This is a review of my three (3) night stay starting Sunday, 25SEP11 stay at the Anantasila in Hua-Hin.
The Anantasila is a smaller full-service hotel, with about 60+/- total rooms but with a multitude of different configurations from the standard 1-person/2-person rooms, to suites of various sizes, to villas and up to fully-furnished apartments.
The hotel itself is on the southern end of Hua Hin town proper, away from the main area right at Takib Bay. It’s directly on the beach with immediate beachfront access. The hotel is on a small side-street and shares the street with only a few private residences and one small hotel/restaurant directly across the street. As such, the hotel is very quite with little to no vehicle traffic or foot traffic.
The hotel complex is essentially made up of three buildings. One building is on each side of the open air, uncovered pool that runs perpendicular to the beach with either pool or ocean views, and the third building is at the far northern edge of the property and is their ‘garden’ wing, with no beach views.
The property is small when compared to some of the other Hua Hin resorts, but I found the staff the guest ratio to be excellent and size made getting around; from room to pool and to beach to be very quick and easy.
I drove to the Anantasila from Bangkok—about a 2:30 drive—and upon arrival checked into my basic garden view room. I had contacted the hotel directly and negotiated a special rate for airline personnel.
Our check-in was swift and efficient. We were given a brief overview of the hotel property, key times (like check-out time, pool close times, and dining room hours) and given our room key.
==> My Room:
My room, a first-floor garden-wing room was very nice. You enter the room via a lockable sliding glass door. Inside were two twin beds, a new model flat screen TV with full multi-language programming, compact refrigerator with two bottles of complimentary water and a self-serve coffee & tea set. There was also a large closet with two terry-cloth bath robes.
Outside the room was a small sitting table with chairs, so if you wanted to read outside or just enjoy the sunshine you can do so.
The room is climate controlled via an air-conditioner unit (the compressor is outside of the room and cannot be seen or heard) and we had no issues regulating the rooms’ temperature.
The bathroom was very spacious and done with an all-tile floor. The toilet is sectioned off from the rest of the shower-only area with a glass-block wall. The shower was excellent with very hot water, strong pressure and first rate fixtures.
The area outside of the bathroom has a sink with sit-down vanity area, full lit mirror, hairdryer, shampoos, conditioners, and bath gels.
Everything in my room and bathroom were properly cleaned and well maintained.
==> Hotel facilities and Amenities:
The nicest thing about this hotel is the pool. It’s simply gorgeous but still very useable. It’s long at 25ms so you can use it to do lap-swimming for exercise if you wish. The kids pool is attached so your kids are always within eyesight.
Immediately adjacent to the pool is the mini-golf course and just beyond is the beach with the hotels own sun deck loungers and the beach-front bar and restaurant.
The hotel has property-wide wi-fi so you can use any wi-fi equipped device anywhere on the property.
What do I like about the Anantasila? A few things.
It’s a smaller property, so you’re not crowded, the staff-to-guest ratio is good and despite being a smaller property it has all the amenities you’d want or expect.
The staff is just fabulous. They are there to help you have a good time. Have a question? They’ll get an answer. Need something? They’ll try their best to get it for you.
The value. Granted, I was on a specially negotiated rate, but for what I paid, and what I received, it was an excellent value in all respects.
OVERALL: 5/5: A solid smaller property and everything there 'fits' the hotels' size and characteristic
Service: 5/5: One of the hotels strong points. While staff may not be something that you can quantify, when the service is good, or great it just makes the experience even better. Staff here are first rate.
Value: 5/5: You can't beat this place in terms of value-- my room was a bargain and everything in my room was near spotlessly clean and in excellent repair.
Sleep Quality: 5/5: Beds were more than comfy and I slept well every night.
Cleanliness: 5/5: My room, bathroom, and all guest areas were clean, in good repair and I could see daily attention to detail in this regard.
Location: 4/5: A bit away from the noise and congestion of the center of Hua Hin, but also not so far away as to be ‘remote’. Also the hotel is right ON the beach itself, so beach access is literally only steps away.
Rooms: 4/5: Only minor deductions for my room decor being a bit "dated" but this is not to say or imply unclean or not working-- only that the room could use a refresh.
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- Also Known As:
- Anantasila By The Sea, Hua Hin Hotel Hua Hin
- Anantasila Hotel Hua Hin