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Cape Dara Resort
Ranked #25 of 458 Hotels in Pattaya
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 31 August 2017

we spent 2 weeks at this hotel in august, travelled from uk 17 hours, then 1.50 transfer time to be told room wasn't ready, got voucher for drink non alchoholic, eventually got into room on the 18 floor, room was large and very clean bathroom and shower cubicle were huge, view from room was very good, we found that all staff were very helpful and worked hard, they have 2 pools which we made use of, strange to see people in pool at 9.00 pm, restraraunt was very good large variety of food pancake machine was a bit strange, we were on half board evening meal was a fixed menu either thai or western, we went with the thai option as this was very well presented and was very good taste. restaurant staff very good and helpful, couple of small problems we asked for early morning wake up call didn't get it, staff says must be problem with phone will get engineer to look at problem, asked for wake up call next week same problem so sorry was the reply I will call engineer? we managed to find sun beds most days not enough beds for the amount of guests, drinks prices were very high 306bahts for 1 small beer and 1 coke, maybe that's why the bar was always empty,, the hotel ran a bus to dolphin roundabout also shuttle to mall...the hotel delivered cake to our room daily also got some fruit on first nice touch, wo would use this hotel again if in the area.

  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 27 August 2017

The cape dara resort is amazing. We stayed 3 nights and enjoyed every minute. The hotel is smart design and the views are spectacular. Location is nice also, not too far from all activities and amenities.

Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
1  Thank terenceho303
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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 n...
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled as a couple
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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
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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.
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  • Stayed: August 2017, travelled with family
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Address: 256 Dara Beach, Soi 20, Pattaya-Naklua Road, Pattaya, Pattaya 20150, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Chonburi Province > Pattaya
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access Airport Transportation
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Ranked #25 of 458 Hotels in Pattaya
Price Range: RM439 - RM1,371 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — Cape Dara Resort 5*
Number of rooms: 264
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cape Dara Resort invites you to experience five-star luxury at a six-star location. Rising 26 storeys above a quiet residential section of North Pattaya, the resort stands amid lush natural surroundings including its own private beach on beautiful Pattaya Bay. At Cape Dara, guests enjoy the calm and tranquillity of a seaside retreat, yet all the while are but minutes from the pulsing centre of one of the world's top destinations for leisure and business travel. Note: ATM is available on site. ... more   less 
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