are passing through on your way to Koh Chang or Sihanoukville it's OK. The rooms here are really nice- we stayed in the largest one available for 690 baht per night which is about 21usd. Problem is, on check-in we were told there is no discount but that was simply not true. Later we found out if you stay a week you get the same room for 650 baht, or if you stay ten days in a row you get it for 600 baht. The first time I asked that a light be replaced (burned out bulb) I was told "mai mee" or we don't have. LOL. So odd. Later I realized that one of the front desk girls speaks better English and told her to replace the light bulb and it was done. The maid bangs on the door loudly and incessantly until you open it- everything is done at her convenience, not yours. I found this very disturbing. She even demanded my fiancee give her the towel that she had wrapped around her freshly-showered body! The woman is nuts. When we complained about her she shorted us on the daily bottled water, and now glares rudely at us when we enter or leave the hotel. Overall, the place is highly unprofessional. But compared to some of the other choices it's not horrible. The river guest house is only about $10usd per night and the service is good, but the rooms are very, very small. The beds here at the Gems Club are very hard- even for me, and I prefer a firm mattress. Probably the KP Grand is a fair choice but not as cheap as Gems Club and a lot older facility. Gems Club is very new. Also, there are no stores nearby except for small places with very few basic drinks and snacks- and these mom and pop places close at 7pm. As far as the location though- if you are here to buy stones it is the best in town and on par with the river guest house. If the level of English-speaking staff is relevant to you, choose the KP Grand. Both the river and gems club staff have only the most basic English skills. The Maneechan resort may be a better bet, as might the Travel Lodge, but they are further out of town and not close to the gem market. Someone suggested the walk to a 7-11is 2 kilometers and that might be true-but it is a straight shot across the bridge so not a tricky walk to take. I would guess closer to 1km.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Living off the grid. A quaint location alongside the majestic Chanthaburi river. Swimming, fishing, boating, cycling, or just relax and let us host you with all Traditiona with 5 bamboo huts Bed with mosquito net and fan in every hut / Share bath room. The main house is available for your recreational purposes also. Stay with us, a humble Thai family. The place is close to Chanthaburi City famous for its abundance of tropical fruits and as a center for gems trading. The eastern province of Chanthaburi is also blessed with rich, verdant forests and scenic waterfalls. The Chanthaburi River flows through the provincial capital, which has been occupied since ancient times. Many Buddhist Temples and peaceful beaches are not far from town, making Chanthaburi the ultimate get-away-from-it-all Thailand province. The price is including boat trip, Breakfast and dinner (Thai Food) ... more less