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9.1
Exceptional
/10
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8.9
Excellent
Location rating score
Excellent location - 360 meters to the beach
Parking
FREE
  • Bakantiang Beach530 m
  • Kantiang Bay900 m
  • Klong Jark Waterfall2.11 km
  • Nui Beach3.13 km
  • BamBoo Beach3.19 km
  • Klong Nin Beach4.86 km
  • Khlong Khong Beach8.65 km
  • Phra Ae Beach Park12.12 km
  • Long Beach13.01 km
  • Khlong Dao Beach15.73 km
  • 4-star Hotel
    Free Wi-Fi

    The Houben Hotel, Adults Only

    272 Moo 5, Koh Lanta Yai, Ba Kan Tiang Bay, Koh Lanta, Thailand, 81150 - See map
    "The service is truly superlative - led from the front, by the extraordinary management."
    Gregory - October 29, 2018
    Fantastic breakfast
    95% positive mentions
    Exceptional cleanliness
    9.4 rating for cleanliness
    Exceptional comfort
    9.3 room quality and comfort
    Exceptional service
    9.3 rating for service
    • Airport transfer

    • 360 meters to the beach

    • Free Wi-Fi in all rooms!

    • Hot tub

    • Sauna

    Cheaper than 85% of all properties in Koh Lanta in the last 24 hoursCompared to 919 Koh Lanta properties at Agoda for various dates
    Value for money8.9
    Distance to city center18 km
    Location rating8.9
    Nearest airportTrang Airport (TST)
    Distance to airport60.3 km

    Rooms available at The Houben Hotel, Adults Only

    9.3
    Exceptional
    Room comfort & quality
    1 bedroom Suite
    1 bedroom Suite
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    • Room size: 73 m²/786 ft²
    • Sea view
    • 1 queen bed
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    Deluxe Room
    Deluxe Room
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    • Room size: 56 m²/603 ft²
    • Ocean view
    • 1 double bed
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    Superior Room
    Superior Room
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    • Room size: 49 m²/527 ft²
    • Ocean view
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    Suite 1 Bedroom Sea View
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      Basic Double/Twin
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        Suite One Bedroom Non-Refundable
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          SUPERIOR DOUBLE BED 1 O 2 CAMAS
          SUPERIOR DOUBLE BED 1 O 2 CAMAS
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            SUITE ONE BEDROOM - BED AND BREAKFAST
            SUITE ONE BEDROOM - BED AND BREAKFAST
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                  What people love about The Houben Hotel, Adults Only

                  • 10.0
                    Exceptional

                    "Would definitely stay here again."

                    Chay

                    |

                    July 14, 2017

                  • 7.2
                    Very good

                    "Service was excellent."

                    IRENE P.

                    |

                    April 2, 2018

                  • 9.2
                    Exceptional
                    Cleanliness

                    "The view is nice and the rooms are clean."

                    Grace

                    |

                    August 29, 2016

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                  Room comfort score
                  9.3/10
                  Cleanliness score
                  9.4/10
                  Room size
                  59 sqm.
                  Service score
                  9.3/10
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                  9.2
                  Exceptional

                  "The service was impeccable."

                  Grace

                  |

                  August 29, 2016

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                  Most talked about facilities

                  Breakfast
                  19 mentions
                  Swimming Pool
                  16 mentions
                  Food & Dining
                  13 mentions
                  View
                  12 mentions

                  What they offer

                  7.2
                  Very good

                  "My daughter & I had a wonderful time spending Easter holiday..."

                  IRENE P.

                  |

                  April 2, 2018

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                  Food and dining

                  Breakfast options

                  American
                  Asian
                  Continental
                  Vegetarian
                  Vegan

                  Restaurants on site

                  Red Alert Restaurant
                  Cuisine:Thai, Pizza, Belgian
                  Menu:Buffet

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                  Reviews of The Houben Hotel, Adults Only from real guests

                  Overall rating
                  9.1
                  Exceptional
                  From 456 reviews
                  9.4Cleanliness
                  9.3Room comfort and quality
                  9.3Service
                  Agoda Reviews (353)Booking.com Reviews (103)
                  Rating via Agoda9.1
                  /
                  10
                  Exceptional
                  Cleanliness9.4
                  Facilities8.9
                  Location8.9
                  Room comfort and quality9.3
                  Service9.3
                  Value for money8.9
                  High score for Koh Lanta
                  Rating
                  9+ Exceptional (189)
                  8-9 Excellent (54)
                  7-8 Very Good (19)
                  6-7 Good (11)
                  <6 Below Expectation (9)
                  Time of the year
                  Mar - May (62)
                  Jun - Aug (78)
                  Sep - Nov (72)
                  Dec - Feb (70)
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                  12345
                  9.2
                  Exceptional
                  Noppadon from Thailand
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

                  A very nice hotel, reccomended”

                  The hotel is very nice and quite. The room is quite big. The staffs are very friendly. Breakfast is good with many choices. This place is absolutely a great escape. Too bad we planned to stay only 2 nights, wish for more. The hotel has no beach front, have to walk about 15 minutes to the beach but the view from the room is spectacular. Be back here again for sure

                  Reviewed May 03, 2019
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Andrew from Canada
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 3 nights in July 2018

                  Love, Love, Love!”

                  This resort was phenomenal. Serene, peaceful, and they serve some DAMN good drinks. There’s nothing better than having a great conversation with your significant other while watching the sun go down over the ocean, sipping on an ice cold drink. I’m definitely coming back. (In April, actually~!)

                  Reviewed March 25, 2019
                  3.2
                  Pascal from Switzerland
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 5 nights in May 2019

                  Dirty rooms, lazy staff”

                  We spend 5 days here because of the good recommendations. But after 5 days I can not understand these reviews. The staff is very lazy and unfriendly. The food is only average. There is a nice restaurant nearby called Phad Thai Rock n Roll were we really enjoy the food and friendly staff. The most important to know is that the rooms are NOT clean. The bed sheets and pillows are very dirty. I complained these two times but staff only changed 2 small pillows. There are many better rooms nearby e.g. Kantiang view resort or Pimalai Resort were we stayed before.

                  Reviewed June 05, 2019
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Giuseppe from Taiwan
                  Couple
                  1 bedroom Suite
                  Stayed 4 nights in January 2019

                  This hotel won't disapoint! ”

                  100% recommend the amazing Houben Hotel! It is very well designed and located. The staff are friendly and helpful. We had a great private room with a wonderful view overlooking the sea. Thank you for the special honeymoon treatment!

                  Reviewed February 05, 2019
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Gregory from United States
                  Couple
                  1 bedroom Suite
                  Stayed 4 nights in October 2018

                  Nothing else compares”

                  Exceptional - in every sense. Koh Lanta is great anyway, but staying in a quieter part of the island is absolutely the way to go. If this is your style, then don't waste your time looking anywhere else. The service is truly superlative - led from the front, by the extraordinary management. Beautiful, unique, spot-on design; tremendously comfortable and private accommodation; fantastic food and drink service (especially breakfast)... and Belgian beers, at a very reasonable price, to boot! Don't feed the monkeys, but DO take yourself to this perfect spot, run by the most professional management and staff imaginable. Just don't tell TOO many people so that we can enjoy the place ourselves!

                  Reviewed October 29, 2018
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  YANKAI
                  Group
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 3 nights in April 2019

                  one of the best hotels I've stayed ever”

                  clean room, tasty breakfast, nice staff, beautiful view, easy access of 711 and kating beach nearby. experience in the hotel definitely worth the price!

                  Reviewed May 12, 2019
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Alexander from United Kingdom
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

                  Faultless boutique hotel, excellent value for money”

                  A thoroughly enjoyable stay at the Houben. Given it's a boutique hotel, there are few rooms, meaning the hotel always feels rather private. The view is spectacular from the basic room we stayed in. Shana from reception was incredibly attentive; the personal greeting / memorising names was a nice touch.

                  Reviewed July 28, 2018
                  9.2
                  Exceptional
                  Laurent from Thailand
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in June 2017

                  Probably the best hotel in Koh Lanta”

                  Modern and very functional room, beautiful location, great staff and attentive management...What else could we ask for??? (oh, yes, maybe a note, on the restaurant menu, that the service and tax charges are not included in the prices listed...) Anyway, congratulations to the whole team

                  Reviewed June 12, 2017
                  8.3
                  Excellent
                  Daniel from Colombia
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in July 2015

                  make your stay in koh lanta even better”

                  Pool, deluxe room view

                  From our arrival staff were very attentive to our stay. Our Belgium host Sacha were often helping us at the restaurant, reception and even at our check out. Hotel is beautiful itself but the relaxed attitude of the thai staff makes you feel free and easy.

                  Reviewed July 12, 2015
                  8.0
                  Excellent
                  John from United States
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in May 2015

                  Fine hotel and staff - low value for money”

                  Good layout with beautiful views, well put-together rooms with comfortable beds, friendly and helpful staff

                  Rating the hotel in a vacuum - apart from cost/value considerations - its a very nice boutique on a cliff-side with a bar stocked with interesting Belgian beers and very well-designed rooms. I had been to Koh Lanta several times previously, usually staying in more rustic bungalows (always a solid step above backpacker accommodation) and this was unquestionably the nicest place I've stayed. Its a bit far South, which extends travel times to other parts of the island, but also makes it a bit more remote (in a pleasant way). The beach nearest to the hotel is not particularly nice as Thai beaches go, but the next cove to the south is one of the most beautiful beaches I've seen on the island - worth the extra walk or the short hop on a moto. In a vacuum, I would give the Houben a solid 4 out of 5. My primary issue with the Houben is that its prices are steep, and if the Agoda listing is correct, outright ludicrous in-season. We were fortunate and got a very good off-season deal. It was still a bit more than I would usually pay, but all things considered I was happy to get the chance for semi-luxury accommodation at a fair price. I think the main issue is that the Houben is charging as though it were a luxury resort and it is not. We avoided the worst of that by booking with the off-season discount; however, all of the small things - moto rental, food costs, etc. were steep in light of the quality and prevailing prices at shops a few minutes walk away. I don't mind paying if something is qualitatively better, but a surcharge on readily available items, especially during low season, struck me as a little cheap. So again - very nice place, pleasant staff and certainly worth it at the off-season rate. Just consider booking airport transfer, moto rental, and purchasing food at some of the other more reasonable places nearby. If you are a "luxury traveler" (which I am clearly not) this may be of less concern, but do not expect super high-end when booking.

                  Reviewed June 22, 2015
                  9.7
                  Exceptional
                  David from United Kingdom
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 5 nights in April 2013

                  “Designer chic with the feel of a private villa””

                  Service, design, location

                  I am going to start this review by stating if you are used to the Ritz Carlton and expect that type of service at the Houben don't come. You will just annoy yourself, the staff and the other guests. If however you are used to and enjoy staying in amazing boutique feel hotels where the staff blend in to the background yet are there when ever you need anything then come. The Houben has the look and feel of a large expensive private European villa. uber modern and uber cool. Forget suits, shirts and ties, this is strictly linen, baggy, and lots of it. The location: perfect. Poised on the top of a cliff overlooking the bay the swimming pool (brilliant blood red) forms a seamless infinity edge with the sea beyond. Perfect for sitting and watching the sunset. Other people in Ko Lanta have to go to a bar or restaurant for a cliff top sunset - guests here just move from the lounger to the pool and back again. The hotel is a 40 min (20 min in Shana drives you - Belgiums Alain Prost in a great way!) from the boat pier in the north. Located a 5 min walk from the beach and the dive shops this is a great place to be based for the National Park and the diving at Ko Hao. Free and fast Wifi through out although please remember you are in Thailand, 1 hour off shore so it is going to be intermittent. That is not the hotels fault so no use blaming them. Besides - it is FREE. The rooms: The hotel does not do itself justice with the pro photos of their rooms. They are resplendent and pristine. Clean whites everywhere mixed with red. The owners, a Thai / Beligian couple are interior designers and bring everything that is cool, chic, minimalist and modern to the the establishment. The rooms have huge and superbly comfortable king beds. TV (should you want it....). Uninterrupted views of the ocean. A nespresso machine, mini bar, whirlpool baths etc etc etc. Everything is clean and tidy. This is not your beach shack type of establishment. All rooms have big balconies with either outd

                  Reviewed April 24, 2013
                  9.3
                  Exceptional
                  Tipatai from Thailand
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in October 2011

                  Great hotel ever!”

                  Great view with modern appearance

                  we stayed for two nights in deluxe room and it was just amazing. all the decoration is great, just what we like: nice bed and sofa, jacuzzi with ocean view, balcony with wide ocean view and pool view. room is clean and smell good. housekeeping does their job well. feels like there is only two of us celebrating our first anniversary here. it's low season so it is peaceful , not many tourists on the island plus there is no rain during our stay at all. the only con is there is no access to beach, have to walk down to baguntieng for about 300 meters.

                  Reviewed October 14, 2011
                  3.2
                  Pascal from Switzerland
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 1 night in June 2019

                  Lazy Staff, rooms not clean”

                  Dirty pillows, this hotel is not an recommendation

                  Reviewed June 09, 2019
                  9.2
                  Exceptional
                  JiaYi from China
                  Group
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

                  Good hotel”

                  I like houben !! The staff in hotel are very kind and friendly. The room is clean and quite, next time I will also choose Houben.

                  Reviewed June 18, 2019
                  9.2
                  Exceptional
                  Sanjeet from Thailand
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 1 night in August 2018

                  Exceptional”

                  Nice chic hotel outlooking gorgeous ocean view from the cliff side. No beach but a bad ass pool instead. Just booked it randomly n turned out great. Recommended.

                  Reviewed October 01, 2018
                  9.2
                  Exceptional
                  Ekta from India
                  Couple
                  1 bedroom Suite
                  Stayed 8 nights in August 2018

                  Awesome Stay at The Houben”

                  We recently got back from the trip to Koh Lanta. stayed at The Houben for 8 nights and had the most awesome time there. The staff there was always very helpful, going out of the way to provide us all they could. Would have loved some sort of direct access to the beach (however its not very far - about 7 mins walk from the Hotel) - something the hotel can't help with currently thank you making our vacation amazing

                  Reviewed August 20, 2018
                  8.0
                  Excellent
                  Evelyn from Malaysia
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

                  Great view and hospitality!”

                  The hotel is situated on a cliff which gives a perfect beautiful sea view. As this is an adult only hotel, it is really quiet and pure bliss if you wanna have the perfect trip with your love one or just to have a short mini me time getaway (parents). The hotel staffs are really friendly, nice and helpful. Breakfast is good, comes in individual set meals. Tips, bring your own bug spray as the surrounding is a mini jungle so there’s mozzies around after 7pm. Beware of monkeys, please close your balcony door when you sleep at night. There are monkeys around and they do come pay you a visit early morning 6am-ish! Don’t leave your trash or food stuff outside the room. There’s local restaurants and massage parlours down the street and a 7-11. A walk to the beach takes around 10 minutes and it’s lovely! Will be back here definitely!

                  Reviewed July 04, 2018
                  9.6
                  Exceptional
                  Lawrence from United States
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 1 night in February 2018

                  Lovely one night stay”

                  Really enjoyed the one night we had at this hotel. Beautiful views and a short walk (downhill) to the beach. Dinner menu at restaurant was a bit too limited and pricey but plenty of options nearby. Staff were very helpful.

                  Reviewed February 18, 2018
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Emma from United Kingdom
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 11 nights in January 2018

                  Fantastic hotel”

                  We had the most relaxing time at this fabulous hotel. Right from checking in, we were made to feel special by Sharna, Walter and all the staff who are so friendly and attentive. The rooms all have wonderful sunset views and are very well appointed. We were so comfortable in our room and at the hotel that some days we just didn't feel the need to leave and often had the entire area to ourselves all day. Super quiet and chilled. The breakfast is delicious and I feel the right choice to have a limited buffet service and allow guests to choose from a menu, which means all the food is cooked fresh to order. The homemade jams were delicious, I only wish I could have eaten more! We had a few nights where it rained so hard we didn't want to go out and ate in the hotel restaurant instead. Wow.. the meals were fantastic, some of the best food we have eaten on our 9 week trip and very good value compared to other restaurants around Koh Lanta of a similar standard. We cannot wait to come back!!

                  Reviewed January 30, 2018
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Dave from United Kingdom
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 4 nights in October 2017

                  Beautiful hotel, amazing friendly staff nothing is too much trouble, will be back next year!”

                  Rooms are beautiful, views are amazing, staff very friendly and Shana the manager is an absolute legend! Nothing too much trouble. We stayed for 5 nights after staying in krabi for 4 and wished we'd just stayed at the houben the whole time, was sad to leave and will be back.

                  Reviewed October 28, 2017
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                  Reviews of The Houben Hotel, Adults Only from real guests

                  Overall rating
                  9.1
                  Exceptional
                  From 456 reviews
                  9.4Cleanliness
                  9.3Room comfort and quality
                  9.3Service
                  Agoda Reviews (353)Booking.com Reviews (103)
                  Rating via Agoda9.1
                  /
                  10
                  Exceptional
                  Cleanliness9.4
                  Facilities8.9
                  Location8.9
                  Room comfort and quality9.3
                  Service9.3
                  Value for money8.9
                  High score for Koh Lanta
                  Rating
                  9+ Exceptional (189)
                  8-9 Excellent (54)
                  7-8 Very Good (19)
                  6-7 Good (11)
                  <6 Below Expectation (9)
                  Time of the year
                  Mar - May (62)
                  Jun - Aug (78)
                  Sep - Nov (72)
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                  9.2
                  Exceptional
                  Noppadon from Thailand
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in May 2019

                  A very nice hotel, reccomended”

                  The hotel is very nice and quite. The room is quite big. The staffs are very friendly. Breakfast is good with many choices. This place is absolutely a great escape. Too bad we planned to stay only 2 nights, wish for more. The hotel has no beach front, have to walk about 15 minutes to the beach but the view from the room is spectacular. Be back here again for sure

                  Reviewed May 03, 2019
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Andrew from Canada
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 3 nights in July 2018

                  Love, Love, Love!”

                  This resort was phenomenal. Serene, peaceful, and they serve some DAMN good drinks. There’s nothing better than having a great conversation with your significant other while watching the sun go down over the ocean, sipping on an ice cold drink. I’m definitely coming back. (In April, actually~!)

                  Reviewed March 25, 2019
                  3.2
                  Pascal from Switzerland
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 5 nights in May 2019

                  Dirty rooms, lazy staff”

                  We spend 5 days here because of the good recommendations. But after 5 days I can not understand these reviews. The staff is very lazy and unfriendly. The food is only average. There is a nice restaurant nearby called Phad Thai Rock n Roll were we really enjoy the food and friendly staff. The most important to know is that the rooms are NOT clean. The bed sheets and pillows are very dirty. I complained these two times but staff only changed 2 small pillows. There are many better rooms nearby e.g. Kantiang view resort or Pimalai Resort were we stayed before.

                  Reviewed June 05, 2019
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Giuseppe from Taiwan
                  Couple
                  1 bedroom Suite
                  Stayed 4 nights in January 2019

                  This hotel won't disapoint! ”

                  100% recommend the amazing Houben Hotel! It is very well designed and located. The staff are friendly and helpful. We had a great private room with a wonderful view overlooking the sea. Thank you for the special honeymoon treatment!

                  Reviewed February 05, 2019
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Gregory from United States
                  Couple
                  1 bedroom Suite
                  Stayed 4 nights in October 2018

                  Nothing else compares”

                  Exceptional - in every sense. Koh Lanta is great anyway, but staying in a quieter part of the island is absolutely the way to go. If this is your style, then don't waste your time looking anywhere else. The service is truly superlative - led from the front, by the extraordinary management. Beautiful, unique, spot-on design; tremendously comfortable and private accommodation; fantastic food and drink service (especially breakfast)... and Belgian beers, at a very reasonable price, to boot! Don't feed the monkeys, but DO take yourself to this perfect spot, run by the most professional management and staff imaginable. Just don't tell TOO many people so that we can enjoy the place ourselves!

                  Reviewed October 29, 2018
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  YANKAI
                  Group
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 3 nights in April 2019

                  one of the best hotels I've stayed ever”

                  clean room, tasty breakfast, nice staff, beautiful view, easy access of 711 and kating beach nearby. experience in the hotel definitely worth the price!

                  Reviewed May 12, 2019
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Alexander from United Kingdom
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in July 2018

                  Faultless boutique hotel, excellent value for money”

                  A thoroughly enjoyable stay at the Houben. Given it's a boutique hotel, there are few rooms, meaning the hotel always feels rather private. The view is spectacular from the basic room we stayed in. Shana from reception was incredibly attentive; the personal greeting / memorising names was a nice touch.

                  Reviewed July 28, 2018
                  9.2
                  Exceptional
                  Laurent from Thailand
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in June 2017

                  Probably the best hotel in Koh Lanta”

                  Modern and very functional room, beautiful location, great staff and attentive management...What else could we ask for??? (oh, yes, maybe a note, on the restaurant menu, that the service and tax charges are not included in the prices listed...) Anyway, congratulations to the whole team

                  Reviewed June 12, 2017
                  8.3
                  Excellent
                  Daniel from Colombia
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in July 2015

                  make your stay in koh lanta even better”

                  Pool, deluxe room view

                  From our arrival staff were very attentive to our stay. Our Belgium host Sacha were often helping us at the restaurant, reception and even at our check out. Hotel is beautiful itself but the relaxed attitude of the thai staff makes you feel free and easy.

                  Reviewed July 12, 2015
                  8.0
                  Excellent
                  John from United States
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in May 2015

                  Fine hotel and staff - low value for money”

                  Good layout with beautiful views, well put-together rooms with comfortable beds, friendly and helpful staff

                  Rating the hotel in a vacuum - apart from cost/value considerations - its a very nice boutique on a cliff-side with a bar stocked with interesting Belgian beers and very well-designed rooms. I had been to Koh Lanta several times previously, usually staying in more rustic bungalows (always a solid step above backpacker accommodation) and this was unquestionably the nicest place I've stayed. Its a bit far South, which extends travel times to other parts of the island, but also makes it a bit more remote (in a pleasant way). The beach nearest to the hotel is not particularly nice as Thai beaches go, but the next cove to the south is one of the most beautiful beaches I've seen on the island - worth the extra walk or the short hop on a moto. In a vacuum, I would give the Houben a solid 4 out of 5. My primary issue with the Houben is that its prices are steep, and if the Agoda listing is correct, outright ludicrous in-season. We were fortunate and got a very good off-season deal. It was still a bit more than I would usually pay, but all things considered I was happy to get the chance for semi-luxury accommodation at a fair price. I think the main issue is that the Houben is charging as though it were a luxury resort and it is not. We avoided the worst of that by booking with the off-season discount; however, all of the small things - moto rental, food costs, etc. were steep in light of the quality and prevailing prices at shops a few minutes walk away. I don't mind paying if something is qualitatively better, but a surcharge on readily available items, especially during low season, struck me as a little cheap. So again - very nice place, pleasant staff and certainly worth it at the off-season rate. Just consider booking airport transfer, moto rental, and purchasing food at some of the other more reasonable places nearby. If you are a "luxury traveler" (which I am clearly not) this may be of less concern, but do not expect super high-end when booking.

                  Reviewed June 22, 2015
                  9.7
                  Exceptional
                  David from United Kingdom
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 5 nights in April 2013

                  “Designer chic with the feel of a private villa””

                  Service, design, location

                  I am going to start this review by stating if you are used to the Ritz Carlton and expect that type of service at the Houben don't come. You will just annoy yourself, the staff and the other guests. If however you are used to and enjoy staying in amazing boutique feel hotels where the staff blend in to the background yet are there when ever you need anything then come. The Houben has the look and feel of a large expensive private European villa. uber modern and uber cool. Forget suits, shirts and ties, this is strictly linen, baggy, and lots of it. The location: perfect. Poised on the top of a cliff overlooking the bay the swimming pool (brilliant blood red) forms a seamless infinity edge with the sea beyond. Perfect for sitting and watching the sunset. Other people in Ko Lanta have to go to a bar or restaurant for a cliff top sunset - guests here just move from the lounger to the pool and back again. The hotel is a 40 min (20 min in Shana drives you - Belgiums Alain Prost in a great way!) from the boat pier in the north. Located a 5 min walk from the beach and the dive shops this is a great place to be based for the National Park and the diving at Ko Hao. Free and fast Wifi through out although please remember you are in Thailand, 1 hour off shore so it is going to be intermittent. That is not the hotels fault so no use blaming them. Besides - it is FREE. The rooms: The hotel does not do itself justice with the pro photos of their rooms. They are resplendent and pristine. Clean whites everywhere mixed with red. The owners, a Thai / Beligian couple are interior designers and bring everything that is cool, chic, minimalist and modern to the the establishment. The rooms have huge and superbly comfortable king beds. TV (should you want it....). Uninterrupted views of the ocean. A nespresso machine, mini bar, whirlpool baths etc etc etc. Everything is clean and tidy. This is not your beach shack type of establishment. All rooms have big balconies with either outd

                  Reviewed April 24, 2013
                  9.3
                  Exceptional
                  Tipatai from Thailand
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in October 2011

                  Great hotel ever!”

                  Great view with modern appearance

                  we stayed for two nights in deluxe room and it was just amazing. all the decoration is great, just what we like: nice bed and sofa, jacuzzi with ocean view, balcony with wide ocean view and pool view. room is clean and smell good. housekeeping does their job well. feels like there is only two of us celebrating our first anniversary here. it's low season so it is peaceful , not many tourists on the island plus there is no rain during our stay at all. the only con is there is no access to beach, have to walk down to baguntieng for about 300 meters.

                  Reviewed October 14, 2011
                  3.2
                  Pascal from Switzerland
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 1 night in June 2019

                  Lazy Staff, rooms not clean”

                  Dirty pillows, this hotel is not an recommendation

                  Reviewed June 09, 2019
                  9.2
                  Exceptional
                  JiaYi from China
                  Group
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 3 nights in June 2019

                  Good hotel”

                  I like houben !! The staff in hotel are very kind and friendly. The room is clean and quite, next time I will also choose Houben.

                  Reviewed June 18, 2019
                  9.2
                  Exceptional
                  Sanjeet from Thailand
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 1 night in August 2018

                  Exceptional”

                  Nice chic hotel outlooking gorgeous ocean view from the cliff side. No beach but a bad ass pool instead. Just booked it randomly n turned out great. Recommended.

                  Reviewed October 01, 2018
                  9.2
                  Exceptional
                  Ekta from India
                  Couple
                  1 bedroom Suite
                  Stayed 8 nights in August 2018

                  Awesome Stay at The Houben”

                  We recently got back from the trip to Koh Lanta. stayed at The Houben for 8 nights and had the most awesome time there. The staff there was always very helpful, going out of the way to provide us all they could. Would have loved some sort of direct access to the beach (however its not very far - about 7 mins walk from the Hotel) - something the hotel can't help with currently thank you making our vacation amazing

                  Reviewed August 20, 2018
                  8.0
                  Excellent
                  Evelyn from Malaysia
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 2 nights in June 2018

                  Great view and hospitality!”

                  The hotel is situated on a cliff which gives a perfect beautiful sea view. As this is an adult only hotel, it is really quiet and pure bliss if you wanna have the perfect trip with your love one or just to have a short mini me time getaway (parents). The hotel staffs are really friendly, nice and helpful. Breakfast is good, comes in individual set meals. Tips, bring your own bug spray as the surrounding is a mini jungle so there’s mozzies around after 7pm. Beware of monkeys, please close your balcony door when you sleep at night. There are monkeys around and they do come pay you a visit early morning 6am-ish! Don’t leave your trash or food stuff outside the room. There’s local restaurants and massage parlours down the street and a 7-11. A walk to the beach takes around 10 minutes and it’s lovely! Will be back here definitely!

                  Reviewed July 04, 2018
                  9.6
                  Exceptional
                  Lawrence from United States
                  Couple
                  Deluxe Room
                  Stayed 1 night in February 2018

                  Lovely one night stay”

                  Really enjoyed the one night we had at this hotel. Beautiful views and a short walk (downhill) to the beach. Dinner menu at restaurant was a bit too limited and pricey but plenty of options nearby. Staff were very helpful.

                  Reviewed February 18, 2018
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Emma from United Kingdom
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 11 nights in January 2018

                  Fantastic hotel”

                  We had the most relaxing time at this fabulous hotel. Right from checking in, we were made to feel special by Sharna, Walter and all the staff who are so friendly and attentive. The rooms all have wonderful sunset views and are very well appointed. We were so comfortable in our room and at the hotel that some days we just didn't feel the need to leave and often had the entire area to ourselves all day. Super quiet and chilled. The breakfast is delicious and I feel the right choice to have a limited buffet service and allow guests to choose from a menu, which means all the food is cooked fresh to order. The homemade jams were delicious, I only wish I could have eaten more! We had a few nights where it rained so hard we didn't want to go out and ate in the hotel restaurant instead. Wow.. the meals were fantastic, some of the best food we have eaten on our 9 week trip and very good value compared to other restaurants around Koh Lanta of a similar standard. We cannot wait to come back!!

                  Reviewed January 30, 2018
                  10.0
                  Exceptional
                  Dave from United Kingdom
                  Couple
                  Superior Room
                  Stayed 4 nights in October 2017

                  Beautiful hotel, amazing friendly staff nothing is too much trouble, will be back next year!”

                  Rooms are beautiful, views are amazing, staff very friendly and Shana the manager is an absolute legend! Nothing too much trouble. We stayed for 5 nights after staying in krabi for 4 and wished we'd just stayed at the houben the whole time, was sad to leave and will be back.

                  Reviewed October 28, 2017
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