Let's start with pros, always, even if there aren't so many at the end.
The island is amazing, the people, relaxed environment, a swedish flair. Because of some reason (now I know many) this island is so popular among swedish people, they keep coming every year, there are plenty of repeaters. The good thing about it is, they are very open and willing to give you useful advise about all different aspects of perfect holidays. In our hotel I liked a couple of people from the service, charming genuine hospitality.
However even them couldn't fix some very bad experience of our stay there. First of all, the stress of paying everything straight away you're not used anymore in the hotels. Common a bit of trust, we're not running away! We're good honest people and what is even more important, we came here to relax, to forget our every day stress and get spoilt by our hosts. Not even a trace of it! The best part was, I mean it ironically, the breakfast. Imagine, you come relaxed and well rested to the breakfast room and you're challenged with very "important" decisions...how many slices of bread, how many eggs, how many, how much etc. Which means, you have to have a plan before entering the breakfast room, a very clear one. Pretty disturbing. Common, put a couple of basket with bread, butter etc. The people will only appreciate a smooth start into the day!
The hotel is located on a very trafficked road you should across to get to the beach. It´s very noisy at the night as well. Beside that the hotel is not cheap at all, staying on the island for some days you can find plenty of properties at the same price and directly on the beach. We talked to some people who would book a hotel only for one night, explore the island very quickly and move to the hotel they liked on spot the day after. It's definitely a very good idea!
The worst part within our stay were the arrangements with your transfer to the airport. The cheapest option is a collective transfer which is priced the highest in the hotel. Ok, we wanted to order it in the hotel anyway and got a very vague explanation that is very bad very slow not reliable at all. The whole way to push us to order a private transfer which is much more expensive. We refused, got recommendation by almost local swedish friends to use a local travel agency. We're very satisfied. A much cheaper transfer, a car was much more comfortable than a private transfer (we used one to come to the island) and it was so fast!
It's so sad that the hotel kind of playing you around. For me it's alfa and omega to rely on the information of the hotel. A very bad sign though that you can't do it in this one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Lanta Mermaid Boutique House is an alternative choice for your relaxation. You will be welcomed with the luxurious rooms, comparable to five stars hotels, yet having lower price and impressive environments and surroundings. Here! The place where you will learn that ‘Heaven is really on earth.’ ... more less
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