The Banyan Suite at Thara Patong

Welcome to Room 1330.

Situated on the second floor (or third floor if you’re from USA – does that mean you have to walk further?), this nicely-decorated suite is so-named for the large tree that is just outside the balcony. Because it consists of a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and lounge, instead of one balcony you get a double one, with four wooden chairs and two tables. It’s the only room on that floor without a doorbell – maybe for honeymooners?

It’s fairly open plan, with a television in both the sleeping and living quarters.

Though a sumptous looking bathroom, with two basins, the beautiful bath takes an inordinate amount of time to fill, thereby detracting from the enticement of a bubble bath, and because the water pressure is not that great don’t expect a sea of bubbles. An assortment of goodies are provided and replenished daily: cotton buds, shower caps, dual-use hair and body wash, bodylotion, soap,  sanitary bags, and even a little sewing kit. The hair dryer is quite good.

In the kitchenette are a small kettle, basic coffee, tea, sugar and powdered creamer. Two bottles of Thara Patong drinking water are provided on a daily basis. An assortment of glasses caters for all drinks, but although there is a fridge and microwave, the only cutlery you get are two teaspoons and the only crockery two cups and a little caddy for the teabags. The minibar is reasonably priced, though not for Thai standards, but you can just duck downstairs to a nearby family mart for essentials.

It has a lovely view of the one of the swimming pools, but at night you can hear some of the music from outside the Tantawan Restaurant, and in the day sometimes there is loud CD music playing poolside.

The disadvantage of the set of rooms on this side is that there are no lifts. The more modern wing has elevators. Generally that’s not a problem but after excessive shopping the stairs are not a welcoming sight on days 30 degrees Celsius. At least the air-conditioning is more than adequate, but don’t expect it to be freezing cold. It is Thailand, after all.

We liked it enough to stay here in the future. Oh yes, particularly for bloggers: free in-room wi-fi for the duration of your stay.

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