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AliSea Boutique Hotel
Ranked #14 of 110 Hotels in Ao Nang
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 15 March 2014

We booked a Romance Room but were very disappointed. The pics of this room suggest beatiful views - not the case. The room we were allocated overlooked what looked like a rubbish site behind the hotel. The 'spa' on the roof was a wooden tub that I would never consider getting into - the inside was full of slime. The bed was like a wooden board and the heavily stained mattress protector could be seen through the bottom sheet. Ughhh. To be fair, the hotel staff did their best to make the bed more comfortable by finding another mattress to put on top of the plank-like bed. I had a week booking, which we promptly cancelled after day 1 and were only charged 2 nights (one a cancellation), which they probably did not have to do. The town itself is pretty nasty, the only thing going for it is the proximity to other gorgeous locations like Railay and nearby islands.

Room Tip: If you must stay here, try and get a room facing the beach side.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 February 2014

Overall, felt like we received a good value. We were within a 5-10 minutes of stores, beach and boat ticketing that takes people to other beaches. Likes: 1. 5 minutes or less walk to the #2 ranked restaurant that did not disappoint 2. friendly staff 3. clean rooms 4. one room slept two adults and two kids on a large king and a single bed- we paid for 3 adults and that was the right move 5. towels and beach mats were available to borrow for the beach.

My wish list: 1. have wi-fi in the rooms or at least in the pool area instead of just the lobby 2. make eggs to order to keep them warm - the person is already there 3. add a coffee on demand machine that grinds the beans - this would take the breakfast up a notch.

Reminder: make a taxi reservation the night before your trip back to the airport. The morning of was much more difficult than anticipated.

Room Tip: I did not see an elevator, so might be a problem if a person has a stroller.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled with family
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Reviewed 13 February 2014

I stayed here for 4 nights. The location is good except there are no good convenience stores nearby. There is one little shop near the main road that is overpriced. The hotel itself has character and feels like a large home. The style is European and it's very nice. The rooms were a good size but I was disappointed that the balcony was so small and had no chairs to sit on.

The good things were: nice shower, good size bathroom, comfortable beds and good working AC units. There were a few English channels on the cable including HBO. The pool was really nice with lots of sun and comfortable chairs. The pool does not have drink / food service even though there is a bar up there no one was working.

The not so good things: no elevators - something to consider if you have mobility issues. Also, the walk up to the hotel is on an incline so that could be tough. The doors and windows had gaps so we had some bugs and a gecko in our room. Mosquitos were not out while we were there but it could be a major annoyance if there were many mosquitos. The room was not as clean as I had hoped. When I checked in one of the coffee mugs was dirty and sticky. The balcony area was very dirty and was unsuitable to hang bathing suits and towels to dry.

Another disappointment was there is no in-room safe. Bring a lock for your suitcase or luggage.

The breakfast was fine, nothing special. It would have been nice if the eggs were kept warm. Wifi is available only in the lobby and pool area.

This hotel was good, but different from other hotels in Ao Nang in that the staff does not provide much in the service department. They were friendly and nice but there are no extras here. That's not necessarily bad - it just depends on what you are looking for. Overall it was a good experience. I would stay here again but I'm not sure it would be my first choice.

  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 November 2013

I spent 7 nights at this hotel and found it to be very good. The staff were friendly and helpful.
Rooms were better than most I've stayed in before for the same price. Breakfast was ok, good start for the day. The pool is a bit small but welcoming after a day out.

  • Stayed: November 2013, travelled solo
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Reviewed 2 November 2013

overall the hotel was ok, the location was great, just off the main strip in Ao Nang, the rooms were ok, we had a romance room with a bathtub on the balcony. maybe it was our expecations but it wasn't that nice. the breakfast was ok if you had toast, the fried eggs were cooked and left on the side so they went cold. there were about 4 people eating breakfast when we were there so not sure why the chef didnt cook the eggs on request so save wastage and moaning clients.

the infinity pool is nice, shame the view is blocked by the hotel over the road...however it was still a nice pool area, clean and had sunbeds. we were the only people using the pool whenever we were there. the hotel was really quite. we hardly saw anyone.

  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 July 2013

We were a bit hesitate to book this hotel because most of the good reviews are all the way from 2007, and poor reviews recently; but it surely did not disappoint. We were given a corner Romance Club room, sea view and nicely decorated, romantically. We were here during the low session, and had the whole infinity pool to ourselves.

Plus:
+ lovely bathtub at the balcony, big enough for 2; it's also private enough especially at night
+ nice infinity pool
+ 5 minutes walk to the main street and beach
+ i can feel the sincerity of the hotel owner's design and deco.
+ low density
+ affordable

Ok:
= clean enough
= service, good enough and i'm not expecting a 5-stars service

Minus:
- breakfast? what breakfast?
- the window open to the neighbouring hotel's pool (or to some, that could be a plus?)

side-note:
we had a problem with the hotel arranged cab didn't pick us up from the airport, not sure what when wrong but rather just get a cab from airport on arrival at the same price, or just take the shutter bus.

Don't hesitate to contact me for more info.

  • Stayed: July 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 March 2013

We were driving and had not made a booking anywhere. Many hotels we called into to look at were either full, too expensive or downright grotty. I checked Tripadvisor and thought we would have a look at the Alis. It was empty ... well, two other guests. The staff were polite and the room clean and comfortable. We, as planned only stayed one night and after a perfectly good sleep and OK breakfast I can recommend this hotel. There is a huge telecommunications tower on the roof so if the possible health risks (?) associated with this bother you, you may wish to book elsewhere.

  • Stayed: March 2013, travelled with friends
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Additional Information about AliSea Boutique Hotel

Address: 125 Ao Nang, Ao Nang, Krabi Town 81000, Thailand (Formerly Alis Hotel & Spa)
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Krabi Town > Ao Nang
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#3 Romantic Hotel in Ao Nang
#7 Spa Hotel in Ao Nang
#8 Family Hotel in Ao Nang
Price Range: £26 - £112 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — AliSea Boutique Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 34
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
ALISEA. It sounds like something from a storybook or fantasy. Because it is. Named for a fairytale princess and set in a dream location, ALISEA is the new boutique hotel, located in a charming enclave of Aonang Beach. Find sanctuary within strolling distance of Aonang's best dining and entertainment. ALISEA nestles in a natural amphitheater of cool greens and dazzling turquoise, bathed by soft breezes, embraced by lush jungle and framed by Krabi's fabled karsts. From the roof top loft suites and the pool, the views are pure theatre. No drama: ALISEA is cucumber cool, a haven of serenity ... And your connection to quintessential Krabi. Above all, ALISEA is about you. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Alis Hotel And Spa
Alis Hotel Ao Nang
Alis Hotel Krabi
AliSea Boutique Hotel Krabi/Ao Nang

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