Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
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Saturday 29 August 2009
A very lazy day today. Paul and Imogen went for a pre breakfast swim whilst Ella and I lounged around in bed. Breakfast was good – on a par with the Sheraton breakfast in fact, which is praise indeed. We all ate far too much including fresh waffles and loads of fruit and a proper latte (something which has …
Von Ko Tao ging es mit dem "High Speed Catamaran" zum Festland. Diese Fahrt werden wir unser Leben lang nicht vergessen...wir hiengen alle drei ueber der Reeling, nahe am k... und gottenfroh als endlich das Land in Sicht war!!! Scheinbar wackelt's auf einem Catamaran viel mehr als auch einem normalen Boot! Dann fuhren wir mit dem Bus nach Hua Hin …
Day 85 - Tuesday 18 November Up for 8am taxi. Same 4 wheel drive jeep for trecherous crossing back to pier. 45 minutes alter arrive in town bustling with farang. Tout selling tickets informs us that the only fast boat to Chumphon which seats 35 is fully booked. This is the first day of their season on which the fast boat has sailed. Quandry. Do we …
... we did not do well: by the time we realised we were late…it was too late! And we got a 5 sec penalty…
With this short distance and the early start we arrived at the Sofitel (by the seaside) at around 2 pm, so again, time for a light meal by the pool…
PS. When results were out we retook 2nd place, behind the Norwegian Alvis of Jan and Jan. Michael and Sarah broke the Jag's clutch and did not clock in on time on arrival and were thus heavily penalised...
... and a few beers. Back to Hua Hin and dropped in to the bar for a few more, left around 2 am. 18th Nov: Wander round town, found a nice Swedish place for breakfast then went for a massage and then back to the room to chill for a while. Went to the bar around 7ish to say bye to Tom and his Girlfriend bad move left around 1 am and he was getting the bus at 6 am rather him than me. 19th Nov: Moved digs again even I don't know why as the last one was nice and right on the sea front but hey ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Centara Grand Beach Resort & Villas Hua Hin
Step back into the past
When you arrive at this colonial style hotel, situated in the middle of Hua Hin, but directly on to the beach, you feel you are stepping back in time - not as far as the facilities or service is concerned, but as relates to the environment - it is almost colonial. When we stayed there recently there were number of vintage cars parked outside the front door.
In all respects, this is a wonderful hotel, superb food, attentive staff, immaculate service, and if you are a golfer as we are - an excellent golf desk, taking care of everything, even packing up the clubs for our return journey.
My wife and myself find this hotel wonderful we have returned every year the rooms are very comfortable the staff friendly and warm the breakfast buffet is a feast the 3 pools are fantastic there is plenty to entertain us during the day and a wonderful white sandy beach in front of the hotel we have stayed here 4 times and is the only hotel we have returned to more than 1 time it is excellent we have never had 1 complaint about anything a real 5* hotel with great facitities relaxing grounds good food lovely swimming pools all in all our favourite beach hotel this is a hotel which we recommend to our friends and familys who visit us because everybody who stays here comes back
I can't say that; this is excellent hotel!
I reserved this hotel for my wife.
(She asked me so many times to stay this hotel)
I sent e-mail because we had some problems at this hotel.
But I haven't recieved any answer. I am very disapointed.
I couldn't understand many things in the hotel.
No welcome drink (because we reserved through the agency?),
Dirty seet for the cover (bloodstained? we fount it after we slept with the seet!),
confusing infomation about check-out time...
(My wife was very upset...She couldn' have enough time to straighten her dress, gloom her hair after her shower.)
We wanted to stay very good hotel for belated birthday present for my wife.
I thought your hotel was very nice, but I ended up in failure. I am very sorry.
It was her first birthday after our marriage.
I thought all staffs are excellent, but some are irresponsibility.
When I claimed what happend to us, the staff who gave us wrong information wes at next counter.
When I was asked which staff gave us the information, she was listening and ignored. Great!
Excellent as usual
We have stayed here several times - one of the very few places we keep going back to. Everything was excellent again. The deluxe rooms are spacious and well serviced. The staff are extrmely pleasant and helpful. The restaurant is superb. Breakfast is a feast of variety and quality, and the Thai buffet diner at the poolside, with Thai music and dancing was brilliant and great value. We will return!
This place is amazing!!
The sofitel is in a great central location and set in beautiful gardens that hide the hustle and bustle of hua hin. We spent most days by the garden pool which was really quiet and peaceful. There are other pools for families which are shallower etc.
The service is fantastic and the room was fine although it seemed a bit dark due to all the wood.
I truly enjoyed the Sofitel Resort Hua Hin. The lovely hotel is beautiful and the grounds are whimsically manicured. The trees and bushes have been shaped into all different animals. We had two deluxe rooms with large balconies. The rooms are elegant, well-appointed and the service is good. This is a colonial hotel that has been kept up very well. Our rate was about US$135 per room including tax and breakfast; an excellent deal considering the level of this hotel. It's much more interesting than say the Hilton or Hyatt. Plus the location is excellent for wandering around this relaxing seaside town.
Just like paradise!
We are dealing here with the Sofitel hotel and not the central village, although the central village is a part of the Sofitel hotel, it can't compare to the hotel.
This was the third time we stayed in Hua Hin. The first two times at the Hilton (see my review over there) and this time at the Sofitel. We stayed this time in the Sofitel because we had seen the beautiful tropical, botanical gardens there before and the Hilton has that beautiful surroundings not. We did not know what to expect from the hotel itself, but what a stylish and elegant hotel this is, all colonial style! It is the top end of hotels in Asia. We were in many hotels in South East Asia, but this resort hotel beat them all! Great service. You can't compare it with the Hilton, this hotel is a one of a kind. The most little details is taking care off. Very good staff. The breakfast is superb. Every morning when we awoke and having breakfast, we thought we were in paradise. The hotel has three separated pools.
The Sofitel at Hau Hin was very nice, but a long way from Bangkok (3 hours) although we booked a sea view and they gave us a garden room. the hotel was set on a very busy beach with horse riding, massage and food all thrown in. I recomment the beach massage very cheap. The hotel itsself was very pretty with beautifull gardens. The food was excellent, especially the afternoon tea (tradional English). The entertainment on Christmas Eve and New Year Eve was supurb as was the food, our only complaint here was they spent days setting it all up in the hotel grounds which made it very noisy (banging etc). After the Tsunmi they did there best to ensure we had a good time. The Tailor at the hotel Classic Collection gets five stars, we had loads of clothes made, they were patient, understanding and very reasonable, everyone has commented on the items we have worn. This was out fourth visit to Far East, it is real value for money
A world class hotel in every way.
From the time you arrive in the beautiful lobby and to your wonderful room with French doors to your very own private garden balcony you are taken care of in every way. 3 pools to chose from and shopping as soon as you leave the gates. The beach was nice too. I will be back for sure. I was originaly at the Marriott, but checked out becuase it was old and way to many kids. The only other Sofitel I have ever stayed at was the Beverly Hills Sofitel. What a great hotel chain it is.
Not much to complain about!
WHY THE SOFITEL? We actually had a small house in Hua Hun, that a friend of ours lended to us. But it was not really what we expected (the beach is not very nice in Hua Hin, our house was far from the sea, and so on.)
In Thailand, you always look for a massage, and as we heard lots of things about the massage places you go (things somewhere between sexual and massage (!), people sometimes have no training, and can break something...) we went to the Sofitel to make a reservation for a massage in the Centre they have there. At lleast we knew that there, it would be fine, even though it was expensive.
We arrived the next day, on dec. 23, to have these massages. We took our breakfast in the hotel, and it was an absolute pure pleasure. The massage itself was also absolutely great, with very nice employees, that welcome you with a cold lemon grass drink, a huge changing room where I was alone, showers, and the chioce of making your massage inside or in the gardens near the beach. With such a nice weather i could only do it outside. Massage in that great garden, with the noise of the sea in the background... a pure dream!
After that, we decided to stay in the hotel and leave our house. We actually got a bit afraid when we saw the prics, but hey, it's a five star hotel in the christmas period...
THE ROOMS: Very nice and stylish room, very raffinated decoration, each one with either a balcony or a small place in front if you are on the lower floor. The bathroom is very nice, with towels all sizes, hair dryer, huge mirror.
THE ASPECT: The building itself is an old colonial building, completely renovated by Sofitel a few years ago. All of white and red, it has a great U-shape with all rooms of the main building looking to the sea. There is another building in the gardens which does not have this privillege, but it is also very nice there.
THE SERVICE: People of Thailand are not very good with languages. Actually, even in this five star hotel, it is hard to communicate with them, but they will do everything to satisfy you though. They will always do their best, always keep that in mind. They are also very nice and friendly. A tip for them is always welcome.
THE FOOD: I didn't try anything else than the breakfast. There are so much places to eat in Hua Hin that it is realy nice going out in the evening and going to a restaurant, and have a walk afer that. The breakfast itself, is a huge buffet in the Railway Restaurant. There are things for every taste, american or french breakfst. Very good food, very friendly staff. The evening, there is a restaurant near the beach that seems very nice too.
THE FACILITIES: The pools are great. The central one is very nice, and we had no trouble finding chairs for the day, as well as for the smallest pool where we always went. I actually found that smaller one better. Otherwise, you'll find golf facilities (putting green I think) and some drinving ranges not far. There are also very much different golf fields in the area. Hua Hin seems to be good for that (I'm not a golfer though). The massage centre is also a must, where you get absolutely great massages, and where you are very warmly welcomed. Also other things like a snooker table available.
THE GARDENS: Certainly one of the most amazing things in that hotel. the huge gardens around the hotel are completely unbelievable, so nice. You can walk around it and contemplate for hours. The trees are cut very precisely, and you will find trees cut in an elephant, or a bird, or lots of other things. In the night, they illuminate it (or at least did they do it during the christmas time) and it makes an very romantic walk in the evening. It makes you feel like you were in the middle of nowhere, but you are less that 5 minutes walk from the centre of HH! Also, you can enter the hotel from different places of the hotel. There are nice guards at every enterance, so you feel very safe. The gardens in the middle are also very nice with fountains and crazy trees. All in pure luxury!
THE BEACH: Even though the beach in Hua Hun is not very nice, Sofitel managed to have a nice one for their guests. It is much wider and the sand is white and fine. The only bad thing I could say is there are people selling food (not recommended, not fresh!) or massage (I recommend only to make for feet, very nice. Thai massage is to be made in the hotel or somewhere nice, on the beach it is quite bad quality and might be dangerous). There are no chairs, as the beach is a public beach. There is a 5 step staircase separating the hotel from the beach, and there's also a guard. You can wash your feet on the bottom of that staircase from any sand, which is a really nice idea. The sea itself is nice, of course not as beautiful as the carribean sea but warm and with only few waves. Be careful though and wear shoes if you bathe in front of the hotel: there are very sharp rocks in the water and I cut my feet quite deep, as well as one of my fingers.
GENERAL APPRECIATION: A pure and excellent five stars, perfect from A to Z. Staff, Facilities, Gardens, every little detail is perfectly handled, every problem you might have is solved, and so on. I was really amazed of the quality of the hotel, managed by an european. The hotels in Thailand are usually not very nice, and the decoration is mostly really awful. But the Sofitel is above all hotels I sae in Thailand, as well in the north than in Bankok or any other place.
Beware of christmas time though. It is quite a messay day on the 24th as they prepare the gala dinner they have. I guess it's the same for new year's. These Gala dinners are mostly a bit ridiculous and the Sofitel one, though a bit better, did not make an exception.
Except from that, which is a detail. This hotel is just a top-class ***** and I highly recommend it!