We researched Black Lotus extensively and all reviews seemed to be of a very high standard however, we were not expecting it to be that good. Well I have to say that it was "That Good" and far exceeded our expectations. We arranged for the hotel to pick us up from the airport which was wonderful after such a long flight and would highly recommend this. After a great sleep we noticed that not very much sun came in around the pool and the hotel promptly moved us to another villa without hesitation. This was important to us as we came here just to relax by the pool, read and play scrabble as we had an exhausting year. The food was great and so reasonably priced and the cocktails were fabulous. We went into Hau Hin a few times and the hotel transport was great and sometimes we got a taxi back which was cheap. I would recommend going to the Cicada market which is all local handcrafts and a great food court. We only did one day trip that we booked with the hotel and went to Amphawa floating market and was a great day out. The guide who took us was just so good and made sure that we didn't miss anything. Overall, Black Lotus has to be the only place that you should stay, set in a pineapple plantation away from noise and yet so access able to everything and wonderful staff.
We stayed as a couple at Banyan Hua Hin for three nights. We were a bit nervous due to the distance between the hotel and the beach/markets, however, the staff made travel to and from simple with the free shuttle running regularly and we did not use a taxi while there. The resort itself is fantastic, with nice gardens and views. The size and height of the rooms as well as the swimming facilities were a real highlight. We had breakfast and dinner there and both were great. The only downside was that the resort was a bit quiet during the week which took away from the atmosphere in the restaurant/bar, and the water pressure in the shower was very low.
If you're a tourist and into gardening, I strongly recommend taking a look at the small plant stalls all along the opposite side of the road, there were lots of exotic plants and flowers galore.
I have stayed in Thailand 15 times before and have never had to critisize the quality of breakfast. Never any bacon, with hotdog sausages and processed ham floating in hot water? Staff stare into space most of the time and almost not aware of residents existance. The shower hose in myroom was broken on arrival and when replaced ( albeit the same day ) the new hose was not long enough so had to kneel in the bath every day for a shower. It was not a temporary measure as I stayed for 3 weeks! I had to ask cleaning staff to replenish the tea and coffee at least twice after room had been serviced. Not impressed and would never stay there again.
I found this hotel excelent value for money. The staff we're very friendly and helpful. The rooms we're very comfertable and cleaned every day. The breakfast was very good. The only thing which was dissapointing was the swimming pool. It was ok but they never cleaned it very well, otherwise its a good hotel and very close to everything.
Very good hotel. We stayed in the hotel for 2 nights. The room is large and clean. We spent our 2 days in the pool!
Anyway, the hotel is far from the town. Took 30 mins to the town.
Overall, we enjoyed the time there.
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