I think Simple Life takes it's name a little too literally. We found when things went wrong, as they often did, we would shrug our shoulders and say "Oh well... Simple Life". Perhaps 'Low Expectations Hotel' would also be suitable if ever they fancied a re-brand.
To start on a high, the location was great. It was right in the heart of the action. A short stroll to local restaurants, bars and a little further to the livelier nightlife. The best pancakes in town are served up from a stall not 30 metres from the hotel (outside 7/11). The pool was adequate although a little small for the size of the complex.
We found the staff to be rude, unhelpful and ... Simple? Upon check-in our friends were shown into a room that was occupied. They were then told to sit and wait on the porch and it seems they were then forgotten about. Ten minutes passed before they enquired at reception, who were confused and took them to a new room. To top this, the hotel refused to transfer us all to the pier on check-out as we had bought the boat ticket from elsewhere. Fortunately, by the time our check-out came they had forgotten our faves and we jumped in no hassel. Simple Life.
We enjoyed a boat trip around Koh Tao. When our 'turtle tour' boat was full we transferred to a Simple Life boat. There are 5 or 6 operators all running identical tours so we were happy to jump ship and follow the convoy. Our Simple Life boat had trouble leaving the pier. After several attempts we were at sea and the problem became apparent. The boat couldnt turn left. Simple Life!!
Our rooms were basic, the floor gritty, and the showers troublesome. The electricity was temperamental and had a habit of turning off mid-shower. Unfortunately this happened to our neighbour too, but luckily for him he had a torch provided by his door. Of course, it didn't work. Oh well, Simple Life...
I would not recommend this hotel.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Luxury resort offering quality air conditioned accommodation on Koh Tao's popular Sairee Beach. Peaceful and private resort, with premier location with everything you need in close walking distance (beach, bars and restaurants, shops, ATMs, etc). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Koh Tao Simple Life Hotel Koh Tao