Le Prive is undoubtedly an interesting little place -- a beautiful, peaceful property, located on a lazy, tree-lined residential street, and just a 10-minute stroll from maybe the most raucous, in-your-face, decadent nightlife scene in the world.
Pretty interesting combination.
The grounds of the hotel are very, very nice, though really it's just a path through the samll property, with a really beautiful swimming pool to the left, and three of the six rooms to the right. Two of the other rooms are at the back, and the sixth room is on the left as you enter the property through the front gate.
There are lovely, well-maintained gardens, and a bar area at the back, behind the pool.
The pool really makes the hotel. I can't emphasize enough how lovely it is -- one of the most beautiful I have seen. And while it is not that big (nor is it too small -- just right, really), when you consider that there are just six rooms, and that most guests seem to disappear during the day, well, it is sort of liking having your own private pool. Indeed, I saw no one else using the pool during my stay.
So the common areas of this property are really lovely. Oh, and there is free Internet in the office as well, making the common area that much better.
The room was not quite up to the same standard as the rest of the hotel. It was nicely decorated, but very, very dark. They really do need to add some better lighting. And the air conditioner was by far the loudest I have ever experienced at a hotel. It affected my sleep. And those pillows -- first time I ever had trouble sleeping at a hotel because of the pillows, and I woke up with a stiff neck most mornings. Simply put, the pillows are way too thick! If you are going to be staying here for more than a couple of days, it really would be wise to buy a couple to pillows in town.
As everyone says, the two owners are really nice and accommodating.
The value is not tremendous. For the room you get, it definitely is a bit expensive when you consider what you can get for that money nearby. But what you are paying for is the privacy you get, and that has to be worth something.
But, anyone seeking a real romantic, private property like this one may have to question why they are coming to Pattaya. Then again, part of the charm of this place is sort of being able to have your cake and eat it to -- to be able to enjoy a lovely, quiet, secluded little resort like Le Prive, while also having the option to mosey on down to Walking Street to party like crazy.
The location really is brilliant. It's a minute walk to the top of the street, where the main street is. Take a baht bus to the left to go to Jomtien (all the taxis go there, so just hop on and get off when you see the beach). It's not much more than a 5-minute ride. Take a baht bus to the right to go to central or north Pattaya. Those taxis generally go straight up Second Road, where a couple of the main shopping malls are located. It's around a 10-minute ride to get to them.
Tip: We walked to Walking Street every time, and I highly recommend this. The baht buses on the main street are very convenient, and we certainly used them to go to Jomtien Beach and to central Pattaya, but if you are just going to Walking Street in the evening, just walk. The traffic is unbearable till you get past Walking Street, so it makes little sense to use the baht buses if you are just going to Walking Street. It's an easy walk. Maybe 10 minutes to the street where you turn left to get to Walking Street. It's a 2-minute walk from there. A taxi would probably take just as long, and you'd have to sit in a crowded baht bus, inhaling the fumes from the baht bus in front of you. Not a great way to start your evening.
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- Le Prive Pattaya Hotel Pattaya
- Le Prive Hotel Pattaya
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