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“Overpriced hostel”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Penzy Guesthouse

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Penzy Guesthouse
Ranked #5 of 65 Chaweng B&B and Inns
Bangkok, Thailand
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30 reviews
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“Overpriced hostel”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2013

Although I have rated the hotel as poor this is no reflection on Penzy and her thai staff, they were both friendly, professional and very helpful.

My main issue was the price, I know it was new year but 1700 baht a night for a room that doesn't come with breakfast, shampoo or drinking water to brush my teeth with is a bit of a joke to be honest.

I have stayed at 400 baht beach huts that had drinking water.

My next small issue was the male member of staff at the hotel, he was a bit over friendly, almost like staying with me dad. He asked where were going when ever we went out and felt the need to give his opinion on everything we said.

For example they hire scooters but he felt the need to tell me how dangerous the roads are and how many people die on them. Thanks for that now I feel really confident.

The hotel was clean and did come with towels so its not all bad but given the choice I won't be staying again.

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Domrongsak P, Owner at Penzy Guesthouse, responded to this review, January 7, 2013
Hi, You would have stayed in Samui during Peak Season and during Peak Season every hotel/guest house raises their prices. I'm sure that 400 baht beach hut you mentioned you stayed at (definitely not in Samui) would have raised their prices also. The male member of my staff you are referring to is not actually on my staff, he's my husband. Sorry you somehow felt offended that he was being overly friendly and offering some advice about motorbikes. I've tried to tell him to be grumpy and quiet but he won't listen ;)
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2013 via mobile

Very nice hosts and good rooms. Bathroom are a bit basic and could do with some selves etc. fresh towels everyday although they smell of damp. Location is ideal, 20 min walk or short taxi to the craziness of the strip but far away enough to have some palace. Very close to the beach.

  • Stayed January 2013
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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

Cery good host that will always be there is you need them. Very clean room that get clean every day. The location is not the best bu is ok. The staff will help you to book tours, scuba diving etc. IThe rooms are nog very big but the bed is compfortablle

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Vlissingen, Zeeland, Netherlands
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 26, 2012

Its all what you need. David, the host, is a very nice person and helps you out if you have a question. You really get the feeling that he wants to talk to you for a nice conversation and wants to help you to have a great vacation in Thailand. The location isn't the best location you can have. But with a short walk of 5 minutes you can go trough a hotel to the beach. The other walks are a bit longer, but there are loads of cabs. So not really a problem. Everyday you get a clean towel and they clean up your room (for a guesthouse?!?), very nice.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

Good location, you do have to go through other hotels to go to the beach but if you say your visiting the bar then this is not a problem.
Rooms were good.
Best thing were the staff, could not have been more pleasant and helpful for us. Would definately stay again

Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2012

We absolutely loved our stay at Penzy Guesthouse. Penzy was so unbelievable helpful and friendly. She helped us find and book everything that we were looking for on the islands, including our scuba courses, boat rides, etc. She even helped us negotiate prices with some diving companies. Our room was very comfortable as well, and tastefully decorated. Highly recommend this place!

Room Tip: Our room had air conditioning and was in the same building as the main reception so we had wifi! If...
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  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
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Thank sage c
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

The owners, especially the American husband (sorry, I forgot his name), were very nice and welcoming. However, after reading all the positive reviews, we found the place rather disappointing, with a lot of the cons not being mentioned:

-Location. Quite a far walk (at least 20 minutes) to get to some more central place on Chaweng and even further if you wanna get to the bar area.

-Bathroom: There was some sort of mold on the door and barely any water came out of the tap (it was almost impossible to wash our hands)

-Bus: The owners organized our transport to the ferry ride to Koh Phangan.
The very old bus was overbooked (passengers had to stand in the aisle with their backpacks) and then the A/C stopped working. The bus ride soon turned into a sauna.
It obviously isn't their fault, but they could have informed us what kind of ride we should expect, as for almost the same price we could have gotten a comfortable taxi ride.

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with friends
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Property: Penzy Guesthouse
Address: 37/75 Moo. 3, Soi Alibaba | T.Bophut, Koh Samui, Suratthani, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Location: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Airport Transportation
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Ranked #5 of 65 B&Bs / Inns in Chaweng
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Penzy Guesthouse 2.5*
Number of rooms: 8
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