I would love to give this place 5 stars. It cost me and my girlfriend less than a tenner a night each to stay here, and we stayed for 2 nights. The room was quaint and pretty, as shown in the pictures, there was a kettle in the room (first place I've stayed in Thailand to have one) and the hot water shower was lovely, also first since I've been here!
I'm not usually one to moan about noise (had a little bit of street noise and bike noise through the night in my previous hotel and didn't mention this in the review I wrote for that) but this place was horrendous. Our first night around 3am I woke up to sounds of loud motorbikes going past constantly, people shouting, metal clanging and general hustle and bustle. When I was woken I was really confused, at first I thought perhaps I'd slept right through and it was now lunchtime because of the noise as the street can't surely be this loud in the middle of the night. Then I thought the window in my room was wide open because the noise from the street was *so* clean. There was no muffle or damp to the sound which a window normally provides. It was really odd. The noises were just coming into the room at what seemed like the normal volume as if there was no window at all. I looked at my watch and it said 3.30am, then I pulled open my curtain to see the street looking horrendously busy with all the Thai people setting up their market stalls. It was actually quite a cool sight, and was strange to see so much life at 3.30am, but we had to be up at 6.30am to be picked up for our safari tour at 7am so a bad night sleep is the last thing we needed.
Admittedly it did quieten down around 4am and I was able to get back to sleep again, but that agonizing feeling of not being able to sleep because of something out your control is really irritating. The second night was the same, but as I was so tired from the safari I managed to send myself back to sleep pretty quickly every time I was woken by sound, which was a good 10 times.
It's a shame because the hotel is nice and amazing value, and perhaps if I had been put in a room facing the other side it wouldn't have been so bad. I would still recommend people to stay here if you can sleep through thunderstorms, or request your room be put on the street not facing the main road/market.
PS I'm writing this review from my bed in the Chinotel (it's 9.30am) and suddenly a noise of a key in the door and someone trying to get in startled us. I was shouting 'hello? Hello?!' But the key turning persisted until the cleaner opened the door, said sorry and disappeared. A little odd!
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