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Historical Traveler Reviews Hua Hin Kings Home
Nice to be home again
Hello, i just wanna say thanks to King's Home for my last stay, it was as always a very plesent stay, and i was happy to see all the new things there was done since i was there last time. You did a great job with the new showers and toilets in the rooms:) It was also nice to see that nothing changed about the "free stuff" all guests bennefit of, here i mean, drinking water, wireless internet, swimmingpool, coffe/the, laundry, travel info ect.
I planing on going back in july 2007 and how can i go to Thailand without visit my "new" famely at King'sHome...ill be back!!!!
Home is where the heart is...or in Kings Home,Hua Hin:)
I arrived Hua Hin in the evening after travveling for a long time. I was tired and had no clue where to go. I met John at the trainstation and he offered me a rom at his guesthouse. It was a little more expensive than what i had paid before, but it was worth the money!!! I got a big bed, air-con and a feeling of being taking care of.Free breakfast, pool in the backyard an free coffee and internet. This place is more different than any other place ive stayed during my 2 months of traveling.Its worth a try...John and his wife is very helpful if you wanna go somewhere, and they now alot about hua hin and around.They can offer you tickets if you want to go to one of the southern islands and probably anywhere else.I was just gonna stay for one night but stayed for three...You feel absolutely safe in this place and you can leave your things in the room perfectly safe. I highly recomend this to everyone. June from Norway!
This is more than a GH, its like staying at your uncles place!
Kings Home is by far the nicest place we stayed at so far! The atmosphere is fantastic and very welcoming. For 800 B we got a double room with a private bathroom that had diret access to the pool! And thats not all: John and Arunii cook you a beautyfull breakfast, do your laundry, you can have tea and coffee and hop on the internet all day long. And thats ALL free of charge! Its a relatively small guesthouse, so you also get to know the other travellers quickly. Really, we felt more like staying at our uncles house, it is such a family atmosphere. We will definately come back!
Interesting friendly and refreshing.
I stayed here for 5 nights but the price was high for me, however I could have shopped around but decided to stay as the Dutch guy was a very nice man who seemed an honest friendly chap, he also lowered the cost to help me out.
The guest house was in a good area close to the bars ect, the house was full of curious belongings and was also a home, very interesting guests and had communual rooms to talk with fellow travellers.
I feel that other guest houses should learn from Kings Home as it should not be all about taking your cash and leaving you to yourself!
It had a round swimming pool and nice garden with free internet , free laundry and free hot drinks: you cant ask for more!
You can even help yourself to the beer and pay when you leave.
Is there a downside?
Well I am afraid not all the rooms have on-suite and there is 2 dogs in the house, so if you itch around dogs then you are stuffed.
Also my room was never cleaned and the towels were not replaced for the 5 nights, I could have asked, but then why should I?
All in all very good and I would stay again.
Be aware you are paying too much
We arrived in Hua Hin at about 1:00 PM early afternoon by bus. As we were moving our bags off the bus we were approached by a local Thai offering us a room at a guesthouse for 1,000 B. We were going to take it when we were approached by a very overweight white dutchman on a small motorcycle.
John the dutchman, told us he had a very nice guesthouse for 900B and to follow him to it. As the sweat dripped off his nose he told us his life story of spending 17 yrs in Indonesia as a marketing rep. He is very soft spoken and knowledgeable so we decided to stay at his place. Our room turned out to be a very small room with an attached bathroom. We were tired after the 3 hour bus ride and heat so we decided to stay.
We met John's wife (who is a travel agent) and child and they are very nice. We used her to book our tickets on the bus to Koh Samui.
That afternoon my girlfriend tried to sleep but couldn't as the room was right next to the livingroom with the TV and John was smoking and entertaining friends with loud conversation. I had gone to the beach and when I got back she said she had to find another place. We found a quiet hotel and as she was still not feeling well had a good sleep. We ended up paying for two places that night.
The next day I explained to John and had a closer look at the room. Our room was actually an enclosed patio with fold out doors hidden by a curtain. It sounded like the heavy traffic was coming right through the bedroom. even I would not have been able to sleep. The room door to the livingroom was glass and allowed light and sound to pass directly in. I pointed this out to John and he was very apologetic and sounded very sincere. I waited to see how sincere, however he did not offer a discount so I paid for the room and figured I would be more careful next time.
We ended up staying at the Tong Mee hotel just a block away from John's for another 4 days. This hotel was fantastic...clean... quiet and only 550B ($10 a night, half as much as John's). I realize that I had been ripped off. Apparently most people only stay one night for the same reason we left. I had to go back to pickup our bus tckets and I met Mike who was staying at John's for 750 B a night. He was staying underneath the stairs with no privacy and very noisy anytime anybody went upstairs.
I told him about our hotel and our old room so he came over to look. He saw our hotel room and just shook his head and thanked me profusely. He was going to stay another 10 nights with John and cancelled instead. I felt that John's business practices needed changing. Apparently Talk is cheap, money is more important.
John if you read this:
" Shame on you taking advantage of un-knowing travellers like that ! Since you have just started your business you should be more careful or you will earn the reputation you deserve. "
By chance we ended up staying at Kings Home and enjoyed every minute of our stay. The generous complimentary services and friendly atmosphere made our stay one of the most memorable of our journey so far. Look forward to visiting again soon.
The nicest place.
hi john and his wife and snoopy.
and hertha mitsie(the dogs)
a perfect place to stay in thailand, they are lovely people, 24 hours
they have perfect rooms, clean. you can watch tv,dvd. they have anything in the kings home, you are believe youre the king.
i thought i was the prime minister in holland. we stay for two periodes in the beginning and the end of our trip 2 months.
we travelled from bangkok to the south and back to bangkok.
but the kings home in huahin was the best. looks like youre own family.
greetings youre older son (-;
Michel and Yvonne
hopefully see you soon
Like arriving home, a truly unique and comfortable home-stay!
Having arrived in Hua Hin with a list of possible places to stay, it was my very good fortune to be able to stay with John and Arunee for one night until a condominium became available.
Great value for money and excecptional value after enjoying the hospitality of the hosts John and his lovely wife Arunee, who could not do enough to make my short stay relaxing and unique.
Highly recommended for the astute, more mature traveller to Hua Hin who doesn't want the sterile foyers of a large hotel chain yet do not want to sacrifice comfort or standards in the alternative of other ordinary guesthouses. A memorable stay, will return again at the first opportunity.
Nice place, great service, will return
I stayed here 2 nights and was made to feel very much at home by John and Arunee. Cheap beer, swimming pool, "king" sized bed with A/C and satellite TV, free coffee, ice water and pick up from the train station made my experience very enjoyable.
A home away from home
I have just spent three nights at Kings Home in Hua Hin, and it was sad to leave. True, it is a simple guesthouse with only four rooms and shared bath, but Dutch owner John, his wife and the rest of the staff (and their two dogs!) really make you feel like you are visiting relatives. You are welcome to use their kitchen and livingroom, computer, they will do your laundry and drive you to and from the bus/trainstation, and give valuable advise while you're there. Close to the mainstreet and the fishing pier. Make yourself a favour and forget about the expensive, cold hotels, and go stay with uncle John instead, you won't regret it!
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