Andaman Seaview Hotel
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We lugged our bags off the boat, fell into a taxi and found our way to the hotel in Phuket. It was a colonial-style hotel with nice big rooms but some of the decorating left something to be desired. We were staying on Karon beach which is just south of Patong as we'd been warned that Patong itself was very 'in your face' but actually Karon beach …
... like crazy electrical wiring, whole families on one scooter, builders up high with no safety precautions and cockroaches the size of bananas.....the small sweet variety...(of banana not cockroach). Whilst mum was delighted to see a baby elephant on the street after our first meal together and wanted a photo with it dad was more interested in the see through drinks can that looked as if a plastic bottle and the top of a can had been fused together . . . yes, he had ...
... After a long day, we finally got to meet Gina! She showed us around a bit and then took us to one of the most authentic Thai restaurants around! We got Pad See Ew and Pad Thai that literally blew our taste buds out of the water. The Thai beer, Leo, wasn't half bad either, and I loved the price... $2 for a 40oz? SO down! After we all got a chance to chat with Gina about her experience as an English teacher in Thailand we were POOPED so we decided to head home for some much ...
... found a great little shop which sold photography of Thailand, where we bought a whole lot of little photos in frames. We then rode down the coastal road to the area called Kata Noi, which is a beautiful little spot with the best beach we have seen so far. We stopped for lunch and decided that when we come back we'll be staying here!! After lunch we headed back to Karon ...
... time on the beach, bobbing up and down in the waves, and drinking Big Chang Beers. Good times!!!
Airport minibus to hotel 180 baht x2
Thai Massage 500 baht x2
Meals 300 baht x6
Big Beer Chang 45 baht x10
Essential Thai Beach Mat 200 baht
Water and snacks 600 baht
Misc "fun money" 1000 baht
ATM Fees 150 baht x3
Total ~5860 baht (~$195)
Running budget total: ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Andaman Seaview Hotel Karon
I cannot give adequate condemnation of this hotel.
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 .
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.
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!
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!
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 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.