One of the important factor while travelling is having a comfortable accommodation which fits the budget. After browsing some reviews online and in my favorite site ‘TripAdvisor’ for accommodations in Krabi, we decided to go ahead with Royal Nakara Ao Nang. It may not be the cheapest place to get but it is reasonable value. What I was comfortable that most reviews say it’s clean and safe. We paid about RM307 (which is about USD93) for 3 days 2 night stay which was booked through Agoda. This is inclusive of breakfast. We booked it through Agoda site which is my first time!
We arrived on 27th April and stayed till 29th April 2014. We took early morning flight from Kuala Lumpur via AirAsia and by 10am, we are already at the hotel. Upon arrival we were given a drink (refreshing orange juice!) which was a nice way to welcome guest. Most of you would be familiar with ‘more expensive’ hotels practice in giving fruit punch and at times hot/cold towel upon arrival however I didn’t much from this hotel. Off course it’s a small gesture but it was a nice way to welcome guest.
Upon arrival, I was greeted by a lady staff who asked me to acknowledge a pre-filled form. Very simple and done in a minute. We were asked to wait for the room to be ready but in few minutes time, it’s done! Boy, I was happy that I could get the room so early! The lady informed us that they have upgraded our room to the sea view room! Nice…
The hotel room
There is not lift service in this hotel as it is only about 3 floors. The room which we got (room 603) is located on the 3rd floor. A male staff assisted us with the luggage. I was very happy with the room we got! It was clean, very spacious, has wardrobe, luggage rack, bath rope, a spacious bath, TV, air conditioner, mini bar, jug kettle, coffee & tea amenity, safe deposit box, hair dryer, hot shower, 2 bottles of drinking water (refilled everyday) and FREE wifi. On top of that, the room has a huge balcony overlooking the hills and sea. A nice spot for our cigarette break!
Before coming over, I liaised with Partichat from the hotel to assist in preparing a surprise birthday cake for my partner. I believe this is the lady at the reception most of the time. She managed to sort it out and placed the cake in the room on the day we arrive. And it was done complimentary! A very nice gesture from the hotel. She also helped us to book some activities in Krabi. Anyway, thank you again Partichat! Look out for more post soon on Krabi night market, elephant trekking and ATV ride.
We headed out to the main beach area by foot as we wanted to explore the surrounding of the hotel. It took us about 10(+/-) to reach the beach area. Initially it felt a bit far but we walked from hotel to the beach throughout our stay in Krabi. It’s a nice way to burn some calories after consuming all the Thai food! You can always take a tuk-tuk or taxi from the beach area to hotel. It will cost you 30baht for tuk -tuk. If you are walking back to hotel, please note that the hotel is located on slightly hilly area. So, it will be a slight climb, nothing too extreme.
We got up a bit late on the next morning but manage to have breakfast before we explore Krabi. So what do they serve for breakfast? They had bread (white and wholemeal), butter and jam, cereals, milk, juice, rice, a curry dish (green chicken curry on the 2nd day we were there and it was yummy), vegetable, bacon, sausage (pork), egg station and coffee & tea. You can have your egg anyway you want! The breakfast spread is basic and more than sufficient for us.
How was the sleep quality? Well, the mattress is on the firm side. If you are not used to firm bed, better check with the hotel on other options available as not sure whether the same mattress used in all the rooms. The bed sheets were clean, no odour or stain marks. The comforter or quilt is thick enough to stand the cold air from the air conditioner. On the 2nd day, we have requested for additional pillows from the reception however no one got it for us. We reminded the staff at the reception when we went out for dinner. He asked to collect it from reception when we come back later, which was fine with us. No noise intrusion from the next room.
We didn’t have a chance to use the swimming pool. Apparently its being shared with another hotel next door however it looked pretty clean. Overall, loved it!
Where is it: 155/4-7 Moo 3 Ao Nang Beach, Muang, Krabi, Thailand 81000
You can visit their website as well @ http://www.royalnakara.com/