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“Nice and quiet, away from party scene but close to village”

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J.J. Bungalow & Guest house
Reviewed 22 September 2014

We expected a party scene on Phi Phi Island, but we didn't expect it to include the whole village. It does. Half naked drunk Europeans and Australians everywhere, all night long. We had read that this hotel was quiet and out of the way, but still in walking distance from town. It was. That is the number one reason I would recommend it.

It is a short hike from the ferry, and a guy from the hotel meets you at the ferry (I think there is a hotel representative meeting every ferry, just in case), grabs a metal cart off the side of the road and hauls your luggage through the village to the hotel, while you run behind trying to keep up. We were grateful for our heavy backpacks being carted for us in the midday heat.

Check in was easy, but there are very steep stairs up to the bungalow. Already hot and sweaty, by the time we climbed the stairs we were ready to throw ourselves into a cold shower. I am out of shape, and the stairs were kind of annoying but they weren't a problem for me. It was mostly the stairs combined with the heat that were annoying.

However, if you have any sort of physical disability or difficulty climbing stairs multiple times a day, don't even consider staying here.

We got the deluxe room. The room was pretty comfortable, with a TV, fridge, porch/outdoor seating area, clothes drying rack on the deck, large closet, and vanity area. The AC only worked when the room key was inserted (to save electricity). While I agree with keeping it green, we were always overheated and sweaty when we climbed the stairs to our room and it seemed like it took forever to cool down once we turned the AC on. Our biggest complaint was that there was only one electrical outlet by the TV. To use the blowdryer or charge a phone or camera, you need to unplug the TV or the fridge.

Swam in the pool twice. It was quiet and usually empty. In the afternoon half the pool is shaded which makes for a more refreshing swim.

There is a convenience store downstairs at reception that sells beer, cold drinks, sunscreen, snacks, etc. This was very convenient.

We stayed four nights, and enjoyed being able to walk to all the bars, restaurants, and ferry. You do have to walk by the sewer on the way to the hotel, which isn't so pleasant but it is what it is. The quiet is worth it. The obnoxious drunken spring break scene was a bit much for us, and I think three nights would have been enough.

Overall, I'd recommend it as a good option for peace and quiet that is still within walking distance from town.

Room Tip: Go for the deluxe room. The cheaper rooms didn't look as nice.
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  • Stayed: March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 31 August 2014

These bungalows are away from the noise and party and hordes of people - but everywhere in Phi Phi is walking distance so it works out great! The deluxe bungalows are very beautiful with nice detail inside. The balcony is also a nice addition, and the bed was super comfy! The bathrooms were clean, not anything spectacular, but they did the job! The walk past the sanitation station aka "Poo Gardens" was admittedly difficult to do in the morning while hungover (never mind any other time of the day), but it wasn't like it was unmanageable. I would still stay here again regardless. The stairs up to the bungalows were a bit of a workout sometimes though, definitely worked up a sweat on the hot days. The pool was very refreshing! There is also a ton of cats hanging around, which is fantastic for keeping the mice in Phi Phi away, but we did find that they would try and run into our bungalow occasionally when we opened the door... Either way, these are beautiful bungalows, and they were definitely worth the price! Also, wifi is not free but is cheaper to buy than some of the Internet cafes. If possible, use wifi at the many restaurants that offer it.

Room Tip: Loved the deluxe bungalows
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  • Stayed: September 2013, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

Friendly, helpful reception.
Our room was up a bunch of stairs but we're young healthy people so it didn't bother us.
Our room was very big and clean. Our view was of the valley. No water views. Not sure if other rooms have them. We didn't ask.
Didn't see a single other person in the resort the entire time. We had the pool to ourselves every time which was lovely.
They don't do breakfast but there's tonnes of places nearby.
It's in a very quiet area. No noise from beach parties but a short stroll to pretty much anywhere worth going.
Definitely enjoyed staying here and would happily stay again.

  • Stayed: July 2014
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Reviewed 13 June 2014

Upon our arrival onto the island "beer" from jj bungalow greeted us and took us to our room. He was friendly and helped us get a map of the island and carried our bagpacks to the check in area. The check in process was quick and effortless. The room, bed, bathroom and patio area were bigger than we expected. The air con worked well, but it turned on and off a few times during the storm, which was the only downside, but was not a problem for us.
The location of the room was close enough to everything and far enough so that noise was minimal at night.
The room in general was clean, spacious, air conned and well maintained.
The view out of our room was nice too. Not view point nice but we could see trees and the mountains.
I would stay here again, but if I were to book again I might have waited to get my price quoted in koh phi phi instead of the internet because we came in june which is considered their low season so prices could have been lower this way.
Overall, we enjoyed our stay and would definitely recommend jj bungalow.

  • Stayed: June 2014
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

The room was lovely, all wooden interior and very large with a veranda out the front. Very homely. The bathroom wasn't amazing but it was ok. There were a few sets of stairs to our room but the staff were helpful and carried our luggage up to our room for us. We took the card key out of the socket at night time as we had one set of lights that just wouldn't switch off!

We would stay there again, the on site shop was very handy and the rooms were brilliant.

Room Tip: We stayed in room 115 and it was lovely.
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  • Stayed: February 2014, travelled as a couple
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Address: 95 Moo 7, Ko Phi Phi Don 81000, Thailand
Region: Thailand > Krabi Province > Ko Phi Phi Don
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Ranked #30 of 90 Speciality Lodging in Ko Phi Phi Don
Price Range: $50 - $118 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — J.J. Bungalow & Guest house 2*
Number of rooms: 16
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