Frankly Pattaya is the last place in Thailand that i would want to spend a holiday. it's a grimey city, really the opposite of the picturesque beach scenes most people conjure up when imagining vacationing South East Asia. While i was generally not amazed by the woodlands resort itself, the central goal of this review is to make potential travelers seriously reconsider the decision to visit Pattaya itself. what limited sand area exists on the beach is littered with trash and broken glass. trash floats in and out with the tide. it is not a city i would recommend visiting, particularly when there are so many amazing beach towns in Thailand! I read an earlier review condemning the resort for "no longer being a family friendly establishment" and i DO agree with that reviewer's criticism that you cannot escape the cigarette smoke at the pool or in the lounge area. However, i have to say that it is much more of a family friendly environment than any place i saw outside of the hotel's gates. amidst the decay, debauchery, and debris strewn streets of pattaya the woodland resort stands out as the most family friendly location. my suggestion if you are looking for a family friendly location is to try somewhere that isn't pattaya. overall i would rate the hotel as 'fine'. I stayed in a Deluxe Room. The room itself was nice enough, large, clean and sparsely but tastefully decorated. The bathroom was a bit of a different story. first there was water damage to the ceiling above the toilet which was not nice to look at (i attached a picture here) but more importantly the shower was a disaster. first it had zero water pressure, seriously i had trouble rinsing the shampoo out of my hair and not only was the water barely trickling out of the faucet, it was also erratic in terms of temperature. i like to take hot but not scalding showers, however the water was only hot if it was turned all the way to the left. but turned all the way to the left was tooo hot. unfortunately any attempt to move it to the right resulted in the shower becoming ice cold about 10 seconds later. when i first reported the problem to the front desk they were very friendly and reassured me that they would fix the problem. i think someone did look at it, but for whatever reason they were unable to fix it and the problem persisted. i asked several more times and each time the friendly staff sent someone to try to fix it but it was never resolved. i once had a similar problem with a shower at a different resort here in thailand and the staff at that hotel was much more proactive about fixing the problem and eventually transfered me to another room when they could not fix the problem and i think the staff at Woodlands could have done a better job of handling the problem. on the positive side, I actually enjoyed the breakfast buffet as it offered lots of fresh fruit. i can't recommend the room service as i ordered a white fish and scallops dish and was rather unimpressed by their blandness but the italian restaurant that is attached through the hotel courtyard is pretty good. the pool area, aside from the constant barrage of cigarette smoke, is nice and there are plenty of lounge chairs. you have to pay by the hour or by the day for wireless in your room, which i didn't appreciate. In general the hotel was fine, but it did not live up to the rave reviews i read on tripadvisor and i won't be back, but then again, i won't be back to pattaya either...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- REFURBISHMENT INFORMATION In order to increase our guests experience at Woodlands Hotel & Resort, we are launching a refurbishment program from 12th June, 2017 till 05th November, 2017 of our all day dining restaurant “Garden Café”. Upon completion a brand new and exciting buffet restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner will be available. During that period the breakfast buffet is moved to “La Ferme Restaurant”. All Woodlands facilities and rooms remain open as usual. The Woodlands Hotel & Resort is a charming family owned 4 stars hotel offering a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere with excellent services and facilities. Woodlands Hotel & Resort as being a small property with only 134 rooms will always be a step further from various Pattaya hotels offering a larger and busier environment. We have always recognized the need to enhance our sense of service and hospitality with a unique friendly environment, which is the essence of our being Woodlands. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Woodlands Resort Pattaya Hotel Pattaya
- Woodlands Hotel Pattaya
- Pattaya Woodlands Hotel