Again with this hotel I read some very mixed reviews but read that the location was good so decided to give it a go.
Arriving at PhiPhi and on the trip to phiphi we were blown away by the scenery. Arriving at the port a longtail boat picks you up and will take you to the hotel.
At checkin we were greeted off the boat with fresh fruit drinks but the staff were a little rude to some guests and not very accommodating. One guest had booked with a local thai website and the hotel didn't have their booking. They asked what to do now and reception didn't seem to care even though they had a young child. However i later checked the website they booked on and noticed that they don't take accept credit card details and I can understand that the hotel probably didn't authorise them to take bookings for them. However I would have expected the hotel would contact the guests before and ask for card details but the lack of english is probably a reason why this didn't happen.
However our experience was good, a gentleman carried our bags up the steep hill (older or unfit people beware) to our sea / bay view cabin and we were blown away by the view. It was incredible with loungers out on the balcony but the view was brilliant especially for the amount we were paying. The room was a wooden cabin type interior inside with a fan and aircon and it had a 32" lcd tv with a decent amount of channels. Breakfast was included and each morning you could have you eggs cooked fresh for you the way you liked and eat directly on the beach. Bayview is located at the end of the beach so its very private, we also ate at the hotel restaurant one night and it was good quality with the waves almost touching our feet eating at the seafront.
We had 3 nights left unbooked anywhere at the end of our holiday and stayed initially for 3 nights at bayview and liked it so much that we decided to return to phiphi and bayview after our 3 nights in aonang.
I almost forgot to mention the poolbar, after arriving we went for a swim and had the pleasure of enjoying beer sitting underwater and happyhour runs for about 5 - 7pm so you get 2 beers for the price of 1 and we made use of that every evening.
They like to play love music allot at the pool which added to the whole tropical feel and the bar staff were also very friendly.
I mentioned at the start that reception staff can be hit and miss. The manager a short well built woman seemed to have the more aggressive type manner when guests complained but i did notice that she warmed towards us after a few days and especially when she seen that we liked the place and rebooked for extra nights. She actually was giving us smiles by the end of the week. If your going on a long boat trip shop around down the village as we got a longtail trip for 25% of the hotel price after we bargained.
Overall i recommend this hotel and recommend it to couples looking for a romantic time, i would go for a room with a sea view to make it extra special.
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- Also Known As:
- Phi Phi Bayview Hotel Ko Phi Phi Don
- Bay View Hotel