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Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ranked #36 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Reviewed 29 March 2012

We stayed here for 8 days during the back end of our trip.
The rooms are ok but we had ants calling along the head boards at times! The mini bar in the room is extortionate!
Luckily the location is awesome, 7 eleven is right opposite, in the middle of the buzzing strip.
This place is prob the best place to party with the beach party etc but not to stay for the same reason!
It's very loud all day long, to make it worse they pretty much use the same cd over and over again, I could name you the tracks in order it's that bad.
The restaurant is amazing, fresh fish etc, even the western stuff was very good.
I'd say stay here if you intend to get wasted 24/7 but if like us you're rounding up your trip with a couple of big nights along the way this isn't the place to stay.
The music is blaring til about 2am everyday, you won't get much sleep.
Can't fault the service, food, location or the cosmetic stuff but this was like staying at a hotel in the middle of Leicester square!

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Reviewed 29 March 2012

Take yout ear plugs with you. All arrives and departures flights just over the hotel. There is also none of soundproofing in the rooms... Location is excellent, music is good and staff very helpful. Good range of ciders in the bar.

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Reviewed 19 March 2012

Stayed at Ark bar in March. The hotel pick up was late to get us from the airport. Checked in around noon and the room was ready. I had previously asked for 1st floor and was happy I got it as everyone can see in your ground room floor. Our room was halfway between the road and beach, we could still hear the music on the party nights (Friday and Wednesday 2pm to 2am) but could sleep easily.
Had a few questions about the surroundings however reception didn’t really have a clue.
Breakfast was good. You arrived and could tick 5 items on a large list of foods you could want, they cooked it and brought it to your table. A choice of 3 pools, large restaurant which is very popular at night. Perfect location right near markets and plenty of beach.
Don’t stay here if you don’t want to party with lots of noise and topless girls sunbaking.

  • Stayed: March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

Location is fantastic for those who like the beach party scene. Accommodation itself is terrible! House keeping never came despite the signs we left up ALL day. Upon Checkout they charged my friend half of her deposit $15 aud for a towel which had makeup on it- and they had not tried to clean it at all. The 'manager' on the phone hung up on us, and the girl at reception ignored us for half an hour- we had a ferry to catch so she stalled us. They refused to give the money back- this is illegal! I was happy to have the towel dry cleaned for 100baht but she said "no we have already taken your money" do not bother with this place- plenty of nicer places along the beach.

  • Stayed: February 2012
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Reviewed 7 March 2012

I went to this resort in a group of 6 girls- stayed in the mid range rooms 2 girls each room. Each morning we left a hanger on the door asking for house keeping to tidy the room- mainly sweep because of the sand. Hanger was still there by evening. Had to constantly ask concierge to send someone. Upon checkout we went to claim our deposit and they came back with a towel with some makeup on it. They insisted we had to pay &15us and took this out of our deposit refusing to return it. The girl at reception put us through to a manager who hung up on us on the phone. They did not wash the towel- my friend started to remove the stain by hand washing- not good enough.had a ferry to catch but they ignored us for 40 mins and refused to give our money back. Will never return. Only upside was the beach location but there are plenty other places worthwhile on the beach. They had no right to keep the money- and will not return. Don't bother.

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Additional Information about Ark Bar Beach Resort

Address: 159/89 Moo 2 | Chaweng Beach, Bophut, Chaweng, Bophut, Ko Samui 84320, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Surat Thani Province > Ko Samui > Bophut > Chaweng
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#10 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#31 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range: ₹ 2,541 - ₹ 7,948 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Ark Bar Beach Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 320
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
"ESCAPE YOUR WORLD AND PLAY IN OURS" We invite you to ARKbar Beach Resort, in the heart of Chaweng, the ideal location to explore and enjoy this tropical paradise. Enjoy your days under the sun on our 100 metres of spectacular beachfront and 3 swimming pools, while listening to the latest tunes being played by our resident DJ's. You will meet people from all 4 corners of the world here to party or chill in our unique, relaxing, yet vibrant atmosphere. ARKbar Beach Resort is within walking distance to the new Central Plaza Shopping Complex, all the major entertainment venues and hundreds of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. You can dine on the beach in our beachfront restaurant and relax at any of the 3 beach bars. From 2pm our main swimming features live music while the other 2 pools are more laid back. As the evening sun sets over this tropical paradise, you will witness the beach transform into a spectacular and unique venue offering a combination of dining, drinking and socialising with free musical entertainment, dancers and fire displays. It is here that you can be a part of the world famous ARKbar Wednesday and Funky Friday Beach Party's."Escape Your World and Play In Ours" ... more   less 
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Ark Bar Beach Hotel Chaweng
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