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Ko Tao Resort
Ranked #35 of 49 Hotels in Koh Tao
Reviewed 23 June 2014

We chose this resort because I was diving with an outfit nearby and they recommended it as the more "posh" option because it had air conditioning. We saw our room before agreeing to take it. It was basic but appeared clean. The hotel picked us up from our 1st hotel on a different part of he island which was very convenient. We checked in uneventfully. My wife enjoyed the pool which was quite nice. The grounds were overall quite nice. She did notice a dead mouse adjacent to the pool area which remained the entire day. Employees must have walked past it at least 20 times. We had dinner at the hotels restaurant on the pier that night and the restaurant staff was very friendly and food was quite good. A very nice spot to eat. That night we went into our room and all seemed fine. At some point during the night the air conditioning went out and it became very hot. It was actually cooler outside then in the room in the morning when we got up. We did hear some critters scrambling through the walls as well. The bathroom was clean but there was absolutely no water pressure. Water was hot though. We left thinking maybe the air con would be working when we returned or we would notify maintenance. We returned after a long day hiking on the island and had no luck with the air con so we notified maintenance and the front desk staff. They came out and agreed the air con was not working. They moved us to another room. This room had some mouse droppings in areas and some ants on the counter tops. We were exhausted and the air con was working so we figured we could live with it for a night. This room was also slightly cheaper at 1400 Thb vs 1500. We got absolutely zero sleep in the room that night. There was a rodent chewing a plastic bottle in the walls all night long. We constantly found ourselves jumping out of bed wondering if the rodents were actually in our room. We should have immediately requested another room but are not generally complainers. After a very restless night we complained at the front desk the next morning. The receptionist was very adamant that we should have immediately let them know and asked for another room and didn't seem to understand that both issues occurred late at night when we were in bed trying to get some rest. With some hesitance they agreed to drop the price of the room the second night to 1000thb. They did not deliver a clean hospitable room. I can not recommend staying here. While the pool and grounds are lovely the hotel is dirty and dated and you will have animals crawling through your walls all night!

Room Tip: Sounds lie, the paradise area rooms are much nicer and the rooms on the beach with big glass doors l...
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 21 June 2014

We stayed 7 days at Paradise View of Ko Tao Resort, where the staff are great and always keen to help. The food was so tasty and in huge portions! The double bed in our room was not so much of a double bed... too small... In general, the room was decent and with great mountain and sea view the same time.

Room Tip: Paradise View is more expensive than the bungalows by the beach... It does worth it!
  • Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 18 June 2014

The bed was actually comfortable but its FREAKING HOT INSIDE. I actually thought the weather would be okay so staying in a fan room was okay but NO. I stayed in the dive dorms and good thing I opted for a license in diving so they waived my charges for the room.

Ergo, if you want to dive, dont choose the dive dorms. Go for the airconditioned rooms which I bet are expensive. But if you dont want to dive, stay somewhere else. I swear. The very reason I gave them 3 as overall rating was because their diving is really really really awesome.

  • Stayed: May 2014, travelled solo
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Reviewed 17 June 2014

Loved the location of this hotel the view was breathtaking . We went with a group of friends , stayed in a suit it was comfortable. The staff was not very helpful but overall I would 100% stay there again . It's within walking distance from some good street food but a solid cab ride from the bars where everyone goes out .

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 16 June 2014

Positive; They had upgraded our room, so we got a lot of space.

Negative; We payed for wifi but didnt get that.
The staff does not know how to smile.
And arent willing to help us in any way, so we are just not feeling welcome.

Its a good thing we only booked one night.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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1  Thank Robert N
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Reviewed 11 June 2014

The dive resort part is run well, competent instructors and dive masters. They have up to date equipment all well maintained. However the dorm leaves a lot to be desired. They are small, hot with poor ventilation. My wife actually chose to sleep outside on our last night just to get fresh air. The receptionist has no customer service skills, as soon as she found out we were not diving for a second day with them she immediately said check out is 11 and no later. The prices for the diving are reasonable but the cost of the dorm is high. Restaurant costs a bit more than further down the beach but you can walk for good food cheaper and the restaurant serving staff is great. We rented snorkelling equipment from here for the day for 100 baht and found out later you can get it as cheap as 40 elsewhere, not a big cost difference but it is an example of you need to ask around for better prices.

Stayed: June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 9 June 2014

We stayed here one night and move to our dive centre (Big Blue) right away. There's nothing special about the Resort and it's quite expensive to travel to the other (better) part of the island. Room was quite small and full of mosquitos. Overall, it's not worth it to stay here.

  • Stayed: April 2014, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ko Tao Resort

Address: 19 / 1 Moo 3 Chalook Baan, Koh Tao 84280, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Koh Tao
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#14 Top resorts Hotel in Koh Tao
#17 On the Beach Hotel in Koh Tao
Price Range: £18 - £52 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ko Tao Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Located in Chalok Baan Kao south of ko tao We have our long and clean private beach with the white pretty sand and at low tide passable for sunbathing, but really there are far better spots elsewhere on Ko Tao for laying around in the sun –and the best location to see the sunset. We are PADI 5 star dive resort and we offers dive courses with PADI Diver Training. Everything from your first dive exp ... more   less 
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