We arrived at the hotel after a 2½ hour drive from Bangkok, and after being welcomed with a complimentary welcome drink and towel, we were quickly checked in and taken to our room. We were fortunate to take advantage of my Diamond VIP status, and managed to obtain an upgrade to a Suite on the 9th floor. It was quite busy during our stay (especially the weekends, must have been something to do with the January 50% weekend Sale) so we did miss out on the upgrade to the 12th-16th Deluxe or Club floor rooms. Then again, the Suite was fantastic and beautiful view across the Bay, fantastic in the early morning and late evening sitting on the generously-sized Balcony. The suite was an impressive size, with a separate living room with a Sofa and TV and Bedroom. We definitely took advantage of this space!
The hotel itself was very clean and it was a very enjoyable stay for the 10 days we were in Hua Hin. The service was fantastic, with a turndown service each evening, and plenty of amenities provided during our stay (water, newspaper and toiletries).
We enjoyed the access to the Exec Club Lounge on the 17th Floor, although we decided to take advantage of a more comprehensive breakfast in the main restaurant located on the ground floor. Great choice with Japanese Sushi, Thai/Asian fusion and Western cuisine available, there was even a smoothie bar which was a pleasant surprise. Service was very attentive and all of the staff were very polite.
We took advantage of the Club Lounge during the day and evening, when we wanted to grab a drink and enjoy the snacks throughout the afternoon and evening. There were a "Happy" drink period from 6pm to 8.30pm, where Alcohol and cocktails were served at the Club Lounge, which was very pleasant, with attentive table service provided. The only issue we noted with the location of the Club Lounge is that the entrance (with the Exec Check-In desk) was shared with the entrance to the Sky Bar and White Lotus Chinese restaurant - both located on the 17th floor. This meant people sometimes entered the Club Lounge thinking it was the Sky Bar, and then realised that they weren't meant to be there, when the staff asked them for their room number or HHonor status.
We didn't really take advantage of the other parts of the resort, so cannot really comment on the Lunch or Dinner in the main restaurant, the Pool bar or the Chay Had restaurant located between the Beach and Pool.
Even though the resort was busy throughout our stay, and full on the two weekends when we were there, there was still plenty of space on the pool-side and grounds - so finding an available sunbed wasn't an issue at all. There was a policy that enabled the recreation staff to clear sunbeds if there weren't used for 90 minutes, but I don't think they enforced this, but this was a very welcome policy to avoid sunbed-blockers. The recreation staff were very attentive and offered assistance with putting down the beach-towels and dealing with the Parasol. Coming back to the Beach-Towels, there was a plentiful supply and there were provided without any significant restrictions. This meant you could easily obtain 2 towels per person, which seemed to be the way the hotel operated by default. This enable you to avoid getting burnt on any exposed areas of the sunbed itself.
The resort was literally "on the beach". There was a public beach in front of the resort, right on the Bay, although the part where the hotel was located was relatively small in comparison to the beach further down along the Bay. The beach was quite intimate as the hotel was located at one of the beach, so there were very few people actually using the beach, and it felt part of the resort (although remained public). The resort did create a "man-made beach" equivalent just up from the beach, where some sunbeds were located, where we stayed throughout. So you could overlook the smaller public reach for the safe surroundings of the resort. There was a wall dividing this area and the beach.
The beach itself was very long and a pleasant walk (or run) if you fancied taking in some of the sights along the beach. You had to find your way through some of the beach-eateries / sun-beds placed further down from the resort on the beach, but once you made your way, the beach opened up with a wide-stretch to walk without being interrupted. There were sellers on the beach, but they didn't bother you if you politely said "no" to them. Mutual respect!
On the front side of the resort, there was a Brewery on-site and a Bar/Pub located on the main-road side of the resort. Unfortunately, this was acquainted with an interesting "mix" of seedy clientele, similar to a number of the other bars in the side streets closed to the resort, which was a bit of a turn-off. We ended up having some evening drinks in the Club Lounge and going for a stroll through the town to "avoid" being part of this mix. There were a number of restaurants and bars walking distance from the resort entrance, with tailors, jewellers and other shops too. The favourite of ours were the pier restaurants, about 6 of which were located together, we tried about 2-3 of these, and the food was very good, and priced reasonably. The atmosphere in these pier restaurants was very enjoyable too, and it was good enjoying the evening view on the bay itself. There were a number of massage parlours close to the resort, and these were very reasonable (300bhts (~£6 GBP) for a fully body or foot massage), and we tried a couple of places which I would say were very similar in quality and price. We enjoyed a late-afternoon massage every day! Wonderful and very relaxing.
Further in the town, there was a couple of "Night Streets" and the main busier "Night Market", which were both walking distant (about 15mins) from the resort. You could always catch a motorised (and reasonably priced) "Tuk Tuk" from the rank near to the front of the hotel if you fancied this, rather than the walk. The Night Market had restaurants, clothes stands, tourist gift stands etc. The usual stuff you would expect, but was quite relaxing to walk down and experience. Just be careful of what I will term as the "Seedy Street" nearby the hotel, if you have younger members of your family, they probably don't need to see this part of the town, but this can be avoided. This area is where a significant number of the pubs are located and a few massage parlours.
I think this is one of the best Hilton locations we have stayed at, and would come back here again!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Situated in the center of Hua Hin, the Hilton Hua Hin Resort and Spa hotel provides the perfect combination of bustling urban life and relaxed seaside living. Every guest room offers panoramic views over the Gulf of Thailand from your private balcony. Escape from the stresses of everyday life when lie back on a sun lounger, sip a tropical cocktail from the pool bar and bask under cloudless skies. Keep active with a swim in the pool, a game of tennis or squash or a workout in the fitness center.Refuel with a trip to one of the resort’s ten bars and restaurants. Choose from fresh local seafood, outdoor fine dining, live music and cocktails or award winning Chinese cuisine.Stay connected from the comfort of your Thai-influenced guestroom thanks to WiFi. With five flexible meeting and function rooms this resort is an ideal venue for a Hua Hin meeting, conference or celebration. ... more less
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