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The Old Times B&B

Simply outstanding

Photo of The Old Times B&B, 73 Moo 2, Sriraya Rd, Old Town, Ko Lanta. , Old Town

What we say: 5 stars

Occupying two gorgeous century-old teakwood houses that sit on either side of the road in the heart of the village, The Old Times B&B masterfully captures the village's antiquarian charm while providing excellent service and accommodation to suit several budgets. Spacious, immaculate and very tastefully decorated, the most expensive air-con rooms are perched over the bay and have loads of swing-open windows to go with creative names like "Yellow Submarine" and "Black Superman". The latter features a framed black-and-white of Muhammad Ali while another room has a classic portrait of Jake and Elwood Blues to go with numerous antique furnishings. Cushy beds with high-quality linens are placed on raised wooden platforms and draped in mosquito nets, which is needed as the old house's high tin ceilings and wooden walls naturally have a few cracks. Perched right over the water, a shared chill space hosts yoga classes in the mornings, while complimentary breakfasts are served on a long wooden table in the reception area. The seafront building also houses an airy mixed dorm that relies on shared bathrooms. Immediately aross the road, the second house feels even more like "the old times" thanks to a faded cement tub that we assume was used for washing up many moons ago. A few simple but inviting fan rooms with several windows are found upstairs off of a hall that opens onto a large shared balcony from where you can watch the street life go by. We arrived on a scorching hot day to find the fan rooms astonishingly cool, and the spotless shared hot-water bathrooms are no more than a step or two away. While everything mentioned so far is fantastic, what pushes this place from a 9/10 score to a very rare 10/10 are the warm attitudes and personable service offered by the staff. When we arrived as random walk-ins, it felt as though the staff member who showed us around was a long-lost sister who had been waiting to welcome us home.

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    73 Moo 2, Sriraya Rd, Old Town, Ko Lanta.  T: (092) 878 3718 , (075) 697 255 
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    What we were quoted

    Type of room Low season High season Notes
    Dorm air-con 400 baht 400 baht
    Dbl fan share b'room 300 baht 300 baht 400 baht for a larger room
    Superior - Double 1,600 baht 1,600 baht
    Deluxe- Double 1,800 baht 1,800 baht Seafront

    Added to Travelfish on: 5th June, 2014
    Last visited or updated on: 7th June, 2014

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    Usually found exploring Bangkok's side streets or south Thailand's islands, David Luekens is an American freelance writer & photographer who finds everyday life in Asia to be extraordinary. You can follow his travails here.
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    73 Moo 2, Sriraya Rd, Old Town, Ko Lanta. 
    T: (092) 878 3718 , (075) 697 255

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