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Koh Tao Simple Life Resort
Ranked #14 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Reviewed 3 September 2014 via mobile


Stayed here for one night, and swiftly moved on, dated, below par, the English breakfast was no more English than I am. The bed wasnt comfortable , it was like a mattress you'd throw out if you had it at home . Food was decent in the restaurant in the evening

Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 September 2014

Koh Tao is one of my favourite places, quiet and peaceful if you want it to be. There are many backpackers and doing the bar crawl is fun. I did my scuba diving course here which was the best ! On the beach is always fire dancers where you can have drinks!!

Stayed: January 2014, travelled solo
1  Thank Abi5096
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Reviewed 30 August 2014

We stayed in the simple life resort during our travels around Thailand and we thought it was a great place to stay. The staff in reception were so helpful and the rooms were the best we had stayed in the whole month in Thailand. The location was perfect and next to everything you want to do in the area. Want to go back!!

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 26 August 2014

Simple Life is a good choice if you want to stay in a central location at the city, walking distance to all main restaurants end 5 minuts walking to Sairee Beach.
The hotel, after some trips around Thailand it was great finding people talking good englis at the reception and being able to help.
I booked a superior room at the 2.nd floor and the room was great, clean, beatifull terrace facing the pool and with a big bathroom.
The pool is not so amazing, and so the breakfas offered at a bar beside the resort. its supposo to end at 10 but arounf 9:40 they will ask you to hurry..and well we are on vacations!
So for the location as i mentioned, is a great thing if you wanna hang arounfd at night being close to the beach and thogh inside the hotel is quiet, the surroundings are full of traffic and noise. I would recomend this hotel if you are looking for a nice clean place to stay but not expecting luxury and quiet surroundings.

Room Tip: Choose the rooms on the second floor and facing pool :)
  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled as a couple
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Thank Katia P
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Reviewed 23 August 2014

Really enjoyed our two night stay here. Excellent service that they pick you up at pier from ferry - without prior arrangement. Staff very helpful and you can book excursions from hotel which was great. Room very nice and location very good. Would recommend and would stay here again.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Thank MissMiddleton
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Reviewed 20 August 2014

Our stay at Simple Life did not get off to the best of starts after a bad crossing from Koh Phangan and our transfer, which had been prebooked, not being there. When we reached the meeting point at the end of the pier we actually saw them drive past us and leave, we looked around but there was no other representative from the hotel. A local taxi driver witnessed this also, we were worried we were about to get 'ripped off' having read about taxis on the island, but he helped us get to the resort without any problems. When we arrived we mentioned this to the man on reception and he laughed and said 'oh it was there'...well clearly the transfer wasn't as we watched it drive past us and saw the truck parked in the hotel's parking area!

To top things off we then found out we had to pay an additional fee to pay for our booking on card. We booked our stay through booking.com having paid our deposit online using card so weren't best pleased to discover this.

Anyway, our room (a twin boutique) was fresh and clean, and nicely decorated. The bathroom was also clean, looking like it had possibly been recently updated. The beds were really comfortable with two huge puffy pillows. Towels were provided daily, including a coloured towel to use at the beach or by the pool. We also had an area at the back of our room which was where the air con unit was kept, this area (almost like a utility room) was always really hot and had a drying rack which was great for swim wear and towels.

The pool area got quite a bit of sunlight during the day and was often very hot - the floor was incredibly hot so either meant a run to the pool or stick your flip flops on! There were plenty of loungers and we never found the area to be full up.

The breakfasts at Simple Life definitely were not a highlight of our stay. Maybe we'd been spoilt elsewhere on our trip? There was a selection of Thai foods, as well as an odd combination of international food such as southern fried chicken, cauliflower cheese and mashed potato. Oh, and if you did choose any of these hot buffet items you were lucky if they were lukewarm! The area was infested with flies, and these often got to the food, the staff made no efforts in deterring them. On several mornings we found dirty plates to be in the pile of 'clean' plates. When you sat down you were asked to choose an option from a card which signified how you wanted your eggs cooked, the staff couldn't understand it if you did not want to make a selection. We never chose one of these options but when other people did it arrived on a plate with slices of processed ham and a sausage. It was a very odd set up.

Despite being in a busy area, we found Simple Life to be incredibly lifeless and lacking in atmosphere.

The housekeeping staff worked incredibly hard throughout the day and were very friendly. We also had some laundry done whilst staying at Simple Life, it was returned very quickly smelling lovely and fresh.

There was a lot of building noise coming from both sides of the hotel late in the afternoon and early in the morning, we were worried this would cause us some disruption but it was manageable.

  • Stayed: August 2014, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 17 August 2014

Stayed here in July for 5 nights. Great customer service. Really clean and modern accommodation. Very close to the main beach and all the nice restaurants. Fizz bar is a must, so relaxing! Had a massage at the hotel and it was bliss. Highly recommend this hotel to all travellers (family, couple, business etc).

  • Stayed: July 2014, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank Celine D
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Address: 14/11 Moo 1 | Sairee Beach, Koh Tao 84360, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Business Centre with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range: £32 - £55 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Koh Tao Simple Life Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 39
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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