I stayed in a standard Silksand room for two nights in May 2012. I took the 8:05 train from Bangkok (for 382 baht) and arrived Hua Hin at 11:55. Right off the train, I hired a motorbike taxi for 50 baht to take me to the hotel, but could have walked it if I knew the route. Two groups, including me, arrived at the hotel a little after 12:00. We were told our rooms were not yet ready and that we should wait for around one hour until they would be ready. Check in time is 2:00, so that was reasonable. My room wasn’t ready until exactly 2:00, but in the meantime, they did well by me having an appetizer and a couple beers at the Oceanside Restaurant for >500 baht. The property is split on both sides of Naeb Kaehat Road, with the eastern side adjacent to the beach. Both sides have a pool: a small infinity pool beachside and a very nice standard pool twice the size of the infinity pool on the inland side. Guest rooms, of which there are only 59, are on both sides. The grounds are well maintained and the staff are really wonderful. There was an unlimited supply of genuine smiles and wais from all staff members. Their English skills are pretty good; there was never anything close to a communication problem. As is the Thai way, I felt warmly welcomed and respected. The hotel has a couple bikes and small collection of DVDs you can check out for free. Free breakfast and wifi, too. If you call them from the train station they will come get you, and on departure they will take you there. There is a private van service a few blocks south of the resort that will take you to Victory Monument in Bangkok for 180 baht, leaving every 30 minutes beginning at 4:00 a.m. My van sat around for an extra 30 minutes to wait for more passengers and got to Bangkok in 3 hours. The Putahracsa Hotel is close to downtown Hua Hin, so everything is within walking distance. I timed my walk to the night market at exactly 12 minutes.
The beach at the resort is the same as throughout the area; every time I looked at it, it seemed to be at low tide with extensive areas of sand exposed and with algae. It smelled fishier than any other beach I’ve visited, but then Hua Hin is a fishing village. Instead of the beautiful blue water of the Andaman Sea, the Gulf of Thailand water appears turbid, probably partially from siltation from the rivers emptying into it, including the Chao Praya. I wouldn’t come to Hua Hin for the beach.
Upon entering my room, I was pleasantly surprised by the traditional Thai feel mixed with a contemporary look. The shower was nice with two fixtures: one shower head on a removable flexible hose, and another rain shower head. Another reviewer mentioned that the bed needed updating, with which I agree. The metalwork inside the mattress makes popping sounds when you lie down. And I know why (keep reading). My only complaint is a big one for me: There is no desk. I had to put my laptop on the folding luggage rack while I sat on the hard tile floor to work on the computer. This was very uncomfortable and inexcusable for what purports to be a high end establishment. There is only the bed, a TV cabinet, and an oversized wicker chair with raised rim and a very thin foam pad that does little to insulate your tush from the wicker (see pictures). You can’t sit on the wicker with your legs hanging over the edge because the raised rim bites into your hamstrings, although it looks very pretty. So, what is the alternative for seating? Sitting on the bed, which is why it is worn out! The far side of the bed adjacent to the sliding glass door is in good condition. Therefore, the only way to be comfortable in the room is to lie flat, but only on the window side of the bed, although you still can’t work on the laptop comfortably. All this could be easily remedied by burning the wicker and installing either a comfortable chair or desk/chair in its place. Maybe the higher end rooms don't have this problem. Anyway, I won’t be back to this hotel for that reason alone. Too bad, because I really loved the hospitality.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Putahracsa Hua Hin allows guests to combine the charms of small town leisure together with a beach hideaway. Situated in the residential section of Hua Hin, Putahracsa is designed to feel like a beach residence. All rooms and villas reflect the owners' personal touch, incorporating Hua Hin's tradition and blending it with contemporary design. Each detail is crafted by interior designer, Viboon Techakalayatum, owner of Design Scene Co., Ltd. The resort is managed by The Unique Collection of Hotels & Resorts, whose team ensures that guests receive the highest level of service. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Putahracsa Hua Hin Hotel Hua Hin
- Putahracsa Hotel Hua Hin
- Hua Hin Putahracsa Hotel