Rooms are basic and spotlessly clean but other than sleeping spent little time in them - rest of time out exploring or down near the pool and bar.
Dennis, Nee and Jack are great hosts. Dennis is in charge of "front of house" - he deals with emails, taking orders for breakfast and dinner and very importantly making sure the bar is kept fully stocked! Jack (a one year old Alsatian) is in charge of security (barking at intruders) and chewing the sprinkler system to death. Nee runs everything else. And it works just great!
Xanadu is a little way out of town which is good (quiet) and not so good (200B taxi ride). Or do as we did and hire a scooter and instead of turning right out of Xanadu towards the centre of town, turn left, go a kilometre or so and find a wonderful traditional Thai village. The food market runs all day and is fascinating and as one of few foreigners that visit everyone is very friendly. Just past the market turn left and head down to the river in the early evening and watch the locals relax.
We did Hellfire pass - there on the bus and then back from Nam Tok via train. Hellfire is an amazing experience - get the (free) MP3 player and listen as you go around - it brings the voices of survivors explaining the conditions they had to work and live in.
We also did Erawan Falls travelling on the fore mentioned scooter. Get there early before the crowds -it's very popular with the tour buses later on. The upper pools (4 and above) tend to be quieter.
Finally Dennis will tell you where to get a cheap long boat tour of Kanchanaburi .
All in all, great place to stay
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- A beautiful family owned resort on the banks of the famed river Kwai. With a large swimming/spa pool with adjoining bar and restaurant this is the perfect place to relax or as a base to explore the stunning local scenery. ... more less
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- Xanadu 2008 Hotel Kanchanaburi