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Ark Bar Beach Resort
Ranked #30 of 104 Hotels in Chaweng
Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
“Not worth it. Stay away.”
Reviewed 26 June 2012

They try to squeeze money out of you like its their job. You have to put down a 1000 security deposit of which they took 550 out because they said I lost a towel and drank some of the water in the fridge. The food is alright but way to expensive. The drinks are rediculously overpriced about 700 a bucket. Also I was charged 140 to make a 5 minute phone call to request a transfer to the pier. The staff is rude and was unwilling to help. The beds are very uncomfortable and they don't provide blankets. Only sheets. The bathrooms are disgusting and had brown water constantly coming out. The beach is nice but you can't go in the water because of all the rocks. For the past two days I've been constantly hassled by staff and locals for taxis and to buy stuff on the beach. Pool is very nice but overall not worth staying here. Great location. Definitely visit for night life nearby but stay somewhe

  • Stayed June 2012
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TerrySamui, Manager at Ark Bar Beach Resort, responded to this review, 8 August 2012
Dear Dan A,
Thank you for taking the time to write a review about your experience at Ark Bar.

Most, if not all hotels in Thailand, especially in the tourist areas, ask for a room deposit to cover a small portion of the items in the mini-bar and some of the potentially lost or damaged items, entrusted to you.
In my experience a refundable deposit is required whenever you hire anything of value. Why should a hotel room with a TV, DVD player, mini bar, linen and towels be an exception?

If there is nothing missing or broken you are given a full refund.

In this case, the deposit was needed to replace items missing from your room. Why do you consider this wrong?

There are 5 full shots in a premium imported spirit bucket and 6 shots of mixed spirits in a cocktail bucket. If you are on a budget, a local whisky bucket is only 300 baht.

There are even cheaper alternatives available, such as the local 7eleven store, or a roadside caravan.
Ark Bar provides quality DJ's, live music, fire-shows, seating on the beach, a restaurant, table service and clean toilets.
Do the cheaper alternatives make this offer?

Most consumers have a budget, different values and needs.
If you believe something is not value or not what you want, the answer is simple, do not buy it.
Ultimately, the decision where and what you purchase is yours.
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Reviewed 23 June 2012

Stayed two nights at this hotel and It's location at the center of Chaweng, close to nightlife and every where.
Superior Room - small room, you get what you paid
beach party every Wed & Fri with nice music, only 1min walk to the beach.
Would stay here again.

  • Stayed June 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

Ark Bar is a place a stumbled completely by accident after walking back to my hotel after dinner somewhere further along Chaweng Beach. What stunned me is that they were celebrating Guy Folks night, with fireworks; I could not believe this, in Thailand of all places. What attracted me was the lounge chairs on the sand covered in cushions and low tables with candles. You can have dinner there if you want, or enjoy some cocktails. The food in my opinion is good, if you don’t feel like looking for somewhere else for the night and would rather just have your drinks and food there. If you are going solo this is an excellent place to meet people from all over the world. I have met many Americans, Australians, and some French and German people. Many of whom I went on to see again whilst on Koh Samui with whom I went to night clubs, out for dinner and nearly went to the full moon party in Kohpangan. I decided to go for quiet rest to Koh Nan Yuan instead and I think I regretted not having gone with the others.
You can get a room here if you like, the rooms are comfortable, basic but nice, they have a pool table, live football whenever it’s on and everybody seems to make use of the pool late at night. It’s also very near the famous Green Mango night club and the Reggae Pub to name but a few, it’s near everything even The Irish Pub
It’s a good night out, they do good English breakfast if that’s what you have in mind they serve all kinds of food including Thai of course. The staff is extremely friendly. It’s at the further end of Chaweng and next to some very beautiful hotels, good bars and restaurants on the beach.
The rooms themselves are good value for money but since I never use a hotel swimming pool or eat breakfast I prefer to stay in the guest house.
Defenetly try this on your way to the night life in Chaweng!

Room Tip: As always, my advice, ask to see the rooms and if you do stay there and want some sleep, dont get on...
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  • Stayed July 2011, travelled solo
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Reviewed 19 June 2012

Eventhough it was my 3rd time in Chaweng,this was my 1st time staying at this resort. I chose this place due to the strategic location.

It is near to everywhere and very convenient.Varieties of bars are just the opposite of the road.There is a pharmacy nearby in case of emergency. The shopping centre is just opposite of the hotel. Food outlets are nearby including mc'donalds. If u are looking for a tour agency,u can find it next to the hotel.A massage centre is just like 5 steps away from your room.And yes, the beach is just less than 5 minutes away from your room. In a nutshell, this place is located in the centre of the town and very strategic.

About the room, I chose to stay at the superior room which is located at the old wing.The room was relatively old.I faced difficulties at each time when I wanted to lock or unlock the door. It would be better to get a deluxe room or junior suite where those are located at the new wing. Since I was given the first room, it was a bit noisy since my room is located at the entrance. If you want to stay here, it is advisable to request for the room near the beach but make sure your room is at the ground floor. If u were given a room at the 1st floor, u need to drag your luggage through the stairs all the way up since there is no elevator.

The toilet is very old but useable.u can't expect the toilet will be like a 5 star hotel. The room is equipped with plasma tv and minibar.if you want your room to be cleaned up everyday,u have to put the sign on your door or else,your room will still be in the same condition like before u go out.

However, this resort provides free internet/wifi. You can get the password at the reception and yes,you need to get new password everyday since the password will only be valid for 24 hours.

If you prefer to stay in non-smoking room,this will be a perfect choice for you as this resort prohibits smoking in the room.

You won't face any trouble explaning to the cab driver about this hotel since everybody knows this hotel very well.

In my view,I would say that you pay the charges for the strategic location of the hotel and not for the facilities or the room.

This place is suitable for the youngsters or anyone who prefer to be part of the party crowd instead of those who prefer a quiet relaxing holidays.

  • Stayed May 2012
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 June 2012

We stayed here for one night before flying back to Bangkok. Its located up the dodgy end of Chaweng but dont let that put you off. The hotel would fit in perfectly in Ibiza with its regular beach parties and live music.

The resort has 3 pools and is located on the beach. The rooms are clean and air conditioned. The hotel is 15 mins from the airport.

Would recommend.

Room Tip: Book early as this resort is very popular and gets booked up quickly.
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  • Stayed June 2012, travelled as a couple
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Additional Information about Ark Bar Beach Resort

Property: 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
#26 On the Beach Hotel in Chaweng
Price range (per night): ₹ 2,980 - ₹ 5,052
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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