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We took a speedboat from the other side of the island in Phuket city to the Koh phi phi islands. The lady said 40 min it was an hour. We made a bout 6 stops around the island to see different beaches and snorkel. I was disappointed that we didn't go to the main beach I wanted to go to beachside the waves were to high. I didn't enjoy riding in the high waves. I wasn't sick but I didn't like ...
... day was spent going round the town of Patong and seeing what the area was like. My plan was to get some cheap clothes but nothing came of it, I pretty much had the morning on the beach and when it started raining I went to the pub! Can't complain at 1 pound 30 pints though aye? In the evening we went into Patong for "a few drinks", this ended up with us getting back at half one and a Lady boy freaking me out having ...
... of the day. CP was still feeling unwell so we headed for the Zen pool after breakfast - we were the only crazy ones there as this was not a sun shower, more of a tropical rainstorm, but it was warm enough underwater and when we got out we slept under canopied protection on a double sun lounger private patio I lunched alone while Paige slept, then I sat by the pool and main bar listening ...
After a wonderful....omelet ..breakfast, we packed our bags to walk to the beach. We found a spot about halfway down the beautiful beach where we paid for loungers and an umbrella for the day. We walked the beach, suntanned, and played in the crashing waves....I really enjoyed the huge waves and the people on the beach had a good laugh watching me get wiped out by ...
... they thought we were crazy.
Sadly though the coral was pretty much all dead and broken and there was not much colour besides the clams. It really shows the importance of protecting what we have left at home.
We returned in the late afternoon burnt and tired after a very nice day. The beaches are spectacular (besides the broken concrete and bits of tile in the sand) and the water is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Andaman Seaview Hotel Karon
Do Not Stay There - it Is Truly Awful
I cannot give adequate condemnation of this hotel.
The rooms ( we were offered 3 before we "settled" on the forth) are dingy and damp with flaking paint. Even the "bets room had terrible smell - but I din't want to spend all the time looking at roms. The receprion staff were unco-operative and prtended not to understand when it suited them.
Breakfast is serve in a corridor!, they cannot even provide fresh fruit juice its the horrid watered down cordial sort of drink, there was a sign saying "Eggs any way you like" but they refused to cook poached eggs in the pan of water because "there are poached eggs on the buffet" - they were rock hard and completely inedible.
We asked for an irion & ironing board one evening to be brusquely told " if you want clythes ironed you have to send them for laundry !"
The Hotel had no atmosphere , one hardky saw nyone at the bar or dining on an evening.
The pool area was filthy.
We were sold the hotel as 4.5 star. Frankly the .5 was generous !
Incidentally we are not ones to complain for the hell of it. We stayed in the Landmark Hotel in Bangkok, it was fantatstic and I will be posting accordingly.
To the people at Andaman Seaview. - You tried your best to ruin our holiday, but because of the restaurants , beach etc together wityh the other hotels we stayed in you failed.
Wanted to stay there over night on 30th of Dec. 2005 received WORST service ever during check out, was asked to pay for something I would not enjoy ( Gala Diner that was about to happened on the night of 31 of Dec.) after a really hot argument with staff that took off her badge so I will not know her name and position within hotel, and a visit from police, we paid for our rooms as we planned.
I was really surprised by the behaviour of the staff and her obusive speech, I will reccomend to stay away from this hotel if you like to know what you are paying for .
Very Good Hotel for Price
Andaman Seaview was a very good hotel for the $$ spent. Standard rooms are large, service is excellent, and staff is very friendly & accomodating. The beach is across the road from the hotel (2 min walk). This is not a luxury hotel, but it is a very nice and classy hotel that does everything well. The hotel is very popular, it seems, with European tour groups...Karon Beach also seems primarily used by European tourists. That leads me to my only caution--many of these tourists smoke and if you are a non-smoker, you will have difficulty avoiding second-hand smoke. I would only consider this a drawback of the hotel if this is a significant issue for you. As a whole, you get excellent accomodations and value for your stay at Andaman and are centrally located to everything in the Karon/Kata beach area.
Absolutely Magnificent Resort!
We just returned this week from The Andaman Seaview. What a magnificent resort! We had a pool access room which was just perfect!It was so nice to be able to walk out onto our balcony and straight into the pool for our pre brekky swim :) The staff are sooo nice, friendly and helpful, even prior to our departure from Australia via email.Our room was so well presented on our arrival (see pics) and serviced beautifully throughout our entire 18 night stay. Breakfast was such a joy and especially right alongside the pool.We are returning again in April and are definitely staying again at the Andaman Seaview! I have always stayed on Karon Beach but this was my first time at this resort and wont be our last! Restaurants,shopping and the beach are all within walking distance. Our only regret is we spent our last 3 nights of our 21 day holiday in Singapore. We would have preferred to spend them still at the Andaman Seaview! Full compliments to the resort and the staff...we look forward to visiting them again in April 2006!
About the Best Hotel I have ever stayed in....
We just got back from Phuket, and spent about 5 days at the Andaman Seaview. It is about the best hotel I have ever stayed in. Their attention to detail is fantasic, flowers everywhere. Classy Breakfast with about everything you can imagine. Staff were all smiles. Not right on the beach, but close to it, and you could see it from our second story room. Kata restaurants and shopping not far away. We felt like Kings and Queens, I am not used to this kind of luxury and treatment (we are Priceline kinda folks).....
We stayed at Andaman Seaview in November and fell in love with the hotel and its staff. Standard rooms are spacious, even with an extra bed. Our daughter just loved the swimming pools. We never skipped the evening swim when the lights were switched on!
The meals in the hotel estaurant were one of the best we ate during our 2 week vacation in Phuket. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. 5+ star service at the price of 4-star hotel! We are definetly going back soon!
Andaman Seaview Our favourite hotel
My husband and I love travelling and have travelled pretty extensively in many parts of the world.We both agree that the Andaman Seaview Hotel at Karon Beach is our favourite hotel! We enjoyed it so much in March 2003 that we decided to return in March 2004 to celebrate my 60th birthday.What we love most of all ,is the personal touch, the warm Thai hospitality, where nothing is ever too much trouble.The rooms are beautifully appointed.There is an air of tranquility in the hotel.The pool is sheer bliss.The Thai massages we enjoyed in the spotless spa was a wonderful experience.We loved the breakfasts beside the pool.The close proximity to the beach and shops makes it an ideal spot for weary travellers! Our hearts go out to all who suffered in the tsunami tragedy.We can't wait to come back to show our support.You'll travel many miles to find a staff team as dedicated as those at the Andaman Seaview! God bless you all.Keep up your great work!
Would stay again!
My wife and I stopped here in May 2004 and had a wonderful time. The staff were very helpful/courteous and the accommodation was very comfortable. The main pool area for seating was a little small, but because of its unusual shape (and features) its quite secluded really - the swim up bar was also a nice touch!
We did spend most of our days across the road on the lovely beach. Never crowded and plenty of sun beds for a few Baht! The added advantage of a local trader selling ice cold drinks and any type of take away food delivered to your sun-lounge!!!
In the evenings we found ourselves eating at the small restaurants along the Karon sea front, which were excellent value for money and very authentic. The smaller and emptier the better we found! Then we'd grab a Tuk Tuk to the main bars and clubs in Patong, which were only a 10 minute ride away...
This is an ideal hotel if you like a little privacy and are not so hot on the 'large' chain hotels. Recommended.
We stayed at this hotel over Christmas & New Year 2004....unfortunately we have experienced the Tsumami, but thankfully the staff at the hotel made us feel safe & were very helpful in the face of terror! The hotel & staff were very welcoming from the start. The bedrooms were extremely well fitted, airy & comfortable. The food was very good indeed...breakfast & dinner had a wide selection to suit all tastes. The swimming pools were very nice & the beach was only across the road. The hotel was also nicely situated, although it is nearer to Kata's centre than Karon's. A taxi or Tuk Tuk were available right outside to take you wherever you wanted without any inconvenience. The young lady on the Tour Desk was also very helpful in arranging trips & golf! Overall a very pleasent stay & we would stay here again without question.
Fantastic swim up bedroom
We stayed in July 2004 (low season). The 3 year old hotel was very comfortable but there were no drawers to put anything away in the rooms. The wardrobe was also too short to hang dresses in. We changed from a 4th floor (top) room to a ground floor room which had a terrace with a step down into the beautiful pool (no extra charge) - great if you like an early morning swim like us. The inclusive breakfast was fabulous - catering for just about every nationality -Full English, Japanese, American, etc., plenty of fruit, cereals and a bottomless coffee pot. The hotel was very close to the deserted beach and the service was first class. We would definitely stay there again.