I went around and around about staying in Ao Nang after reading the reviews of the area. In the end we decided to use it as our base because there are 6 in our family and as stated the taxi fares are exorbitant in Krabi.
We needed some place we could walk from and Duang Jai fit the bill. It is along a fairly quiet street of primarily other hotels. To get to Nopparat thara beach you just go to the end of the main road and turn right. It's quite close; less than a 10 minute walk (this with kids in tow.) To get to Ao Nang Beach you turn left. Slightly farther but easily walkable. Unfortunately it rained our whole visit so we didn't get to do as much in the area as we'd hoped to. (The hotel has umbrellas you can borrow.)
The staff here is wonderful. We were here during low season and during a weekend of full on rain so we virtually had the place to ourselves. The manager Jeab was very friendly and helped arrange transportation for us to our next stop. Two of our girls were treated to having their hair expertly braided by Pim. A real treat!
The food at the restaurant is good. It wasn't super cheap but not expensive either. The free breakfast that came with our room was simple but filling. Eggs made to order (and some meat if you wanted), toast, fruit, juice, and coffee. The fact that it was open air did not bother us in the least.
One of the things I really enjoyed about the hotel was the architecture. The tile, the fish-filled pools, and the plantings were serene and beautifully done.
As others have mentioned I did hear a slight bit of construction noise from the neighboring property while outside but it didn't disturb us. I probably wouldn't have thought anything about it had I not read it in the reviews.
The one thing I should mention is that the rooms might not work very well if you have a toddler or have problems with stairs. We stayed on the lower floor and there are two steps up to the room and tile in front of the rooms. This was very slippery when wet. (They provide a pair of rubber soled sandals in the room.) The bathroom and kitchen/closet area are on a different level than the beds in the rooms. You have to go down a couple of steps to get to this area. They are open wooden steps and difficult to see at night. There is a night light in the room (possibly because of this). Architecturally pleasing but hard to deal with if you had very young children.
Also, the kitchen area does not have any curtains. Each room comes with a beautiful (small) courtyard out the back door. Next to the hotel is a field. Where privacy might be an issue is that there is a hotel one lot over that is taller. We could see lights and windows from this hotel. I really couldn't tell what (if any) their view would be of our rooms but I would have liked to have been able to close a curtain. Also, curtains would have darkened the rooms. The beds are out of the line of the back door making the area darker and private.
The beds are quite firm but that seems to be the norm in Asia. We got two cots (we had two rooms) and they were a bit softer.
We did experience a few minutes of power outage in the evening. This was noted in the hotel info as a possible occurrence common in the area. They were of short duration.
Pros: beautiful grounds, super staff, good location
Cons: stairs a bit tricky to navigate
Overall a nice small hotel. Good choice if you choose Ao Nang (though we'd not choose the area again.)
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