My husband, daughter and I recently had the pleasure of staying at this lovely boutique villa hotel over the Christmas holiday. Starting from our first communication with the owners, they could not have been more helpful, and the staff working on site are lovely. The manager Napit is so friendly and so organized. Anything we needed assistance with - arranging transport, renting scooters, suggestions for itinerary etc - was handled efficiently and with a smile.
Our villa was tidy and well appointed with lovely furniture, a very nice blend of local style with Chinese antiques. Breakfast was a choice of either Western style (eggs, bacon, toast) or Asian (which might be seafood fried rice, or boiled chicken with rice, etc); we had a few different things over the course of our stay and it was all very tasty. There is an iexpensive little local food place just a stone's throw from the front door if you want to order in - the menu is in the room and you can just let the young woman at the front desk know what you would like. If you want to go out, there are are a number of sweet little restaurants overlooking the beach a short walk away.
We really liked the location of Baan Talay Chine. It is located at the very north end of the beach strip, bordering on the Klaikangwon Palace grounds, tucked in at the end of the road where it turns into a footpath into a local residential neighborhood. This means it is fairly quiet (but not dead - it's a proper neighborhood, there are people out and about living life) and quite relaxing; however it is no more than a 15 minute casual stroll - or a 3 minute scooter ride - right down into the heart of downtown Hua Hin, with all of its markets, shops, food stalls, bars and restaurants. There are a few neat little cafes and a handful of other small boutique hotels right around, and best of all, a few steps away you will find Home Beach - a public beach that feels very much like a private one; a quiet corner of sand edging up to the palace land which is great for shell-hunting and dips in the sea.
We stayed also at the InterContinental in Hua Hina after leaving Baan Talay Chine and although that was also wonderful, it was a completely different experience, and I'm really glad we got a chance to see the town from both perspectives. I would be very happy to stay again at this hotel and am very happy to recommend it! If I have any negative criticism, it would be that the pillows on our bed were too big, so I felt my head was a bit at an odd angle when sleeping, but that is being really nitpicky! Other than that, I wouldn't have changed a thing.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- BTC Hua Hin is an uniquely designed boutique resort located close by the Hua Hin downtown beach. BTC or ‘Baan Talay Chine’ means ‘China Beach House in Thai and reflects the Chinese origins and style of many of the furnishings and decorations of the resort. Offering private pool villas situated in tranquil tropical gardens, studios and two bedroom suites with decks, some with sea views. Designed in an oriental style and decorated with antique Chinese windows, doors and furniture within tropical gardens and stylish pools. This creates a unique blend of oriental taste combined with modern practicality and contemporary function. Boutique in every sense of the word, this resort comprises only eight suites and offers truly personalized service. Our professional staff are ready and keen to make your stay a truly relaxing and enjoyable one. Located in the downtown on Neabkehart Road, adjoining the ‘Klai Kang Won’ “Far from Worries” Royal Palace, His Majesty, The King of Thailand’s official residence, BTC Hua Hin is a short walking distance (2~3 minutes) from the beach. Located nearby are some of the town’s finest dining establishments, situated along the nearby sea front, as well as being close to many entertainment and shopping facilities. All the famous sites and tourist hot-spots are on your doorstep, within easy access. ... more less
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