This isn't a hotel you're going to stay at and say wow - the best hotel I've ever been in. to be fair it isn't the worst either, it's just OK.
After a lot of moaning from people about their standard rooms there is a policy in place to only sell junior suites to foreign guests. The thinking behind this is that the rooms will be more aligned to your expectations and everyone will be happy.
I was told that if you book a standard room they never check your Thai nationality so you'll get away with it. Don't quote me but that's what I was told. As it is the Junior Suite cost us 2500 baht per night plus an additional 500 baht for a third roll away bed. I try not to comment on value for money as everyone's perception is different but we thought it wasn't expensive.
The room it's self was fine. A large bathroom with seperate shower and bath. The plastic shower curtain meant a bit of water on the floor but towels soon sorted that out. A fridge with drinks and a kettle / drinks powders.
The hotel has a pool which supposedly was 50 baht per person to use but we were never charged and the room maid gave us towels to use. There is a karaoke bar near the pool which was deserted when we poked our head through the door one evening. The Western songs were in no particular order other than their number on the system so impossible to look anything up.
This is a Thai hotel located in a provincial town. It isn't a tourist hot spot and neither is it a centre of commerce so as a result you might feel a little alien. Breakfast was not the finest I have tasted. Asian people eat savoury dishes for breakfast and I haven't actually got a problem doing the same myself. But even the rice had chilli in it ! So it was a slice of toast and a paid for cafe latte from the reception coffee station. Cereal wouldn't go amiss especially given the number of western bodies sitting at breakfast.
Location wise there isn't really a right or wrong location for hotels in Surat Thani. Ther plaza is just across the (busy) road from the plaza shopping centre a huge modern developement. We had a car and drove there, we also drove to several restaurants nearby (with a local friend who was looking after us and was born in Surat Thani). Similarly we drove out past the airport to see some temples and silk factories in the outlying villages.
The airport is extremely easy to get to by car from the Hotel and is 20-30 minutes away.
Overall the hotel is clean enough but quite dated. Faded pictures of Arnold Schwarzenegger in his body building days in the Gym and some babe in a 1980's dance leotard in the hall way sum the place up.
For us it did the job. If we were in the area I would stay again but if someone suggested a better alternative it wouldn't take much to persuade me to try it.
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