It is always hard to choose a hotel based on reading previous reviews. There seem to be so many really negative reviews and then some really good ones with this particular hotel. Basically, this hotel offer a "standard" more budget room in the older wing - with no view, but also have the better rooms overlooking the pool and then the ocean view. Naturally, you get what you pay for. We chose the cheaper rooms, as we weren't planning to spend much time in the room and rather spend the money elsewhere. The rooms were clean, we had no problems with leaks, drainage, noise etc. The staff were happy and friendly, although only 1 of the ladies on the front desk spoke English, and although even hers wasn't fantastic, we managed fine.
The location is great .. right on the beach, but about 1.5km walk along the beach to central Chaweng. Maybe a bit too much of a walk for some, but again the location is easy to see on a map, so a bit of thought when booking maybe not for you if you don't like to walk, but the bus/taxi is so cheap anyway if you need. There are also plenty of restaurants and shopping market stalls up that end of the beach and the beach vendors and massage stalls are all along the beach as well.
We also chose a package that included breakfast which we found was most awesome and a great way to start the day. The restaurant staff were friendly, and helpful with local knowledge too. The pool area was quiet and relaxing.
All in all, as far as VALUE goes, I was most satisfied.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Samui First House Hotel is located on the largest island of the Gulf of Siam, called Koh Samui. Its beautiful white sand beaches, crystal clear water, jungle, hills and waterfalls create a very changing landscape, rarely found on the other islands. Koh Samui has now become an internationally-renowned holiday destination and receives more and more tourists every year, attracted by its unchanged beauty. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Samui First House Hotel Chaweng
- Samui 1st House Resort
- Samui First Hotel
- Samui First Resort
- Samui First House Resort Ko Samui/Chaweng