First off, should just say that this place has changed names and is now Lanta Residence Boutique (called this on Agoda). Our bus driver seemed confused when I told him the name of the place and sure enough, it was obvious he did not know where this place was when we got to Ko Lanta.
We checked in and were very impressed with the room. It was spacious with a large double bed, fridge and TV (was a bit disappointed with the channel selection, since the hotel website advertises "cable TV"!). The balcony was also good, although we were on the side of the hotel which overlooks communication masts! We also had a sink on our balcony, which was very useful for washing clothes. Breakfast was also good, with option of Bacon & Egg, American style pancakes, cereal and toast with butter and jam. We were also impressed with the free tea and coffee making facilities near the pool area.
We used the restaurant in the evening a couple of times and found it ok, but would say that it didn't always appear manned - although this could have been due to it changing from high to low season.
Location of the hotel was great, and only a few minutes walk to food stalls and restaurants. The hotel also offers motorbike rental at reasonable rates.
But by far and away the best feature of this hotel was the owner. Kai made our stay memorable and was always providing service with a smile throughout. Her English is limited, but she always made an effort, including driving us around the island for the day in her truck for Songkran and reassuring us when the earthquake hit near Indonesia and the threat of a Tsunami loomed. A few days after Songkran, Kai presented us with a framed photograph of us both during Songkran, with a caption that had been added by computer - for which we were very grateful. It's things like this that make the comments below of her cheating people's friend very hard to imagine - she did not appear to be this sort of person in the slightest.
We loved our stay, and ended up extending it through Kai directly. We will definitely return to this hotel if we ever return to Ko Lanta.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- "Lanta Residence & Spa" The family boutique hotel located in Saladan north of the Lanta island. Our hotel close to shopping, restaurants, beaches and the two Swedish schools also situated between PhiPhi and Krabi town. The Island is still nature and local, like Koh Phi Phi before it got invaded by tourism, as people are very nice and friendly. All rooms are air-conditioned and have wireless internet access. Rooftop pool with panoramic views. Fully-equipped gym with air conditioning. Visit our hotel and share a little piece and enjoyment of our island. Our warm welcome and personal service awaits you. ... more less
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