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“IDEAL: close to everything and very nice”
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Eden Bungalows
Ranked #12 of 151 Bophut B&B and Inns
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Hungary
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“IDEAL: close to everything and very nice”
Reviewed 7 March 2013

Location: beach is on the other side of the street, restaurants, bars very close. Bophut beach is not big and not crowded. In February no strong wind and calm sea
Hotel: nice small lobby, bar, library, biliard, in the evenings even the owner was there chatting with the guests. Tropical garden beautiful with fountains and flowers.
Room: we had room Jasmin, quite big, bed comfortable, aircon ok (a pity it is right above your head but you can put it low fan), unique open-air bathroom(!). Some issues with the safe but staff fixed it. Terrace in the middle of the garden, cute.
Staff: one lady was particularly friendly, helped with the safe and explained where to go and what to do, but in general everybody was nice.
Kitchen: kitchen is surprisingly good.Breakfast is also ok, you have various options like French, Tropical, etc.
And do not worry about so much French, on the end of the day you will feel like you are in Thailand!

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 24 January 2013

I have stayed at Eden Bungalows quite a few times as it is so friendly, quiet but also central. The decor of the bungalow rooms are is very cool with a nice verandah and I love the tropical gardens! The French owner & staff are very friendly there too.

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  • Stayed February 2012, travelled with friends
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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed 31 July 2012

I've just finished a most pleasant week at Eden bungalows. The bungalows are adequately appointed, spacious and clean; If you intend to stay indoors on your holiday then perhaps Eden is not for you. It's a family friendly little place and the pool is ideally designed for the kiddies and adults to have a splash about. The staff were always helpful and friendly enough.

It is, of course, natural enough that French speakers should gather together in one place; Bo Phut has several of these little enclaves and as an Englishman I didn't feel at all slighted. The French owner was always busying himself around the place and we always exchanged civilised pleasantries.

I suppose that Eden's strongest point is that it is on the street front and only yards from some great restaurants and bars but you get what you pay for on KS and can pay as much or (almost) as little as you like. For what I paid I though that I got good value from Eden.

p.s. They accept only cash payment.

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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled solo
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Portland, OR
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Reviewed 29 July 2012

I first stayed at Eden Bungalows five years ago and gave the place a conditional thumbs-up. Alas, the things that put me off in 2007 have gotten only worse while the quality-of-service touches that could have balanced them out are nowhere to be seen. And so the thumb has turned.

One reviewer nailed it: Eden Bungalows seems to exist mainly as a party venue for the French proprietor and his mates, who occupy every stool at the bar on any given night. The "hotel" part of the business seems to be a terrible imposition that they must abide. As the bar is situated at the Eden entrance, we felt obliged to scurry in and out so as not to intrude on their fun.

When we checked in, the proprietor had his head buried in a newspaper and never so much as acknowledged our presence; instead, a young Thai woman standing nearby at the reception desk offered a perfunctory welcome and showed us to our quarters.

Our upstairs bungalow room was clean and tastefully appointed, but Eden seems to have dispensed with the floral touches on the bed and in the bath that I remembered from my earlier visit -- not a huge deal but indicative of the slide in attention to the guest experience. Really, the owners need to audit their competition to catch up on the amenities that travelers consider standard: Complimentary waters in the fridge, a complimentary instant-coffee setup, TV, and at least a continental breakfast. (None, none, none, and none.) On the plus side, they do have good free wi-fi.

Just two doors down from Eden Bungalows we discovered a much friendlier establishment that offers all those amenities, and more, for about the same money. We cut Eden loose after just one night and moved to the new place for the remainder of our stay on Koh Samui.

I am giving Eden Bungalows three stars, not two, because the hotel itself does not deserve a "poor" designation, and because the proprietor's wife, Lydia, is actually a very pleasant and helpful person. (I got to speak with her five years ago; unfortunately she was nowhere to be seen this time.) I recommend that she seize control of the front of the house and banish her husband and his mates to someplace where they won't have to studiously ignore the troublesome riff-raff who help pay the bills.

  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Belgium
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Reviewed 18 January 2012

Eden bungalows is located in the very busy centre of Bophut but we never noticed this. Bungalows are located in a green and quiet environment.

Compared to other places we stayed on Koh Samui (and even in other parts of Thailand) value for money is excellent here. No luxury at all that's true but very nice and cosy bungalows with a nice bathroom in the open air. We got what we expected.

The staff was very helpful though our first impression was a bit negative but once you know the girl who manages the place a bit it turns out she is very friendly. The owners also are very friendly, they're typical French but as I said very friendly.

Swimming pool is rather small but since we prefer to go to the beach it did not bother us. The beach itself is not very attractive, that's true but after having read some reviews about Bophut I expected it to be worse. It is not a "Bounty island beach" but it is also far from disgusting.

Rooms were cleaned after 2 days and also linen was changed.

Breakfast was not included in the price but was good value for money.

We did not have dinner in the restaurant but judging the number of people who did daily I suppose it's also ok.

A computer with free internet is at everyone's disposal next to the bar.

We would certainly go back here and we spent a great New Year's eve on the beach, unforgettable!

  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 January 2012

We lasted less than 48 hours. We felt as we somehow ended at a private party... Everythng was for the owners family and friends, the room was old and shabby. Everythng was old and worn out. We did not feel welcome and well looked after!

  • Stayed December 2011
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sheffield
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Reviewed 3 September 2011

we had a fantastic stay at eden bungalows, the french couple and their thai staff particularly joy and poy(?) were very friendly and spoke good english, the bungalows and rooms were very clean and decorated with taste, the garden, although small, was peaceful and green and the pool inviting, the café/restaurant had good thai food and a variety of good breakfasts at good prices - we found everyone very helpful too and happy to advise you on things to see or what needed organising etc, in all a really good stay and we would happily return at any time

  • Stayed August 2011, travelled with family
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Property: Eden Bungalows
Address: 91/1, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 151 B&Bs / Inns in Bophut
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Eden Bungalows 3*
Number of rooms: 15
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