Came on a tour with my parents and kids and had 2 rooms - a suite and a double room. The suite room was nice but my parents' room was just average. The rooms are big though. However the bathrooms are not well-designed - For the suite, when one showers, the water leaked out to the bathroom floor because the glass pane is not positioned correctly. In the double room, there is no shower door at all! Naturally the whole bathroom can become wet and the hotel only provides one tiny floor mat that is woefully inadequate. Strange design.
The housekeeping is not very on-the-ball either. I have small kids and they like to lie on the floor. When I peeped under my bed, and under the extra bed, I realised with horror that the chambermaids did not sweep under the furniture! So disgusting! I guessed I should have expected such sub-standard service because for the 4 days I was staying at the hotel, when I greeted the chambermaids on their rounds in the mornings, they just returned a surly, super-back-face look. On my last day, I didn't bother to greet them at all.
As I have read the previous reviews, I was mentally prepared for the breakfast choices. It was just the same items every day but the food was hygenic - no ants. Tthe wait staff were quick to clear tables and were generally good. So my breakfast experience was ok. I liked the open-air breakfast room, we can hear the birds chirping and the sun streams in, which was wonderful.
The location was good, and we could easily walk down Ao Nang beach to catch a boat to the other islands. The shopping is not very interesting though, it tries to imitate Bangkok but you would realise that the shops are generally the same - they all sell bikinis, beach mats, or same souvenirs. There are many tattoo parlours. If you are in Krabi and fancy a good pizza, you can get it at the many western restaurants on this stretch. If you fancy good Thai fare, well you can get Thai fare, but it's only average.
All in all, the beaches on the offshore islands are exquisite and my family had a good time. The Small hotel is passable. The service is not bad, just unmemorable. The rooms are ok, and can be cleaner if you are lucky to get a conscientious chambermaid :). Just nip an extra floor mat from the housekeeping trolley for the inevitable bathroom "floods" and you will be fine :))
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Asian Chic Hotel, Located on beach front road, a few steps to Noppharatthara beaches and 300 meters to Ao nang, the small hotel enveloped by the warm atmosphere of its Asian Chic architecture with a smooth blending of rustic simplicity of the furnishings. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Small, Krabi Hotel Ao Nang
- The Small, Krabi Ao Nang