My family just returned from an eight-night stay at the Best Western on Koh Lanta. (We're a couple in our forties with a ten-year-old boy.) We originally booked for five nights with the idea of scouting around for another, possibly cheaper, place for the last three nights. But, although I like to stay at places with a bit more personality, we were sufficiently impressed with the Best Western and decided to stay put. The rooms are quite clean and spacious and the beds are comfortable. The AC worked well, though I couldn't adjust the temperature. (Seemed like a decent temp., and I was too lazy to pursue with the management.) All of the rooms have sea views, though some are not 180 degree views of the sea--more like half beach and half sea. We spent the first five nights in the beach/sea view standard room, and the last three in a "deluxe" room. In addition to a different view, the latter was a bit bigger and had a bathtub with jets, which we never used. The incident that impressed me the most was when we forgot to close the safe around Feb. 6. When I discovered I could not open the safe, I contacted the assistant manager, who told me that the maid had discovered the open safe and contacted him. He personally closed the safe. As far as I could tell, nothing was missing from it--we had put a big wad of cash in different denominations there along with our passports. I suppose this kind of response by a hotel is normal and expected, but I could imagine very different scenarios. Anyway, the staff were friendly, but not obsequious, and the breakfast was fine. English skills of some assistant managers are not great, but they do make a sincere effort and give advice about the area and attractions. Successful communication just requires a bit of patience on the part of non-Thai-speaking guests. Breakfast is made-to-order, and you can ask for additional things not included in the version (American, Continental, etc.) you select. The hotel is right on the beach--great for going for a dip or a run. The rooms all have a balcony with two lounge chairs, and there are plenty of lounge chairs on the deck next to the pool, which is right next to the beach. I noticed a couple of people "claimed" some spots in morning and hardly used them during the day, which would have been annoying if we had needed a spot. It's a short and cheap tuk-tuk ride to the main commercial area, Saladan, and 7-11 is right across the street for beer and snack runs. Speedboats for diving and snorkeling trips to nearby sites leave from spots along this beach. The hotel was quiet at night. We all had a great time there. It's a good choice if you are not set on a bungalow and want to be fairly close to Saladan.
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- Best Western Ko Lanta
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