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Tom M
Larne, United Kingdom

Pleasant stay

Review of Market Motel
4.0 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 Jun 2012
Stayed overnight while visiting the market. Nice clean room with en-suit and air con. Use of swimming pool a bonus. Good food served by pleasant staff. Would definitely stay again. 500bht for room ,very good price
Date of stay: May 2012
Room Tip: air con necessary
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 30 April 2012 via mobile

    We were taken to the market motel by our tuk tuk driver after asking to go to the inter hotel, but we went with the flow as it was dark and raining heavily.

    The motel is basic with large garage style tiled rooms with twin beds, tv, fridge and hot water shower room, also had air con.

    We paid 300 baht which was a good deal.

    The food was also good so if you just need a bed for the night and some food before the cambodian border run then this place is well suited.

    Date of stay: April 2012
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    Reviewed 28 March 2012

    Difficult to know how to review this place because it depends how long you want to stay. If, like us, you are looking for a place to dive into the swimming pool and cool off after a very hot and boring two hour wait to get through the Cambodia/Thai border then you could not find better. All the time in that queue I knew we were only an 80 baht tuk-tuk ride from the pool so it made it bearable. If, on the other hand, you are thinking of a longer stay then this is very basic accomodation and the staff in the restaurant are not the friendliest or most helpful we have come across on our SE Asia tour. On top of that, there's nothing to detain you in Aran. So, a good night halt from Siem Reap to Bangkok but not a lot else.

    Date of stay: March 2012
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Reviewed 28 February 2012

    We went from Bangkok to Siem Reap and didn't know that the Cambodian border closes for night. We had to stay in Aran for night and we picked Market Motel. The room was okay, quite big and clean. But the staff wasn't very nice, they didn't smile and I felt like I bother them when I was checking-in. It was fine for a night, but I wouldn't stay there for a longer time because of the attitude of the staff.

    Date of stay: February 2012
    • Trip type: Travelled with friends
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    Jake L, Owner at Market Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 29 February 2012

    We thank this guest, for his compliment about having a nice clean room, however he complains about the reception staff not being very friendly, we have had other complaints about this, I think your perception is correct, when you first look at it, I would like to explain our view of it, and then our guest might form a somewhat different opinion. We think the biggest problem is that our staff speak very limited English. If Shirley or myself are there, this problem doesn't occur, however we cannot be there 24 hrs. A day. We are a budget accommodation hotel, catering mainly to Thai's. Our prices are 25 to 60% less than our 2 main competitors, listed on trip advisor. We cannot afford at these rates, to hire English speaking staff. On arrival guests are shown a "room menu" which is both in Thai and English. This "menu shows the various class of rooms, and their prices, as well as other conditions. The guest merely points to his choice and registers. Registration cards are also in Thai/English. The guest has the option to inspect a room, before committing him/her self. If a guest is prepared to be a bit adventurous,and live with the locals, a good enjoyable time should be yours, many of our rooms are under $10 U.S. If you expect a many star hotel for that, I regret we are not the right place for you. Our restaurant also has a Thai/English menu, with both Thai and western food.

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    Reviewed 7 February 2012

    You could probably do worse in Aranyaprathet, but not by much. The room was spacious and somewhat clean, but had a strong mold smell.

    What stood out to me:

    1. Unfriendly staff who tried the Cambodian visa scam with us.

    2. Bad food.

    3. Bullet hole in window right beside bed.

    Date of stay: January 2012
    • Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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    Jake L, Owner at Market Motel, responded to this reviewResponded 1 March 2012

    Our guest is correct, there is a bullet hole in the window, or at least to me it looks like a bullet hole. If it's a bullet hole ( it has also been suggested, that it's a spirit hole, I looked that up on google, but I have my doubts) we have no idea how it got there, it is normal window glass, and one would think, the glass would have shattered, but no, there it is ,a neat little round hole. As the room is almost next to the reception area, which is open and staffed 24 hrs. a day, no noise or commotion was heard. To the best of our knowledge no one was injured, or hurt. We are puzzled , we have left the window as it is , waiting for an explanation, but so far even experts are unable to explain it, we don't even know if it was a bullet, whether it was fired from the inside or outside. All I can say to our guest, is old quote, that a bullet never strikes in the same place twice. If that ist true it's probably the safest place in the house. As to the bad food, we have no record of any complaint, on the date our guest was with us. If something is not to your liking, due to our kitchen or waiting staff stuffing up, we are more than happy to rectify it, but unless you say something, we will never know. We usually serve several hundred meals a day, some times, but not often , things go wrong. We don't claim to be perfect!. At times we get complaints from our foreign guests, ordering a Thai dish, they've never tried before, and it's not what they expected. We do pride ourselves for having the most hygienic kitchen in Aranyaprathet, completely closed in , no nasty blowflies! Or other insects, with all meat refrigerated, until it gets cooked. In conclusion we thank our guest for his comments., a bit of criticism will make us try harder.

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    Reviewed 13 January 2012

    This hotel is pleasant enough, the pool is nice and the rooms are adequate and include free bottled water. Service is lacklustre, the staff aren't rude they just give the impression that they'd rather be somewhere else. The two dogs are adorable and the food is good.

    Date of stay: March 2011
    • Trip type: Travelled solo
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