The hotel's website stated it as 10 minutes from Cha Am but it failed to note that the road leading in to the hotel is isolated and the resort is about the only place it leads to! First day's stay (Thursday) was about 1100B and second night was 1250B. This included a buffet breakfast.
The rooms were not well kept - 4 of us travelled stayed in 2 rooms. One room had lights which did not work in the bathroom and room. The other had a broken toilet - enough said. After 3 attempts at repairing the toilet, they finally agreed to let us change that room. Both rooms didn't have towels. We called housekeeping but they couldn't understand a basic hotel request for towels. We had to go to reception and mime showering before they understood.
The hotel pool didn't look too clean and many of the tiles were missing. The pool area was also under renovation but they didn't do a good job of keeping the construction debris out of the pool.
Due to its remote location, we had trouble going out to Cha Am. When we asked the staff at the coffee house, they offered to get a taxi for us at 600B. When I told them I remembered the website offering free shuttles to the town, they denied knowing anything about it. As we had no other options, we took the taxi (which turned out to be a songtheaw) after bargaining to 500B. The driver dropped us at the beginning of Cha Am beach. When we finished dinner and shopping, he refused to drive the 2km down the straight road to pick us up so we had to lug out water bottles etc up the road again! He would have easily spotted us as we were waiting in front of the 7-11 in front of the Cha Am Love and Music Carnival - when we told him we were not happy about this, he told us there are plenty of 7-11s on the Cha Am beach road. He's right - there's 12 but there's only ONE in front of the carnival. We asked about a trip to Hua Hin for the next day and he wanted to charge is 1000B. It cost us 2200B on a taxi down from Bangkok (200km) so we weren't about to pay half that amount for a 30km ride. Luckily, because on the next day, we spoke to the reception staff who told us there would be a shuttle at 9am and 1pm to Cha Am. No charge!
2 bus loads of tourists arrived late that night and the bus drivers kept the engines going on all night - outside our room. This happened again on the second night.
Breakfast : western and local buffet. Passable.
The hotel is on a beautiful stretch of beach. There are plenty of shells to collect and you can walk up and down the beach without encountering anyone else.
The hotel driver who took us to Cha Am was super obliging. We wanted to rent a car - he took us to someone who understood English and knew a car rental. Then he drove us to get the car. He drove us from the rental again when we returned the car on the next day. Then he took us to the train station and carried all our bags for us to the platform. BEST member of staff at the hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Eurasia Cha-am Lagoon is located in Petchaburi Province with the distance of 190 kilometers from Bangkok. Privacy blessed with the blue-sky stretch of white sandy beaches of over 2 kilometers and stunning sunrises. They're all here for you to enjoy at Eurasia Cha-am Lagoon. Reserve your room now for a wonderful privacy weekend at a relaxing price ... more less
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