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Groupon " Apsara " Deal. You have been informed....

melbourne australia
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Groupon " Apsara " Deal. You have been informed....

I always have had some reservations in booking "deals " thru these kind of websites,

dodgy room out the back, or your worst fears..

both other times, deals at the "ramada and briza " were fine


•Room features a private balcony overlooking the pool or tropical gardens

as spruiked by groupon, who would have been given this info from apsara

I had emailed the place 3 times with simple requests including Twin Bed

and as close as possible to beach area

as I was already staying in khao lak , I called in the day before to just check what I was to be

staying in

first room.. you get that sinking feeling after corridor after corridor, as you know where you are headed

view was of a patch of grass and a busy car park.

not impressed

second room

I bed. NO...

third room which took a lot of pleasantly asking for, had a view of a Masonite rooftop and large noisy aircon

asked if could upgrade to deluxe, next category up.


I did a test booking on their website, an hour later for the same 4 day stay in a deluxe room...

guess what

there were plenty available. Heaps...

I emailed the apsara the same day saying we would not be stating, for the obvious, and the fact that I had been lied to as to what else there was available.

if that's the way they run the place starting with the front desk .....

oh and a day later the front office supervisor emailed offering a :free upgrade to a garden villa.

as I had already paid for the extra days at the " Super " Orchid Beach Resort, I declined the offer, and would have not accepted it any way. no thanks, and never....

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1. Re: Groupon " Apsara " Deal. You have been informed....

Thanks for your comprehensive report, Procol.

Its a shame or SHAM that these resorts try this particular con!

Regular visitors to Khao Lak, know which ones adopt these strategies, to generate some business, especially during quieter times.

I find that most resorts in Khao Lak want your return business & have your satisfaction as their number one priority.

Unfortunately, a few resorts ruin this image.



Copenhagen Region...
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2. Re: Groupon " Apsara " Deal. You have been informed....

I have had a very different experience with the Apsara hotel.

I booked 3 rooms through hotels.com. When we arrived they couldn't see or booking. When I checked it again, I had written the wrong date when booking.

And even though it was a non refund del, the hotel changed it immediately so that we got the rooms at the right date.

We even got a free up grade because there was not enough rooms available. So I would recommend Apsara.

Sydney Australia
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3. Re: Groupon " Apsara " Deal. You have been informed....

Thanks Procol, I was considering the Apsara deal, glad I didn't take it.

We opted for a 5 night deal at Kantary that was on Living Social recently. We will be there in 17 more sleeps, I'll make a post if it is no good.

We have bought a few deals in the past, the most recent at The Sands last October, that was so good we've bought another for next year. Kata Group seem good value, Beyond is also on Scoopon at the moment.

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4. Re: Groupon " Apsara " Deal. You have been informed....

Sounds very familiar to me Will....My first ever trip to Phuket,I booked into Patong Beach Lodge unknowingly realised it was the wrong hotel....I wanted Patong Lodge in Kalim....So I went to Patong Lodge one day and asked how much for a superior room...They quoted me high season prices in July....I asked them to check their July price....He said,"This is right price" and he wouldn't budge.....I obviously walked out puzzled as to why he would do this when business is so slow in low season....Is it greed...??...Obviously...!!...Patong Beach Lodge was a great stay anyway....!!

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