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The Houben Hotel
Ranked #3 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
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Canada
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Perfect!”
Reviewed 10 January 2014

We arrived at the Houben having just left a 6 star property elsewhere in Thailand, and so I thought no way am I going to be pleased with this property. I was wrong.
The property is simple and beautiful, with a gorgeous view. The rooms are large with lots of storage space, and have all the necessities, the bed huge and very comfortable for a picky sleeper like me.
It's always quiet and there are no kids on the property.
The food at the restaurant was excellent! We had lunch and dinner there, aside from daily breakfast, and found the food to be delicious and of high quality, better than most restaurants we tried in Lanta. The breakfast selection was large and had something for everyone.
Location: The hotel is perfectly situated in the best area of Lanta...the South. It's close to the best beaches, to the national park, and to the best restaurants ("same same" is a must).
Finally, the service is outstanding, yet not intrusive.
The owner's daughter, Shana, is the hardest worker I've ever met!! When we would get up in the early morning, she would already be working at the restaurant. When we would return at night after dinner and drinks, she would still be there!
All our needs were taken care of. The hotel made some great dinner recommendations, and on one occasion the owner even drove us to the restaurant!
The hotel is excellent value for money, and after exploring the island, we have not come across any other properties that we liked better.
Thank you for a great 4 days, the Houben!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear ig4078,
Thank you so much for such a wonderful review of your recent stay at The Houben Hotel ,Koh Lanta. It was nice to see our staff took great care of you , our room and food could made you had a great holiday . Hope you had a chance to return to Koh Lanta , you are the most welcome back .


Warm Regards,
Walter Houben
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Everything about the hotel is perfect.The Houben family make you feel very welcome and go out of their way to make sure you are having an enjoyable stay.The hotel location is perfect only a 5 minute walk from the centre of the village and beach.The drinks and the food are very well priced,slightly more expensive than the village,but of a higher standard and better surroundings.Our stay was so enjoyable,my wife and I are already planning to return to The Houben for next New Year.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled with family
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear stoddyOban,

Thank you for taking the time to sharing your recent stay at The Houben Hotel . I am pleased to know that you did enjoy the location of our hotel, our food quality and taste . Thank you for your future plan , loyalty programe is ready to serve .

Warm Regards,
Walter Houben
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Reviewed 9 January 2014

Amazing position. No doubt.
The hotel, new, well structured, is defintely in a wonderful position just above the ocean. Unfortunately it has no private beach but, with a scooter to discover the island is easy.
The food is very good. Breakfast with home made marmelade and "a la carte" eggs and fresh fruit. I had dinner and I've been surprised by the quality and presentations of all the dishes.
If I had to find something wrong, I would say two things: a/c in the room and the price.
a/c is more or less impossible to adjust: too cold and very noisy or switched off.
the price a bit high in terms of services: in 6 days they never changed blankets.
and, for example, they made me pay the insect spray available in the room!!
Anyhow, I would suggest definetely this structure for an amazing stay in Koh Lanta.
A special thank to all the personnel: kind, fun and reserved.

Room Tip: ask for at least first floor rooms to enjoy the wonderful view!!
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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel, responded to this review, 14 January 2014
Dear superpienza ,

Thank you for sharing your experience at The Houben on Trip Advisor. It was so great to hear that the hotel itself, our house-made jam selection and i won't forget to say Thank you to our chef for the food presentation & taste . Regarding to the A/C , I and our team has just fixed this issue that you 've addressed . Please return to the same room and let me know how progress it is . By the way ,
the issue you've mentioned will be in term of the meeting with our team today . But in our room report , please be rest assured that we continually refreshed them , based on a comfortable , fresh and luxuries stay to our guests. Also there is the complimentary insect spray available for use at the restaurant and the reception. But if you 'd like to take home , we also provide it to buy .
Please let our team send you the loyalty programe , you 're the most welcome to The Houben HOtel .
Warm Regards,
Walter Houben
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Reviewed 6 January 2014

My boyfriend and I absolutely loved it and will definitely comeback. The hotel is owned and run by a Belgian true gentleman, Mr. Houben, and his adorable and very professional daughter Shana. The architecture of the entire hotel is a bliss! The rooms are fresh, clean and spacious, the matress GIANT and very firm. Service is simply impeccable. The hotel sits on a cliff, a 5 minutes walk from beautiful beaches, shops, restaurants and bars. It only has a few rooms so it is peaceful all the time, the area around the pool is almost always empty and there are NO KIDS! If you are traveling as a couple and want to have some quite and romantic time when you stay in the hotel, this is the best place on the island.
Tiny complaint: the only two tiny less than exceptional details were the aircon and the curtains. Aircon is fantastic because so powerful that 1 minute after you are in the room, it's as cold as you want it to be. However...it is a bit noisy, like a hairdryer left on low mode. The curtains are thin and the light comes in around 6:30. Now, these two details didn't bother my boyfirend who slept like a baby in the extremely comfy beds but for a troubled sleeper like me, I did have to use earplugs and eye masks every night :) It would be perfect if the blinds could be thicker and make the room completely dark. Having said that, waking up with such fantastic light in winter mornings and such stunning views from the balcony...I might simply be a pain in the neck!! :)
We have already decided to go back to Ko Lanta next year and will never change hotel: The Houben is magic!!

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2014

I booked this place as the first stop in a great island hop put together for us by Andaman Sky. The other places we visited were the Mercure Deevana hotel in Ao Nang and the BYD Lofts on Phuket. Of these 3 hotels, the Houben was one of the best. The service was well organized, the food was tasty, the room was large. The location is pretty good. Great hotel in a beautiful location.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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New York City, New York
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 January 2014

We stayed at the privilege suite for 5 nights and it was the highlight of our trip to Thailand. The room is very private with nothing but the stunning views of the Andaman sea. We spent most of the day on our private deck just listening to the waves and soaking in the whole atmosphere. The beach and restaurants are all 5-10 min walking distance from the hotel, which was convenient yet far enough from all the hustle. Hotel staff was extremely nice and helpful. Shana, the owner's daughter was a delight! Working 12 hr days and always with a smile on her face, she accommodated our every request with ease and enthusiasm. Wish we could bring her back with us! If you're looking for a laid back resort with amazing views, walking distance to town and uncrowded beaches, stay here. You won't be disappointed. Oh, and if you're jet lagged and up at 3 am, don't forget to step outside and watch the shooting stars.

  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed 30 December 2013

My wife and I spent a week at The Houben on our honeymoon and loved it.
We stayed in the deluxe room with private Jacuzzi. Room was big and spacious and kept clean. Also had a couch/day bed and a balcony. Our room had a perfect view of the sunset each day (2nd floor). Hotel is only a 2 min walk down the hill into town where there are shops and restaurants and the beach. Beach towels and handy carry bag are provided. Staff were all super friendly and accommodating especially Shana (thanks!). We were greeted by our names on arrival for that personal touch. There was some painting going on while we were there, but that’s to be expected in the off season. We weren’t put off by it at all. We ate at the restaurant for dinner and the food was excellent. Expect ‘western’ prices for food and drinks but the quality of both was excellent. They had a 2 for 1 cocktail hour around sunset time and we would often find ourselves sitting by the pool, cocktail in hand. Air conditioner was a little noisy, we sleep with earplugs though so wasn’t that big a deal. Would recommend this hotel to other couples looking for a quite retreat.

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  • Stayed December 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Houben Hotel
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 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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