On the surface Lae Lay looked nice... But up close its obvious this place is pretending to be something it's not.
The building and rooms look modern and well designed, but once you get there everything has built poorly and with cheap materials. Everything is clean and the service was really good, but for what they promote themselves as and the price of the rooms it does not deliver. Rooms are sparse and doesn't feel homely or interesting. What I found hugely disappointing was the quality of everything... The door was flimsy ply wood, cheap handle and lock that I could easily have pushed open if locked or not. The furniture and bathroom all looked and felt like it cane from the cheap isle in IKEA.
I realise I'm coming across as picky and if I book a cheaper local place I expect these types of things... But they promote this place as foreign owned/run and the price suggests more. It seems this place is pretending to be boutique like or mid/high end, but they built the place on the cheap.
The location I really didn't like, walking out the front is quite a busy and noisy road and you have to walk past a lot of bars with girls trying to get you inside or pole dancing. Not a nice area, but good if you like that sort of stuff. Views from the rooms are ok, but nothing to right home about.
The pool looked ok, but not many places to sit or lie down as the people from the pool access rooms take them all up all day. Not much shade around the pool either.
Food here was also quite disappointing... Breakfast was not nice, very little choice and done on the cheap. Why use fake fruit drinks when real fruit and juice is so cheap and easy to get in Thailand? The boss even remarked when I was checking in that the breakfast buffet was great... But it wasn't at all. Ordered a lunch here too and was not nice.
Plenty of better places to stay in phuket.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lae Lay Suites Lay Lay Suites provides 36 deluxe and executive suites accommodation with spectacular views over the lush green hills and sunset over Kata Bay…an easy 10-15 minutes discovery walk to beaches, shopping, banking and many other facilities to make your stay a pleasant one. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lae Lay Suites Phuket/Karon