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Hotel Chaweng Cove Resotel Hotel 3 star
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17-4 Moo 3 Chawenb Beach Koh Samui, Thailand -
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Amy Adejokun Section editor

The Chaweng Cove is the type of hotel you come to for the price. As long as you bear this in mind you'll know what (not) to expect and you might even go so far as to appreciate some of the things the hotel does have to offer. This is no luxury hotel but rather an economical option where elegance is not a matter of importance. The hotel offers a basic level of comfort but the cramped surroundings do make the place feel crowded. Then again, that's the price you pay for a hotel at the heart of Chaweng, standing right on the famous beach.

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    Location 1.0 /10

    The hotel stands at the heart of Chaweng Beach in Koh Samui, around a 20 minute taxi ride from the airport (which will cost around £6-8). The ports of Bo Phut and Mae Nam, where you can get a boat across to the islands of Koh Phangan and Koh Tao, are around 30 minutes away.

    Accommodation 6.70 /10

    There are more or less 100 bungalows piled in between the road and the beach, creating a rather crowded effect, so you'd best get on well with your neighbours since you're going to be seeing a lot of them!
    Most of the guest rooms are inward-facing (only 4 of them have sea views) and are all pretty much the same, like their decor. Admittedly, they are a little dark but do have a small balcony-cum-veranda area. As is often the case, the bathrooms show more signs of wear and tear than anything else, and despite being clean (though there were a few traces of mildew here and there, which is understandable when you're so close to the beach) they are nevertheless incredibly gloomy.

    The 4 bungalows on the beach are surprising (and not in the positive sense of the word!). Imagine a concrete block. That's your room! The decor features the same shades of colour as the bungalows but despite offering direct access to the beach, we'd prefer the standard and family rooms with the small verandas overlooking the garden.

    Overview 5.70 /10

    There is nothing special about the reception at the Chaweng Cove Resotel; it quite simply occupies some kind of prefabricated building right on the main road through Chaweng. This immediately sets the tone for the rest of the hotel, of course.

    Having opened in 2000, the resort consists of a series of bungalow-maisonettes and a rather sad-looking building a little further away. The swimming pool is located near the beach, but the surroundings here leave a lot to be desired. In fact, besides the relatively large pool, there's nothing else. From the decade-old loungers and cushions, which reflect the general standing of this 10-year-old hotel, to the concrete-dominated gardens, everything about this place seems to have been designed with functional pragmatism rather than aestheticism in mind. Unfortunately, this is often an issue with this category of hotel.

    Food and drink 5.70 /10

    The restaurant is located on Chaweng Beach and here, too, concrete is king. Having said that, they have tried to brighten up the relentless Soviet-like architecture a little with colourful tables and chairs. The menu here is a typical beach menu consisting of a few rather standard Thai dishes so as not to trouble European palates too much as well as hamburgers, pizzas, and a barbecue every Friday. A Polynesian dance show is put on on Mondays for those who still need to get their geographical bearings!

    Beach 7.70 /10

    The hotel is on Chaweng Beach, although you'll find the few concrete blocks, apparently showing their solidarity with the resort, do spoil the pastoral feel of the place somewhat. The deckchairs and worn cushions don't give the most rustic of impressions, either, and it really does make you wonder why they don't bother changing the beach equipment - after all, how much would it cost for the difference it would make?

    Fortunately, though, the sea at Chaweng is beautiful: Mother Nature really has been generous in this respect.

    To know

    The complex is located on the Chaweng road and also boasts an Internet cafe lounge-bar that is open to the general public.

    Equipment

    • Shuttle bus
    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, keep fit, spa, Turkish bath

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      gym, mountain bike, fitness

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Solarium
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • Located on Chaweng Beach - great for those who want to make the most of the night-time entertainment

    disadvantages

    • Too much concrete and rather outdated
    • The neglected swimming pool

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