Booked into the hostel for the duration of my dive course as it was recommended by my dive school and decided to stay for a few more days so ended up staying for 8 nights in total.
The dorm that I stayed in was very clean and probably had the best aircon of any of the places that I stayed in whilst in Thailand. One of the nice touches was that there was dim lighting on 24 hours a day in the dorms so that you did not have any trouble finding your way to bed if you came in late and you could always get a good nights sleep without someone coming in and turning on the light. As far as the facilities go, there is no common room, however, this is advertised so I will not take it into account in this review, there is a bar opposite with a free pool table where you get a 10% discount and the staff there don't make you feel pressured to keep on buying drinks. The facilities in the hostel such as showers, toilets, wash area etc. are all very good and as with the rest of the hostel always kept clean.
Staff were extremely helpful, the reception is based in Island Travel next door where you can also sort out boat tickets, moped hire, etc. Rolf, the co-owner was a bit of a legend and bought a few beers on my last night there. There were also masks and snorkels available to borrow free of charge which was a nice touch.
For me, location was perfect, far enough away from Sairee that it is quiet in the evening if you fancy an early night (nice when you are diving at 7am the next day), whilst only being 15 mins away if you fancy an evening that is a bit more lively.
All in all, I couldn't fault the place and if I find myself diving on Koh Tao again, I will be sure to book myself in for another stay.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Koh Tao Central Hostel is centrally located in Mae Haad just 50 meters from the beach and piers and 10 minutes’ walk from Sairee Beach. NO TAXI NEEDED FROM THE PIERS! We offer: -24 hour air-conditioning -Hot showers -Wi-Fi -Island discounts, (in bars/restaurants/shops/massage/tattoo/activities) -Western staff -Partition walls between each bed are designed for your privacy and comfort. -Each bed is equipped with a reading light and socket for charging phones/ laptops etc. -Secure lockable lockers are provided for personal belongings, with 24hour CCTV security. Note: there is no indoor common area. We have two balconies and an outside deck with cushions. Across the street there is the Reef bar with pool table, free board games, and travel library. And a 10% discount for hostel customers. 24 hour auto-switching/stabalizing power supply in the hostel is providing the most reliable power available on the island. Central Hostel reception and service inside Island Travel right next to the hostel. ... more less
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