Deciding on a good hotel at Pattaya for a family vacation is tricky as hotels there are a plenty and are at a reasonable price. Having said that, once you decide on a hotel and go to the tripadvisor review, you found the scary facts about them.
We decided on Holiday Inn because, we found excellent reviews for the hotel by recent and past users. Though the hotel was expensive by Pattaya standard and the location a little inconvenient, at the fag end of the beach road in North Pattaya, we decided to go for it. It appeared, we made the right choice.
The Hotel is chic and elegant with modern décor and a standout highrise architecture on a small beachfront property. The Lobby is spacious and tastefully decorated and we liked the unconventional luminaires in the lobby.
Check-in was a breeze at the separate priority club counter and we were allocated a room on 14th and 21st floor. I was a little dissatisfied with the 14th floor option as the tripadvisor review tips advised us to go for higher floors, but then the hotel was full at that time.
Our apprehension disappeared when we reached our room at the 14th floor as there was a breathtaking aerial view of the bay from our room. Simply outstanding. It appears that the hotel building is perpendicular to the sea and the rooms are on the longer side with balconies angularly jutting out of each room. As a result all the rooms are sea view rooms. The rooms with even nos. are with twin beds and face the sea towards the Amari and Dusit Hotel side ( towards Naklua Beach). The rooms with odd nos have kingsize beds and overlook the pattaya bay. Ofcourse, if you can manage a corner room at the front of the hotel then you are blessed with both including the birds eye view of the superb infinity pool down below. Truly intelligent design for a beachfront hotel….
The room was with modern décor, a glass shower cubicle and a spacious toilet and balcony. The beds were comfortable enough to make you late for the breakfast. The buffet spread at the breakfast is huge and as per the expected standards of a chain like Holiday Inn. We also ate at the Pizza restaurant of the hotel at the road level and the pizzas were yummy. They offer a 50% discount between 4-7pm everyday and that is a cracking deal.
The swimming pool was nice although a little on the smaller size. The arrangements of the deckchairs around the pool were a little congested. The Gym was a big letdown. It was basic and tucked in an obscure corner of the hotel and both the days I visited the Gym, it was crowded and there were no attendants and trainers. No sauna and steam room here in this hotel.
The food at the hotel is costly but then Pattaya, spoils you silly to choose where to eat from its unlimited gastronomical voyage.
One big letdown was the paid wi-fi but then we were prepared for it, thanks to the reviews at Tripadvisor and were armed with tourist sims with unlimited 3G. However, it’s a shocker that they do not offer free wifi to their priority club members also.
The hotel is at the best a four star with a steep price tag than its competitors, but still we loved to be here. The best part of the hotel was that it was on the beach, yet away from the din and bustle of noisy Pattaya and yet near to all the places that you would like to go( you can almost always found a baht bus waiting for you on the road). We liked the elegance of the hotel décor and the unobtrusive yet efficient service of the staff. We had a comfortable holiday. Shall we visit again? Probably Yes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Holiday Inn Pattaya is ideally located along the bustling beach on Pattaya 1 Road. We are approximately 90 minutes from Suvarnabhumi International Airport, and about 100 minutes from Bangkok.Our brand new hotel offers convenient access for both business and leisure travelers. Visit Wat Yarnna Rangsee Buddhist Monastery, Nongnuch Tropical Garden or experience the Sriracha Tiger Zoo.The Holiday Inn Pattaya is just the place for you. The guest rooms and suites are stylish and the furnishings are complete with balcony and ocean views. We provide recreational facilities like fully equipped gym, two outdoor swimming pools, and high speed internet access. Relax and unwind at the Tea Tree Spa offering a wide range of treatments. For those traveling with children, we offer our unique Kid Suites and Kids Club.Come and experience Pattaya at Holiday Inn Pattaya! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Holiday Inn Pattaya Hotel Pattaya