Baan Yin Dee Boutique Resort
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Wonderfully Relaxing and Beautiful
What more could I possibly add to the review of Jan. 9th?! We spent an entire week here after traveling around Thailand and it was the rest we needed. We got there a day earlier than expected (called ahead first) and lucky to get the only room available (deluxe). We were amazed by the sheer size of it and couldn't imagine what awaited us the next day when we were to checked in to the Senior Suite.
You can't beat the view overlooking all of Patong Beach from our windows in the suite. It's simply the most romantic viewpoint. There's the comfortable king bed, one of the deepest bathtubs and a wonderful living room to kick back.
There's a side balcony with a table and set of chairs under an umbrella but we saw no use for it. It didn't offer much privacy as it looks directly over the reception desk. Minor detail, actually, as the days were a bit hot to want to sit out there anyway.
Sitting by the wonderful front pool I was a bit envious of the Pool Rooms underneath our suite. The steps down into the pool from their deck seemed convenient and refreshing.
The car service is certainly very, very convenient to take down to Patong Beach and the drivers (as well as all of the staff) are very polite and courteous. Make use of this service for airport pickup by the way!
Would we return? ABSOLUTELY!!!
Beautiful boutique hotel
We arrived New Year's eve from Hong Kong to Baan Yin Dee. It was our first time to Phuket and as the taxi from the airport came up over the hill to patong, my partner and I became incredibly nervous...patong is like a miniature new york city on the beach. There is a lot to do, but it's loud and not very relaxing. We passed through the southern end of patong and drove up the hill to Baan Yin Dee. As soon as we pulled up, I breathed a sigh of relief. The hotel is beautiful and serene. It's close enough to the action to make it convenient to great restaurants and shopping, but far enough away to make you feel like you're on vacation.
We actually rented a car, and I would highly reccomend doing so at the airport, as they're much cheaper and you can rent from a reputable company, like Budget, Avis, etc. You can park in a lot right at Baan Yin Dee for free. We drove around to different parts of the island to experience different beaches. Our favorite by far was Laem Sing beach, as reccomended by the concierge. It's so peaceful and has great little restaurants.
They upgraded our room for free at Baan Yin Dee to a HUGE suite with 3 terraces. It was gorgeous, although I will admit that noise from the road can be a problem. I put in my earplugs before bed and slept like a baby.
The Calm Above The Storm
I just completed a stay at Baan Yin Dee this week, and I have to say, I was quite impressed overall with the resort and the rooms.
We arrived late in the evening on the 3rd of January from Bangkok. The hotel car and driver were waiting for us just outside arrivals. I highly recommend booking this service, as it just makes things that much smoother. The 45 minute drive was pleasant enough, but it wasn't until we pulled up to the hotel that I realized that everything was very familiar and spectacular. The photos on the hotel website are very accurate, and there aren't any tricks with camera angles.
The entrance to reception is across a curved set of stepping stones over a koi pond. The open air lobby looks over the restaurant and Patong in the distance. We were shown to our Junior Suite, and I have to say, I was very impressed with the spaciousness of the room. Our room was on the end (201) with a gorgeous view of Patong and the pool area. The living room was a pretty good size, with a couch, two chairs, and a television w/ DVD player.
The bedroom was absolutely gigantic with a huge King sized bed, another television, desk, and a wall of closets. The bedroom and living room were separated by sliding wood doors.
But it wasn't until I saw the bathroom that I was really bowled over. The bathroom comes complete with a huge shower, and an absolutely massive poured concrete bathtub that could fit 2, if not 3 people! The bathroom also had two sinks, each on opposite sides of the bathroom.
I understand what other people mean about the noise from the street, especially when poolside. However, we are from New York, and really, there was only once that I remembered even noticing the street noise. It could be that we are particularly adept at filtering background noises, but I really did not seem to notice any traffic. I definitely did not notice anything when in our suite, and ours was the closest to the street.
The pool area is quite nice, and we pretty much had our section of the pool area to ourselves the day we hung out there. There are about 4 different levels to the pool, and two large sections for laps. This enables many guests to enjoy the various sections of the pool while still giving other guests a large amount of privacy.
We ate in the restaurant twice during our stay, and both times the food was quite good. It's somewhat pricey in comparison to the rest of the area, but between the food and the views, it wasn't that extravagant by U.S. standards.
As for a few things of note (and in the grand scheme of things, they're relatively minor):
1. There are no clocks anywhere in the suite. So bring a watch or mind your phone if you care about that sort of thing. We actually got used to it after a while, and it became somewhat liberating not knowing what day or time it was. :-)
2. The toilet and bathroom are not separate, but this was not a major issue for us.
3. The staff was incredibly gracious and eager to please, but at times could be over eager. When poolside one day, I remember the feeling like the staff was always around. I didn't particularly mind, just took notice is all. Then again, we had just come from the Peninsula in Bangkok, where the service was absolutely impeccable and unobtrusive. But I do want to reemphasize the fact that the staff at this hotel really are eager to please. All smiles.
4. The hotel car service is the best. It was incredibly convenient for us, as we wound up spending a lot of time in Patong in the evenings.
5. The staff really do get to know you, given that this is a small property. It was very nice to be remembered. One of our friends (not staying at the hotel) was ill on one of the days and unable to take a tour. A few days later, he happened to be by the hotel again, and a couple of the staff asked how he was feeling/if he was feeling better.
6. Was given fresh fruit on arrival only. I think it would be a nice touch if fresh fruit could be left in the suite on a daily basis.
At any rate, I will definitely return to Baan Yin Dee next time I'm in Phuket, and highly recommend a visit to anyone considering it.
OK but not great
This small resort is located on a main road which gets a fair amount of noise day and night from trucks, cement mixers and other vehicles. All rooms experience this noise, especially the more expensive rooms.
The service was average and food at the restaurant adequate but meagre and uninspiring. The staff at the resort seemed disinterested and most speak little English.
The pools are very nice but underheated compared to other hotels. Some of the furniture/fittings were in need of repair.
The location is elevated with quite spectacular views of Patong Beach.
Really decent hotel
On arrival at the hotel, I was greeted with the usual outstanding level of Thai hospitality.
Despite the fact that it was low season, the hotel was full which is always a good sign.
I went for a standard room. These are excellent with a large bedroom and an equally large bathroom. There is fantastic wooden flooring throughout and a lovely marble bath. Every room has a decent sized balcony. The rooms have safes but you never feel your belongings are at risk in this place.
The food at the hotel is very good. Breakfast is served until 11am which is ideal if you have been enjoying the best of the Patong nightlife. The restaurant has a very pleasant view of Patong beach. The dinner is well worth trying with some great dishes from the grill.
On the downside, the hotel is a bit of a distance from Patong beach. However, there is a free car that takes you down there and besides a Tuk Tuk is never far away!
The road that runs in front of the hotel can get a little noisy if you are lying by the pool. I found that you got used to this very quickly.
All in all I thought that the hotel exceeded my expectations and for the prices it charges in high season, it should be good.
Baay Yin Dee- Loved it!!
We stayed at Baan Yin Dee for a week in August 2005, had 2 junior suit rooms (1 for me and the wife the other for the 2 kids).
We all absolutely loved it! The place is immaculate and for the staff, nothing is too much trouble! They seem to have this knack of knowing what you want before you even ask for it.
Upon arrival we were greeted with cold towels and complimentary cocktails the rooms were laid out with rose petals on the bed, complimentary fruits and a vase of fresh red roses.
We all said we would have no hesitation in going back to this wonderful resort and would fully recommend it to anybody.
Some notes on Phuket.
The Thai people are the friendliest and most polite I have ever come across, always ready with a smile and hello welcome. The only real let down is the common site of older men (from supposedly more developed countries) of 50 or 60 years of age walking the streets holding hands and canoodling with young Thai girls of about 18!!
A fantastic Boutique resort
We stayed at the Baan Yin Dee for 5 nights at the start of July and had a most relaxing holiday. Although it only has 21 rooms / suites the amenities on offer are superb and our room (204) was spacious and had everything we could need. The bath was the largest we have ever been in together and the decor and cleanliness could not be faulted. The staff were all very efficient and friendly.
The resort has a lovely little restuarant offering the highest standard of fusion cuisine and service. There was live music and singing from the resident pianist in the restuarant every night of our stay. The setting is very romantic with beautiful views down across Patong Beach.
Even though the resort is up on the hill at the south end of the beach getting down to the town is no problem as the resort limo is at your disposal at almostbany time to get a complimentary ride down the hill. Getting back costs 100 Bhat in a taxi.
All in all this is a highly recommended resort and we would love to return there one day.
Great Place to stay
I stayed at this hotel for three days in February 2005. It is a wonderful hotel with lots of charm and a great staff. I stayed in one of the larger rooms and it was very nice. The bed was large and very comfortable and the bathroom was spacious with a large tub. There is a nice resteraunt at the front of the hotel with a good wine list and great food. It is located a few miles from downown patong, a privat car is provided to transport guests to town at any time. If you are looking for a quite botique hotel, I highly recomend this hotel.
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My partner and I decided to have a break in Thailand in September 2004. We were going to be away for 8 nights and decided to have 4 nights in Kata Noi in 5 star luxury and then to move on to the livelier area of Patong. After a lot of searching we decided to stay at the Baan Yin Dee Boutique Hotel. It looked fabulous from its website .... located close to the beach on a hillside with breathtaking views over Patong Bay. With just 20 rooms we thought the experience would be more intimate and personal.
On the day we were to move hotels my partner went on a diving trip. I happily moved our luggage to the Baan Yin Dee hotel where I was greeted and taken to a very nice room which had access directly to the outside jacuzzi and swimming pool areas. I unpacked and spent the afternoon relaxing on the balcony and then in the room. I noticed a strange 'glugging' noise which was intermittent. My partner arrived back from his trip, we were both tired so ate in the hotel and then went back to our room. The glugging noise was noticeably louder ..... my partner went to the reception to complain and was told that someone would look at the problem as soon as possible. Nothing happened that night and we did not have a very peaceful sleep with the intermittent noise. At 6.30 am we were awoken by some activity outside of our room .... however the noise remained. We complained again and the receptionist came to the room and immediately knew what the problem was ... pump noise from the swimming pool. We were told that we would be upgraded to a junior suite and asked to pack so that our bags could be moved. We ate breakfast, packed and waited ....... nothing happened. Eventually my partner went back to reception to be told that we would not be upgraded unless we paid an additional sum of money and he was shown another room which, although ok, was certainly not as nice a standard as the original one we had been provided with and had no views of the pool ..... in fact it was probably the furthest room from the pool. No apology was made and we were told that we were only the second party that had complained about the noise in the room ...... we would have thought there should have been no complaints, let alone two.
From that day on the receptionist who had advised us we were to be upgraded could hardly look us in the eye. The Manager made no attempt to apologise or ask us later in the day if everything was ok which we would believe to be normal customer service.
When we walked from our room to the pool area we noticed that the fire excape was LOCKED and an enormous plant in a container that would have taken at least two men to lift had been placed in front of the fire door ..... extremely worrying.
Also on the last day, in true Thai style, we experienced an almightly thunderstorm. The rain was torrential ...... nothing unusual you may say .... however, it was flooding from the road above the hotel, through the flower beds and overflowing into the swimming pool .... a health hazard in our view.
All in all we feel that the way our complaints were dealt with were extremely poor. This is our first experience of providing negative feedback for accommodation but we hope it guides any potential visitor. If they got the customer service right, it would be a lovely hotel to stay in.
Superb Luxurious Boutique Hotel
I found this hotel surfing the net. My partner & I are not overly rich but we love to travel and we like to stay in small boutique type hotels. Most of them especially in Mexico and the States are just too expensive for us. In Asia and Indonesia this is not the case. Also we Australian and New Zealand travellers have different opinions and attitudes to travelling as opposed to Americans. This hotel was a great find. It is up on a hill away from the main town but with views overlooking the beach. The hotel offers a car service down to the beach but you have to find your own way back. Our room was sensational with a beautiful terrace which you could access the swimming pool from. Wow! Beautiful teak furniture and marble sunken bath. Just a nice quiet, intimate hotel with superb decor and landscaping. Most of the guests were European. I can't really do the place justice so look on their website to see photos. Really cheap too. We didn't like Phuket that much. Very expensive for shopping compared to Bangkok. There are better beaches in Thailand than the main beach at Phuket.
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