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!
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Grand Thara Hotel Thailand/Surat Thani