This hotel offers all the usual advantages of a luxury boutique hotel - character, intimacy and comfort. The history of the place which is interwoven with the economic and social changes of the country in the last century and a half gives it the additional appeal.
We stayed in the Rajah Brooke Suite, the type of room offered at the lowest rate. It is on the 2nd floor of a cottage at the fringe of the compound. The interior is decidedly old-school colonial with a spacious balcony that provides additional space for reading, having afternoon tea or just relaxing. The walk-in wardrobe and the waterbasins are located in a side room between the sleeping area and the bathroom. We think it is a clever use of space and makes the layout more interesting. The shower cubicle opens out to an outdoor shower, which is a welcome surprise.
The hotel pool is in a long rectangular shape allowing a decent distance of swim before each
turn. Lining the length of the pool on one side, an imposing wall of climber plant gives added serenity and style.
Staff are hospitable and friendly. Recommendations on restaurants and excursion tour operators were readily available and also proved to be reliable.
The range of dishes at the buffet breakfast is admittedly limited but such deficiency is compensated for by the food quality.
Minor gaps in service included forgetting to hold our table for dinner in the library as promised and failing to collect used dishes left at the door for more than a day. These however do not affect overall satisfaction.
Also as our room sat at the perimeter of the site, one could hear the occassional noises from the traffic taking the adjacent alley and music played at the bar nearby. Not a major disturbance, but something we would rather have done without. A pricier room further away from the street should not suffer from this problem.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This luxurious 30 suite boutique Hotel is built around a colonial teak homestead built in 1880s. It is located in a leafy residential enclave a few minutes walk from the historical Wat Gate Temple, Ping River and boutique shopping area. Four stunning suite types range from 70 -135 square meters; two with small private pools. Tiled verandas, cane shades, rattan furniture and free standing Victorian baths are reminders of days gone by, blend with modern facilities including outdoor gardens showers, flat screen televisions and wi-fi. A range of bespoke dining options include the Jack Bain's Bar, Parlor, Wine Cellar, The Dining Room, Palette, Kitchen and Private Dining, using organic ingredients from the Hotel's garden.Recreation facilities include the Spa, Gymnasium and Swimming Pool. ... more less
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