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“Nice cheap but dated hotel ~ beware the hookers”
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Grand Thara Hotel
Ranked #24 of 49 Hotels in Surat Thani
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Nice cheap but dated hotel ~ beware the hookers”
Reviewed 5 March 2013

The hotel itself is nice enough for £10 a night you can expect a very dated lift, dated rooms probably from the 1970s ~ but the mattresses were comfy enough & the air con worked well. The shower worked perfectly enough for £10 a night & the room had a working fridge & a TV, with free WI-FI in the lobby. As I say perfectly pleasant enough to use as a stop over for the night or two whilst on route to the islands.

Going back to stop overs, the only thing to note about this hotel is the sheer number of red light massage shops in the area, combined with the hookers who blatently strut through the lobby & 30 minutes leave again. The clientele are mostly Thai or Japanese young males, with only a handful of genuine Thai couples seen here. Having stayed here with my boyfriend it was a shock to say the least when a young Japanese male knocked on my door & asked to be let in to my/our room. Thankfully my partner was with me at the time but it would have been quite intinidating had he nipped to the shop!

It's certainly a colourful hotel & not for the faint hearted!

  • Stayed March 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 16 November 2012 via mobile

I needed a single overnight stop before my flight to kl, this plaxe was perfectly located and was as expected so cant really complain. Reception service was poor, hitel seen better days but room and breakfast was fine. All in all ik but dont go expecting luxury!

  • Stayed November 2012
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Bergen, Norway
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2012

This hotel has a perfect location! Its old, but have all what you need for a good night sleep. Have stayed here three times now. The rooms costs from 9£ to 19£. But then you may not need a big livingroom with corner view, that costs the most.

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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2012

Like me you are probably only in Surat Thani to go to the islands. This place is clean and they have rooms with 2 and 3 beds. The rooms are really old and never renovated (1970's style) but they are clean and spacious. Our room was unbelievably huge but super cheap.

The front desk staff are useless and don't even bother with asking for a wake up call.

Wifi is only in the lobby.

  • Stayed May 2012, travelled with friends
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Kuala Lumpur, Wilayah Persekutuan, Malaysia
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 March 2012

Hotel is very very dated. Everything is old ie the room, furnitures, the aircond( with no temperature control & got very cold during sleep), the lift etc. No doubt it is cheap but there are many cheap hotels elsewhere as it is just a small town & mostly popular for transit backpackers going to koh samui or phangan. The mattrese was so hard that i could feel the spring coils.
However there were some good points. The staff were helpful & friendly and location is just a stroll away to the pier which is convenient for those on transit. My husband loves this place as there is ample parking area behind the hotel which is very important for him as a biker. We requested a room facing the river on the top most floor and hence had a lovely view. However it got noisy in the morning as it was facing the main road. If piece & quiet is important to you, don't go for the riverview rooms.
The room rate includes bfast but you might as well skip it altogether. They have only plain white bread with 1 type of jam, butter and porridge. No eggs in sight! And you got to use the plastic tray & cups, which reminded me of my school canteen days. The restaurant is dark with old tables & chairs and smelt musty.
Overall, it is not really that bad for a cheap town hotel but i will give this one a miss next time. My husband likes this place for the parking convenience, nice view and convenient location though.

  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 15 January 2012

The Grand Thara was a complete dump. To be fair, it was cheap, but whatever low budget you're on, it's not worth it.

The place is very worn out. I dare you
to take the stairs and check out the floors. According to the furnishing, it seems like the happy days where sometime at the 70's, with a decorator from Soviet. There was a damp, unhealthy smell in the room. It didn't help to open the windows or turn on the air condition.

The breakfast was a joke. The tea tasted like coffee, and the toast was barely edible. On top of that some weird looking porridge that I didn't dare to taste.

On the good side, this hotel is situated in the middle of the city of Surat Thani. Another good thing about this place was the hot shower. Best so far of any place I have stayed at.
But the good stuff ends there.

  • Stayed January 2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2011

Stayed 1 night when arriving late at the train station and leaving for Ko Samui the day after.

Strange hotel that may have been stylish 20 or 30 years ago. Nice room with air-con. Really cheap, so did the trick for us.

  • Stayed August 2011
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Thank ReiseFrosk
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Property: Grand Thara Hotel
Address: 1/144 Thanon Don Nok | Tumbol Talad, Amphur Mueng, Surat Thani 84000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Surat Thani
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #24 of 49 Hotels in Surat Thani
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Thara Hotel 3*
Number of rooms: 172
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Grand Thara Hotel is one of the most well-known landmarks of Surat Thani located next to the Surat Thani City Shrine. Recently renovated lobby as well as bedding and toiletry facilities with HOT water in every room. Wireless INTERNET access is also available in our lobby area free-of-charge. Grand Thara means 'Big River' as we are located on the 'Tapee' riverbank with picturesque views of both the city and the river. ... more   less 
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