Ayodhaya Suites Resort & Spa
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Ayodhaya Suites Resort & Spa Ao Nang Reviews
All Flash, No Bang Dec 30, 2010
We took the ferry from Koh Phi Phi and purchased the transfer to our hotel in Ao Nang. We were greeted at the terminal by a taxi driver who immediately began telling us he was the free transfer but our hotel was not part of the route so we would have to pay 600 baht extra. I was already skeptical of thai people, especially taxi drivers, so I decided to keep looking for the official transfer and his price kept getting lower. We did find our free transfer, but the guy who was in charge of ensuring you get the free transfer was standing back giving the taxi drivers the chance to rip you off first.
The hotel is NOT on Ao Nang beach. It is on Noppharat beach (sp?). The website we booked through said it was in the heart of Ao Nang. We book based on location, unfortunately we now know not to trust Agoda.com when it comes to information.
Ultimately the hotel was a 10 minute tuk tuk to Ao Nang which cost 30 baht per person. More of an inconvenience than problem, but people should beware of the location inaccuracies.
Called the temple hotel by locals who apparently hate its close resemblance to an actual temple. The hotel was very beautiful and well built. The lobby was amazing and the court yard pool area was one of the nicest we've seen in Thailand.
The one weird part was having to walk through the breakfast restaurant to get to the other buildings were the rooms were. At night the lights are off and you have to do this in the pitch black. Very strange and kind of creepy.
A good 10 minute walk from reception was our room. A large room with creeky floors and a bed that was typical of thailand, in other words it was one step better than sleeping on a rock.
The bathroom was pretty basic and the shower didn't drain nor did the shower head spray straight or properly. So showering was a pretty gross experience each time.
The Pool / Courtyard Area:
This could be a big reason to stay here, unfortunately it was one of the low points of the hotel. It was an amazing multi-pool courtyard with a large pool dominating the majority of space. There were very few people at the pool at any given time, we came to find out there was a magnitude of reasons for this.
The first reason was the pool was filthy. I don't believe it was ever cleaned with its constant scum film on top and slimy feeling tiles in the water. It was disgusting in fact.
The second reason was the horrible service and extremely over priced food and beverages. To put this into perspective, a regular size singha costs between 50-110 baht, 80 average. This is hotel and restaurant prices, not 7-11 prices. 110 baht was at the Mandarin Oriental bangkok which is considered the nicest hotel in the world. The beers at this place was 150 baht.
There were other reasons, but these were the major ones.
The pool restaurant and bar was our only dealings with service other than the overly smiley front desk people. So here is the one time we visited the pool restaurant, and the last time we gave the hotel additional business;
We sat down at one of the 6 tables, all of which were dirty and full of plates that had left overs sitting in the sun for possibly hours. We moved the fly attracting plates off our table and waited for a server. No one came so we went to the bar and grabbed our own menu's and asked the bartender who we order through. She sent up a waiter. We ordered 2 club sandwiches, 1 singha and 1 coke. A warm coke arrived and a glass without ice. I asked for ice, it never came. Our food was dropped off and there was no cutlery, no condiments, nothing other than our food. Luckily the food was good. We tried asking someone, but the bartender and waiter disappeared for over 30 minutes and came back with the 1500 baht bill which included a generous tip they decided to give themselves. We argued the tip, but it was then that no one seemed to understand any English.
Tips and Advice:
- Don't eat here. The food is decent, but the prices are stupid. You can get as good of a meal anywhere else in the area for a quarter of the cost.
- Tuk tuk is 20-30 baht per person from the hotel to Ao Nang. We used burger king as a drop off point because it was central and the drivers knew where it was.
- Don't stay here. Honestly this is a perfect example of how a hotel looks great but has very little to offer besides how it looks on the exterior. Pay less money and stay somewhere that is in a better location and has decently priced food and softer beds (any bed was softer than these).
If I Ran It:
- Automatic tip would be removed. These people need to earn the tip.
- Prices would be heavily reduced on food and drinks. This would pick up business at the pool and restaurants.
- Provide pool side entertainment and get people drinking at the pool. It is too nice of a pool to just waste like they are.
- Clean the pool.
- Replace the beds with something other than the current rocks they are using.
- Replace all shower heads and clear drains.
- provide transportation to Ao Nang every 30 minutes, or even hour.
- Clean the garbage mountain beside the entrance lot.
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Ayodhaya Suites Resort & Spa Overview
The Ayodhaya Resort is situated on Nopparat beach. Roughly 5 minutes from the hotel guests will find themselves in Ao Nang, the most bustling area for tourists on the island. Nearby the hotel there are many areas to explore including the Emerald Pool, Hat Tham Phra Nang, and Mu Ko Hong. The nearest airport to the Ayodhaya Suites is located in Krabi.
The rooms at the Ayodhaya Suites Resort Spa are decorated in a contemporary Thai fashion. Among the standard in-room amenities are satellite television service, direct-dial telephone service with international calling, in-room safes, and air-conditioning. The private baths are equipped with hairdryers, slippers, and bathrooms courtesy of the hotel.
The Ayodhaya Suites Resort & Spa provides its guests with access to a host of modern amenities. The hotel contains a pool, a fitness center, a coffee shop, a restaurant, and Internet connectivity is available in the hotel commons. The hotel can also provide guests with access to practical luxuries such as babysitting services, a laundry and dry cleaning service, currency exchange, and assistance with planning tours.
Ayodhaya Suites Resort & Spa Amenities