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The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only )
Ranked #4 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
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Reviewed 17 May 2014 via mobile

After staying in some pretty "cheap" places on our visit to Thailand we decided to splash out and book 4 nights here. We did not regret it, the room was very nice very clean and the bed was super comfy. It is located away from the more established areas but walking distance to a nice beach with resorts and bars etc. If you want to go out and party this isn't the place to stay but if you want eat excellent food, swim and lay around a great pool with a awesome view whilst being waitered on for your any request or need this is the place to stay.

Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
Thank Simon R
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this reviewResponded 17 May 2014

Dear Simon R,

Thank you for your kind review us on Trip Advisor and thank you so much for selecting the houben Hotel . What you described to the Houben , it was very correct . You can walk for 5 mins to the nice beach and night life , then walked back to rest with peace and good food at your home at The Houben . Looking forward to serving you again and again.

Warm Regads,
Walter Houben

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Reviewed 16 May 2014

We are travelling as Backpackers since years and at this time we went for a trip from Singapore -> Malaysia -> Thailand. Due to the low season at Koh Lanta we wanted to have something special on our trip and finally chose (cause of the very good value, trip advisor feedback and location) the Houben Hotel in a Ba KanTieng Bay. We booked a stay of 3 nights first, but extended our visit for additional 2 nights. If we do not had to catch a plane we probably would still be there at this pearl in Koh Lanta.

If you decide to stay at this hotel you will get an outstanding service, excellent food and a calm, relaxing and romantic environment. From the standard/superior room you will have an excellent view on the ocean and wonderful sunsets in the evenings. You can enjoy them either from your room and balcony, the amazing pool or sitting on one of those canvas chairs in front of the hill side. The Hotel is also offering a great spa area and if you are planning some trips to explore the island it is definitely worth to rent a motorbike at the hotel. It was all very good value.

Nevertheless our visit would not be that perfect if we hadn’t this great service of the personal team! We would especially thank Shana for making our visit unforgettable. She is omnipresent and doing an outstanding service at this Hotel. She knows how to make your stay really special. Besides this we asked for the name of a local delicious Thai dessert we had some days before. On our day of departure she brought us the dessert to our breakfast table. Shana, we thank you so much for everything and for the unforgettable stay at the Houben. As said, we hope to see you again some time some day and wish you personally all the best!

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Fischlafo
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2014

Dear Fischlafo ,

Thank you for your time to give us such a wonderful review on Trip Advisor . It was so great to hear that our service , our food and our environment could enjoy you . Let us know your future plan when you'd like to return to Koh Lanta, please allow us to serving you again and again .

Warm Regards,
Walter Houben

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Reviewed 7 May 2014

I really don't know where to start, as our experience on our honeymoon was first class and really superb! From the moment we arrived we had nothing but friendly top-notch service. So I'll talk about that first. Shana, you are an ANGEL and the Hoeben (and your mother) are blessed to have you there! Not only did she look after and help clean my husbands wounds; when he slid off a motorbike on Koh Lanta, but she continued to take care of him throughout our stay. I am forever grateful! The entire staff is really friendly and eager to please. They booked our excursions, made sure we had everything we needed, and made it one of the most memorable parts of our honeymoon.

Secondly, I'll write about the hotel because you can't miss out on this hidden gem. It is a wee bit further from the town and nightlife, however, it's nestled among the cliffs on the beach. Romantic spot for stunning sunsets, amazing salt water pool, and the rooms are modern and very comfortable. Not to mention the organic shower products they provide.

The food at the restaurant is gourmet and every morning the breakfast was amazing! Don't miss out on their fresh smoothies and juices, not to mention the home-made jam.

Thanks Houben for a great honeymoon. We can't wait to come back to your paradise.

Janine & Seth

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this reviewResponded 10 May 2014

Dear Janine & Seth,

Thank you for this wonderful review. It is truly motivational for our staff to hear such comments and I will make sure to pass along your praise for their efforts.
We hope to have the opportunity to welcoming you back to The Houben Hotel , Koh Lanta soon and often.

All the best,

Walter Houben

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

We arrived in The Houben on a rainy day after having spent a week in Railay. Railay wasn't great, so when we arrived here, we thought we were in heaven. We had a very spacious room with everything you could require. The staff is extremely friendly, a very welcome change after Railay... The food in the restaurant is great and reasonably priced for a hotel. The pool is lovely. We loved the fact that it's a small hotel.
Shana was very helpful and made is laugh a lot :-)
The area is quiet, which is nice. If you fancy a drink, head to the Why Not bar. We loved it.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled with friends
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walterhouben, Owner at The Houben Hotel ( Adult Only ), responded to this reviewResponded 7 May 2014

Dear Sophie B,

Thank you for this fabulous review and please rest assured that we will keep working extremely hard to make this your home away from home . Let us know your returning plan to The Houben , the loyalty programme is well prepared .

Warm Regards,

Walter Houben

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Reviewed 4 May 2014

Don't even know where to start with The Houben. Possibly the best hotel I've stayed in with the best service in Thailand. The rooms was fantastic, everything was spotless and the service was second to none. We were impressed by all staff but most impressed with Shana. When I asked if she was the manager she replied, 'no ma'am, I'm just a regular member of staff.' How modest! This was our first hotel (stayed at three on Landa) so we relaxed and stayed around the hotel for 4 days. The food/drink is reasonably priced so no need to leave in the evening to find a cheaper alternative. There's a 7-11 nearby and the beach is also a short walk away but we just didn't want to move from the pool area as most days, we were alone. We hated leaving The Houben and actually considered cancelling our second hotel in order to stay a bit longer! Looking forward to our next visit. Thanks to Shana and the team for making it a wonderful stay.

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  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Terry K
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

My wife and I have just spent 4 nights at The Houben following the recommendations on Tripadvisor, We were greeted out of our taxi by the reception staff and shown to our room 302 on the top 3rd floor. There is no lift in the Hotel but we didn't feel a need for it and always enjoyed taking in the surrounding views while going to our room. On entering the room we were impressed by the large size of the room and the impressive full glass front leading onto the balcony. The Houben has 15 rooms and the design is clearly to have a reduced number of rooms but of a higher standard and size than the norm for the area of the Hotel Site. All the rooms have a Sea View and the Sunset Views are outstanding. Between the Hotel and the sea is the pool area, this consists of a large pool and Spa Bath, as there are only 15 rooms we often had the Pool and Spa to ourselves. To the side of the Hotel is a wooded section and we were pleasantly surprised to see Monkeys playing in the trees. Despite the wooded area, we suffered no insect bites during our stay, despite rarely applying insect repellent and we were not aware of any other guests being bitten.
We used the Red Alert Restaurant almost entirely for all our meals during our 4 day stay, we found the food to be excellent and not overly expensive for a Hotel of this quality.
The general cleanliness of our room, the pool, restaurant and public areas was immaculate with no issues what so ever.
This is an impressively designed Hotel and only 5 years old so in excellent condition.
Because of all of the above I would have no hesitation in recommending this Hotel if fact I would certainly encourage people to stay here, however I have not yet mentioned the most impressive part of our stay and that was the staff.
Every single member of staff went out of their way to make us welcome at the Hotel, they were always courteous and smiling and genuinely appeared to be happy working at The Houben. What was particularly impressive was the young lady who appeared to manage the Hotel and staff on a day to day basis, her name is Shana and I believe she is the daughter of the Hotel owner, From day one Shana makes a point of addressing all her guests by their names, she is friendly, amusing and extremely hard working. During our stay we continually witnessed her involving herself in every aspect of the running of the Hotel, from reception, to restaurant, bar, pool duties, and even cleaning. We actually thought their must be twins as she appeared to be every where, she always concerned herself that we were enjoying every moment of our stay at The Houben, she is a credit to The Hotel and her family, a remarkable young lady.
Our only complaint that we had with this Hotel is that we only stayed there 4 nights – our loss.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank frogonajetski
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Reviewed 13 April 2014 via mobile

We enjoyed very much during our stay in the hotel. Clean, silent and very comfortable. Very good location with an amazing view. Rich breakfast, hospitable staff and management. The beach is 10 mins walk and it is simply beautiful. The hotel offers you everything you need as a couple.

Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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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 Spa Hotel in Ko Lanta
#3 Luxury Hotel in Ko Lanta
#7 Romantic Hotel in Ko Lanta
Price Range: £88 - £284 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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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