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Cape Dara Resort
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Reviewed 25 August 2017

My wife and i chose a 14 night stay at Cape Dara due to the positive reviews as well as having excellent pricing for a low season break. Overall we had an enjoyable stay however i feel that the property lacks some personal touches which experienced travellers such as ourselves will have come to expect.

Good Points
-The hotel has a good, quieter location than some of the central hotels
- Some of pattaya's top rated restaurants are very close to the hotel
- The food quality in the hotel is also very good, albeit at the higher end of the price scale
- The beds are very comfortable
- the hotel offers complimentary buggies to take you to dolphin roundabout. The chap who drives it works very hard and is constantly doing loops to keep guests happy.
- The reception staff are very professional and managed to arrange a late check out for me at short notice when the hotel was in high demand.
- This is a hotel you could take children too as its not in some of the shall we say "more adult orientated areas" (at no time did i see gentleman bringing lady friends back to the hotel).
- the Spa was very nice according to my wife and the massage was very good (bonus was the discounted rates on certain days)

Negative points
- The hotel is 80-90% chinese/HK guests meaning that is who the hotel naturally caters for. This however is only a negative because it seems the hotel allows asian guests to behave in some shall we say unusual ways.
- the breakfast selection is very limited for those who prefer a more western or continental style breakfast. Chinese breakfasts are all freshly cooked by Chefs and everyone else is left to pick from trays of luke warm goods, even the pancakes are made by a machine from premixed batter - the hotel should have some pride and get a chef doing this most simple of jobs because it creates an opportunity to engage with your customers.
- The hotel is really designed for weekend stays and i do not feel it is suitable for anything more than a few nights which is what the chinese/HK guests come for. The rooms have a very limited amount of storage space meaning we pretty much lived out of out suitcases for 2 weeks. This is the first time in Thailand where i have had to do this and its disappointing not to have enough room to be able to unpack on arrive and relax for the duration of the stay.
- Despite the hotel being fairly new, the room itself was already somewhat worn out. This is in part due to the hotel using a cheaper laminated wood for furnishings as opposed to hardwood which is common in Thailand. There were many areas of chipped wood, roughly applied sealants in the bathroom and wall coverings being blown out due to the humidity
- My biggest complaint is that the hotel shop rents out horrible gigantic inflatable pool toys. Yes they may 1000baht each a day from doing so but when so many are in the pools it makes it far too crowded. Even in low season the pools were often overcrowded and when you throw kids (and many adults) going wild on these giant unicorns it creates a holiday camp feel rather than a relaxing retreat. This is compounded by the fact that the hotel has no kids pool and so no matter which pool you go to you'll never escape these inflatables or kids playing. I would suggest that the lower pool is made adults only and inflatables banned from that pool because many looking for a relaxing break will not be able to find it at cape dara if this continues.
- At every single hotel, at any part in Thailand on arrival at the hotel i have always been offered a cold towel and a drink. After 17 hours flying and a 90 minute taxi to the hotel from Bangkok i was disappointed that neither were offered. A voucher for a welcome drink is provided when you check in but this was nothing more than cheap cordial.
- The hotel badly needs a more welcoming bar scene. The only bars are pool bars so if you wanted to have a romantic drink in the evening you'll need to leave the hotel.
- Wifi can get very slow and patchy in certain areas of the hotel especially when the hotel occupancy rises.
- At weekends the hotel quite honestly isn't a nice place to be because of how busy it becomes and the constant noise from so many guests. This was in low season so i would hate to think what peak season would be like every day.

In short, would i return to cape dara - no. I wouldn't say i hate a bad stay however there are just far too many average areas of the hotel to make it a memorable experience. The hotel lacks character and personality and most importantly small details which any intrepid traveller will have become used to. Definitely not a 5 star experience but at the low season prices you could pick far worse hotels to stay in.

Room Tip: high floors have an excellent view over towards the marina on the other side of pattaya as well as nice nighttime city views
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank Glenn-Michael P
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Reviewed 24 August 2017 via mobile

A lovely top hotel with a amazing view from my balconey and bathroom. You have a panora view from the Dara room you will not se in many other hotels. Nice beach take a walk nice swimmingpools, and a awesome great brekfast selection on of best had in Asia. All is high class and service but drinks are to expensive to enjoy many.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled solo
Thank Sebastian007_12
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Reviewed 20 August 2017

This is the best hotel that I have visited in Pattaya. The room was normal but the bathroom was really a thumbs up. The bathrooms window was so big and we could the the view while washing. The tv had so many channels with different languages I had a fun time even though Im not thai. The welcome drink was so yummy. It was blue soda and I drank all of my family's drink. The pools had a real good view of the ocean. There were a kids pool that came up to my ankle and also a bubbly place and a place that water came out hard for a massage. There were 2 pools and both of them had the same stuff. The hotel offered unicorn tubes, turtle tubes and way more. They didn't sell them so we were going to rent one but renting a small one costed 500 baht! At some places they sell 2 tubes at 500 baht! The beach was not very pleasant. The sand was very hard and icky. If I just looked around I could see tons of jellyfish parts and lots of trash. At least it was called good compares to the other beaches in Pattaya. The buffet had so much and I was surprised when I saw soba noodles. We also ate lunch there and really yummy dishes. This was not a perfect hotel but nothing's perfect. If you are planning to go to a trip to pattaya, try this hotel.

Room Tip: corner rooms have better view and floors from 15 and up has a better view than low rooms.
  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Thank Hyun K
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Reviewed 14 August 2017

Got a great deal for the resort and first impressions were very good.
Check-in was quick but I was bemused when the staff took our photo and said it was so we could be identified as long term guests. My cynical side suggested it was more likely so they could check when we ran up a tab. We were presented with a voucher for a welcome drink at the bar and this was our first disappointment. There was no choice of drink except a cheap syrupy non-alcoholic blue mocktail.
The room was on the 16th floor with a nice view of the bay in the distance and a new property being developed much closer but the fixtures and fittings weren't good enough for a five star resort. The fittings were veneer finish which was chipped in several places and looked a bit tatty
When we went to the pool it was clear that there were nowhere near enough sun loungers and umbrellas for everyone at either of the two pools.
Breakfast was really good with an excellent choice of cuisines for every nationality and my wife loved the cake shop every night.
Having stayed in many 4 and 5 star properties over 10 years in Thailand I'd have to say that this was no more than average and it's probable that on our next visit we'd be more likely to go back to the Centara Mirage where there was a far greater range of facilities. I wouldn't even consider this hotel if I were travelling with children as facilities were very limited.

  • Stayed: June 2017, travelled as a couple
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1  Thank motherwell1991
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Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Stayed in this hotel for 2 weeks in July and couldn't fault this stunning hotel.room was amazing,restaurants were brilliant and the pools were great.the hotel is just a 5min walk to dolphin roundabout or you can get the shuttle bus to take you there,from there you can easily get a bat bus to walking street.hotel staff where very polite and friendly and I would definitely stay here again.

Stayed: July 2017, travelled with family
1  Thank Marion W
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