Its quite self explanatory why hotels that were located further away from city centre/hotspots were cheaper, though I found the situation more obvious in Thailand.
My one night stay in Pattaya was at Amari Nova Suites, a brand new apartment-styled hotel that had a fair bit of distance from the beach, but nonetheless convenient with complimentary tuk-tuk services. If you loved to hit the beach right from the doorstep of your hotel, this probably wouldn't be it. But we pretty much enjoyed the neighbourhood's tranquility.
Hotel lobby was rather simple with a single front desk and sofas decked in black and bold red at the side. Rather liked the minimalist design!
The hotel also had a swimming pool at its rooftop and a well-furnished gym. For those looking for a drink, the hotel housed two bars; one a Supperclub type with food and drink served on beds, while the other, -5degrees, had a vodka room that served drinks at of course, -5degrees!
On to the apartment! I awed at the interior design as it was exactly the type that my ideal home would be; White marble floor, clear-cut furnishing with a futuristic touch, spotlights and hidden tubes to illuminate the place. Looking really good already!
I really liked how the portraits hanged around various parts of the house gave it a homely touch. Cable TV was pretty much a standard item with Caucasians making up a large part of the local population. I could laze around watching HBO for the whole day!
Kitchen was small but had everything you would need for a meal, completed with plates and cutleries in the cupboards. Induction cooking, oven baking or lazy microwaving, depends on your skill level!
But don't expect too much of a view from the balcony though. Like I said, it was a quiet neighbourhood with many ongoing constructions. Stay inside to avoid the dust!
The bedroom had plenty of space with a corner for wardrobe, make-up table and another balcony that I didn't bother stepping out. I supposed the bed frame used a Thai design, but my dad and I constantly got our shin poked by the pointed edges. Another 32" LCD tv for my lazy moments? Awesome!
There was only a standing shower in the toilet, but I'm still loving its overall clean, white design without looking like a dental clinic.
Mcdonalds Samurai Pork Burger
With no in-house restaurant and room service coming from a pub 5 minutes walk away, eating in could especially be a problem late at night. My solution? Da bao from the malls!
For years, I had heard about the aptly dubbed McPork that could never appear in Singapore due to religious reasons. But really, nothing worth hyping over as it was just a substitute of pork patty with their sweet onion sauce. Oh well, washed down nicely with Singha beer!
CP Prawn Wantons with Hor Fun and Baby Asparagus
If there was one Thai food brand that we were familiar with, it would be CP and its frozen packs of shrimp dumplings that were so crunchy and yummy in an instant. Using stuffs from the supermarket, mum whipped up a breakfast that was even better than room service!
My comfortable stay in Amari Nova Suites was probably way too short to fully utilise the facilities, a difficult decision between staying at home for a quiet, rejuvenating day and going out to explore the exciting town of Pattaya. Will return with more time on hand!
Amari Nova Suites Pattaya
254 M.9, Soi Petchtrakool
Pattaya City 20260
Tel. +66 (0) 38 489 488
Check their website for online booking!