I live nearby but my internet was out so I needed a place with a reliable internet connection to work from. A friend recommended the Areca lodge. I arrived at 7:45 PM and explained my situation to the front desk staff. I wanted to check out the room and wireless connection but the front desk said that wasn't possible in the evening. She seemed to understand the situation and gave me a room on the 4th floor, which I assume is the old building because it isn't very nice and is fairly worn. I wasted 20 minutes determining all three wireless routers on the 4th floor weren't working. The front desk staff were rude and insisted the problem was with my computer (it wasn't and they never bothered to fix the routers during my two day stay). For better or worse I checked a 5th floor router and discovered it worked and ended up moving to the 5th floor. The next day the front staff insisted the room was already booked and I had to change rooms which I did. The internet was fine in the new room but the thermostat was broken and the air con would never turn off. Staff couldn't/wouldn't understand the problem and it took 3 hours and 2 replacement thermostats to fix it. What a waste of time. BTW, I did speak with the head manager about the internet issue, he was smily and apologetic but I don't think he even understands the problem. If your only there for fun, take your chances but if you expect any kind of reliablility forget it. Also I paid the rack rate of 1300 baht which I think is pretty high for the hotel in low season, there are lots of better hotels for less nearby. On the positive side, the breakfast was very good.
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- Areca Hotel Pattaya