My Wife and I arrived here near the end of March and stayed for 12 nights after staying at the (far superior and equally 4*) Rembrandt Hotel in Bangkok. When we were shown to our ocean view room on the 8 th floor (top floor) we were happy as it was worth the money we had paid I did not expect 5* decor/facilities i.e LCD TV's etc... The air con cool and quiet, the view pretty good but slightly blocked by a third of the hotel and very clean. However, the shower would not get hot and on the 2nd night we were moved as they could not fix it to another room on the 8th floor which was right in the top corner so on one side had views of the 'Big Budda' in the hills and on the other great views of the ocean and sunset. We were told on numerous ocasions by other travellers that the Lagoon rooms (supposedly higher standard) were not nice at all, noisy by the pool and infested by the dreaded mosquitos!
In the first seven days breakfast was OK, not a great choice but reguarly replenished and staff happy. For the last five days though the hotel could not cope with the volume of holiday makers... We had to queue 8 deep to get a seat at various times and the food constantly ran out with the staff seeming to not know how to keep up with demand - Not the first thing you want to experience in the morning! The whole hotel seemed to be over run for those last five days with sun beds also being at a premium.
Room service was cheap and we ate a couple of snacks in the afternoon, but we did not drink by the pool as the drinks were the usual hotel prices. We did not eat in the evenings at the hotel as there did not seem to be much going on and there were far cheaper and livelier options just outside of the complex.
Outside the hotel there are some good eateries, such as 'Bamboo' which serves stylish Thai food and other Western dishes, Two Chefs which has great live music every night and the surprisingly good 'Papaya' restaurant which is pretty basic but serves superb authentic food and equally superb service. I adore Thai food and only had one western dish over two weeks and can definately recommend this restaurant as it is so good and even better close!
I was aware before I went that I maybe hassled at the girlie bars, even though my wife was there but it wasn't that bad at all and far better than anticipated. What I didn't expect was the suit seller salesman outside each tailors... Every day does get boring with the same questions, Where you from mate? Can I shake your hand? Etc Etc. Just ignore them and walk on by.
Karon is OK, nice beach, seedy in places and can smell a bit, but I having looked at Trip Advisor before we visited it was as expected. We will probably not come back here as we have done it now but may visit Rawai Beech as it was much nicer when we visited on one of the days.
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