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“Great facility in a bad spot with exceptionally poor service”
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Gems Club Hotel
Ranked #23 of 40 Chanthaburi B&B and Inns
Reviewed March 30, 2010

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.

  • Stayed: March 2010, traveled on business
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Reviewed November 30, 2009

Very good location, busy on weekends as there is the Chanthaburi gem market all around on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This hotel is quite cheap for its class. One good point, it is a new built hotel.
It is not the cheaper one but a very good price/service/location.
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  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 25, 2009

I stayed with my husband and our small baby (9months old) we brought our own baby bed and there was plenty of space in a superior (or whatever the more expensive room is called) at around THB 700.

I would definitely stay again when we're in Chanthaburi on business as the rooms are clean and large.

Now that we have stayed there we know to get food before we arrive at the hotel as there is NOTHING around it and late at night after a day of shopping we were very unhappy to have to walk 2kms to a 7-11 to find the only place we could get something to eat as our car was impossible to drive as we had to park it so strangely in the hotel car park.

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled on business
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1  Thank SomersetKE
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Reviewed September 29, 2009

This hotel is a great place to stay in Chantiburi if it is for one night only and for business. The place is clean and everyone is very polite. It is centrally located to the Gem Market. It does not have a swimming pool and no kettle or cups were provided in the rooms. The problem is that there are no food places open after 7pm. The hotel itself only sells packet noodles, chips and some breakfast stuff. You have to get transport to take you to eat anywhere decent. There are no taxis. In the morning there are quite a few food places open around the corner except on Sunday. On Sunday transport is scarce. To find anyone to take you anywhere is almost impossible. This is a good place to stay.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled on business
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3  Thank RUBYBrisbane
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Reviewed January 10, 2016
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  • Stayed: January 2016, traveled on business
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Reviewed October 19, 2015
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  • Stayed: September 2015, traveled with friends
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Reviewed November 7, 2011
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  • Stayed: November 2011, traveled as a couple
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Address: 68 Srichan Road | Watmai Subdistrict, Chanthaburi 22000, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Chanthaburi Province > Chanthaburi
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Ranked #23 of 40 B&Bs / Inns in Chanthaburi
Number of rooms: 44
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 

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