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Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ranked #34 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Reviewed 30 April 2012

I booked this hotel only to cancel it last minute because my friend who thought it's a better idea to stay somewhere else. That somewhere turn out to be far far far away in Lamai. I have no issues with quiet and all but I am not too happy when my friend ended up making me take taxis to go back to Chaweng (it's NOT cheap to take taxis) - she complained it was boring there in our hotel in Lamai.

So I HAD to check out this hotel to see if I am missing out and true enough, walking past all the rooms and around the hotel, I realised a couple of things
1. Just as what the rest have mentioned, pick a room that is on the top floor. The rooms on the ground floor can be a little noisy, exposed to the public
2. From what I can glimpse at, the rooms are very decent, all came with flat screen TV. chairs and etc on the balcony. Just nice
3. The atmosphere is GREAT. Loads of people there who are out to have fun -and they look like they are fun too
4. The restaurant and bar towards the beach is HUGE and happening - again great atmospher
5. Location of the hotel, you have EVERYTHING you need on the main road!

Really, this place is called the institution of Samui for a reason. Next time I should know better than to listen to my friend

Stayed: April 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

Our party of 17 booked 9no rooms in the Ark Bar 2 building of the resort. It’s fair to say that we were all please with our choice and left with smiles on our faces. We went for the middle range rooms, these were adequately sized with enough wardrobe space and a good sized W/C and Shower. The room also comes with a small balcony seating area. A/C worked well and there was a secure safe in each room.

Things which I would change about the hotel are, (1) They provide you with only 1 key and this is attached to a massive keyring which cannot be removed (I assume this is so that you do not lose the key, it is also possible to leave your key with reception) however it would be easier to have keycards like most modern hotels and it allows more freedom to leave the room without consulting your roommate. (2) There is a construction site about 2meteres opposite the window, this starts at 8am and is LOUD, and it will wake you up. I assume it will go on for at least another 3months minimum. So when booking ask to be away from this site. One of our parties complained about the noise and was moved to a room away from this. (3) The beach water is quite rocky so we decided to stick with the 3no pools available.

The food at the resort was top notch, the biggest menu I have seen in my life yet not a single person had any complaints about the food. Food is available in western and Thai cuisine.

The main bar and even the minibar in the rooms are adequately priced too. We enjoyed a couple evenings sipping beer in the bar and watching Premier League football.

The staffs are brilliant, very attentative, always smiley, happy and polite with the added cheeky Thai humour. They could not be any more helpful. When booking excursions they were flexible and were able to offer advice. They have their own 12 seater minibuses to transfer you to and from the airport and around the island.

The hotel location is very central, plentiful supply of shops, bars, clubs and restaurants on your doorstep

When reading previous reviews I was concerned about the noise from music, i can honestly say we did not hear any of this at all.

I would recommend this hotel to groups and people of all ages.

Room Tip: for the next 3-6months ask to be away from the construction.
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Reviewed 26 April 2012

Great value accommodation for Chewang!
We looked elsewhere and the quality vs price comparison is brilliant here.

Clean, modern rooms at a reasonable price in the heart of things.

This place is brilliant If you want:
a great standard of modern accommodation for your money
A good restaurant at your door step
Nightlife
To make friends
Aircon
Cleanliness
non smoking rooms
Shops just outside
a brilliant pool
to be in the heart of things
little free luxurys like water
television in english and dvd player

HOWEVER, you have to be tolerant to noise as the majority of residents are young and sometimes will get home at 3 am, and you don't mind being somewhere busy. There are lots of people and it is a big resort. Moreover the resort throws beach party's every Wednesday and Friday and the place is very busy.

Not suitable for:
Familys
People who want beach all the time (go down south, beach is much nicer) here it is shallow and has rubbish from the beach parties
Disabled (some rooms are on third floor)


TIP: Get a room on 3rd floor. It eliminates some of the noise. Rooms on ground floor have a walkway out front from Chaweng main street to the restaurant and you will have people walking 2 meters away from your bed at all hours.

  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 25 April 2012

First trip ever to Koh Samui. And we're in love with this hotel. There are 3 different Ark Bar hotel in one compound. We stayed at Ark Bar 2 Beach Resort for 3 nights. Cozy room. Breeze seaside restaurant. Nice small swimming pools. Beach party. What else do you need in a hotel?.. It's right in middle of busy street in Chaweng area. Few meters walk to atm/money exchange, shops and other cafes/restaurants with Chaweng beach as your front yard.

Room Tip: Make sure that you get a room at Ark Bar resort 2, It's a new 3 storey building. You'll get...
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Reviewed 18 April 2012

Firstly i would like to thank the staffs at Ark Bar. For making us feel enjoyable on our stay with you!

We really enjoyed the room given to us facing the pool room #4010. Not sure what room category it was given to us as we book for a junior suite. Its an experience given to my partner and me that still lingers in us. We really love de atmosphere all in one! De pool, de sea view, de music and de party pple and de list goes on! My partner had a great birthday experience in staying with Ark Bar Beach resort! Plus it was Songkran festival just made it so much fun!

All your staffs are great people! So approchable, friendly, meets our needs and it made us unwilling to leave your resort. We move on to a villa but we really enjoyed being at Ark Bar (pre book and could not cancel it). Thanks Ark Bar management and staffs once again....we love Samui and we love Ark Bar beach resort too! Thank you for giving us that spacious room.....among all the rest. We know...winks!

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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:
#8 Best Value Hotel in Chaweng
#9 Top resorts Hotel in Chaweng
#29 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price Range: ₹ 3,191 - ₹ 6,573 (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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