Stayed at the Rest Detail from the 20th Feb/5th March in an Horizon room. Upon arrival was greeted with a very warm welcome, lovely refreshing drink, lovely smelling cool face cloth and was a given a bracelet as a welcome gift. Check in was smooth and at a leisurely pace. We're given the use of a pool villa to freshen up and change into our beach wear whilst our room was being prepared for us as we arrived very early in the morning.
As breakfast was still taking place when we arrived I decided that I would have some juice and a small bite to eat, I told 2 different members of staff that we were going to do this should they need to speak with us. Whilst having my juice and eating a small plate of food, the staff member that checked us in, came over and informed me that as we officially don't check in until 2pm we will be charged for the breakfast. I pointed out very firmly that I had told two members of staff that I intended to go breakfast for a coffee and maybe a pancake or something, no-one informed me that this would be chargeable as our room rate included breakfast. I pointed out that this was their mistake/error and i did not want to be bothered with their errors after travelling nearly half way round the world and being up for 24 hrs - she apologised and that was the end of the matter, no charge was placed on our room. This was the only problem that I experienced during my stay and it was dealt in an instant - great service.
The Horizon rooms are very spacious, light and airy, fantastic sea views, modern design, massive bed and very comfy, all the facilities that you need, flat screen TV, DVD player, IPod speaker, bathrobes, slippers, flip flops, beach bag, fruit plate, complimentary water, I did have to call reception and ask them to bring some additional items as there was 3 of us staying in this room, we had 3 robes, 3 slippers, 3 flip flops etc but only 2 of the various drinking glasses and enough fruit for 2, and tea/coffee for 2, loved having a caferitia for the coffee, very nice touch. One phone call and the room was completely stocked for 3 people - again, great service, with a smile. Lovely deep bath, takes awhile to fill but lovely, makes a nice change from the shower. Shower - very powerful and refreshing. Jacuzzi was lovely spent a whole evening in there one night, drinking champagne and listening to music and having fun - as you do!! Rooms were cleaned to a high standard, room service very efficient. Great selection of TV channels should you wish to just chill out in your room and what a film, didn't use the DVD library as the movie channel was great, only watched TV one night, as I recovering from a rather heavy night in town the previous night!!
The hotel has 56 rooms, very well maintained, extremely friendly and helpful staff, can't do enough for you, nothing is too much trouble. Really got to know the staff quite well in the 10 dys that I was there. The infinity pool was lovely, perfect temperature, never too busy or noisey, no issues with sunbeds, plenty of them in the sun or shade, small childs pool, only saw one child in there during my stay. Very quiet and relaxing at the pool, pool service is available. A small area at the end of the pool with sun chairs and to the left of the pool there is a small private beach area with 3 hugs sunbed canopy's, with drapes if you wish to shade yourself from the sun. The beach is huge, sea is warm but it's not the cleanist or nicest of beaches, Thailand has much better beaches than this but it's great for a nice stroll, always a strong sea breeze by around lunchtime which is very refreshing and much welcomed.
The poolside bar/restaurant has a dual menu, a day lunch time menu and then an evening menu. During the evening they bring out table/chairs etc aroun the pool area. The food here is execellent, I enjoyed everything that I ordered at this restaurant. The buffet breakfast was also enjoyable, breakfast juices were delicous, I became big fan of the dim sum had some everyday with my breakfast, you can have eggs any which way you like and this is served with bacon, sausages, fried potatoes and a slice of ham and sliced cherry tomatoes. Or you can have a more tradtional thai style breakfast, or a continental breakfast, cerals, cakes, rolls, various types of bread, freshly cooked waffles or pancakes. You can also make your juice. All in all a very satisfying breakfast which I didn't get bored of.
The poolside bar/restaurant provides a daily special everyday plus ice-cream for desert, for around 180 bahts. There is a daily happy hour for beer/spirits buy 1 get 1 free from 5pm/7pm, wine the same but from 6pm/9pm. Used to enjoy this offer on a daily basis.
Free internet access, very fast and not a problem generally to get on there if required. Book swap library, Onsite Spa which I never got round to using, to busy lazy round the pool.
Didn't use the shuttle bus service into Hua Hin 50baht per person - as there was 3 of us it would have cost the same for the shuttle bus as a taxi, so always got a taxi as we could be dropped where we wanted and when we wanted. 150 to 200 bahts to go into town and to come back, haggle and it's 150 by either taxi or tuk tuk. Two markets in downtown Hua Hin fairly small but has all the usual wears for sale. Also Tesco express, Boots, Pizza Hut, Burger King, Macdonalds. Massive shopping centre and a market outside at the Market Village plus a massive Tesco, it's a bit further out but well worth a visit. Went to some nice restaurants that I would recommend, BAM BAM Thai restaurant, is it just near the small night market on Poolsuk Road, pass the clock tower, basic surroundings but great food, very cheap, very tasty and lovely friendly staff - well worth a visit. La Grappa - 20/5 Poolsuk Road, on the same street as BAM BAM, lovely italian restaurant, went to another Italian on the same road but at the other end close to the market, can't remember the name, starter was nice but didn't enjoy the pizza and my friends pasta tasted nice but was only luke warm when served, so I'd go for La Grappa if you want an italian. Have to admit visited Burger King whilst I was there and it was great, not a great lover of this type of food, maybe have it once or twice a year, went there twice whilst there, quick, cheap, tasty, nothing to heavy, hit the spot and it's 24 hrs.
Finally I would recommend the River Kwai tour with elephant treking, very interesting and fun day. You visit the smallest war cememtry, then onto the Jeath Museum, take a James Bond down the River Kwai to the steel bridge, get off and walk around onto the bridge if you wish. The train arrived and went over the bridge whilst we were there, we then went onto to the next station and got on the train there, we upgraded to 1st class for an additional 50 baht - well worth it. We got a certificate to say we'd travelled on the train, tea or coffee plus a small cake, cooling face cloth, it was great. We travelled over the wooden bridge that was built by the prisoners of war. The train took us to the restaurant where had lunch, which was extremely tasty. Then on by road to the elephant treking which was fun, got to ride an elephant on my own, brilliant. Did a private tour with Kuoni, fautless, excellent day out. Also went to the Floating market - great fun and an interesting day out, done this trip before the last time I was in Thailand and enjoyed it then. My friend hadn't been so was very happy to do this tour again, it's a real experience, not to be missed. Also did the Kau Talo snorkelling trip, don't bother, the coral is dead there, so some sea life but poor for thai standards, much better snorkilling in Southern Thailand, long way to go for such poor snorkelling but nice to see some of the North of Thailand and it's a nice island, lunch was good but snorkilling disappointing, the water wasn't particulary clear, so hampered your view quite badly. Save you money and do a different trip instead.
I absolutely thoroughly enjoyed my stay at the Rest Detail, would definitely go back should I decide to revisit Hua Hin, really couldn't fault the hotel or the staff, please do go and enjoy all it has to offer - you won't be disappointed!! Thailand is indeed "The Land of the Smiles" Been to Bangkok, Phuket, Pattaya, Pee Pee Islands and now Hua Hin. Next Ko Chang or Koh Sumi - love Thailand and love Thai people, so friendly, meek and yet hard working people who so want you to enjoy your time in their country - enjoy!!!
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- Rest Detail Hotel is located on the charming pristine beach of Hua Hin, less than 5 minutes' journey from Hua Hin Airport or Hua Hin Night Market. The hotel offers a wise resting style as we take our guests to rest effortlessly, the experience of Rest Detail Hotel begins as soon as guests arrive, the inviting environment lead guests to free their mind and shut off all their worries, our lobby is fully-opened. ... more less
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