Stayed for 6 days at the La Flora recently. As were were having a two-centred holiday, I decided to pay more money for La Flora (over £100 a night for the standard `Deluxe room` as it read as if it was of a high standard), and then stay at a lower rated/cheaper hotel in Kammala, Phuket. Ironically we enjoyed the cheaper hotel more than La Flora.
We booked the Deluxe room. At first I thought it was quite nice. It had a lovely big balcony, with good views towards the sea. But on closer inspection, although it was trying to be contemporary in style, it was dated in parts. We had a old fashioned box tv. Not flat screen as they present on their website. There was a little white plastic fridge on display which you would expect to see in a bed and breakfast. Normally in a reasonably stylish hotel they are integrated. The worst part was our bathroom. They had obvously refurbed part of it to look contemporary, but had the original sink taps which were white plastic from the 90s. The same with the shower too. It had a really old fashioned surround, which was so shabby, terribly grouted. Really not up to scratch for the price we paid. We complained and after showing us other rooms (which still were shabby in places), they upgraded us. To be fair, the manager was very professional and handled it well.
The grounds were ok, but, have seen much nicer hotel gardens. They were nicer at night. The beach was quite nice as was really long and wide.Golden sand, warm sea. Have been to much nicer, but it did have something very nice and relaxing about it. There were no hawkers either.
The breakfast was reasonably good, especially the omlettes. The fruit selection was good, it had most of the usual selection. Dissappointed though no fresh fruit juices which you normally get it in Thailand.
The staff in general were lovely and helpful.
One of the reasons I chose this hotel, was to play tennis every day with a coach which they said they had in previous email conversations. It turned out they didn't actually have a coach, just a `knocker`. This was misleading, but turned outto be ok as I played every day with the knocker whose name was Oil, who was a lovely guy and we played some good tennis. But the balls that they provided were so poor, they hardly bounced! So we had to use mine the whole time as the hotel wouldn't buy anymore for us. I think the hotels website is very misleading when it comes to what they offer for recreation in general. The gym too was dissappointing. The treadmill was on it's last legs, and it had a very limited equipment. They didn't even provide water. Most of the people that I met in the gym moaned about that.
I really liked Bang Niang at night. La Flora has an excellent location. You can just walk down to the main few roads which are very close and there is a really good selection of resteraunts and bars. We had some excellent food for both lunch and dinner and it was cheap. I recommend Sawsadee and Rabang, and the one right at the end of the street overlooking the beach. I loved the little bars. They had such a lovely, relaxing vibe.My favourtes were Mumbar and Piranha. I found most of the people in Khao Lak genuine and friendly and not out to rip you off. It had a lovely feeling about it.
I liked the hotel bar on the beach at night. It was great to have a drink on the beach at end of the night and chat with other guests. The drinks were actually not that expensive to say it was a hotel bar.
Overall, I was dissappointed with the standard of the rooms of the hotel. Therefore I didn't find it good value for money. It was overpriced. However, we had a good time still and liked Khao Lak and Bang Niang.
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