Ibis Pattaya Hotel Review
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Thailand is a beautiful and blessed country, and just when you think your experience here can’t get any more magical, Ibis Pattaya Hotel (check rates) decides to step up the game and completely redefine perfection, comfort, and great service…and all within your budget.
Pattaya is a resort city located in the east coast of Thailand, about a hundred kilometers southeast of capital city Bangkok. It is known for its beach, night life, shopping streets, and colorful festivals, among others.
Amongst the busyness of the city is Ibis Pattaya Hotel, which opened in 2007 with 254 rooms distributed in seven floors.
How to get there
From Manila to Bangkok.
There are many carriers that offer flights to Bangkok (the closest point to Pattaya), but majority are connecting flights that take at least 10 hours. The launching of AirAsia’s direct flight from Manila to Bangkok on March 2018 serves as a great alternative as a direct flight from Manila to the Thai capital will only take up to 3 hours at most. You can then get another ride to Pattaya for another 2 hours. This option drastically cuts travel time to just 5 hours.
From Bangkok to Pattaya.
Bangkok is almost a hundred miles from Pattaya, and a taxi can take you from the airport directly to your chosen accommodation in Pattaya, but it will cost more than buses. Buses are cheaper options. Buses from Bangkok airport depart five times a day and cost just about 100 baht, compared to a taxi, which may cost twice or more.
Ibis Pattaya Hotel is sandwiched between the picturesque Pattaya Beach on one side and a busy shopping district on the other. This gives checked in guests unparalleled access to both the urbanized and natural environment of Pattaya, although many opt to stay in the hotel property, which offers several facilities and onsite activities to enjoy.
We arrived in Bangkok in the evening, and immediately proceeded to Pattaya by land. The trip took about two hours, and it was already so late when we got to the hotel. I was very pleased when, upon our exhausted arrival, the staff immediately assisted us with our luggage and gave us our respective room keys. We were able to rest afterwards.
What I also loved so much about the hotel is how the facilities are very accommodating to people with reduced mobility. I saw guests in wheelchairs and they did not have difficulty moving around the hotel, thanks to their facilities that were specifically made for them.
My temporary home here was a standard double room. It was comfortably huge for one person, and it had everything I needed—a kettle, a fridge, ample electric outlets, and a safety deposit box. I also had a wall-mounted satellite and cable television which was smaller compared to most hotels that I’ve been to before. On the other corner is my balcony, which gave me a view of the hotel pool below.
My bed is elevated and there is plenty of space under it, so travelers with bulky bags will have no problem staying here as well.
The bathroom is also relatively smaller, but the space is maximized and toiletries are complete. Glass shower doors make it appear spacious, and the mosaic tiles were a nice touch.
The hotel’s in-house restaurant is called It’s All About Taste. This is where guests can get their continental breakfast buffet as well.
For our breakfast, we had a selection of Western and Asian food. I especially loved the bread section. There were butter and chocolate croissants, baguettes, and even the classic French toast. These went well with their drinks: juices, coffee, or tea. Cornflakes and yoghurt were also available for those who prefer having a lighter breakfast.
For other times of the day, this restaurant serves Italian cuisine, and they are known for their tapas.
A few steps away from It’s All About Taste is The Lobby Bar, which is conveniently positioned by the lobby for the benefit of guests who are just in the process of checking in. Who would not want to have a cold glass of their concoctions after hours in the road?
The highlight of the hotel is its indoor swimming pool. This facility serves as a great after party location after guests have visited Pattaya Beach in the morning.
Ibis Pattaya Hotel’s location is also suitable for biking, and as such, they offer rentable bikes onsite. It’s a great way to spend the time, and can also be an alternative morning exercise to jogging.
Other facilities include 24-hour reception, currency exchange, luggage storage, and parking space. Interestingly, pets are allowed here, too!
Check out time is 12 NN.
Ibis Pattaya Hotel (customer reviews) completely changed my view of budget hotels. Despite being one, their rooms are considerably large, and their complete facilities, hospitable staff, and elegance is at par with larger hotels. Its location is very convenient especially if you have plans to go shopping or beach hopping with friends, while it also offers as a great escape from the busy streets of Pattaya.
Being an economy hotel, it is impressive, and even commendable, to note the facilities they provided in consideration for all the types of guests they can accommodate, including people with reduced mobility.
In overall, I would recommend this hotel to travelers visiting Pattaya, especially if you want to experience luxury but are short on budget. This seven-floor hotel has more than what meets the eye.
Ibis Pattaya Hotel
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Address: 463/79, Pattaya 2 Alley, Pattaya City, Chon Buri 20150, Thailand
Phone: +66 2 659 2888
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