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.
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