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Samed Club
Reviewed 3 October 2013

If you are after the Hilton don't come here, but if you are looking for total relaxation with great service this is the place. The staff are great, the garden rooms are comfortable, the meals are very good. We are here off peak and there are only 4 or5 other couples here so it's nice and quiet. The garden rooms are set in the bush which is cool and you are only a few steps away from the beach straight in front of the restaurant. The pool clean and a great place to sit relax and take a dip.
This is the quiet side of the island so hire a motor bike and this will get you into Samed town and the other amazing beaches the Island has to offer. The bike can be hired from 50m along the road for 300b per day.

Room Tip: There are some beach front rooms if you want a view of the sea otherwise a short stroll across the r...
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  • Stayed: October 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 3 December 2012

Definitely not worth the price tag. Did not meet expectations. It's basically a cabin in the woods (deluxe bungalow) across the street from the water. I would not even say this is beach front, that is a stretch. The hotel restaurant sits on the water and the "beach" begins at the restaurant and ends 5 feet away at the water. The sea views are of the ferry boats travelling from Rayong to Koh Samet. The hotel next door is under construction so there is no relaxation poolside or near the water. The bungalows are basically shoddy cement huts with crappy carpentry, tiling, AC, linens etc. The bungalows are across the street from the hotel restaurant/waterfront. So you hear the motorcycles, pickup taxis, ATVs etc. throughout the day/night. The value of this room should be $50 USD nothing more. I would definitely not recommend staying on Ao Noi Na beach or even entertaining the idea of staying at Samed Club. Sorry. Here's my only +, the food at the restaurant was fantastic!

Room Tip: Definitely not a deluxe bungalow. Not sure about the poolside rooms.
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  • Stayed: December 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank Park-n-Rove
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Reviewed 11 November 2012

Don't expect a 5 stars room, 5 stars service. This place is cool and relaxing in a down to earth way. Next to a white sand beach where I had no hesitation to jump into the sea and realizing that I was a little part of this world. I rent a motorbike (the first time I learnt to ride) and it would help to get you to the city of samed since this resort is a quite far away from the city. It's THB 350 with gasoline when I visited. This is a must for making your stay easier, unless you are okay to spend bucks for your convenience at the resort.

Room Tip: I booked a beach front cottage but end up with a deluxe room. You should be v. careful when booking...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank MarkJ19
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Reviewed 14 October 2012

accomodation lovely, very clean and excellent location.
staff and service was excellent throughout.
good value for money.
nice, quiet, relaxing beaches/bays.
food and drink very good value for money
breakfast could have been better with more choice

  • Stayed: October 2012, travelled as a couple
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Thank Jodie E
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Reviewed 29 March 2012

I liked this place, sorta. I rented a deluxe room for two nights. There was a street light that glared through the window. In fact, my view was of the street light.

The room was nice, the staff was very nice. Breakfast had eggs made to order. The beach was nice, but I wasn't thrilled about the neighboring places, they aren't so nice.

All and all I wouldn't stay here again. Mostly because the location and the surroundings. If you took this place and put it somewhere else on the island it would be a nice place.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled as a couple
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3  Thank Bodapa
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Reviewed 25 January 2012

Totally overpriced. Yes it is nice and the staff for the most part are friendly but you are paying 5 star prices for a 3 or 4 star hotel. We were pushed intlo this resort when the one we wanted was full (Sai Kaew) so be carefull as the hotels are not the same within the same family of resorts! nor is location the same. big difference
While the dinner was okay there are better places to eat outside the hotel. The breakfast was okay but for the money i would say poor.

Room Tip: rooms on hillside require a big walk up so be careful. why u think they call the hillside DELUX sou...
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  • Stayed: January 2012, travelled as a couple
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5  Thank todd8888
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Reviewed 11 January 2012

The pictures of this place on the website show an idyllic hotel - and I am sure when they were taken, that was true. Similarly the reports - most of which were written in 2009 provide a portrail of a wonderful place to stay which is why I booked my girlfriend and I in there for a week as a special treat during a four-week holiday. What a disappointment!

The good points:

The hotel processed the payment in full promptly and without error when I booked the room.

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Our transfer from the ferry was in the back of a pick-up truck (seriously!). We were greeted by a dirty pool, filthy and worn out sun umbrellas, holes in the sheets of our bed, filthy tile grout in the shower, and cobwebs in the room. The water in the taps is sometimes dark-brown, although not always.

The limited menu is overpriced, there is no wine (12 euro corkage to BYO) and they are regularly out of stock of basic items. Breakfast was exceptionally poor - pancakes shop-bought and served cold, fruit juice UHT and from a carton, yoghurt served in plastic pots, tepid coffee. The crockery set is an eclectic mix of rather nice designer-ware pottery and cheap rubbish that is clearly being used to replace breakages. Basic things like lids on tea-pots are not always available.

The staff are willing but trained inadequately in English and customer service. They have poor personal standards - dirty shoes, trousers too short or the wrong colour, dirty t-shirts / polo shirts: this is apparently condoned by the local management.

The water-sports advertised on the website are charged as an extra (350 baht / hour) and are worn out to the point of being unusable and dangerous (e.g. no bung in the water-tight compartment in the canoe). The pool table has a four-inch rip in the cloth and only one of the cues has tips. The pool-side sun-bed cushions have holes in them and are generally worn, the beach-side sun-beds have no cushions. The room safe did not work. The windows and doors of the room have warped in the sun leaving big gaps around the frames which the local mosquito population exploit. At high-tide the beach disappears almost completely except for a small area which is shaded by large trees. The local night-club has a new sound system which starts at about 23.00.

We complained and asked to leave, but were told to contact our agents - easy we thought, since we booked with their head office. E-mails (several) not replied to, phone calls not returned, never the right person in the office to help, excuse after excuse. The receptionist at the hotel spent 20 minutes on the phone to head office when we said we wanted to leave before putting the phone down and telling us that head office was closed and there was no-one there to talk to. We were advised that they were unwilling to refund us and made no attempt to improve.

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Overall, a real disappointment - it seems that the owners are milking this place like a cash-cow and not investing in the necessary maintenance and training needed to keep up the high standards one expects when paying good money.

Room Tip: Sea views are a waste of money unless you like peering over the restaurant roof and through trees
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  • Stayed: December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Address: 25 Moo 4 | Phe, Mueang Rayong, Ko Samet 21160, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Rayong Province > Ko Samet
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Room Service Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #6 of 50 Speciality Lodging in Ko Samet
Price Range: £77 - £170 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Samed Club 3*
Number of rooms: 30
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Samed Club, is located on the north coast of beautiful Samet island, famed for its pristine white beaches. This small, intimate seaside resort offers 30 bungalows and cottages with sea, garden or moutain views, set around a magnificent swimming pool and backing onto green hillside. Only 2 1/2 hours by road from Bangkok to Rayong, or one hour from the lively resort town of Pattaya, followed by a short sea crossing in our shuttle boat. ... more   less 
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Samed Club Koh Samet Hotel Koh Samet

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