18 september 2008
Update 5 April 2010. Bugs is still in the hotel rooms. Many tourists mentioned them in their reviews. Rooms are filthy as before. Latest review of Golden Beach hotel dated 4th February 2010.
Update 5 April 2009. It seems that there are no bed bugs and other insects in rooms of Golden Beach 3* Pattaya hotel. Last time bed bugs in rooms mentioned in May 2008. I checked out new reviews and nobody wrote about bed bugs in room. Latest review i checked, was dated by march 2009. But most of rooms is still filthy, staff is unfriendly. Guest fee maybe go down to 300-400 baht, but that wrote only one tourist. I have spent vacation in march 2008 in this hotel. Tour package i have ordered via web site Obnovlenie. I live in Russia, so the site is russian too. I had very little time to book tour, so i don't spent much time on choosing of pattaya hotel and chosen first of the cheapest. So i got tour in Golden Beach Pattaya Hotel on 14 days, i have paid for it about 1400$. Travel Agency "Natali Tours". I have paid even without reviews on this hotel. Before some days to flight i have read reviews and found that most tourists expierencing big problems with bugs. I have called in travel agency and asked them to change hotel on the same date, but they said that they don't have contract with my last name! I don't know how it can be. I think it is features of selling tours in this hotel by travel agency "Natali Tours". So my choice is left on Golden Beach Pattaya Hotel. But i got problems even before arriving to hotel. I was in airport "Domodedovo" in Moscow. In 15-20 minutes before departure on the screen appeared information about hold of the flight. After 20 minutes we talk with representative of flight company and he said that until next morning we will not go to bangkok! The most interesting is fact that flight "Transaero" with the same route but with departure time 1 hour before our departure taked off in time. I think the reason is fact that on that flight departured tourists to 4* and 5* star hotels. It is policy of travel agency "Natali Tours", I think. All tourists got vouchers on 300 roubles for dinner in cafe of airport. Of course, all were compelled to pay additional cash. All interested tourists go by bus to boarding house for flight structure to spend time. All the rooms are small, but clean. As said one of tourists, this boarding house is hotel in style "Hello, Soviet Union". In the morning all go to airport. We wait flight on 8:00 AM and got the same vouchers for breakfast. I have not used my voucher as some other tourists because i was afraid to be late on flight. But there was no flight on 8:00 AM, representative of flight company said that flight will be on 9:00 AM. He rewrote vouchers to another cafe and fixed price from 300 to 400 roubles. In that cafe prices higher. I have passed that moment and representative of flight company go out and doesn't return more. With old voucher i have not got breakfast in that cafe. It was breakfast. In result at 10:00 AM, when all lost their hope, about 10:00 AM we have landing. After 9 hours we were in Bangkok. Already were night and after transfer i have arrived in Golden Beach Pattaya Hotel about 2:00 AM or even later. At the reception i have filled form and got the key from room number 1027. When i have entered i saw carpet cover on the floor, as in this hotel very much bugs it is big error of owners of this hotel to have carpet cover on the floor. But bugs live not only in carpet cover but in matresses too. In room i have feel strong smell of aromatic sticks, most likely from indians, because most of tourists in this hotel is indians. Towels have the same smell. In the far coner of the room were small pieces of plastic, this is because the room was not cleaned long time. Curtain in the bathroom have stains in the down and bathroom needs repair. With water i don't have problems. Also in room was refrigerator, which they called minibar.
First night in this hotel become certificate that this room is not exception and contains bugs too. One of them has bitten me in the neck, i has casually crushed him on pillow and in the morning i have found stain of blood on the pillow. In the first day i oversleep breakfast and searched cafe near the hotel. I found it very fast and there is many cheap cafes near hotel. I chosen cafe "Da-Da", big choice of europe and thai food. When i had returned to hotel i have found that in the room all cleaned, of course, from stain there is doesn't remain even trace, so this is the way how they work. As i know, changing of the room doesn't resolvong the problem with bugs, because they are almost in every room, especially on the "golden" floor, i.e. 9,10,11 floors, on which most of tourists is russian. Next i have searched for internet cafe, because i need to communicate with my friend and get thai sim card. Not far from hotel situated internet cafe with comprehensible price, as i remember, 40 baht per hour, fast adsl connection. About cellular communication i say that it is very cheap, more cheaper than very high prices on roaming of russian cellular operators and for registration in cellular network you don't need any documents. Water pool in the hotel is big, but with unlucky placement, the sun is shining on it up to about 1:00 PM, during other time pool is in the shadow. Gradually in pattaya has come night, more precisely it was evening. I had go to another cafe, but on the both sides of the road were working bars and thai ladys stay near bars and calling customers to the bars. May be in that time very difficult to go without paying attention on you by thai ladys. In the hotel i have returned very late with thai lady. Of course, i know that at reception they will take some cash for taking guests to room. They calling it security. I.e. on the enter they take documents from guest, then before guest goes out of the hotel, they calling to your room and asking, is it all ok with you, and if ok guest getting documents and going out. This security costs 600 baht per night spent by your guest in your room and it is not important how much time guest spent in your room 2 hours or whole night. My english is not ideal, but not so that it were very difficult to understand simpliest sentences such as room number and so on. But nevertheless i have need to talk several times the same because personnel at the reception have problems with understanding of english talking. About this problem i have found information in reviews of most tourists and not only russian tourists but from other countries too, for example, UK. On the next morning i went to breakfast. Nothing exclusive, of course, but for 3* hotel it is affordable and various. Every evening travel agent coming to hotel and telling to tourists about excursions in Pattaya and about Pattaya as a whole. I am visited Orchid Park, Crocodile Farm, and shooting from combat weapons, but about excursions i will write separately. Returning to the hotel theme i can say that all minuses i can suffer if there will not be bugs in the room, if don't talk about bugs the hotel is not bad and with very good location for night life. But this minus covering all pluses and making the hotel very bad. Of course, you can't make choice of hotel relying on the one review of it so i checked many russian and english sites with reviews about Golden Beach Pattaya hotel. Below is mostly common minuses and pluses, taken from reviews. Address: 519/27 Pattaya 2nd Rd., Pattaya City, Chonburi, Thailand
Begin from pluses:
1. Good location. Hotel situated not far from the center of Pattaya, shops, bars and discos situated near.
2. Bed clothes replacement in time.
3. Breakfasts are tolerable(average)
4. Hotel has water pool. You can swim. Chaise lounges 15-20 pieces. Always free.
5. Sea near hotel dirty. You can go to clean sea on the ferry. 100 baht from the hotel or 10 baht tuk-tuk on beach road. 40 minutes on the ferry(20 baht) and 5 minutes to the beach samein on tuk-tuk(30 baht)
6. We taked the son 5,5 years old. don't have problems.
7. After new year all territory were beautifully highlighted, decorated by garlands!
8. At pool you can take clean towel every day.
9. I am giving 10 baht, they clean room better.
10. During my stay near entering to hotel they have built a terrace and prepared seafood-grills.
11. Also near hotel you find Coffee House 94 - tolerable coffee and pleasant interrior.
12. Water in the water pool changing every day.
13. If in the water pool swimming white people, no indians can swim there at the same time.
14. There are not very much russians in this hotel but at reception is on duty russian lady and in case of problems she will translate all.
1. 600 baht for taking guests to room
2. Limited territory. There is only autoparking, temple and water pool.
3. Old furniture.
4. TV without russian channels, very little choice of channels.
5. In room maked disinfection from insects. (We detected it by smell)
6. The vacuum cleaner worked from 8:00 AM , but in the room were not cleaned.
7. All animation in the city.
8. On reception difficulties with understanding english language.
9. 70% Indians, 25% Chineses, 5% Russians
10. At the reception don't understand russian language.
11. Bugs in the bed and cockroaches various sizes, changing of the room doesn't helps, also there is mosquitoes in the room and cockroaches in the down.(May 2008)
12. The room view on water pool and building, normal 8th floor is occupied by chineses, "deluxe" is floors 9,10,11 for russians with disgusting rooms, on reception you can achive resettlement in room at 8th floor
13. Bad noise isolation, in the next room conducts closed door with crack below
14. bad clothes not replaced but overturned, can give you less towels than you need, there is no tablet "Do Not Disturb" in the room
15. The lifts working disgustingly, overloaded by chineses, constantly brokens, also used by personnel.
16. Photos at most sites are 50% photoshop
17. In Golden beach Pattaya Hotel were events of stealing from rooms, from safe was stolen 300 USD which were belong to russian lady, from safe of indian was stolen 3500 USD
18. Shower hangs very low, may be for chineses(7th floor)
19. The water drain superficial, passes on sidewalks
20. Windows view to noise street(in some cases on building, '), you need to ask room with view at water pool, all the even rooms have view at the water pool
21. Personnel doesn't responses on requests(breakfasts "with yourself" requested 3 times but got 1 time) That's all, i wish all of you amazing vacation!