Hotel The Library Hotel Hotel 4 star
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14/1 , Moo.2, Chaweng beach Koh Samui, Thailand -
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The sign at the entrance sets the tone, with the following written in black and white: "Member of the Design Hotels". This statement would hardly be noticed in Berlin or in the trendy districts of London, but when you read this sign wearing flip-flops, with a gaudy shoulder bag, right in the heart of touristic Thailand between Chaweng Beach and Koh Samui, it takes on a whole new dimension. Why? First, because design is very uncommon in this region that is distinguished by its Oriental Zen style, at least in the hotels. Second, because those who feel comfortable surrounded by clean lines, solid colours, and a full complement of modern technology, will have found the establishment of their dreams here. In addition, this hotel has a number of surprises. Here's a clue: red.

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      The Library Hotel   -   © Patrice Hauser / EASYVOYAGE

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    Location 9.57 /10

    The hotel is located in the centre of Chaweng Beach; ideally situated for guests to enjoy the hustle and bustle of the neighbourhood (bars, shops, etc.). Allow 20 minutes to get to the airport (about £8-10).

    Accommodation 8.45 /10

    Design is often synonymous with exclusiveness, and in hotel language, this usually means a limited number of rooms. It goes without saying then that The Library complies with this implicit rule. Situated between the street and the beach, there are 26 guest rooms in the hotel's garden (and 96 employees to ensure that quality service is provided). In this hotel, instead of saying, "I'm in room 12", guests say, "Meet me on page 12".

    The 13 cubed structures dotted around the garden offer two types of accommodation: suites on the ground floor and studios on the first. The interior design of all of the rooms follows the same vein, represented by the colour white and clean lines. Even the bathrooms are immaculate. The varnished concrete floor is very fashionable; the shower is semi-open, and the bathtub is made of resin. In short, the rooms display a concentrated combination of different design elements. Among the much appreciated facilities are free Wi-Fi and a DVD player; the suites also offer an assortment of snacks, located inside the coffee table on the terrace. However, it is unfortunate that you can only see the sea from one side and that the rooms don't have more privacy; for this reason, it is important to quickly master the remote control for the blinds.

    Overview 8.90 /10

    The Library is a 'conceptual resort', at least that's how it presents itself. The definition may seem a little pretentious, but it is not without justification. This design hotel in the centre of Chaweng has indeed been built according to a concept, an idea, you could almost say a philosophy. The story could be that of a film: the current owner, a native of Samui, grew up watching his parents manage small bungalows on the beach in Koh Samui at a time when there were still relatively few tourists. The child grew up, went away to study, and then returned to his island with only one idea in mind: to open a resort where tranquillity is the mantra, where you can finish one (or several) books, comfortably installed on cushions on the beach or in your room.
    Moreover, the name of the hotel gives a clue as to its concept, and it is more than just a subtle hint. For once, the concept has been carried through to fruition. The Library Hotel is very stylish and modern, with its clean lines, limited number of cube-shaped guest rooms reminiscent of Le Corbusier, and its peaceful garden. Plus, small details give it a somewhat city chic design atmosphere, in stark contrast with the surrounding area. So, this is an address to remember, one that is very trendy and that will attract those who cannot live without modern amenities, even by the sea.

    There is one surprise that you really won't be expecting though, and no, you're not dreaming, the water in the pool is red! Due to geometric optical principles and the rules of how light reflects, the purple colour of the water is really just due to the red tiles lining the pool. Whatever the reason, the overall effect is impressive, and don't worry, the water is simply made up of H2O molecules and a bit of chlorine for good measure.

    Food and drink 8.20 /10

    The restaurant at The Library is called 'The Page'. Located on the beach, it has a terrace combining wood and geometric shapes. The cuisine is in keeping with the concept of the rest of the hotel; Thai dishes are served, of course, but in general the menu is highly westernised and also includes international dishes. The food is presented quite well and the ingredients are tasty, but the overall experience is not something to write home about.

    A piece of advice: it is always interesting to taste the Thai dishes, and we especially recommend the dessert with mango, coconut, and sticky rice, it is a real treat.

    The Page also put on a breakfast buffet but you can also have breakfast served to you on the beach - on request and with a supplement - which you are sure to enjoy. Of course, you'll have to get up early to avoid the heat, but the view is worth it. Imagine the white sands of Chaweng Beach and the turquoise sea while lounging on a pouffe and facing the sea... In front of this, a long table on which delicious appetisers are arranged is set up: eggs cooked to your liking, sausage, salmon appetisers, strawberries, yoghurt, fruit, and croissants; all nicely presented and with a sea breeze that caresses your face. You definitely have to take advantage of this experience at least once during your stay.

    Beach 7.20 /10

    This hotel is in a beautiful location on Chaweng Beach, which is considered the most beautiful beach on the island, and it certainly was a decade ago before every square inch was occupied by hotels/bungalows/complexes.

    It is still a nice spot today, despite being very crowded, and has the advantage of offering lots of evening entertainment with its bars, concerts and firework displays. One thing is for sure: tourists choose Chaweng Beach for its entertainment.

    To know

    There is, of course, a library and a television/DVD room. Decorated all in white, like the rest of the hotel, these rooms are surrounded by glass walls and look out onto the swimming pool. We were not entirely convinced by the DVD room with its aggressive light reminiscent of a hospital; however, one advantage is that it offers a good selection of films, including some very recent ones, which can be watched in the comfort of your own room, also equipped with a television and DVD player.

    The library also includes a small shop where you can buy some very nice decorative items, such as 'situation' magnets with 'Sleeping', 'Do Not Disturb', etc. written on them. A nice little gadget and an amusing find... Ah, designers, they are never short of ideas!

    Equipment

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

      massage, beauty salon, sauna, keep fit, spa

    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      tennis, gym, beach volley, golf, water-polo, fitness, sports

    • Whirlpool bath
    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The modern design
    • The service

    disadvantages

    • Very central, wedged between two buildings

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