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Centara Pattaya Hotel 3.5

Pattaya, Chonburi Province, Thailand

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Pros

  • Central location, a six-minute walk to Pattaya Beach
  • Ample restaurants, bars, and shops nearby
  • Modern, air-conditioned rooms with minibars and outdoor spaces
  • Suites with separate living rooms and wet bars
  • Lovely pool with swim-up bar and cascading water feature
  • All-day restaurant serves free, quality breakfast buffet
  • Lobby Bar offers drinks and snacks, plus room service available
  • Well-equipped gym with sauna and steam room
  • Free Wi-Fi and parking
  • Free shuttle that does a loop to beach and other areas
  • Free transfer to spa at sister property next door

Cons

  • Some complaints of rowdy groups
  • Small parking lot
  • Few kid-friendly features

Bottom Line

The 152-room, upper-middle-range Centara Pattaya Hotel has a central location, set a six-minute walk from the beach and close to shopping and diningoptions. Rooms are modern and minimalist, equipped with furnished outdoor spaces, minibars, and flat-screen TVs. Families traveling with children can choose from a family studio with bunkbeds or a two-bedroom suite. Aside from the outdoor pool, though, there aren’t any activities for kids. There are lots of solo travelers and groups of friends here, attracted to the hotel’s guest-friendly policy and affordable rates. The restaurant has a free breakfast buffet, which receives positive feedback, and the Lobby Bar serves snacks as well as drinks. The hotel has a modern gym and there's a spa at their sister property next door. Families may prefer the more kid-friendly Amari Garden Pattaya

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Centrally located hotel caters to solo travelers and groups of friends

The Centara Pattaya Hotel attracts primarily groups of friends and solo travelers that come here for the combined advantages of the central location, affordable rates, and guest-friendly policies, which translates to free overnight stays for guests, often young Thai girls. Despite this leniency, which not all hotels permit, families do vacation here -- though there's little to keep kids entertained. Many guests also comment that the friendly manager is often seen chatting around the pool. Overall, the atmosphere is casual and laid-back. The hotel itself is composed of two mid-rise white buildings with modern glass-railed balconies. The design throughout is modern and minimalist, featuring lots of wood, beige tiling, and neutral-tone linens, plus some fun pops of lime-green and blue.

Location

Superb location in Pattaya for beach-going, barhopping, or sightseeing

Centara Pattaya Hotel is located on a quiet block, yet it’s right around the corner from shopping, dining, sightseeing, and barhopping. The Alcazar Cabaret Show is the closest attraction, a five-minute walk away, and Pattaya Beach can be reached in just six minutes by foot. In 10 to 15 minutes, guests can walk to the Art in Paradise interactive art museum, or in 15 to 20 minutes is the large Central Festival Beach Road shopping mall. Other attractions can be reached by taxi or tuk-tuk within a reasonable time. U-Tapao Rayong-Pattaya International Airport is 45 minutes by car, while Suvarnabhumi International is 90 minutes and Don Muang International is two hours.  

Rooms

Modern, air-conditioned rooms with minibars and balconies

Rooms have a smart, minimalist design consisting of beige tiling, light-wood furniture and wall panels, and pops of green in the headboards and curtains. Some rooms have colorful pieces of art for some personality. All rooms have small furnished balconies, either overlooking the pool or urban environment. The Family Studio has bunkbeds for kids, and Suites come with separate living areas with dining tables and couches, plus wet bars. Standard amenities include air conditioners, flat-screen TVs, minibars, tea- and coffee-making facilities, and free Wi-Fi. In the closet, guests will find bathrobes, slippers, and safes. Bathrooms have separate tubs and shower stalls, a nice array of toiletries, and weight scales. 

Features

Lovely pool with swim-up bar, tasty breakfast buffet, and well-equipped gym

The focal point of the Centara Pattaya is its lovely pool. It has a low rock wall with water tumbling down on one side, and loungers and bean bag cushions on the other. It also houses a popular swim-up bar, which serves both snacks and drinks. More snacks and cocktails can be ordered in the Lobby Bar. The all-day restaurant, Mix Bistro, has indoor and outdoor seating and serves a well-reviewed breakfast buffet with cooked-to-order eggs. 

The hotel has a decent-sized and well-equipped fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment. There are also a sauna and steam room. Though the hotel does not have a spa on-site, staff with transfer guests on its golf cart to its sister property next door for use of their spa. Wi-Fi is free throughout, and there are also an internet corner and meeting spaces.

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Address

78/140 Moo 9, Tambol Nongprue, Banglamung, Pattaya 20150, Thailand

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