I shall try and write a fair review of this hotel but I was rather disappointed with the accommodation offered at this resort.
Firstly the positive things, friendly hosts, decent size accommodation and bathroom, delicious breakfast served each day, near to the beach as promised, easy to organise a scooter and easy to reach restaurants.
We found the air conditioning very cold, we tried setting it a few degrees below the outside temperature otherwise the contrast was too great but still we were cold as the air conditioning blew straight down onto the bed. The only covering provided was a very inadequate, short sheet for two people, we had a constant tug of war and I ended up covering myself with a sarong and my husband used a towel so a thin fleece and a large sheet would add greatly to guest's comfort.
There are bath towels provided but no beach or pool towels. I know this a budget place but a beach towel is really essential since the hotel has a pool and is in walking distance of the beach. The bedding and towels are changed every 3 days so that makes the towel situation even more difficult. I think a warning to people booking about the towels is necessary, we bought two towels locally otherwise we would have struggled.
Our bathroom was sadly lacking a towel rail, there was nowhere to hang the towels after a shower. The water was plentiful but the towel rail and even a small shelf below the mirror to put a brush and a few toiletries would have added to the comfort of our stay. These are little things.
The mosquitoes are a real problem, I covered myself in repellent every day, the hammock on the verandah is a lovely touch as are the two chairs but a table to put a drink on would be really welcome. The mosquito coils are very smelly but it's that or be eaten alive.
The wi fi being available only in the unairconditioned mosquito ridden restaurant/pool area was inconvenient in my opinion. This was compounded by the fact that the hotel restaurant shut at 4pm which was not ideal, it gave a deserted feeling to the place, I felt sorry for late arrivals who had to ring for the owners, they always looked bewildered! I suppose the thing is that whilst on holiday one has a latish breakfast and goes out for the day to return around 3.30 pm and there is just a half hour window to organise anything or get a drink eg.
The pool is a good idea but it is shallow and best for little kids although there were many sharp tiles that need to be fixed, the sides need to have the algae scrubbed away. There are a few loungers and chairs around the pool which is nice but come 4pm the mosquitoes hone in.
Perhaps because it was low season the garden needed some work too, it didn't feel well cared for.
I feel as though I am being super critical but I want to put a true reflection of this hotel on TA as there are many over the top gushing ones that I don't feel reflect what the accommodation is really like. This is a really budget, low key place so as long as you are prepared for that you will be happy. Lanta is more laid back, rural and simple than Phuket. The beach nearby is nice but I think there are nicer on Lanta. Lym's Rice Bowl next door offered nice meals and a cold drink and Thai Cat Fish just along the beach was also nice to enjoy a meal with your feet in the sand. Reasonably priced and delicious food. May's Kitchen just 500m down the road provides lovely Thai meals too, it was a really nice place to go in the evenings.
I think the owners do try with this resort but there are a few little things that can be improved that would make future guests really happy.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Papillon Bungalows is in a quiet, peaceful garden setting with palm and banana trees, and only 180m from Long beach. The 10 airconbungalows are well spaced apart around the lush tropical garden, giving a great sense of privacy. The bungalows are only a 1 minute walk from the swimming pool, and the cozy Papillon Restaurant is also inside the resort, with normal table seating, or comfortable Thai style cushions to sit on. Also on the menu are Thai and western dishes, fresh coffee and many other beverages. Smiling Thai staff will take care of your every need. We are confident it's important to keep the Thai feeling inside our resort. Welcome //Papillon Team ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Papillon Bungalows Hotel Ko Lanta