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Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
Ranked #3 of 136 Hotels in Hua Hin
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“Amazing value for money”
Reviewed 4 June 2014

I should explain - during the current military take-over in Thailand, many hotels have lost a lot of business and are heavily discounting their rates to attract whatever business they can. We were in Bangkok when the coup took place and with our hosts drove the 2.5 hours down to Hua Hin one Friday for a long weekend at this wonderful hotel/resort. Built in the 20s as the Railway Hotel, the whole place has an old-world colonial feel. All buildings have been lovingly restored and the rooms are exquisite. Many restaurants and pools dot the grounds; staff are as pleasant and helpful as you always find in Asia. The BBQ night in the main restaurant was superb value for money. If you want to spoil yourselves for a couple of nights I cannot recommend this oasis of luxury too highly.

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  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Qmgr, Manager at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
Dear William E,

Thank you very much for sharing with us your recent experience at Centara Grand Hua Hua Hin.

We are glad to know that you had a good time and enjoyed the various facilities and services around the resort. Rest assured this will motivate us to strive for excellence in our product and service offering.

We look forward to having the opportunity to welcoming you back again.

Yours sincerely,
The Management
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Reviewed 1 June 2014 via mobile

I have to congratulate the team at Centara - from the time we arrived, to the time we left, the service was par excellence. They were extremely accommodating and paid attention to all our needs.
The views of the beach from the rooms are breathtaking and the cool afternoon and evening breezes are something to behold - you have to be here to really feel the calm and serenity. The staff always greet you with a welcoming smile and they truly make you feel so special. Bravo to the team at Centara Grand Beach - special thanks to Siripon at the front desk for her smart business sense and accommodating attitude.....

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3 Thank Indren N
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Qmgr, Manager at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
Dear Indren N,

Thank you very much for sharing your experience of your recent stay at the resort recently.

We are grateful for your kind note about the service from our team members which we will be delighted to pass this on to them.

We hope to welcome you back again to the Centara Grand Hua Hin in the near future, we remain,

Yours sincerely,
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Reviewed 30 May 2014

The Centara Grand is a beautifully maintained resort. The staff are always extremely friendly and willing to ensure that your stay is a great one. There are 3 pools, each with staff who will bring over towels and sometimes come around with cold towels and fresh fruit.

The breakfast was really reasonably priced and is fantastic! A highlight for me is the smoothie bar where you choose from a selection of fruits, juice, yoghurt, ice and syrup and the staff will make you a fresh smoothie to your liking.

This time I stayed in room 117 which appeared to be one older colonial style rooms which had been renovated. This room was stunning, complete with high ceilings, separated sitting room and bedroom and outside terrace area.

The location is right in the heart of Hua Hin, with such an excellent selection of dining and market style shopping only a short walk from the hotel.

This was my 3rd visit to this hotel and it certainly won't be the last!

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with family
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Qmgr, Manager at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, responded to this review, 8 June 2014
Dear Louise W,

Thank you very much for your review we truly appreciate your kind feedback. We are pleased that you had a good time at the resort.

We will ensure your kind comments be passed on to the team and this will motivate all of us to continue enhancing our services to our guests.

We are looking forward to welcome you back again to Centara Grand Hua Hin in the near future.

Yours sincerely,
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Reviewed 29 May 2014

There was basically only one hotel where I really wanted to stay in Hua Hin and luckily had a chance. Centara didn’t disappoint even though I was slightly worried when it changed from Sofitel to Centara.

Villa/room
We stayed one week in a pool villa. The villas had beautiful interior, the kind of Hamptons in Thailand style. We had a small pool with a pleasant outside area where we liked to sit in the evenings. We also had a outside shower and bath which we did use, but you have to be aware that the Hilton guests can get a glimpse of you running around naked there. The bathroom amenities were plenty and high quality.The only thing I would have changed in the room was the baby cot which was old and poor quality. And perhaps a little bit of extra space would have been nice..

Restaurants and club
We had lunch by the bigger pool area and also ordered in. Food was good, price reasonable and service quick. We absolutely loved the villa area since it was calm. We tried the breakfast in the main hotel area but returned to the villa side other days since it had everything we needed and more personal service. This hotel had one of the best club amenities we have tried. We sat outside by the pool area almost every evening and enjoyed the canapés hour. I definitely recommend taking the club the option if possible. We didn’t try the afternoon tea but had coffee and snacks a few days in the main club area as well.

Pool and other services
Fantastic pool areas and kids pools. We usually stayed by the pool next to the kids club since it was also easy to go to the beach to build a few sandcastles. Our child absolutely loved it. We also tried the kids club which was nice. We had reserved a Valentine’s day package from the spa which was good quality for the price. Manipedi in the spa which was ok (a bit pricey though).

Location
The hotel area is beautiful with quite a unique garden. The location couldn’t be better, in the centre of the town with many restaurants close by and beach right next door.
I can highly recommend this hotel also if you are traveling with kids. I would definitely come back to this hotel if we visit Hua Hin again.

  • Stayed February 2014, travelled with family
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Qmgr, Manager at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Dear Saga_F,

Than you very much for your kind review about our resort and we appreciate the opportunity of welcoming you to Centara Grand Hua Hin. We are grateful to learn that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay.

With regards to the baby cot condition will pass to our Housekeeping department to carefully check and change if needed.

We hope to welcome you back again to the resort in the near future.

Yours sincerely,
The Management
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Reviewed 28 May 2014 via mobile

I wana say thank you!! All staff you are the best. Thanks for your kind.
Overall everything good.
Nice view and near the sea it very comfortable.
The room is clean and good smelling.
I love the old style that very perfect.
Swimming pool is good view and have so many choice.
I promise i'llback for real soon!!!

Stayed May 2014, travelled solo
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Qmgr, Manager at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Dear Michel_me1,

Thank you very much for choosing to stay at Centara Grand Hua Hin and for your kind review we truly appreciate your kind feedback.

We are pleased that you had a good time at the resort. Rest assured this will motivate us to strive for excellence in our product and service offering.

We hope to welcome you back again to the resort in the near future.

Yours sincerely,
The Management
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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Raffles-style surroundings at a fraction of the cost in Hua Hin, which is an absolute gem of a town.It was great to have such an option of pools (we preferred the more relaxed atmosphere of the garden pool) plus the very safe beach (which the little ones loved) and the spacious grounds. The food at breakfast was really good and with a varied choice, the on-site bar colonially elegant and the club (definitely worth paying the extra for) such a luxury...and if you like to eat out, there are so many great restaurants nearby.
Having done a few other places in Thailand with the family I would definitely recommend Centara for at least a 7 day break...ideally longer.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Qmgr, Manager at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, responded to this review, 30 May 2014
Dear Mozrock,

Thank you very much for sharing your experience following your recent stay at the resort.

We are delighted to learn that you enjoyed your stay with us. It is always gratifying to know that we have been able to please our guests.

We all look forward to the pleasure of welcoming you again in the near future.

Yours sincerely,
The Management
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

We have been home from thailand now for a week and every night I dream of being back in hua hin at centarra grand.

When I read back over other amazing guest reviews I find it so hard to believe that amongst them could be a small minded person that complained about the stunning open air reception of this grand old colonial building not being air conditioned, most especially when you are welcomed with beautiful friendly faces and a cool arrival drink to enjoy whilst you complete the paperwork. And who complains about an international hotel requiring a small amount of money being held for any incidentals (ie mini bar, room service etc etc) this is standard international hotel practise - if you don't like it, don't travel! Just because they travelled through a long flight and drive and arrived at 430am - these tired people just didn't see the beauty- our arrival at 1030pm after a 10 hour flight and 3 hour drive was seamless- yes it was hot- it's Thailand!!! But the warm hospitality, arrival drink and speedy check in settled us in just nicely. We were personally escorted to our room and felt immediately at home.

We were lucky that my parents had visited the property numerous times and had been there only just the month before - so travelling back with them meant we were welcomed like long lost family! It was our 10 year wedding anniversary and all of the extra special touches were so appreciated - every staff member we came across knew of our celebration and wished us well, the specially dressed breakfast table and anniversary cake, and we are definitely NOT rose petal on bed type people but the extra touches and flower love heart on our bed along with card from assistant general manager wishing us a lovely anniversary meant so much. The efforts were remarkable.

The food was great- we had breakfast every morning at the restaurant at the villas and it was faultless. We enjoyed the thai market buffet in both Wednesday nights we were there - not one to ever book buffets, the food here was so fresh and tasty and our little daughter loved watching the beautiful girls doing traditional dancing. We also enjoyed meals in town and wandering through the night markets.

Service was the most outstanding item of our stay- senior managers visiting us numerous times throughout our stay to say hi and ensure we were enjoying ourselves, the food & beverage manager does the rounds every morning to say hi to guests and it was a lovely touch. A very special mention should be made to the lovely ladies in the thai restaurant at the villas- at breakfast everyday they were amazing!! And at dinners we had there (2 x buffets and 1 x degustation menu) they spoilt is rotten and always paid special attention to our little girl. I will return simply to see these lovely ladies again! The other major mention was the team at the club (a special inclusion for our suite room type and villas and an additional paid option). Although we did not have breakfast there which we could have, we had numerous morning teas and cocktail/happy hour there every day. Jonas is an exceptional credit to the hotel - a true hotel professional- his service was spot on. But all of the club team members were great- remembering each day over our 10 night stay what we had or preferred drinks.

Nina at front office was fabulous but Truly all staff were so friendly and lovely. We are already planning our trip back next year.

Thing to note for first time travellers- the thai people earn very little- tip the porters, leave a small tip for your housekeeper everyday, hotel restaurants already have services charge included but truly they earn little and leaving 20or 40 baht for a housekeeper is only 3 or 6 AUD and it will make their day!

Stayed May 2014
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Qmgr, Manager at Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin, responded to this review, 27 May 2014
Dear EatandTravelalot,

Thank you very much for your kind review of appreciation. It is always motivating to receive positive feed back ... rather than complaints!

We are very happy to read that you have enjoyed your time with us. As you can imagine, our main objective is guest satisfaction and we are always motivated when guests are telling us that we succeeded.

We are looking forward to be of service to you again next year, we remain,

Yours sincerely,
The Management
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Property: Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
Address: 1 Damnernkasem Road, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Prachuap Khiri Khan Province > Hua Hin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#1 Family Hotel in Hua Hin
#1 Business Hotel in Hua Hin
#1 Top resorts Hotel in Hua Hin
#2 Romantic Hotel in Hua Hin
#3 On the Beach Hotel in Hua Hin
#3 Spa Hotel in Hua Hin
#3 Luxury Hotel in Hua Hin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:5 star — Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin 5*
Number of rooms: 249
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin first opened its doors in the early 1920s at a time when Hua Hin was still a sleepy coastal village. This five-star beachfront resort was built along the classic lines of that era, with phenomenal gardens and beautifully spacious rooms and suites (up to 170 square metres) with high ceilings, polished hardwood flooring, period furniture, and the warm tones of Thai silk. The resort is also home to 42 single-storey villas that offer privacy and space (up to 120 square metres) and the choice of a Jacuzzi or plunge pool on the terrace. Beside Hua Hin’s gorgeous beach, a stone’s throw away, and a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy to the full, the resort also offers plenty of leisure options for adults and children: four swimming pools and children’s pools, a superb spa, a fitness centre, tennis courts, Muay Thai and Tai Chi classes, and two kids clubs. Plus, the town is outside our door, and some of the best golf courses in Thailand are within easy travelling distance. The, and include a colonial style café and all-day dining restaurant, a Japanese restaurant, a Thai restaurant located near the villas, and the modern COAST Beach Club & Bistro. With its setting on the beach and its elegant atmosphere, the resort also is the perfect setting for a dream wedding. ... more   less 
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