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Chaulty Towers
Ranked #13 of 50 Hotels in Lamai Beach
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taipei
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“Friendly guesthouse in the small hill...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 March 2013

We stayed in this place for 4 nights in the deluxe room attached to the owner's home. We like how quiet it is, and we could enjoy the independency little away from the main Lamai street and beach. Steve is an good host who's extremely helpful during our stay. Our room is cleaned everyday with fresh towel. We were looking for a more affordable place on this trip, and luckily we've found this welcoming guesthouse to stay with definitely worth the value.

Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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    5 of 5 bubbles
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Auroville, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 March 2013

My wife found this place on the net through Tripadvisor and we checked into this place on the afternoon of the 4th of March. Steve picked us up in his car from a petrol station down the road. My first impression was Steve (the owner) is a lovely host who cares for his guests which means a lot when staying as a guest. The room we stayed in was attached to his house and despite that, the our privacy was not compromised. It has a little pool for relaxing. The room is clean, airy and the housekeeping is amazing. The sheets are changed, the bed is made, the room is clean, the towels are changed everyday.
Steve is a lovely host and very helpful when one wants to move around on the island. The service is professional and has the personal touch which is a boon to travelers who want a homelike atmosphere. Location wise, it is close to Lamai beach and is away from the touristic hot spots making it private and relaxing after a good day in the sun.
The price for the room is very affordable and does not pinch the pockets in anyway. The price, the ambience and the amenities provided makes the holiday makers really enjoy their stay on the island.
I would suggest this place to medium budget travelers who would like their privacy and independence.
Teresa and Bunty

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Torrox, Spain
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2013

Where to start? We booked this as part of a 4 week trip to Phuket and Koh Samui purely because of the excellent reviews this has. We stayed for 4 nights in February. Our overall accommodation in Thailand consisted of a mixture of budget and luxury. The price we paid for this was on a par with one in Patong and one in Phuket Town, both of which we have given excellent reviews, so price is not the issue. I e mailed Steve to see if he could provide the airport transfer and he said he would. After waiting for an hour at the airport I found his telephone number and rang him to be told that his wife had gone away and he was busy so could not pick us up. He did, however, give us a free transfer to our next hotel on the island so that was good of him. We had a deluxe room but quite frankly it was not what I would call deluxe. Yes, it was bigger than the other rooms but quite dirty i.e. the shower curtain was filthy, the curtains did not meet in the middle and were hanging down off the rail. In addition the owner's 2 dogs were free to wander in and lay down whenever our door was open. This in itself was not a problem as we have a dog ourselves but the dogs in question had a considerable amount of tics and fleas which you could see quite clearly. Also, one of the dogs took to sitting in the swimming pool when it was hot. I can say that Steve was very accommodating in offering lifts to the town and the beach but if your prefer a hotel with a little anonymity this would not be for you. If you want somewhere cheap then it is good value for money.

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Aldershot
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105 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2013

We stayed here for 7 nights in Feb 2012 and had a very relaxing stay. The deluxe room that we had was excellent. Whenever we wanted a lift into town Steve obliged. Although the hotel is a 10 minute walk to start of town we found it to be very safe.The road is lit but it is worth taking the torch in your room so the motorisits can see you. A previous review mentioned the dogs up this road and yes there are a few but they are not a problem even at one o'clock in the morning they just bark at you if you talk to them they soon start wagging there tails.TIP try the Massaman curry off street vendor in food market by boxing ring it is the third stall on left right oitside supermarket entrance

  • Stayed February 2013, travelled as a couple
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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2013

Stayed for 5 nights in Feb 2013. Nice quiet location and very well run. Room was excellent and the late breakfast was a good idea. Pool area was clean and well maintained. Honesty bar worked and Steve was able to arrange car / scooter hire from the hotel. 10 minutes walk to Lamai beach and all the bars and clubs. Highly recommended and will return

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Moraira, Spain
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2013

We stayed five nights in Koh Samui last month en route to Australia. Steve collected us from and took us back to the island's charming airport and made clear that he would be happy to drive us into the village.
The hotel is small and fully occupied during our brief stay. There are only six units arranged around the pool and I believe all are provided with efective air conditioning, cooling fan, TV/radio, security safe, tea/coffee making facilities and en suite shower room, etc. Simple, basic but everything one needs.
Fellow guests were very cosmopolitan and I should imagine that, with a collection of kindred spirits, the hotel could get very convivial.
Hearing the stories of other accommodation near the beach, Chaulty Towers is a bargain by comparison. Highly recommended.

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  • Stayed January 2013, travelled as a couple
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2013 via mobile

Me and my partner stayed here in August after reading all the 'amazing' reviews!
We emailed and arranged the airport pick up - Steve didn't appear! On phoning him, there was no apology (this happened the next day when he realised he forgot) instead just a comment to get a taxi! Needless to say I was already peed off by the time I got to the hotel.
We were put in an upgraded room purely by chance. Steve's maid had booked someone else in ours. this may sound fab but we then had to move to our original room two days in as someone else was booked in the superior suite. this just proved to be a pain in the bum - not being able to unpack and moving from room to room. I would have rather been in the more simple room from the start.
The rooms are very basic. But, heh, you get what you pay for, and for the cost - the rooms were fine. Clean bedding, air con and a tv. Don't move any furniture mind you as they don't get moved by the cleaners! we didn't pay for breakfast included but we did have it one of the days and it was brill, with PG tips and marmite.
The hotel is a good walk from the beach but not a major problem in the day, a bit more so at night time when you are walking up tracks with no lights and lots of dogs!!!
The lifts to town were offered but we never asked. We did go and watch the Thai boxing but to be honest, I found it, and the offer of going on to another bar, all a little bit sleazy. We would have preferred to go to the boxing on our own and not witness the stereotypical British behaviour of our 'guide' and the other men from the hotel around the Thai girls!!!
If I had a bit of cash I would NOT stay here again, in fact, even minus the cash I wouldn't. Spend a few extra pounds and stay at some where that your girlfriend will feel a little more comfortable staying at.

  • Stayed August 2012
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chault, Owner at Chaulty Towers, responded to this review, 4 February 2013
This review was posted word for word last year, I responded to the review 6 months ago, but you said my comment was not in your guide lines. I am now shocked to see the same review re-posted. It would appear that the client has copied and pasted there original review. and then deleted it, to enable to resumit it again now. This is not in your guide lines, but you have chosen to break your own rules. Further more I have two independant vistors staying in my hotel now who have read this review last year when they were choosing their holiday, and both of them said they are going to respond to the review, pesumably you will block their responce as well ? While I don't exspect you to do the decent thing and exspose the personal attack on me, I would appreciate its emediate removal. ( if you do print this, it would deter other people in the future breaking the trip avisor rules ). Many Thanks Steve
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Property: Chaulty Towers
Address: 149 / 31 Moo 4, Lamai Beach, Maret, Ko Samui 84310, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Maret > Lamai Beach
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#1 Best Value Hotel in Lamai Beach
#6 Family Hotel in Lamai Beach
#10 Romantic Hotel in Lamai Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:2 star — Chaulty Towers 2*
Number of rooms: 6
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Small villa style hotel, husband (UK) and wife (Thai) owned and managed. Visitors arrive as guests and leave as friends and often return several times every year. Don't be fooled by our low price, our rooms are of a higher standard than some much more expensive hotels and resorts. Enjoy a cold beer at the pools edge, we also have BBQs every week. ... more   less 
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