My first 3 weeks in thailand were spent at the Mercure in Chonburi. This hotel was nice, the staff were all very friendly - some were very excited to practice their English on us - can't say that our Thai was up to the same standard but they were very patient and we did try!
The food here was really nice - all freshly made and really full of flavour - I think we ate in the restaurant every evening (definitely wasn't brave enough to try the food from the stalls at the side of the road) The breakfast was really good - they put on a huge selection so there is something to please everyone - from fresh breads and croissants to eggs and even noodles, fish and rice! Plenty to go around - although you will find that it isn't as warm if you go down a bit later - if you aim to be there at 6 then the food is piping hot and amazing. There is a chef there to cook fresh eggs every morning too.
We were in the business/ club rooms on the top floor - amazing view of the city (and the construction site out the back) the only downside in my opinion is that the internet was really quite expensive. The rooms were well kept and other than some difficulty with our toilet which wouldnt flush I couldnt fault the room at all. There is a little coffee machine in the communal area which was nice - there are DVDs and books to borrow as well.
My friend and I rented a car from Pattaya (which by the way was terrifying- but you get used to it quickly) so it meant that we could drive to the sights around Chonburi- up to Bangkok and down to Pattaya and Sattahip. The public transport is pretty decent so you don't need a car to get about, I think route 3 runs straight past the hotel so you definitely won't be stuck without transport, plenty of Tuk Tuks and buses - private hire taxis are a little more expensive.
There is a supermarket within walking distance to pick up anything you may have forgotten and plenty of shops to pick up a bargain nearby.
Chonburi itself isnt a place frequented by tourists, but it is certainly a friendly place - I got a £3 haircut (best I think Ive had ever) and a £3 back massage, all the locals were very willing to help. Being 5"11 and very very white a lot of people did stare - but you do get used to it, they just aren't used to tourists.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Mercure Chonburi is an international standard hotel situated in the gateway city of Thailands Eastern Seaboard. It features 148 rooms, 2 restaurants, Bakery Corner and 7 conference rooms. Its strategic location combines business convenience with a perfect weekend escape. Adjacent to the Amata Nakorn, Borwin and Laemchabang Deep Sea Port industrial parks, the Mercure Chonburi hotel is located in the centre of the city, just a 45 minute drive out of Bangkok and the well known resort of Pattaya. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Mercure Chon Buri
- Mercure Hotel Chonburi Thailand