Spent 3 nights at the Papillion Bungalows. Arrived to a very welcoming Thai host (name forgotten) and Caroline who owns the business. Check in was swift and and a cold glass of complimentary juice on arrival was a welcomed gift.
We were taken straight to our Bungalow of which there are approximately 11 in total. There are no porters or bell boys so do not expect this. The bungalow contains a double bed with an overhead mosquito net. There is ais single ceiling fan and air conditioning. There is a television and dvd player. No channels can be viewed on this but the hosts have left an array of dvds which can be watched for free in the communal area.
The bathrooms was a basic wet room although the shower did provide warm water.
The facilities at this location are a smallish pool not suitable for swimming but paddling only with an adjacent lounging area. The grounds are beautifully landscaped to give a jungle retreat feel to the residence. There is no wifi in the rooms although there is free wifi in the combined bar/lounge/communal area. Fortunately we could pick up a weak signal from our bungalow. The communal area also contains a book corner as well as dvds. The beach is approx 300m or 5 mins walking distance by a back route. There is no direct access or road mapapillont easy enough to find. There are a handful of local shops and restaurants within 10-15 mins walk although nothing in direct proximity. Renting out scooters to travel around is cheap (200 baht/day) and highly recommended. Breakfast is a set menu of 3 packages with standard continental breakfast options. What sets this places breakfast apart from other thai establishments is the nice coffee and fresh juice which is not watered down.
As with any place there are a couple of gripes which are easily rectifiable and prevents it being ranked higher. Firstly there is only a visible staff on duty until 3pm after which these bungalows appear unstaffed. There is no safe within the rooms and we were not offered an alternative for safe keeping of money or valubles. This is particularly concerning as bungalows are easily accessible from the road and with no visible staff present a risk for security. There is no bar or food service past 3pm however we were refused food well before 2.30pm on two occasions which would seem odd as other residents we spoke to also noted this and felt a large source of loss on revenue for the hosts. The rooms are provided with 2 towels for the stay. These are not replenished or replaced during the stay. Our A/C in the room did not work correctly, very difficult to turn on and off, and was fixed at 18degrees. This resulted in tempertures being freezing cold or boiling hot throughout our stay. Further to this there is no duvet on the beds only a single cotton sheet. Unfortunately there was no staff present to discuss these concerns with when they arose as past 3pm the residence is not staffed.
Overall for a cheap and cheerful place to stay with a nice breakfast and friendly hosts papillion is well recommended. Unfortunately there are a few small issues preventing it being ranked higher than 3 stars.
- 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
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- Also Known As:
- Papillon Bungalows Hotel Ko Lanta