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“One of the Best Boutique Hotels”
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Baan Bayan
Ranked #25 of 136 Hotels in Hua Hin
Certificate of Excellence
Bangkok, Thailand
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218 reviews
48 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“One of the Best Boutique Hotels”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

This is my kind of place for a long weekend outside the hustle and noise of Bangkok. The Baan Bayan is beachfront hotel built around a restored early 1900's Thai house. The rest of the buildings are done in locale and period correct architecture and provides a feeling of Old Siam. The staff is cheerful and attentive without being underfoot. My room, on the courtyard, was large and well appointed. The pool bar/restaurant is the center of activity during the day and serves excellent Thai food at a reasonable price. The complimentary breakfast is everything you would want include Thai and Western dishes made to order. The beach in this part of Hua Hin is clean and inviting for those that like to swim in salt water and hang out without a large number of peddlers bothering you. This hotel is great for couples as well as families. Quiet and quaint. I will stay there again. Good value.

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  • Stayed June 2014, travelled with friends
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Chiang Mai, Thailand
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

Baan Bayan has an exellent location: it's right on the beach, but at the same time within easy walking distance from Market Village, one of Hua Hin's biggest shopping malls. Our Courtyard room was great - airy, light and very clean, with high ceilings and wooden floors. The hotel's setting is beautiful, the staff is friendly and willing. Breakfasts were ok, nothing special though.

There was only one annoying thing - floods in the bathroom. Our room had a bathtube, not a walk-in shower, so to take a shower we had to stand in the tube. But the side boards of the tube are made in such a way, that they serve like channels, and lots of water runs through them right onto the floor. So the bathroom was always flooded and humid.

And one more thing I want to share. We needed to go back to Bangkok, and the hotel's fee for one way ride was 3800 Baht. But we noticed a couple of taxi stands near Market Village and decided to hire a local taxi driver. We agreed on everything in advance; the driver came to the hotel to pick us up, drove us to the airport in Bangkok and charged 1600 Baht only.

  • Stayed October 2013, travelled with friends
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Petaling Jaya, Malaysia
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Reviewed 9 May 2014 via mobile

Didn't really like Hua Hin a lot as it is humid and busy. However, once i checked into this hotel, it felt so relax. Nice manicured greenery around the hotel. The hotel is not that huge so didnt have to walk very far to the front desk, pool or beach. Provided free wifi in the rooms and also free shuttle to the night market. Rooms are spacious and very comfortable. Aircon works well, cooling us down from the heat & humidity pretty rapidly.

Stayed May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

The best first. In my opinion, the hotel has the absolute best location in Hua Hin. It is right in the middle of the long beach, with night-time market, inner city, shopping centre, hospital and all the great restaurants in 5-10 minute walking distance.

The staff are very nice and service-minded, everything in the Thai spirit, of course.

The restaurant offers amazing Thai food. They are not particularly good at European food, but I suppose you would not go to Thailand for that.

There are free beach chairs on the beach for hotel guests, and the beach "hums" with activity, such as massage, water sports and a multitude of beach restaurants.

The hotel pool is small, but big enough for a swim, and a perfect size for children. The bar is right at the pool, which means that the adults can enjoy a drink while the children play in the pool.

The rooms are a bit worse for wear, and unfortunately have the hardest beds ever. I stayed in a room as well as a suite, and both were equally bad. The showers cannot decide whether they want to give cold or hot water, which can give you some unpleasant surprises while showering. The cleaning of the rooms is top-notch, but as I did not go to Thailand to stay in my rooms, the flaws are not that important to me, with the exception of the bed, and if I go back, I will demand a softer bed.

Breakfast is a small boring buffet of questionable quality, and the coffee served is practically undrinkable, but there is bread, fruit, various types of omelettes, Thai food and cereal products, so maybe I am just a bit spoiled with regard to a proper breakfast buffet.

The Wi-Fi is almost faultless and included in the price, which is a big plus in my book.

Like I said, you will not find a better location in Hua Hin, we stayed here for 21 days and would be happy to come back, because if you compare price and quality, these two things fit together very well at Bayan, which must be the main thing.

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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sydney
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Reviewed 31 March 2014

If you are looking for a plunge pool only, good wifi, great food, great restaurant staff and a clean beach then this is for you. Our only disappointing issue was that we had booked a twin room well over a month in advance and paid the deposit promptly. On arrival we were shown to a double room and were expected to share a bed for the week. A double room was not what was confirmed between myself and management prior to our arrival and if we had known this prior to paying the deposit we would have sought accommodation elsewhere. This meant that I spent the first night on the not so comfy couch with a view to being upgraded (we think!) to a twin room the next night. It wasn't the best start. The front of house staff are really not that informative or reliable but the rest of the staff (especially the morning chef) were totally accommodating, reliable and friendly.

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  • Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Columbus, Ohio
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Reviewed 16 March 2014 via mobile

Right off the bat, the manager upgraded our room. We walked into a huge, high ceilinged, cleverly designed room with a very comfortable room and huge bath. This is the best hotel we stayed in during our 2 week trip. The grounds are lush and beautiful, and it is just a short walk to a beautiful groomed beach with fine sand. This is a small boutique hotel, which I prefer. you can walk to several malls and local markets. The most touristy district is just a small cab ride away. the hotel bar served a great margarita. Staff are also very accomodating and friendly, especially front desk clerk named "Sister.". She assisted us with directions and things to see. She and the manager also assisted us with a complicated taxi ride to Bangkok which involved several stops. It went off flawlessly. If I ever come back to Hua Hin, lured by the beautifulnbeaches and sea, I will stay there again..

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Hua Hin, Thailand
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Reviewed 13 March 2014 via mobile

Stayed in a seaview villa with extra bed (room nbr 101). We are a family of 4 (2 children 3year and 5year). Super clean, nice furniture in room, aircond working great, quite place, staff very friendly and helpful, VERY close to pool, beach and kite boarding Asia. Breakfast buffet great, food ok but we preferred eating on the beach and dinner at the pier. There are bigger room maybe more suitable for family, but we priority close to pool and no stairs.
Call the hotel directly and ask for prices, the have some promotions sometimes. Travel agency charge to high price. Baan Bayan official website: http://www.beachfronthotelhuahin.com
Staff told me that the Thai women that own the hotel have sold it to a foreigner. I hope this not going to spoil the family feeling.
Negative is all the mosquitoes, but they seemed to be everywhere in Hua Hin.

Stayed March 2014, travelled with family
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Property: Baan Bayan
Address: 119 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin 77110, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Prachuap Khiri Khan Province > Hua Hin
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#13 Family Hotel in Hua Hin
#19 Romantic Hotel in Hua Hin
#19 On the Beach Hotel in Hua Hin
#21 Luxury Hotel in Hua Hin
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — Baan Bayan 4*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Baan Bayan was originally built in the early 1900s. Facing Hua Hin’s white sandy beach, it has the undeniably superb location in one of the most sought after areas there. Baan Bayan forever catches the eyes of passersby with its hundred-year old frangipani tree, its spacious veranda together with its carved eaves and railings embracing the house. Originally a family’s summer retreat, Baan Bayan was one among many summer beach houses owned by Royal Highness Prince Devawongse Varopakarn. Built during the early period of construction of Hua Hin town and railway station, the house had been handed down to Princess Absornsamarn, consort of Royal Highness Chantaburi Naruenart, before being sold to Khun Prabha Chaiyawat on 1 April 1952. The house was then renamed Baan Bayan, as coined by Ya-Khob, the renowned Thai writer. In the past, Baan Bayan was regularly visited by Khun Prabha, her children and grandchildren and great grandchildren. Its charm and ambience render feelings of warmth and happiness in its simplest form. Not only does Baan Bayan hold its value as a rare architectural building, but it also reminds those very fond of the house of times passed and memories still cherished. Today, it is one of the rarest and finest examples of a golden teak Thai style bungalow house, lovingly restored to its former glory. Baan Bayan was awarded the prestigious Historical Architectural Conservation Award in 2005 by the Association of Siamese Architects (ASA) under the Royal Patronage. Guests staying at Baan Bayan can experience the glory of a bygone era, yet with all of today’s modern comforts and amenities. It is positioned as a small exclusive luxury beach hotel offering the charm of a traditional Thai aristocratic beach house. Baan Bayan will allow guests to sink back into a history rich with associations of the swinging, glorious 1920/30’s. Guests who have a desire to experience history and culture and seek a different vacation venue will appreciate the atmosphere at Baan Bayan. Advantageously, the resort is only a few minutes away from Hua Hin town center, market, and airport. ... more   less 
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