Cockle Accommodation Reviews
Koh Chang Hotel review: Sofia Garden Resort
Not a bad place to stay all things considered. This resort is frequented mostly by Finns and has a distinctly Finnish flavour given that saunas are available if you should so desire to use them. There is no access to the beach and you need to walk for around 500m before you get to it. Some of the staff are a little apathetic although there are a couple of younger girls who work there, who are both enthusiastic and have a good command of English. A nice, clean swimming pool is available too, although you will sometimes have to share it with people undergoing diving instruction.
Da Nang HOTEL review: Mayana Hotel
This hotel more than exceeded my expectations, considering the low price we paid for our room. The standard double room we stayed in was quite small, but luxuriously furnished, with a flat screen TV, dark wood furniture and an all glass, walk in shower and bathroom. I would easily put this property on a par with a three star hotel. The staff are friendly and sociable as is the hotel doorman. Certainly no complaints here.
Hoi An HOTEL review: Dai Long Hotel
We received a rather frosty reception due to the fact that my wife is Vietnamese and were summarily asked to produce our marriage certificate. That said, Vietnamese law does state that foreigners are not allowed to share a room with Vietnamese nationals unless married, so I suppose, in a way, this hotels moral stance is a good thing.
The hotel is quite small as are the rooms we stayed in although they were clean and well maintained. After our initial contact the staff turned out to be pleasant enough. Nicely located being only a 10 minute walk from the waterfront, yet away from all the hustle and bustle of the tourist areas.
Hue HOTEL review: Valentine Hotel
Lovely, budget hotel, located in a quiet side street which is quite close to the Citadel. The staff are super friendly and incredibly helpful without being over bearing. The bathrooms are modern, fresh and clean and the bedrooms are of a decent size. No complaints considering the low room tariff.
Bangkok Hotel review: Merlin Lodge
Ken and his wife are a lovely couple who run this gem of a hotel which is located south east of Bangkok city centre and is situated right next to the BTS. Ken is a great guy who you can strike up wonderful conversations with and he will do whatever he can to help you and make your stay a pleasant one. The rooms are quite large, spotless and WiFi enabled. If we ever visit Bangkok again we will most definitely head back to Merlin Lodge.
Krabi GUESTHOUSE review: Baan Gafiyah
A wonderful little gem of a guest house right next to the night market in Krabi Town. Despite being hassled by touts and taxi drivers at the port and being told that it was too far to walk, we found Gafiyah to easily be within walking distance (roughly 2-3km from the harbour).
The owners and staff are immensely friendly and helpful. The guest house itself has a very homely feel to it and has nicely sized, spotlessly clean rooms with a strong and fast WiFi connection. They intend to open their own restaurant within the coming month too.
We only stayed one night but would have no hesitation in recommending this property to any prospective guests.
Phuket HOSTEL review: Ekkamon Mansion
If you are simply looking for a big, airy, clean room for the night then this is the place for you. Ekkamon is very good value as you get A/C, TV, a fridge and a hot shower for a low price. It is also very close to the bus station and just a short walk from Phuket Town Centre. With the exception of WiFi in the rooms, this property offers little in the way of facilities or services and sometimes it can be rather difficult to communicate with the reception staff as they speak very little English. Despite this, I would highly recommend staying here.
Singapore HOSTEL review: WoW Hostel
Very close to Aljunied MRT station which makes getting about a whole lot easier. The private room was tiny, although very clean and WiFi enabled. No towels in the rooms (you have to rent them). Toilets and wash facilities were spotless. Security is excellent (although you have to leave a returnable deposit for the electronic keys) and there is a nice kitchen where you can make your own tea, coffee and toast etc.
Candi Dasa HOTEL review: Temple Cafe & Seaside Cottages
From the moment we arrived we felt at home. Temple Cafe is very clean, safe and modern with cottages that have been constructed and furnished in the Balinese style which adds further to the ambience of the place. Most of the cottages are within earshot of the beach and set within well manicured pathways and gardens. There is also a waterfront terrace where you can watch the sunset while sipping on a cold beer. Shirley, the owner, is extremely accommodating, humorous and a veritable font of knowledge about the local area. She made our stay a very pleasurable and memorable one. The staff are also very polite and helpful too. We just wish that we could have stayed longer!
Siem Reap HOTEL review: Palm Garden Lodge
The owner of the Palm Garden Lodge actually owns two guest houses and on arrival we were given the choice of staying at the Palm Garden or his other establishment, the Advisor Angkor Villa. While the Palm Garden is located within Siem Reap, we were more interested in a location that was closer to the Angkor complex, so we decided to opt for the latter which is about 2km from Angkor Wat.
If I could give the staff 10 stars for service then I would. They couldn't do enough for us. Competition for guests is obviously cut throat in Siem Reap, however, this guest house offers free bikes, free wifi, free transport into the town centre between 6.30pm and 11pm and a free breakfast with round the clock tea and coffee and the rooms are made up promptly and efficiently every day. They also have their own tuk tuk drivers so there is no danger of you being ripped off.
The facilities are quite basic and with the exception of breakfast, this guest house doesn't offer any food or meals although if like me you are going to Angkor Wat to explore the temples then you won't be spending much time at the guest house so this shouldn't really matter to you anyway. I found the staff to be helpful and always willing to please. I wouldn't hesitate for a second to recommend this guest house to anyone.