My wife loved the king's bed. the beddings were absolutely comfortable - she slept through soundly every nite of the short 3-nite stay there. We went there right after our stay in a renowned hotel in Bangkok. We paid more than twice of what we paid for Centara, yet the room & amenities were not half as good as Centara.
We got a top floor (level 8) room with balcony overlooking the pool. Everything in the room is perfect! All the amenities we needed were there - in-room safe, hairdryer, fridge and FREE wifi! Wifi connection is always good and auto-connect every time we returned to the room. Just 1 password for the entire stay. The bathroom had both a bathtub and separate shower cubicle with hand-held shower! The water pressure was good. Here i had a little negative feedback - repeatedly in 30sec cycle the running shower tend to rise very hot.
In the daytime we were often out, but the few staff we encountered in lobby and at breakfast were all friendly. Everytime I returned to the hotel I felt welcomed by their sawardee greetings. I booked the room via an online agent stating my preference for a king's bed, and when I presented the voucher at check-in the frontdesk staff realised they had assigned me a wrong room. He immediately apologised for making me wait while he fixed the mistake. It didnt take long though - i walked out to have a smoke and when I came back the bellhop was ready to walked me to the room. No fuss at all. Considering the price I paid, I think I got the room upgraded!
We squeezed out a few hours out of our itinerary to enjoy the pool but were unlucky. My wife is a non-swimmer and can only use the shallow pool, but an hour later the staff came to do maintenance on just that pool. There should have been some advance notice given so that we would not have wasted a few precious hours.
Location-wise i find it perfect. The hotel is situated in a soi (lane) just a few steps off the main 2nd Road. There are many hotels further inside the soi and Centara is the best located one. Across on the other side of the 2nd Road is the infamous Soi 6. 10min leisure walk through Soi 6 and will come to the main 1st or Beach Road and the beach! 10min walk from hotel in the traffic direction of 2nd Road we found a shelter row of eateries serving local seafood.Try the more popular stall at the inside end. I was truly amazed how this wonderful woman with her teenaged daughter could whipped up so many dishes out of the tiny kitchen. Cheap and delicious! There are many choices of F&B, shopping and other conveniences in this area. Going anywhere in the entire stretch of 1st and 2nd Roads is easy - just get on any passing songtaew for a 10baht ride. Or at the hotel entrance you can hail any unhired songtaew coming out from inside the soi and bargain the fare for a private ride. The advantage here is that these songtaews just came out from dropping off passengers at the hotels inside and would gladly take you if you offer a reasonable fare.
Across the hotel entrance are 2 massage salons. Get a authentic Thai traditional massage for 2 hours at just 400 baht. A real deal!
In summary i will rate the hotel location as perfect and the room excellent. Already my wife is planning to return to Centara Pattaya in my next business trip to Bangkok.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centara Pattaya Hotel is a four-star hotel conveniently located in the heart of Central Pattaya, a short walk away from beachside bliss or some serious shopping. During the days in this vibrant resort town guests can enjoy time at the local beaches or lay back and relax beside the hotel’s swimming pool which has a swim-up bar and a children’s pool. The pool area has plenty of space for lounging whilst making use of the free Wi-Fi, and there’s also a fitness centre with a sauna and a steam room, and Thai cooking classes. Each of the 152 rooms and suites features a light and bright décor, with cool whites, light wooden accents, and large picture windows that highlight views of the city or the swimming pool. Spaciousness is a common feature to all room styles, with comfortable living areas of up to 69 square metres and the option of family studios with bunk beds or spacious two-bedroom units. Guests will also enjoy easy access to Spa Cenvaree at sister-hotel Centara Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya and to the shopping opportunities of Central Festival. Golfing, visits to amusements parks and many other activities can all be arranged at the tour desk The Centara Pattaya Hotel is only a 90-minute drive away from Bangkok Suvarnabhumi International Airport and airport transfers and pick-ups can be arranged. ... more less
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