Saturday, May 16, 2009

Koh Phangan Hotel Review: Drop In Resort & Spa

Drop In and..Drop OUT.

Located on the famed Haad Rin Beach on Koh Phangan, Drop In Resort & Spa is supposedly a four start hotel. I beg to differ. There are only 3 four start hotels on the island and this is definetely not one of them. And don't be fooled by the name, 'Resort' is a stretch. However if you are going just to drink and sleep, then it's fine.

When we arrived we were surprised to see the hotel was under construction. It is broken up into two section- the old section and the new section. We were shown to our rooms in the old section which was a large suite with an attached living room area. At 1st glance, it seemed lovely but as we started to unpack and walk around I realized why they called it the 'old section'. The furniture is dated, there were little ants on the bed (which I came to realize are everywhere in Thailand), and the carpet had burn holes in it. These were the least of my issues- there was a gaping hole in the door, big enough to house our Thai insect friends- the mosquito, cockroach, and gecko. We immediately went to the front desk and I explained that we were actually booked into the 'new section' but I wanted to see a room first. He showed us a room by the pool which was really small with old furniture and the walls were COVERED with mosquitos. Obviously we declined the room but asked if someone could fix our door. For the next 2 days, someone would come by, look at the door and leave. Finally Paul, the manager, got some workers to fix it.

All of that wasn't what made us laugh though, it was the techno music they played from 10am-11pm EVERY day. They had 2 cds which they played over and over. Jay and I know the words to every song.

Bottom Line:
The Drop In is fine for big groups and for those looking just to crash, def. not for honemooners!

Stay If: You are paying a cheap rate, are in a group, need a place near the full moon party.
Don't Stay If: You are looking for a quiet vacation, expect service with a smile.

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