Simple, spotlessly clean, friendly and comfortable are the words to describe the Palm Garden.
I imagine the few palm trees planted in the front entrance/car park are responsible for the name of this hotel but there is no garden to speak of. But it was the quietest accommodation I could find in my research and I'm rather glad that it is a 10min tuk-tuk ride from the town centre as it is far too hectic and noisy there for my liking. The tuk-tuk journey is fun anyway and costs only 80 baht.
Free Wifi is available in the hotel lobby and I had reception in our ground floor room. The only disadvantage to the ground floor is that noisy guests arriving can wake you up as the place is tiled from wall to wall making the acoustics very loud.
Our room had a TV, mini-fridge with water, wardrobe etc. It is true that the showers have those little heaters which means the water is never actually hot, but warm enough in these temperatures. We were able to borrow a hairdryer from reception. The air-conditioning in our room was too cold to be kept on at night, but then again in December the evenings are cool so wasn't necessary.
In the building opposite is a little restaurant that belongs to the hotel. Breakfast is a simple but sufficient buffet. We had nice Thai food for dinner here but some western food is also available.
We spent our days doing day-trips with PDA tours (recommended in Lonely Planet and they help support local communities so plus on the ethical factor).
All in all a good place to stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Palm Garden is a boutique hotel with modern decoration and amenities. All guests will enjoy a quite and relaxing stay. Hotel staff takes great pride in providing the very best service making guests feel right at home. ... more less
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