Pattaya Travel Guide
Not interested in spending one night in Bangkok? Then head to the Thailand's resort town of Pattaya where Sukosol Hotels has just launched its third property.
Only 21 rooms, the new Art Deco-style, four-storyWave Hotelis supposed to reprise Miami Beach with big splashes of color from the blue outside walls to the retro pink Cadillac in the driveway.
There's just two room categories--the Sunset and Twilight rooms, but they all offer views of Pattaya Bay, free WiFi, and Tiffany Blue decor. The Twilight rooms are larger though, and have romantic four-poster beds.
Despite being in Thailand, the hotel has decided to go with an American diner restaurant called the Cadillac Café, but there is also the poolside Cabana Bar which will host DJs and evening parties. We're hoping that space will remind people they're in Asia.
Wave joins Sukosol Hotels collections, Siam Hotel and The Sukosol Bangkok. Rates are around 5500 Baht ($192) including breakfast.
[Photo: Sukosol Hotels]
In our neverending quest for finding hotels around the world with sensible WiFi in other words, WiFi that not only works but is also free we were daydreaming this week about vacationing near the beach in Thailand and we came across someone with a similar wish looking for WiFi in Pattaya.
Any beachside town will do, we figure, so Pattaya is an interesting spot for us, and according to the locals there are quite a few hotels with good WiFi. But the one that grabbed our attention is The Venue, a stylish and very gay-friendly hotel near the beach. What grabs us most is this:
The Venue [has] wireless throughout the hotel...very relaxing around the pool doing laptop work.
The Venue is a boutique hotel and the private pool is not huge, but if you're typing away you probably don't want too many people jumping into the pool and splashing you, so we figure it's a great combination. A standard room will cost you just 1,290 Baht ($40) in the low season, or you can splash out on a junior suite, which goes up to 2,390 Baht ($70) a night in high season.
Judging by the headlines shouting about violent protests in Thailand and the danger to political leaders that forced the cancellation of the ASEAN Summit in Pattaya, you might feel inclined to stay away from the Royal Cliff Beach Resort where the Summit was due to be held. But the owners say that's not at all necessary.
Quick to put a halt to bad PR damage that this kind of event normally brings, the family owners of the Pattaya resort have already put a message online explaining that the protesters spent less than an hour at the hotel, no violent clashes took place there and no guests were affected. Well, apart from all those summit VIPs who were quickly whisked away and returned to their home countries.
The popular resort area of Pattaya is now trouble-free, with all the protests currently centered on Bangkok. The Royal Cliff Beach Resort rates really well according to recent guests, and apparently it was going to be good enough for all those Prime Ministers and Presidents.
Usual rates start from 6,400 Baht ($180) a night for a mini suite with a sea view. But if we were already in the Pattaya area we'd be dropping in to pick up a last-minute special after all, they should suddenly have quite a few rooms free.
When some hotels charge $21 a day for WiFi, it's a real miracle to find a hotel whose going rate per night is $21 which includes WiFi.
Ok maybe not so hard to believe since it's in Thailand. Yet even so, the fact that the Pattaya Max Apartments have WiFi is pretty impressive:
On my recent visit to Pattaya for Diving I stayed at Max Apartments in Soi Post Office, opposite Thailand Post. They have a choice of superior and standard rooms at great prices starting at $21USD per night with Air Con, Cable TV, WiFi and full room service, located less than 100m from the beach.
Did we mention it's near the beach? If you don't mind the hideous yellow duvets and curtains, this place can be your perfect WiFi Thai heaven.
· Max Apartment Reviews [TripAdvisor]
Back in the late 1990s, foam was a popular clubbing feature on the isle of Ibiza.
Fast forward to 2006 where foam is now a popular kiddie feature at the Hard Rock Pattaya in Thailand. Bet it feels a little different without the ecstasy, huh?
The hotel stay began when a resort rep showed up at the airport and whisked the guests away in a BMW M5 with "cold waters, packaged fresh wipes, magazines, and the day's Bangkok Post." Once at the hotel, the guests were checked into a Deluxe Pavillon room. The next day was busy with breakfast and spa appointments poolside. But you can read the play-by-play of the stay for yourself. We are getting right to the good stuff.
We thoroughly enjoyed our three days here. This has to be one of the best resorts in Thailand, surprisingly enough since it's branded a Sheraton. Service was outstanding, truly on par with anything I've experienced at a Four Seasons or Ritz-Carlton. It's an oasis within driving distance of Bangkok, no additional flight required, which makes it attractive, and it's far enough removed from Pattaya itself that it doesn't take on the character of one of the more unsavory parts of the country.
Since we know View from the Wing doesn't hand out many hotel compliments, you should take this one to heart.
Or if the name Sheraton still gives you heebie jeebies, then take a look at their other hotel reviews in Thailand.