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The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only )
Ranked #3 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
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“great hotel in Ko Lanta”
Reviewed 12 November 2012

We spend some nights in at The Houben. Excellent location with impressive sunset views.
The rooms have all that you might need, paying attention to the minimum details and with a very simple but charming decoration.
The staff and management are very nice, always willing to help and provide us with a good advice for any excursion around the island.
The restaurant was also very good, at a reasonable price, especially the local food, cooked with mastery. Nothing better (at this price) around the area. Bad thing on the menu, they have started giving too much importance to the European dishes....frankly. I'm not traveling that far to eat the same pizza I could eat at home.

In conclusion, we would return anytime here, it was a very good customer experience.

  • Stayed November 2012
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this review, 19 November 2012
Dear Miketrix30,

Thank you very much for posting your review , delighted to read that you had a great time with us. and you were enjoy most of our room provided . Thank you for the team for such a great review as their reward . Let’s hope we can see you again soon for a longer stay .

Warm Regards,
Walter HOuben
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 November 2012

We had 5 nights in one of the suites early November.
We wanted relaxation so having read reviews it seemed the place to be.

Indeed it was, the room was spacious, clean, and with absolutely spectacular views.
All the staff we interacted with were very polite and friendly. Shana, Ying and Yindee were all exceptional.

The breakfast was adequate, but no more than that. We had several meals in Red Alert, and whether it was Thai or Western food, all dishes were tasty.

The stunning swimming pool was really a treat, and given the low occupancy at the time, it felt really private. Views from the pool and surrounding area are spectacular!

For a bit of food variety a stroll down the road and you have choice. We tried Thai (at Alama), Western (at Drunken Sailors) and Issan (in front of the bamboo souvenir shop) and they were all great.

When we requied assistance with booking excursions Shana gave us some great hints befor handling our booking. Good selection of books and films for some time in. The jacuzzi in our private terrace was great, overlooking the sea and distant islands.

A couple of slight imperfactions existed however. Drain smell was bad as you walked by the drain, but did not affect the room. I personally found the interior design not too ergonomic, as I was troubled by the mirrors being behin the washbasin (tricky shaving...). Finally on our last morning the property next door seemed to have started some workx/renovations, so the suites would be affected by noice potentially.

All in all it was a great experience. If we are ever in Koh Lanta again we know where we will stay! Great design, great views, absolute relaxation, excellent staff.

Room Tip: Would not choose the ground level rooms as might not be at all private with the curtains drawn. Roo...
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  • Stayed November 2012, travelled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this review, 19 November 2012
Dear Contas71,

Thank you very much for posting your Fantastic review on the site. Glad to read that you had an amazing time with us . All things concerned to your stay at the houben , is under fixing and will be ready to welcome you back for the next return . Also , rewarding for the team here to read such a great review. Looking forward to serving you soon .

Warm regards,

Walter Houben
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

Went for 4 night in October. Just a mini break to chill out from stressful time at work....and chill out I did!
Hotel is fab. Views are fab. Location is fab. Service is fab. You're getting the picture.....
Great restaurant out of the hotel to the right....Worth a visit also.
Great little village, just recommend everyone to go here and stay at The Houben. I'll be back very soon.
Two things to note - bad drain smell in room 202 at times, especially the early morning.
And I bought the rice shower gel and body lotion in a hurry upon leaving. Very expensive for what is just shower gel pumped into a blank dispensary bottle, and the body lotion given to me was not the same as in the rooms. To top it all, they were taken off me at airport as there were no labels on the Bottles. Very annoyed at the time....will write to hotel about this.
But it will not stop me returning.

Room Tip: All rooms are fab but the suites look stunning!!!
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled with friends
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this review, 12 November 2012
Thank you very much for giving us such great feedback from your last with us at The Houben Hotel,
Thank you also that you enjoy our soap and body lotion , please note that both of them are totally organic products , without any chemical , made from organic rice and brown rice for shampoo and hair conditioner . I'd like to apologize if no label on its to confusing use. But i can make 100% guarantee that both in room amenities and the bottle you bought was exactly the same .
We all looking forward to have you back , please contact us directly to get the loyalty rate and loyalty benefits .

Warm regards,
Walter Houben
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Belgium
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Reviewed 5 November 2012

We're generally not the type of people who like to come back to the same hotel over and over again, but as I stated in my original review, we were so impressed by the Houben during our first stay that we simply could not resist coming back.
Of course, we knew in advance this could become tricky as people's mental picture of past events tends to get coloured over time. Fortunately for us though, this was definitely not the case. We still loved everything we loved the first time and spent another great 5 days there. The views, the location, the service, everything about it still exudes the type of quality that gives you the peace of mind you generally look for on a holiday.
It was lovely seeing Shana again of course, and we spotted some more of the staff that were there before. Especially Dee, who was once again so friendly and introduced us to some local fruits we'd never had before ;)
Next year we will be visiting Brazil, so coming back to Ko Lanta is out of the question, but if we ever consider passing through the region again, the Houben will always be a strong contender.

PS: One thing to mention though, if you're planning on eating out in the neighborhood, is that unfortunately Spices & Herbs, which was so nice on our first visit, is under new ownership and is a mere shadow of what it used to be...

  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this review, 12 November 2012
Dear Cofie,

Thank you for your loyalty to the Houben Hotel,Koh lanta . We are very glad that your stays are comfortable and you enjoy the service. The staff at the Houben Hotel have always been our strongest asset and they will be very glad to hear and read this review. We look forward to welcoming you back to your home away from home in Koh Lanta .

Warm Regards,
Walter HOuben
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed 24 October 2012

This place is quite a long way to get to from Krabi Airport ( approx.2 - 3 hours ) but it is very much worth it.
We were picked up from Krabi airport by Sharna ( a very sweet, hard-working and delightful young lady ) and taken to The Houben.
This place is so modern, sparkling clean and has the MOST AMAZING VIEWS you will ever see. Wait till you see the sunset every evening, it's beautiful !!!
The food at the restaurant is delicious..truly !
If you wish to tear yourself away from this lovely hotel, walk down to the little village ( less than 5 minutes walk ) and meet the locals. They are very very nice people. Have a cold beer at the "Why Not " bar..right on the beach. Have a refreashing swim at the beach, the water is so blue and clear. Make the effort and go to Koh Lanta , stay at the Houben and you will be very glad you did.

Room Tip: There is a live band each night at the "Why Not " bar. The place fills up very quickly, so...
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  • Stayed October 2012, travelled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this review, 26 October 2012
Dear lovetotravel10140,

Thank you very much for the great feedback , from your last experience with us at the houben hotel. I will definitely share the comments with our Food and Beverage team ,culinary team and our team.
Also thank you very much for sharing your great experience with our neighbors . We look forward to welcoming you back for our hotel in the not so distant future .

Warm Regards,
Walter Houben
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los angeles
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Reviewed 1 October 2012

What a view, what a room, what a pool, what a hotel. The hotel and the rooms look like something out of Wallpaper Magazine.
The service was very friendly and warm, and the owner's daughter (Shanna) really made us feel at home.
My girlfriend and I loved it so much we stayed an extra night. I could not recommend it more highly.

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this review, 26 October 2012
Dear hosswire,

Thank you very much for your kind words and feedback from your last stay with us. Our staff will be pleased to read the review and we all look forward to welcoming you back soon. Please let us know how we may be of assistance to you for your next stay with us.

Warm Regards,
Walter Houben
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Beerse, Belgium
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Reviewed 20 September 2012

We were looking for something different than the usual resort hotel and were pleasantly surprised. One of the few hotel web sites that actually have photos that reflect what you are getting. We stayed for 7 nights and would definitely stay again . All the people in the area were so friendly it made it seem like a friendly village

We had a deluxe room with jacuzzi
and every evening a beautiful sunset
The breakfast and food in red alert each day was very good


again ... thank you shana




dirk en silvia

  • Stayed September 2012, travelled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this review, 26 October 2012
Dear Dirk h,

Thank you so much for your kind attentive to give us a review. With appreciate to hear that you had such a great time at here with us ,you are the most welcome back to the houben hotel.

Warm regards,

Walter Houben
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Property: The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only )
Address: 272 Moo 5 | Ba KanTieng Bay, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
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Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ko Lanta
#3 Spa Hotel in Ko Lanta
#7 Romantic Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:4 star — The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ) 4*
Number of rooms: 15
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Nestled on the hilltop of Kantiang Bay, Ko Lanta. Isolated from the crowds and villages , only 5 minutes walk down to the local shops. Overlooking at the great sunset view of Andaman Sea.The spacious rooms with comfortable bed, well-equipped with free WI-FI internet connection by cable access .The Houben affords the modern contemporary decoration. Outdoor swimming pool with Jacuzzi where you can view the tranquil ocean and listening to the serene sound of waves crashing along the shore. ... more   less 
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