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Lanta Marine Park View Resort
Ranked #62 of 84 Hotels in Ko Lanta
Gordonton, NZ
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“Good value room, top view”
Reviewed 20 August 2012

We looked around a few places in Kantiang Bay before choosing this place, and were generally very happy. We got one of the clifftop bungalows, which had a fantastic view of the bay and was spacious and comfortable - excellent value at 800 Baht (off season). It could have been cleaner (spent 10 minutes wiping the windows down, which improved the view no end) and there were ants, but at the price it compared favourably with other places we stayed in Thailand. The staff were friendly and helpful, though they only service the rooms on request. I find it hard to believe one of the reviews below which claim this place is run by the Thai mafia - we had a minor incident with one of their hire scooters and returned it with a few scratches, but they told us not to worry, and were more concerned about our bumps and grazes. The restaurant in the off season keeps very irregular hours, but with the excellent Drunken Sailors cafe just down the hill this was no problem.
The main problem we had here, and it really wasn't their fault, was the beachside bar (think it was called the Why Not Bar) just along the shoreline, whose band played really loud, out-of-tune covers of classic rock songs from 9pm to midnight every night. We thought it was karaoke the first night, but it turned out that the band just had a very bad singer. If you like that sort of thing it may be OK, but it rather destroyed the otherwise restful ambience of the bay. We hired a lot of DVDs from the Drunken Sailors which helped to drown it out.

Room Tip: Worth paying the extra few Baht for a clifftop room.
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  • Stayed July 2012, travelled as a couple
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Woking, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2012

The resort is located at a beautiful spot with great views and lovely atmosphere. The cabins look quaint and welcoming on the outside but inside the cleanliness was not the best. The wet room looked tired and unclean and so my girlfriend and I opted to shower and clean in our reef shoes - just to be safe!

During our stay they hosted about 2 parties which were loud and went on till the small hours of the morning so unlike us who were expecting a chilled out quiet stay this might be to your liking depending on your preference...

The location of Lanta Marine is a short hop to convenient stores for those emergency walks to get a few bottles of Chang beer and snacks. Plus you had a lovely choice of different restaurants to eat from on the beech so every night of eating out included a lovely walk on the beech followed by a great meal!

  • Stayed February 2011, travelled as a couple
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 22 January 2012

the amount of money we're paying for the room I would expect more, the staff is friendly and eager to help but attention to detail is lacking. Wifi only works in the lobby area and not in the rooms.

-shower curtain is actually a curtain... it was not big enough for the whole window. shower with the possbility of other people looking in is not good.
-shower hose is broken, water was shooting half way. this was fix the next day though.
-there was no hot water but this was fix when we notify them.
-there is no phone in the room, we had to trek up to the lobby to notify the problem.
-spiders were on the corner... attention to detail when cleaning is lacking.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled with friends
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Bangkok, Thailand
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Reviewed 8 January 2012

Nineteen family members from Bangkok, Austria & Vermont met here for a wonderful 10 day 70th birthday celebration. We inhabited 8 bungalows, with some in each of the three price levels available. At the end we all felt very happy with the choice and felt it was the best choice we could have made. Pros were stunning views and excellent beach; excellent, reasonably priced food - the best of the 5 or 6 local restaurants we tried; very helpful and friendly staff - especially helpful with the gluten-free diet needed for one of our number. Cons: Paths to the high up bungalows not well maintained and difficult to climb; Plumbing problematic at times; Had to ask for room service each day if you wanted it - but they did do it well, if asked; Bungalows not as well maintained as one would expect for such an elegant location and basically beautiful bungalows; exorbitant price for beer - almost twice other local restaurants. If we headed down this way again, we would definitely return.

Room Tip: Loud music from multiple resorts was very annoying and made it difficult to sleep on Christmas and N...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Reviewed 4 January 2012

The views of the bay are absolutely lovely, but this facility is not a relaxing place to stay. In fact, we were exhausted by the end of our stay. The rooms are very dirty, and staff does not clean unless repeatedly asked (and even then, inadequately) The mosquito netting is filthy and mattresses are of questionable cleanliness. Finally, there is very loud music at night, which makes it impossible to sleep at this facility. It should also be noted that those with mobility issues should be very careful if staying here. Very steep stone steps- actually quite dangerous, for all ages due to the lack of handrails.
On a positive note, we felt that the staff was very helpful and friendly with planning excursions and allowing use of the public areas (wifi/computer room, tv). There is no real lobby or comfortable central area here-- the couches near the entry office tend to be full of workers who are smoking on break or hanging out. If you are on a budget, then the price is right and the proximity to the beach is perfect. Bring your earplugs and extra soap, and you'll be all set for beach fun!

Room Tip: Do not stay in A4- it is directly above the DJ and bar; you will not sleep due to the booming loud m...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Brisbane, Australia
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Reviewed 19 December 2011

I don't mind staying in old, run down hotels and have plenty of times, but when they are filthy dirty there is just no excuse.

We stayed in the furthest room up the hill, which had wonderful views, but check the photos for how disgustingly dirty the room was, after we'd asked them to clean it! All it would take is a small spend to properly clean and fix the bathroom (like a new toilet seat instead of using gaffer tape to try and fix), in-room safe etc, and this place might be okay. The bar area has a nice view and probably worth a visit once if you staying in the area. I suspect they are just letting this place run itself into the ground and then will try and sell the land for the best price they can, as there certainly isn't any maintenance happening and they are just trying to make money from the bar (90baht for a Singha, that most other places sell for 60baht).

I'd been travelling for 2 weeks through Malaysia/Thailand before arrived here, I didn't eat the day before arriving at night, then ate dinner at the bar and the breakfast, and by 2pm was horribly sick and ended up spending 2 nights / 3 days in the local hospital clinic. To be fair I can't say for certain the food here caused it, but I didn't eat anywhere else for 24hrs previously, so will always have an uncertain feeling about this place. The staff where helpful and drove me and wife to the clinic and were reasonable in settling the bill the following day.

If you don't mind filth, this place has great views at the quiet end of the island, but I'd avoid it unless you have no other option.

Room Tip: Stay at another hotel
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  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Aarhus, Denmark
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Reviewed 11 December 2011

This resort is a disgrace for the beautiful bay of kantiang. It is owned by thai "mafia" who are trying to intimidate and bribe their way into the tourist buisness, indstead of just compeeting on equal terms. Please dont support them.

Stayed November 2011, travelled with friends
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Property: Lanta Marine Park View Resort
Address: 58 Moo 5, Ko Lanta 81150, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Lanta
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service
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#30 Top resorts Hotel in Ko Lanta
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Hotel Class:3 star — Lanta Marine Park View Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 24
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