We stayed as a couple for a week in January. Lovely hotel, beautiful old-school colonial style, directly on the beach. Beautiful gardens. Old hotel with upgrades needed in some rooms (new toilet seat would have been lovely - when they go from white to yellow, it's time to change them...) The location is very central with many restaurants, bars, massage places and shops within walking distance. Breakfast was excellent, and there is a great afternoon tea. Value for money not great by thai standards, but unique setting and good service. We would go back, and would also recommend the hotel to friends and family.
A few things would have been nice to know:
- there are hardly any young people in the resort. That was fine with us (both in our 30s) since we were looking for peace and quiet, and there are more lively places within 2min walk
- we chose the hotel for its proximity to the beach but mostly used the pool
- the free wifi has limited coverage (lobby only), and we had regular freeze/break-downs our stay. When you use the internet for mails, tripadvisor etc - that can be annoying. Staff in reception was helpful, but by the time we got around to complaining, we were very much annoyed
- price level for massage, food, transfer to/from bangkok is much cheaper outside the resort. But more luxurious on site for sure!
- mosquitos are everywhere (get a spray asap, the staff won't tell you there are mosquitos!). We have 30+ bites from the first night to prove it :-)
- the occasional cockroach can be found in the hotelroom despite daily afternoon cleaning and turn-down service. We had two separate instances with one cockroach each. In our home country, this would probably close down the hotel, but the reception sends someone to help out, and it was taken care of within 5min. They didn't seem surprised or apologetic, so it must be common
We would have gladely provided the feedback directly during our stay or when checking out, but were never asked. Maybe a suggestion for management?
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin first opened its doors in the early 1920s at a time when Hua Hin was still a sleepy coastal village. This five-star beachfront resort was built along the classic lines of that era, with phenomenal gardens and beautifully spacious rooms and suites (up to 170 square metres) with high ceilings, polished hardwood flooring, period furniture, and the warm tones of Thai silk. The resort is also home to 42 single-storey villas that offer privacy and space (up to 120 square metres) and the choice of a Jacuzzi or plunge pool on the terrace. Beside Hua Hin’s gorgeous beach, a stone’s throw away, and a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy to the full, the resort also offers plenty of leisure options for adults and children: four swimming pools and children’s pools, a superb spa, a fitness centre, tennis courts, Muay Thai and Tai Chi classes, and two kids clubs. Plus, the town is outside our door, and some of the best golf courses in Thailand are within easy travelling distance. The dining venues include a colonial style café and all-day dining restaurant, a Japanese restaurant, a Thai restaurant located near the villas, and the modern COAST Beach Club & Bistro. With its setting on the beach and its elegant atmosphere, the resort also is the perfect setting for a dream wedding. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin Hotel Hua Hin
- Centara Grand Beach Resort And Villas Hua Hin
- Sofitel Hua Hin
- Accor Hua Hin
- Hua Hin Sofitel