*please note - this isn't a review of the dive school! This is purely about the accommodation*
Stayed in the fan rooms which were dead cheap at 400B per night (actually free with our dive courses). Very basic beach huts with cold showers - but all you really need. Clearly great value and good location - beach and tons of restaurants bars and shops on your doorstep.
However had a number of issues with the room:
Had 2 ant infestations in the bathroom (hardly surprising as they have open slats to the sandy surroundings). Told reception both times and though someone apparently came round to sort it out, both times there were still ants all over the sink and toilet afterwards. Had to deal with it ourselves using bug spray.
Room doesn't seem to get cleaned more than once a week. Rooms and beds get quickly get dirty when you are in and out diving. Towels end up pretty smelly in a few days when you're washing 2-3 times a day.
Door frame and roof over the steps down way too low - I'm 6'2 (not unusually tall) and banged my head about 6 times in first 2-3 days. Should be simple enough to put a sign up.
Rooms are HOT. Tucked away from sea breeze and surrounded by hot sand. Saw some other fan only rooms which were much cooler. Just about ok at night when island cools down but impossible to be in there eg if you want an afternoon nap or to sleep off an illness past 9am.
Reception staff were either completely overwhelmed with other travellers, so impossible to talk to anyone for longer than 20 seconds at a time, or when they were quiet they seemed uninterested in helping.
Overall - not great but probably shouldn't expect much for the price. Have heard the air con rooms are good but expect to pay 5x more.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Sairee Cottage Located in the middle of Sairee beach surrounded by tropical garden and beautiful Sairee Beach. We offer different type of room that suit all budget such as .. Bungalow start from 700 THB Standard bungalow Garden room Triple room bungalow Family Bungalow Beach front Bungalow Poolside room Resort Facilities 2 Main Swimming pool Sairee Cottage Restaurant Butter cafe and bakery Butter Ice cream ( Gelato ) Pool bar day bed playground parking area etc.. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sairee Cottage Diving Hotel Koh Tao