Our first impression of the I-Yarade was not the best, the pre-booked airport transfer did not show up at Krabi Int. And, therefore we were stranded for over half an hour. We managed to arrange our own transfer but at an increased cost to us, when compared to the pre-booked one.
On arrival to the property we were then quizzed as to our whereabouts by Reception, who implied that the transfer had been waiting at the airport. They were quite insistent about this, but tripped themselves up, by mentioning that the transfer people had come back to the resort, because our flight had been delayed. To which I responded, that it was obviously their mistake, and that they should have waited for the plane to land, regardless of delay. To add insult to injury, Reception then implied that we were to pay for the transfer, which quite clearly hadn't been there. I need not tell you what our answer was.
On being shown the room, it was quite clear that the supposed two bed apartment, was in fact a one bed apartment, with the living room, cheaply converted into a second bedroom. This meant that whoever occupied the en-suite bedroom, would be disturbed every call of nature and that same person would have to go without their own TV. There was only one TV and that was in the temporary bedroom, which should have been the living room.
On questioning this and raising our concerns with Reception, I will honestly say that they did everything they could to remedy the situation. It took a few days for them to source a TV that worked, which was eventually put right. However, by this time it was clear that there was nothing to watch on it. They were recycling the same five channels over a 20 channel selection.
Then came the noise. If it wasn't the neighbours banging and scraping their furniture about it was the constant drone and bang of the water pump, which was situated on the top floor. God help anyone that gets a room higher than first, it will drive you mad.
We were offered a remedy for the noise and that was to swap with the noisy neighbours but that would mean moving a floor upwards, nearer to the water pump. We declined.
Overall the rooms are not of a good standard, cold and clinical with some tacky furnishings. It was over priced in my opinion given what I could rent for the half the price in Bangkok. You got no cleaning products, if you chose to go with the no cleaning package. I was abruptly told to go out and buy my own. We did not receive any clean linens over a three week period and had to take our things to one of the many laundry shops. You also have to pay for water and electricity, at marked up per unit costs.
In a nutshell, steer clear! That is, unless you have too much money to care and don't mind paying for crap!
Oh and whilst I remember, they lock the doors at 8-9pm every night, so ask them to explain how you get back into the building. Otherwise it could be a long night outside.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- I-Yarade Suite Residence is a luxury hotel on Lanta Island, one that is still beautiful in its ecology, in Krabi, Thailand. I-Yarade is as close to the beach as a 1 – minute walk. The beach is beautiful and suitable for swimming as all around has not any a rock. The residence is also in the town center in which guests can find nearly all kinds of services around the residence like restaurants, mini marts, spas, learning center, night clubs and bars, and travel agencies. All of these will help save a grate deal of your daily expense as they offer much cheaper goods and services than hotels do. However, guests will not have to be concerned that they will be living among bad atmosphere like noise, smoke, or crowd because our residence was designed to give guests the most privacy. Looking from outside, people may misunderstand that I-Yarade Suite Residence is just a common apartment; but, indeed, all rooms are suite ones decorated with teak-wood furniture in Thai-Lanna Style (ancient Thai style), helping visitors feel like they are really in Thailand! The area of the rooms ranges from 60 to 130 square meters. Each room is capable of 4 people; some do for 6 people, also. A room can make the guests feel like they are at home as it comprises every part of a house which are: one or two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen (cooking yourself helps save a good deal of money), a terrace and all equipment needed at home, including refrigerator, free wireless Internet, and satellite TV. Also, it is featured with a swimming pool, lush green garden, and a gazebo. The guests will never lack any facilities here. Koh Lanta is one of the most beautiful traveling places in Krabi. Most of the area is still in the pure nature. If you drive along the road, you will see the sea on one side and the mountains on the other side. Koh Lanta can be such a good choice for a tourist as there are plenty activities such as snorkeling, diving, coral reef scuba, fishing tour, trekking or elephant trekking to water fall, mangrove forest tour, hot spring and emerald pond trip, daily boat trip to all around islands and cave, kayaking and sightseeing, Lanta old town and lifestyle visiting, and many more. Koh Lanta will never become over-crowded as it is a long island and it has more than 10 beaches and so the tourists and resorts spread along the coastline and do not squeeze in one place. We are sure that coming here will make you have the most fun and beautiful holiday. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- i-Yarade Suite Residence Hotel Ko Lanta