At the last minute I booked a flight from the UK to Bangkok, not sure where I'd head after that. I'd read all the reports on hotels for Pattaya and had a short list of three.
Arriving in Bangkok I was met at the arrivals gate by the driver from Mr T's taxi service, very courteous, nice car, very clean, and so off we went. Once on the motorway he asked me where I was staying, so I called Le Prive and asked if there were vacancies, told yes, so passed the phone to the driver and that was that done.
Arrived around 2.30 pm, bags were taken from the car, I paid the driver and entered Le Prive.
As you approach the address you do a 'U' turn on the dual carriageway and then turn down a side street next to "Mr Mac's Hotel", no signage or directions indicating the way, so was very surprised when I walked thru the gate into the resort.
The layout is perfect, tree's shrubs, fountains, birds singing.
Inside is invisable from the gate, so privacy is ensured, and the rooms are spotless, sheets/towels changed every day, rooms have satellite TV, air con, bathrooms are immacualte, and the beds - I slept a full 12 hours the first night!
The rooms and furniture are as the brouchre and the web page show, classic Northern Thai, carvings, statues, etc. lovely rooms.
I opted for the continental breakfast, fresh fruit (a selection of Mango, Pappaya, Grapefruit, Melon, etc), yogurt, toast, butter, croissant, preserves, coffee (real) and fresh fruit juice.
Additional (Blue) towels are privided for the pool area so no need to use the ones from the room. Once you settle in by the pool a glass of iced water appears on the table for you. Service for drinks and food was excellent - then agaion there was one bonus, as its low-low season, over the fourteen nights I stayed there I was the only guest for ten!
On arrival you are given a key to your room and the main gate, so you come and go as you please, just lock the gate after you, never a problem.
There are motorcycle taxis at the corner of the street so you can get anywhere for 30 baht, or flag a pssing Baht bus for 10 baht, no problems there either.
There are plenty of places to hire a scooter, 150 Baht a day seems the going rate.
I had my hair cut and a massage the second day, just over the road from Mr Mac's - great haircut and I went back several times for a back/neck massage.
I put laundry in every day and it was returned the next day.
Overall I cannot report any problem or fault with le Prive, Jean Louis and his staff were friendly, approachable and charming, the resort really was a slice of heaven for me, I spent 14 days by the pool or on Jomtien beach (go past soi 14 for the best area on the beach, and don't bother with Pattaya beach!).
Try the mini-golf over the road for a laugh!
I only took the standard room which was excellent, but I'll take th larger rooms next time.
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- Le Prive Hotel Pattaya
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